Canadian actress Shenae Grimes has come so far from the halls of Degrassi and Beverly Hills. This beauty has taken the next step in her life, marrying model and musician Josh Beech last year. The pair started a blog together, Two Halves, that explores all of their interests from music, to fashion, and beyond. Along with writing and directing music videos, Shenae Grimes has taken on the role as the face of Canadian beauty brands Annabelle. We caught up with Shenae to find out about her love of beauty and her favourite products.
What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?
Discovering a liquid eyeliner pen and leaving the memory of my smudgy raccoon eyes in my old high school hallways. I always had a thing about never leaving the house without a heavy dose of black eyeliner pencil, but I never really knew how to apply it well. Discovering an easy flick of the wrist liquid eyeliner pen was a beauty. Godsend!
What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?
I always cleanse, tone, and moisturize my face thoroughly before bed and in the morning. I’m not one of those soap and water kinda gals. Washing my face makes me feel so clean and refreshed and when I maintain that routine well I can usually forego makeup for the daytime. I like getting dolled up at night, but unless I have a meeting or daytime event, I like to stay fresh-faced during the day if I’m feeling good about my skin.
What is your budget friendly beauty secret?
Annabelle makeup is an affordable but incredible quality line that makes up my entire makeup routine these days. I know, as the ambassador, I’m sure you think I’m supposed to say that, but since being reintroduced to the brand since I moved away from Toronto years ago, I’ve fallen in love all over again. It shocks me how much money I wasted on a makeup routine when their amazing range of products are swimming around all over Canada at 1/3 of the cost or less!
Do you have a signature scent? What is it and how did you fall in love with it?
The only perfume I’ve ever worn is the limited addition holiday scents Escada brings out every year. They’re fruity and delicious. My mom got me my first bottle for Christmas years and years ago and I wore it religiously so she’s gotten me the new one for Christmas every year since. Thanks for keepin’ me smelling good Mama!
What is your latest beauty obsession?
A fun hair color… I haven’t yet committed but for months I’ve been itching to try something a little out there and fun. Just booked a hair appointment with my go-to gal in LA so we’ll see what happens next time I’m there!
What are 5 products that are always in your makeup bag and you can’t live without and why?
Annabelle’s BB Beauty Balm – It’s like a tinted moisturizer; light creamy consistency with SPF in it but still gives you that little bit of all over coverage we gals like to have!
Annabelle’s Eye Ink – It’s the best liquid eyeliner I’ve tried on the market and trust me, I’ve tried ‘em all!
Rosebud Salve – I’m not very big on lip color day to day but I do always like to keep my lips moisturized.
Shu Uemera eyelash curler – It’s the staple product that all makeup artists I’ve met use because it really does the trick. My husband hates the fake eyelash thing so this is a perfect tool for natural lashes.
Marcelle’s Xtension Plus Mascara is my absolute number one must-have. This product is magic, makes my eyelashes look 50% longer than any other mascara I’ve tried.