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  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Personal Style for Every Occasion!

    Posted on 04/17/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Personal Style


    FAN QUESTION: What's your sense of style? Do you mix things up or stay the same? Do you change your look depending solely on your mood or do you like to keep consistent with a signature style?

    My fashion sense ranges with my mood, the season, the occasion, and what city I'm in. To generalize my style, I'd say it's a mix of glamour and femininity. I love dresses, skirts, crop tops, heels, etc. But that's not to say I don't enjoy trends of other fashion genre's like rock, or boho.

    My trick to keeping up with what's "in" while staying true to my personal sense of style is to pick one thing about another genre that I like and mix it into my own. For example, leather jackets with studs seem to be a staple wardrobe item that almost everyone has. While that might not seem like something I'd typically go for, knee high leather boots are. Paired together, you already have a cool edge to the look. You can keep it as is and pair it with pants and a cool undershirt. Or, depending on the occasion, I'd "Mindy-fy" the ensemble by adding a dress under to jacket to soften the look, or opt for a crop top with a high-waisted skirt.

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Personal Style


    Accessories and/or makeup can be a simple solution for setting the outfit tone. One ensemble can be mixed up three different ways: hoop earrings, bold red lips and cat eyeliner vs. a drop flower necklace and pink gloss with matching blush vs. stacked, studded bangles and rings with a smokey eye and nude lip. One outfit, three styles.

    In terms of everyday attire in Toronto, my style fluctuates depending upon the occasion, but I always keep it glamorous and girly. If I'm in NYC, my looks are usually high fashion with full event-ready hair & makeup, but if in LA, my look is au contraire with simple/neutral makeup looks and more casual outfits like jean skirts and a cute shirt with over-sized glasses and dainty jewels. However, no matter what city, mood or time of day, I guarantee that you'll always find me rocking some sort of heel shoe!

    Take a look through my Instagram (@mindyshankar), as I usually post my at home and trip #OOTDs.


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner?

    Posted on 04/10/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Lipstick or Lip Gloss


    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Lipstick or Lip Gloss


    FAN QUESTION: What type of eyeliner would you recommend? Liquid, gel or pencil? How do you apply them properly?

    I'm specific when it comes to my makeup looks, especially when a makeup artist I'm unfamiliar with creates a look for my face. My rule is: you have to be happy with how you look, at the end of the day -- it's your face!!

    Eyeliner on the top lid is a must for me, as I feel I need it to complete the look. My eyelids are rather large so just mascara and eye shadow can make me look younger.!

    On an everyday basis, a pencil liner is ideal, as it has the same effect while being subtle for a casual look. In order to keep a steady line, a good trick is to keep your pinky or a finger placed on your face. Remember to always keep the pencil sharp for a precise line.

    Gel liner is the happy medium if you want a more noticeable look. If anyone has problems with drawing a steady line or has difficulties with colour consistency (density or thickness) this can be a good option, as you can build to perfection by going over the line repeatedly without it flaking off!

    Liquid liner is my personal favourite. Once you've mastered the art of drawing a steady line, the thought of a bold black line on your eyes won't scare you away. There are many ways to apply eyeliner. As long as you achieve your desired look, there's no right or wrong way to go about it. If at first stroke you start thin at the corner of your eye and sweep the brush outward to where you want the line to be, you can always go back in and colour the rest in to perfection!

    Tip: Dare to be bold and attempt my favourite eyeliner look, a winged out cat liner.


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Lipstick Or Lip Gloss?

    Posted on 04/03/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Lipstick or Lip Gloss


    FAN QUESTION: Lipstick vs. lip gloss: Which is better, and why?

    If you've ever seen my image sense when I'm not in Alli Bhandari-mode, you'll know that I'm a big fan of makeup. A quick lipstick and mascara combo is one of my favourite go-to looks when I'm in a hurry. To me, lipstick has a more finished and elegant look, whereas lip gloss is often more youthful and fun. Depending on the occasion, a lipstick/lip gloss combo is a perfect best of both worlds!

    When I was filming my sitcom How To Be Indie I played a fourteen-year-old. My makeup artist always used lip gloss when applying character makeup to get that youthful look. I personally wear a coloured lip gloss on a daily basis for things like shopping, daytime events and running errands—It's a simple way to freshen up while on the go!

    Lip stick is a little bit more of a commitment, but definitely worth it. There are a few challenges when wearing lipstick, like keeping the colour from getting on your teeth or chin and staying in your lip lines, but when done right, it's definitely the finishing touch to a high fashion look I usually rock a bold colour as a statement for events, meetings, and for fun nights out with my friends!

    Lipstick and lip gloss are both items I must carry with me at all times. Depending on the situation, sometimes one can work better than the other, but both are great items to spice up your makeup routine!


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Journey To KCA: 4 Days to Go!

    Posted on 03/25/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Essentials For Spring

    Melinda Shankar is no stranger to the Orange Carpet!


    Hey there, TeenNick fans! The countdown to KCA has officially begun! In case you haven't heard, I am going to be walking the Orange Carpet this year and I'm taking you along for the journey! I just had a fitting for my KCA dress last week, and I've narrowed down my options to two -- prepping for the big day is half the fun! Do you have a big event coming up? Here are some tips and tricks that you can apply to any big day like prom or graduation!

    Sometimes, picking the "perfect" outfit can be the most stressful part of our day. The fear of over or under dressing for the occasion, hoping to not wear the same style as your GF, etc., is enough to drive us crazy. The trick to creating a head-turning outfit is to cater to your own personal appearance. Personal style means wearing whatever you want, and it often reflects your personality and helps create a first impression. Just because trends are "in" doesn't mean you have to attempt to rock them. Take your body type, style, and the occasion into consideration, and use your judgment to pick an #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) that makes you feel beautiful and confident! After all, once you commit and leave the house, there's no turning back. You can delete the photo proof of an outfit fumble, but you can't delete the memories!

    You might start with a dress or blouse, but shoes can make or break an outfit. Dressing up a casual outfit with some bold shoes is always a great option for jazzing up a regular #OOTD to be photo-op-worthy! Generally, if an outfit is more fashion-forward or "out there", however, neutral heels help keep the focus on the dress or ensemble. This rule applies to clutches, purses and jewelry, as well!

    Want to hit up the salon before your big day? If you're planning a new hair style or cut, try it before hand to make sure it's exactly like you pictured. I suggest getting a haircut at least four days before the event to give it time to settle in and, of course, time for you to get used to it. A great outfit/look takes a lot of thought and preparation, but once you've put all the pieces together, you'll be so glad you did! #FashionistaFact

    Can't wait to see you all at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday at 8pm ETon Nickelodeon!


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Essentials For Spring + Some Exciting KCA News!!

    Posted on 03/20/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Essentials For Spring


    FAN QUESTION: What is the best way to prepare for spring?

    In my opinion, the best way to prepare for spring is to be equipped with the essentials at all times!

    1. A light jacket or cardigan: I know we're all eager to ditch the winter gear but there's nothing worse than ruining a cute outfit because you had to borrow your guy friend's jacket so you don't freeze to death.

    2. Footwear: Rain boots, platform heel, or boots are a safe bet considering the inconsistent weather. Try to avoid stick heels until the ground is no longer mushy. We all want to show off our Christmas gift pumps (guilty), but you'll be regretting your decision once they're damaged!

    3. Fashion accessory: Ever since I was a little girl, I make myself follow this fashion rule: No matter how casual or how fancy your outfit is, have one distinct "wow" factor piece. It doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive and can be as simple as scarves, rings, or a belt, but you'll be glad you did when you run into your crush after school!

    4. Hair elastic: Sounds like an obvious one, but with these winter winds still holding on, you never know when you'll have to throw your hair up. Battling with your locks in public Medusa-style, isn't a cute look.

    5. Last but not least, always carry a bold colour lipstick and mascara with you. It's an instant high fashion look in under three minutes for when you have a last-minute hangout. Brighten up your eyes and pucker up, spring is when our social lives pick up a little more as we can now bear the outdoors. Always be prepared!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Essentials For Spring


    I am so excited to announce that I'll be attending this year's Kids' Choice Awards --and you're coming with me! Look out for some fun details from me starting this Friday, March 21st. Next week I'll be blogging about how I'm getting ready for the big day, filling you in on everything from picking out the right dress to styling my hair to last-minute preparations. I'll also be live-tweeting at the show! It's going to be amazing!


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Quick Fix To Common Makeup Mistakes

    Posted on 03/13/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Makeup Quick Fix

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    FAN QUESTION: What is a common makeup, skincare, or hair mistake that you see teens often make but can be easily fixed?

    Mistakes and trial and error are all part of what makes us human, we just have to acknowledge and learn from them. A makeup error I often see is mismatched foundation. It's especially obvious when there is a sharp difference in colour of the face and neck (blending is key!). If you're unsure if the colour is your match, take it to a makeup or drug store where a specialist can help you! With the weather changing, our skin colour often changes, too. Having 3 shades of face powder (one shade lighter, colour match, and one shade darker) can help you adjust the foundation without having to buy a new one, unless it's a big difference, of course!

    A common skincare mistake I see is people touching their face or skin without washing their hands. Bacteria accumulates like crazy, and just because we can't see it doesn't mean it isn't there! Touching your face will spread those germs into your pours, making room for acne and skin problems that could otherwise easily be avoided!

    A hair error I often see is girls straightening their hair too straight. Unless you have very curly hair, I recommend straightening from the crown of your head rather than at the root. By doing this you won't lose the natural volume that your hair already has. In addition to that, there are powders, sprays and shampoos to add extra volume in the event that straightening hair makes your locks look thinned out!


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret to Long and Healthy Hair

    Posted on 03/06/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret to Long and Healthy Hair

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret to Long and Healthy Hair


    FAN QUESTION: What do you do to get your hair so long and healthy?

    Aside from keeping up with monthly hair trims, I have a couple of secrets to healthy hair growth success. Don't over wash your hair. Oil seems gross and annoying but it's actually providing moisture and the nutrients needed to have healthy hair. I also give myself head massages to massage the hair follicles and then I brush my hair out, spreading the natural oils to the rest of my hair!

    Once a month I'll get messy and drench all of my hair in castor oil before showering. Castor oil is incredible for hair growth and will provide your scalp with extra vitamins and nutrients.

    (Bonus Tip! Apply castor oil on your lash line before bed after washing your face for long, thick lashes!)


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Beating Your Winter Skin Blues

    Posted on 02/25/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Beating Your Winter Skin Blues

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Beating Your Winter Skin Blues


    FAN QUESTION: What are some tips to beating winter skin? I'm always so dry and scaly feeling!

    Winter winds can be harsh on our skin. The cold air dries it out and you can feel like you're braving non-stop skin issues until spring. One of my favourite (and inexpensive) cures is Petroleum jelly. It acts as lip balm, hair flyaway tamer, cuticle moisturizer, and treats wind burn. Not only is it a heavy source of moisture, but it's also instant relief for cracked skin. I wouldn't recommend slathering that on your face, however, as it has an oil base which can clog pores.

    Drinking extra water is also key as hydration plays a big part in your skin. Too cold for water? Drink it hot! It'll double as warmth and comfort. Keeping a humidifier by your bed side at night can also help circulate moisture into the air, which, in turn, leaves your skin hydrated!


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret To Simple Hairstyles!

    Posted on 02/20/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Simple Hair

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Gym To Class


    FAN QUESTION: What is your best go-to hairstyle when you have no time to do something fancy or special to it? Do you have a favourite hair accessory that you cannot live without?

    My life consists of attending many fun events, but a lot of the time I'm not given much notice. With little time to book a hair appointment, I've mastered the art of simple high fashion hair styles that never let me down!

    One of my favourite hairstyles is a pin-straight, slicked-back high pony tail. Sounds way more complicated than it is. Start with brushing your hair out, straightening it much as possible and tie your hair up wherever you desire (I suggest fairly high on your head). Then, using an empty mascara wand, either drench it in hair spray or dip it in gel. Comb back any fly always and stray hairs until it's perfectly sleek! Tip: This sharp look paired with cheek contour/blush is amazing as a look!

    My favourite hair accessory would definitely be my thin jewel studded head band. Its base is elastic, so it works with my hair down, in a ponytail, and over my head like a crown. The added bling jazzes up even the most simple hair style. Tip: Get two and wrap one around your arm twice as a bracelet.

    The best part about personal image and fashion is that it's YOURS! Play around with different styles, bend all of the "rules" and make it your own.


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Gym To Class Tips!

    Posted on 02/13/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Gym To Class


    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    FAN QUESTION: Do you have any solutions for freshening up after gym class? I always just put my hair in a ponytail but it's getting very boring.

    Growing up heavily involved in extracurricular physical activity, I'd often have a workout before school. Having the time to wash your hair isn't always easy, especially when hurrying off to an early morning class! Depending on the occasion, you can:

    1. Create alternate options for your hairstyle: You can try braids, a half up / half down style, or clipping your hair up to create a small poof!

    2. Accessories: Pull your hair back with headbands, clips, cute fashionable hats (if it's not against your school's dress code) or clip in hair extensions to create volume!

    3. Dry shampoo: One of my key products to freshen up my hair when needed, the aerosol spray consists of fine, non-coloured oil-absorbing powders. Spray it in, leave for about 30 seconds, flip your head upside down, shake your hair out by massaging your scalp lightly, brush your hair - et voil�! A quick fix for sweaty hair!

    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.