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Riverdales Camila Mendes may play Veronica Lodge, a high-society girl on the hit CW show, but in real life the actress is the opposite of her character. Because of the popular TV series, she is one of Hollywood's Hollywood stars. but that does not mean that she lets her newfound glory come to her mind. Take a look at Instagram and you will see that she has remained on the ground – whether she's talking about physical positivity, calling trolls, or making stupid photos – Mendes plays by her own rules. (See also: How Camila Mendes ceased to fear carbohydrates and broke her diet dependency.)
No wonder, when she merges with brands, it does not feel like she feels like a quick dollar collab. Rather, she works with the brand because she either believes in her mission or actually uses her products. Mendes sat down with HelloGiggles to talk about all things beautiful, including her partnership with John Frieda. She told us she's been using John Frieda products since fifth grade, and if that's not loyalty, we do not know what that is.
The Riverdale star was not afraid to talk about body acceptance and how it is to be hard on oneself. She even studied the products she used to clean her acne overnight, and which skin care product she bought after her co-star Lili Reinhart recommended it to her.
HelloGiggles: What are your favorite hair care products? John Frieda
Camila Mendes: Well, the classic answer is my Frizz-Ease Serum. This is something I have been using since the fifth grade at the age of 1
HG: Do you have tips on how people can use a hair oil without the hair being too greasy?
CM: The thing is, my hair is pretty dry, so it absorbs the moisture really well. I feel like my hair will never look greasy, so I can not speak from experience, but I do not think it's a thick serum. I do not think it's something that drowns your hair. I know what you're talking about, but I've never experienced it with Frizz-Ease or the smoothing dry oil that comes from the second day's revival.
I feel like you are not unfamiliar with the use of random products it comes to beauty (Camila recently used a pancake as a make-up sponge), did you secretly use John Frieda's hair oil to nourish your eyebrows?
CM: No! Is that something you are doing? I think my brows stay moisturized with all the moisturizers I put on my face.
HG: Hair is such an important part of Latin American culture. What do your hair mean for you? Has it played a role in your career? CM: It definitely plays a role in my career because it's the frame of your face and I think it can say so much about a person. The way you style your hair is something like your statement to the world. Whenever I go to an audition, I'm styling my hair according to the character I play and what I want to convey about the character, you know? Either I try to lean into the wild side or I want something smoother. All these things say something about a person, so it definitely plays a role in my career.
HG: Has there ever been a haircut you made for an audition or role that was outside your comfort zone?
CM: Yes, I did a single French braid on my back. I would never do that. One, because I'm too lazy, and second, because I usually love my hair. Normally I feel best, but for the character it puts me in that mood. In a way, it changes my course of action.
HG: What's the only hair color or cut you'd like to have that you do not have yet?
CM: I'd like to get a long bob, but a subtle one. Not like a blatant one, but one where it's a bit shorter at the back and slightly longer at the front. I want it to touch my shoulders, you know? I do not think I could do that over my shoulders, I think that's a bit too naked for me. But I could do a bob. I do not know about the hair color. I have the feeling that the hair color I have now is best for me, although my natural hair color is more yours. It's a dark brown that I really miss. I miss this brown hue, but I dye my hair for work. So it's either brown or black for me.
HG: How do you keep your skin so clear, especially if you need to wear makeup for hours during the shoot?
CM: It has not been clear lately. As soon as we wrap, I wash my face. That's the first thing I do. And I also started using these pads, I do not know their names. They are like finger puppets. It's like a furry thing you can throw in the wash. Instead of using make-up wipes that are very hard on the face, use this fur pad on which you put your make-up remover and gently remove the make-up. It's so much better than scrubbing your face with paper. I also use toner; I really stay with my toners. My Jurlique rose water spray. That is my goal.
I know you mentioned that your skin has not been so clear lately. What products or means do you take in a breakthrough?
CM: I usually use the IS Clinical Active Serum my facialist gave me. I put it on before putting on my moisturizer. It's one of those things that are active, so it actually works and you can feel it works when you put it on. It feels really cool and nice, and I know, because I accidentally cut something on paper and it really hurt. I thought that must work!
HG: How do you find something that works for you when there are so many products on the market?
CM: If you're in the industry, people send you all these products and I constantly try new things and it gets overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like I'm trying too hard and complicating my routine if you really have to stick to the basics. I've just stopped experimenting with moisturizers, and now I only use the beauty counter Adaptive Moisture Lotion as it adjusts to the natural moisture content of your skin. Once you put it on, it naturally fits your skin type. You need to get used to something to help your skin adjust, and if you constantly change your routine, your skin will flicker.
HG: What are some self-care rituals that you perform?
CM: I love to bathe. Light candles, dip a bath bomb, listen to music and just breathe and meditate. I recently got an apartment with a bath – normally it's just showers, so I never had that luxury. But now that I have a bath, my life has changed.
HG: Are there any beauty products that you stole from your friend or the rest of Riverdale cast?
CM: Lily [Reinhart] introduced me to Renée Rouleau. She has skin treatments, such as the Rapid Berry Peel and the Detox Mask. I think I'm close to the name. Every time I break out, especially when I fly a lot or travel a lot, Lily is like that as soon as you land. And I listen to her because she's a skin expert. I needed something last night because my skin was so bad. Once I rinse it, I can soothe my skin and have a different texture.
HG: But your skin looks so good. I did not think it looked bad yesterday.
CM: Thank you, I just made myself up. But I did not choose better. I choose so much and it is so hard to resist. If you're an actor and you're always in the hair and make-up trailer, where the lights are strongest because you want to see every flaw in your face, it's hard not to sit there and obsess over everything. When in reality nobody is under that kind of light.
HG: Speaking of learning to accept oneself, pimples and so on, you also talked about your struggles with your body image. What advice do you have for someone who may feel the same way?
CM: I always try to remember two things. The first is to treat yourself as your own best friend. If you were your best friend in this situation, what would you tell your best friend to make her feel better? And secondly, we stick to such unrealistic standards, and why do you have to keep to perfection at the end of the day? It is impossible to be perfect. Why are we sticking to it? I just accept the fact that I'm imperfect and I know it's easier said than done. I know it's not easy, but I think we have to give up this idea and stop being so hard on ourselves and accepting that you're imperfect. Love yourself as you are.
HG: I think the good thing is that there's this new wave of diversity in the media. Whether there are different body types, different skin tones or other persons than we are used to.
CM: Yes, and all these people now have a platform, social media. They can get their faces out there and people connect with it. You start to see people, maybe you live in a hometown where you do not see many people like you. So you go online and see all those people around the world, but it still gives you a sense of community or a sense of acceptance.
HG: Lately the representation in Hollywood seems to be shifting. What does that mean for you as Latina?
CM: It means a lot that people are actively looking for latinas to be at the top of the story instead of being the best friend or the cheeky, funny character that adds only weird relief. I think it's great that we tell our own stories.
HG: Even your character on Riverdale is Latin, but that's not the focus. They are more than that.
CM: Yes! And we will spray some facets of their heritage, but it's not like they're trying to prove something. She is a three-dimensional figure and you really feel it.
HG: I love it when your mother, Hermione Lodge [played by Marisol Nichols] looks like " mija ". It reminds me of my or my mother's grandmother.
CM: Yes, it's just a bit. A little reminder.
This story was originally published on HelloGiggles.com by Alyssa Morin.