Amanda’s new guilty pleasure/obsession (and many other girls’ longtime favourite show), Pretty Little Liars, stars four teenage girls that always look worried, but have a beautiful flawless look with glowing skin. We asked the makeup artist of every girl’s secret/not-so-secret favourite show, Cynthia Miguens, her tips and tricks for getting the girls looking fresh and flawless for every episode.

Cindy Miguens, Make Up Artist, Pretty Little Liars

What are some of your go-to products that you love and use on all the girls? Some of the go-to products we use on all the girls, would be: Skyn Iceland Eye Patches, MaskerAide Face Masks, Ardell Lashes, Yonka Makeup Remover, Shu Uemura Lash Curler, Benefit Eye Primer and Tarte BB Creams.


What products do you use/ how do you make Aria’s eyes look so bright? Love using greens, purples, and brown eye shadows on her lids ( Stila, Tarte, Urban Decay). Black liner ( 24/7 Urban Decay) on her water line top and corner bottom. Lots of Mascara (Diorshow) and Ardell lashes.

Aria usually sports a punky look, how do you achieve this look, particularly on the eyes, while keeping it feminine and school appropriate?

Black liner is usually the key!

Emily’s skin always looks so glowing and flawless. How do you create this?

Try Jouer Matte Tinted Moisturizer. It has great coverage, creating flawless looking skin.

How do you create the looks for each character, making them suit each character?

Creating looks for each character usually depends on the roles they are playing. The producers, writers, and director, have meetings with me and the head of the hair department, before each episode. We go over the script, scene by scene, discuss the characters, what is happening during each scene, and some looks they would like to see. For instance, Hanna is reading late in bed in her pj’s, so she’ll have a no makeup, makeup look.

What recommendations do you have for makeup for teens?

My recommendation would be to keep a good regimen, by eating healthy, keep hydrated, wash your makeup off at night, try to get cosmetics with the least amount of chemicals, wear sun block, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, and avoid alcohol, it makes you age faster. Try tinted moisturizers/BB creams, cream blushes and tinted lip balms, for a healthy glow.

How do you prep and prime the girls’ skin to look great in front of the cameras?

We give makeup touch ups before each scene and last looks on the girls before each shot.Touch ups usually means, looking at the girls and seeing what needs to be done. For instance, maybe they were resting in there dressing rooms, and their liner wore off, then we add liner. Last looks, usually means one final look at the cast to see if they look perfect, before camera rolls. Maybe a last minute powder or use of blotting papers, just to cut down on any shine. Do trends affect how the girls have they’re makeup? Or does it stay fairly signature and consistent?   We have to follow continuity of the script, but I feel we keep trends in mind, and try to set our own. Our cast are trendsetters, for sure!

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