Lucy Hale Explains Why She Washes Her Face Four Times Every Day

Actress Lucy Hale shares her highlighter tips, why she'd shave her head, and how many steps are in her nighttime skin-care routine.

Over the years, Lucy Hale's hair and makeup have constantly changed. One thing that stays the same is her glow. No matter what color her hair is (it's currently brown with a hint of pink) how long it is, or what color lipstick she decides to swipe onto her lips, her skin forever looks radiant. Luckily, the actress recently spilled her highlighter secrets to me. We chatted on the phone, so I didn't get to bask in her glow in person, but it definitely did radiate through the phone.

Hale has sworn by Mark.'s Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All-Over Face Palette for a while now, she tells me. I was less surprised that she picked an $18 product from Mark., as she has been its brand ambassador since 2013, and more focused on the fact she chose a multi-colored powder. A minute or so before, she explained that her highlighter vibe was more on the low-key side. Her exact words were "I like to go the more natural route." Turns out the pick comes down to versatility. "You can use that as an eye shadow or as a blush or as a highlighter," she says.

On her latest highlighter pick.

However, one of Avon's newest products have been speaking more to Hale's minimalist beauty routine: the upcoming True Color Illuminating Stick, which launches on Friday, March 2. "It's not too intense," she explains. "It's really easy to use and really blendable." Generally, Hale says she's more into cream highlighters because of the latter aspect. "They're easier to blend with my fingers," she elaborates. Yup, like Sable Yong, one of Allure's beauty editors, Hale likes to get handsy with her makeup. "Sometimes I'll actually do my foundations with my hands," she says. "My everyday look is very simple, so you don't really need many tools."

For placement, Hale doesn't get too Kardashian with highlighter. ("I've never used a highlighter on my body — at least not yet," Hale says when I mention that Kim's shin-highlighting technique.) Her go-to targets are the inner corners of her eyes, under her eyebrows, on her cupid's bow, and, of course, the tops of her cheekbones. The one wild card is that she sometimes puts highlighter on the middle of her bottom lip, which is an easy trick for giving it the illusion of plumpness.

On her extensive skin-care routine.

Having excellent skin is to thank for Hale's luminous look, too. "It's important to take care of your skin to begin with and then you don't really need to do much to enhance what's already there," she says. And Hale is pretty into skin care. She estimates her nighttime skin-care routine is 15 steps. "But I enjoy it," she says. "I never skip it. I look forward to it at night." Sometimes, she even starts it the second she gets in the car to head home by removing her makeup with a face wipe. "I take it off as soon as possible, I like to let my skin breathe."

It's important to take care of your skin to begin with and then you don't really need to do much to enhance what's already there

Once she's at home, Hale proceeds to wash her face about four times, beginning with a cleansing balm or cleansing oil. (You can find some Allure favorites here.) Then, she reaches for a cleansing milk. Next, an exfoliator "if it's that time during the week," she says. "Then, I typically do one more wash through with the cleansing milk." After showering, she swipes a micellar water-soaked cotton pad around her face "because there's makeup hidden in places you never think about," Hale adds. And she's right: Micellar water is like a magnet for dirt and grime.

On her dream hairstyle.

Of course, I had to ask Hale about her hair. More specifically, is there anything she would never try? I fully expected for her to list off some neon color or a mullet. (Please, Lucy, don't get a mullet.) Instead, say says, "I'm not really attached to my hair at all, so that's why I'm constantly changing it up. I would shave it, I would dye it, I would grow it out." Yes, Lucy Hale said she would shave off all her hair. If the right role came along, she'd be down.

I'm not really attached to my hair at all, so that's why I'm constantly changing it up.

She does mention one caveat. She's not a fan of bangs. "Honestly, I don't think I would get bangs," she says. "Purely because I think they might annoy me. I'm always trying to get my hair off my face, so I know if I added bangs, I'd just annoy myself." She does think they are cute, though. In an alternate universe where they wouldn't irritate her, she'd get what she calls a French girl haircut: a bob with curtain bangs, which have been spiking on Pinterest. I'm more concerned about the buzzcut situation, though. Casting agents, if you're reading this, please give Lucy Hale a role that involves shaving her head. I need this look to come to fruition simply because allowing her makeup to complement it would be amazing.

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