Photographer: Pari Dukovic, Stylist: Patrick Mackie
With her piercing blue eyes and luminous skin, Ashley Benson has truly perfected the "no makeup" look. As one of the leading ladies of the hit show Pretty Little Liars, Benson opened up about nearing the end of the series explaining, "It’s been bittersweet and we are excited for the for the show to come to an end and I think it ended at a really good time."
As the hit show rounds out its final few episodes, Benson revealed, "We really did create an amazing family, so that’s what I’m going to miss the most. The crew and everyone involved in the show were some of the best people I have ever met and worked with.”
And as for life after Pretty Little Liars, the actress who recently moved to New York City, said, “I want to be specific in what my next move is, I want to get into film more just because I have been doing TV for so long.”
Here, the star opens up about her favorite beauty products, exercise obsessions, and her ultimate spa getaway.
Your look in three words:
It changes all the time; it’s a mix of edgy, a classic feel and comfy.
Medicine cabinet snapshot:
I have been using everything from Tata Harper. I use all the masks, serums and face wash and it has been so great for my skin. It makes you feel really fresh and gives you a glowy look, I’m obsessed.
Good skin starts with:
Tata Harper face wash, face cream and eye cream. It makes your skin look really healthy and have a glow, that’s the look I like because I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup.
Best advice from your dermatologist:
Always remember to wash your face.
Best advice from your facialist:
Don’t touch your skin, especially if you have a breakout, it can make it worse and you can break out in other areas, so leave it alone as annoying as that is.
Givenchy makes this great foundation, Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation. It makes your skin look very natural and it’s a very light foundation which is nice for the "no makeup" look, which I tend to do a lot.
Most underrated product:
Coconut oil. I use it as a moisturizer, a hair mask, to remove eye makeup or all over my body for a sheen.
Never leave the house without:
I love always having a good brow moment, so I always make sure to put on eyebrow gel, concealer and chapstick.
A good hair day starts with:
I love Oribe, especially the dry shampoo if you don’t have time to wash your hair. It really works well for me, because I have extensions from time to time so it helps make everything look really fresh.
My hair colorist always says:
I go into the salon a lot because I have been from blonde to brown quite a few times, so they always make sure to do treatments on my hair. I tend to put more oil on the parts that bleached, mostly my ends. Also, not putting a lot of heat on your hair, try it wear it as natural as possible because with the color and styling, my hair tends to break off a little bit easier because it’s more fragile from years of hair and makeup.
Nails must be:
OPI Bubble Bath. It’s so clean and chic.
Beauty from the inside out:
Workout, eat as clean as possible, and drinks lots of water. Even though I would rather have coffee and tea all day long than water, I've noticed that when I drink a lot of water my skin is better and everything about you feels better and hydrated.
I love to box and do pilates and soul cycle. I like to do a mix so you are working out different parts and not doing the same thing everyday.
Drink of choice:
For smoothies, I’m obsessed with peanut butter. I’ll get a smoothie with one banana, almond milk and a tablespoon of peanut butter for breakfast and it will keep me really full, it’s so delicious. For coffee, I do black coffee with coconut milk.
A woman should smell like:
Anything from Le Labo. Right now, I’m obsessed with Molecule and get so many compliments from the scent.
Perrey Reeves has this amazing yoga retreat in Costa Rica (The Sanctuary at Two Rivers). It’s very quiet so it's a good place for you to do a spa retreat, the water is beautiful and they have a week long retreat, so it’s one thing I really want to try and do this summer.
I keep a little care package for the plane, so I do hand sanitizer, wipes, Kiehl's eye mask, Sephora face sheet masks, and pimple cream.
Right now, I’m reading Big Little Lies.
Best advice from mom:
Be confident, always wash your face, and never pop your pimples.
Best-kept beauty secret:
Sleep. I always try to get at least 8 hours at sleep, you always look more fresh when you have a good amount of sleep and you feel better.