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Pretty Little Liars

Inside Ashley Benson’s Beauty Regimen and “Ugly” Days

We don't think playing Rosewood's "It" girl Hanna Marin was such a huge stretch for actress Ashley Benson. On her looks alone, this blonde beauty could climb to the top of the high school social ladder and Hollywood's social scene. Despite her gorgeousness, Ashley swears there are mornings where she just doesn't feel beautiful. (Uh-huh, sure, Ash. We'll believe it when we see it!) Until then, we might have to invest in one of those air brushing gizmos they use on the PLL set.

Examiner: What is your daily beauty regimen?

A: I go natural. I wear this really pretty eyeshadow from MAC called "Orb." It’s a really soft, tan color, and I always put that on. I put a little bit of eyeliner and just some blush. I like to go pretty natural. My skin is really sensitive, so I don’t use too much on it. I’m actually really bad at washing my face. I get so lazy at night so I usually buy the Neutrogena wipes and it gets all the makeup off and its easy and that’s the way to go. I hate washing my face, so I always use the wipes.

E: Is your regimen any different when filming?

A: Yeah. When I film, they spray foundation on my face with air spraying and they put powder and blush. They put tons of different foundations and things to make your eye shadow stay on your eyes better. My skins actually really allergic to MAC foundations, because they are just so heavy. On the show I’m working on now, they airbrush it and it's very light on your skin instead of pounding it on with brushes and all of that. It still gives it the same look.

E: You said you prefer to go natural on a day-to-day basis when you’re not filming. Are there any products that you use daily?

A: For my foundation I use Neutrogena and it really covers up everything is very nice on my skin. I’ve never gotten allergic to it, and it’s really rare for me not to. I use Revitalash for my mascara and Clinique eyeliner, and my eyeshadow is always MAC.

E: What are your favorite brands?

A: MAC for eyeshadows, lipglosses and lipstick. Neutrogena, Clinique and Estee Lauder.

E: Who is your beauty icon?

A: My beauty icon is Angelina Jolie.

E: Did you always want to get into acting?

A: Yeah. When I was little I used to dance and model and that was fun. But I was always the person that was goofing off and I would memorize every line in every movie that I saw. And at recess that’s what I would do, I would talk to my friends and recite movies. (laughs) Ever since I was little I always loved acting so I finally got into it at around 9 and ever since I’ve never wanted to stop.

E: Do you ever have mornings where you wake up and just don’t feel beautiful?

A: Yeah! You know, when you have a bad day that makes me feel like that or if I get a pimple I’m like, "Oh my God, I don’t want to go out." (laughs) ... On those days, I just hang out with my friends and watch movies. I don’t put makeup on because I don’t feel like it, and my friends see me every single day so we don’t have to get all dolled up.

E: What’s playing on your ipod right now?

A: I have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and I’m really into Lily Allen right now. The Fray, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson of course. I pretty much like all music except for country. I’m not a big fan of country.

E: What is something about you that someone wouldn’t know from just meeting?

A: When I meet people, I’m really outgoing. But I’m actually really, really shy. A lot of people think that because I'm really outgoing when I meet people, but when I get uncomfortable or I’m around a lot of people I really don't say anything because I get really shy.


06.3.2010 / 09:34 PM EDT by Gemma Wilson
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