Zendaya On The Secret To Perfect Brows And The Skincare Step She Never Skips

Actor, singer and activist Zendaya is best known for her Emmy-winning performance in hit TV show Euphoria and her role in the Spider-Man franchise, as well as for being a stellar Lancôme ambassador since 2019. Now the face of the brand’s Idôle scent, she speaks to Hannah Coates about her brows, taking risks on the red carpet, and why she never skips moisturiser. 

On skincare rules

I never skip moisturiser – I feel like my face would just crack in half. Also, I do not sleep with make-up on. That’s a big rule. But overall, I really enjoy the process of skincare. It’s one of my many obsessions. Even though I tend to keep the routine basic, I try new products all the time and I enjoy the ritual [of it]. Sometimes it’s fun to treat yourself with a little facial before bed. I’ll incorporate different serums every now and then. I think it’s good to switch up your skincare so that your skin doesn’t get too used to it. My products always seem more effective after I’ve left them for a bit and come back.

On how she wakes up

I usually wake up to my dog and, unfortunately, go right to checking my phone. It’s a habit I’d like to break.

On the products she can’t live without

Concealer, because if you have a good concealer you can just tap it over problem areas and you’re good. That, and some kind of brow product, whether it’s a tinted brow gel or a brow pencil. I love my brows. Somehow they change your whole face. I’ve let mine grow out, and with different brow products I can change the shape and opaqueness. It’s so interesting how doing that can really change your whole look. 

On her biggest beauty risk

Every time I step on the red carpet, it’s a risk. We always do something risky.

On make-up free vs full glam

It’s day to day. Like most people, I don’t have time to go full beat all the time. So there are some times where I just chill. For events, my stylist Law and I like to create characters, and so my make-up will depend on what character I am that evening. For example, for the last Met Gala, we did a Joan of Arc reference. We added a little extra blush, because we wanted the look to remind people of an old Victorian painting with the rosy cheeks. 

Another year I had this giant dress, and dewy make-up and lashes — the whole thing. At the last minute, I looked up, and was like, “Something’s not right.” I took off the fake lashes, and I added extra gloss to my lips. But I still needed something. So I put on this bright, red-orange lipstick, and it was perfect. It was one of those things where it’s like, “Hmm, something’s just off … who is this character? I haven’t found her yet.” I like to figure it out as I go.

On her hair

I like to wear my hair natural. My natural curl pattern came back after I stopped putting heat on my hair so I try to just embrace [what I have] while learning to care for my natural hair.

On fragrance

Spraying perfume is the final step to polish off getting ready. If you’re like me and attach memories to scents, the right fragrance can bring a lot of joy. I always just do the old spray-and-walk-into-it technique.

On make-up looks

I’m a sucker for classic neutral tones, you know, just browns. They’re easier to blend, for one thing – you don’t have to be so precise. If you make a mistake, you can just add some more, no big deal. All that said, I do love a yellow eyeshadow! Or a very yellow-gold. I also appreciate a plain red lip, with nothing else on the eye or just a little mascara. When you find the right red, that can change everything, you know? It’s got to be bright enough, deep enough, not too blue, not too this, not too that. I usually just go for a simple matte red. 

On doing her own make-up

Once I started working with make-up artists, I’d just watch them. If I liked the way someone did my eyebrows, I’d just watch how they did it and try it a home. Over time, learning to do my make-up became about taking different techniques and products from people I liked and putting them into my Rolodex. Then it was a matter of trial and error. I’d go out on the red carpet and later look at photos. Sometimes, I’d be like, “Ooh, I look like a ghost,” so then I’d fix it the next time around. It’s really about trying, failing, and trying again.

I pretty much do all my own make-up for events now. It’s very therapeutic for me, especially if I’m ever stressed out before a press junket or a big event. There’s something about taking that time to just be with yourself that I find very relaxing.

On her go-to confidence booster

I go to work – I love working. That’s where I feel the most powerful and in my essence.

On spa treatments

I love a good massage, but the problem is most massage therapists don’t apply enough pressure! People think I’m going to break in half. I’m like, you’ve got to do a little bit more than that, you know?

On her personal mantra

I don’t know if I have a specific personal mantra, but I do think it’s important to live with a sense of gratitude. You can’t ever have more if you don’t appreciate what you have. I always try to list the things that I am thankful for and take a moment to appreciate those things. That act helps put everything into perspective.

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Shay Mitchell Is Keeping Her Family’s Beauty Game In Check During Quarantine

Shay Mitchell has ridiculously shiny hair. It’s something I’ve admired about her since my days of watching Pretty Little Liars in my dorm—years before I imagined life as a beauty blogger where I’d actually get to find out what products she uses to get those lustrous locks.

Now, thanks to Mitchell’s travel accessories brand BÉIS and Revolve, I finally know the secret to that shiny hair. BÉIS and Revolve have teamed up for a limited-edition beauty box filled with all the Shay Mitchell-approved products for, well, looking like she does. Inside the box, you’ll get full-size samples from brands like Embryolisse, KNC Beauty, Tower 28, Joanna Vargas, Ouai, and Oribe, plus the BÉIS cosmetic case.

Spoiler alert: Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil and Oribe Travel Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner are the products responsible for her undeniably shiny hair.

The entrepreneur (she also has a cocktail brand, ONDA), actress, and new mother chatted with ELLE editors about how she finds her favourite beauty products, how life has changed with Atlas, and the first place she’s traveling to when the world is back to normal. 

How do you like to discover new beauty brands to try?

Mainly by word of mouth. I am recommended products by people I trust or who are experts in the beauty world. I also always discover new brands through Instagram.

What has changed about your beauty routine during your daughter Atlas’ first year?

Oh, you know—I used to be able to have a routine. Now I’m lucky if I brush my teeth in the morning (just kidding). To be honest, my beauty routine has always been pretty simple: I wash my face every evening, moisturize, use products with quality ingredients, and stay hydrated during the day. If I just have an easy day, I put on some mascara and call it a day.

What’s a beauty practice you learned from your mom and that you plan to pass down to Atlas?

I feel like it’s less a practice and more a routine. One of my fondest memories from growing up was watching my mom get ready for work. I remember her putting her lipstick on before she left the house. She was so chic, put together, and calm. When she came home, she always managed to take care of us, the house, and have a family dinner. I used just to think she was a mom, but now I know she is a superwoman.

What’s the secret to staying organized when you’re traveling?

You may laugh, but the whole reason that I started BÉIS was because I wanted products that both looked good and kept me organized on the road. I want to zip up my suitcase and unzip it at my destination and have everything be exactly where I need it. We have bags with sneaky storage, all the pockets your heart could desire, bags that transition from day to night, pieces that serve multiple functions. I am very biased, but they’re the best.

Where’s the first place you’re going to go on vacation when it’s safe?

The first place I will go is back to Canada (where I have gotten to go twice this year with quarantine restrictions), but I want to revisit my Gram.

After that, anywhere. I’m game. The top choices are Italy, Colombia, and Ireland.

Do you and Matte [Babel] share any beauty products? Have you taught him any tricks or vice versa?

Coconut oil for everything.

What projects are you most excited about for 2021?

Project “Let’s Fix the Earth” and project “Let’s Find Some Common Ground.” Then, of course, super excited and focused on continuing to grow BEIS and ONDA!

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5 Beauty Tips That Make A Big Difference

1. Shave your face – removing peach fuzz allows for a smoother application of foundation and other products; it also gets rid of rough texture and dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling renewed. Hold the skin with your fingers and genly, in short strokes, shave in the same direction as the hair grows. Follow up with a facial oil or a moisturizer for optimal results!

Get facial razors at Sephora or Amazon.

2. Apply concealer before foundation – it helps you avoid applying excessive amount of foundation because you’ve covered your major problem areas with a full coverage concealer; overall it gives a more lightweight result.

3. Moisturizer with foundation? – place some moisturizer on the back of your hand, stipple the brush in it, then apply your foundation with that brush; it sheers out the foundation for a lightweight finish and helps it blend in with your skin.

4. Matching blush tones – use the same product on your eyes, lips and cheeks to create a cohesive look. It’s quick and easy! Apply a cream blush color on your cheeks with a brush or fingers, then do the same on the eyes in the crease and lips. It provides a monotone look, both cream and powder products work for this trick.

Get multitasking plush products from MILK Makeup or Nudestix.

5. Cut your hair every 6 weeks – it provides the perfect timeframe to chop off the dead ends and leave the hair looking strong and healthy.

Do you have any tips and tricks you use regularly? Let me know in the comments below!