Shayla Mitchell

Who is Shayla Mitchell?

Shayla Mitchell is an American beauty vlogger who is active on YouTube, Instagram and other social platforms. She was born on 14th September 1987 in California. She is known for her makeup-related videos and collaborations with many beauty brands. Her internet nickname is MakeupShayla.

Early life and career of Shayla

Shayla grew up in a loving family, but she was never spoiled since her family didn’t have a lot of money. She was interested in beauty from a young age and spent time brushing her hair and applying makeup that she borrowed from her mother’s purse. Although her parents believed in her and supported her, she wasn’t allowed to wear makeup before entering college. Her mother used to tell her all the time that she was beautiful and didn’t need makeup.

While attending college, Shayla found a job at the MAC Cosmetics store, which gave her the opportunity to wear makeup on a daily basis and improve her skills. She improved a lot during that time, and when she started feeling prepared, she wanted to work as a makeup artist. Being a freelance makeup artist can be amazing, and it would be everything she wanted to do, but the most challenging part was finding customers. In order to make herself known, she created her Instagram in 2012 and started posting pictures of her makeup looks. She went viral and gained a lot of followers in just three months. People started complimenting her, and naturally, they wanted to know what products she used and how she did her makeup.

Shayla Mitchell's YouTube channel

Shayla decided to answer her audience’s questions by creating a YouTube channel. She immediately started filming makeup tutorials, which drew more people to her channel. Shortly after, she had enough money to buy all the needed products and filmed a couple of reviews and makeup hauls. As a woman of darker skin, Shayla experienced first-hand how uninclusive are some makeup brands. She enjoyed filming reviews on different foundations but often found out that they offer only two-three shades for darker women. Luckily Rihanna thought of everything, so at least Shayla’s review on Fenty beauty’s foundation went well.

Besides makeup, Shayla was always aware of the way she looked. Even though she never came even close to being overweight, she wanted her body to look different, so she started working hard. Her fans quickly noticed that she was losing weight and asked her for tips and tricks that actually worked. Shayla didn’t hesitate and filmed a video called How I Lost 20 Pounds!, which quickly became the most popular video on her channel with almost a million views. Although she worked hard to get her figure, she would never look down on anyone for their body shape. Shayla often talks about body positivity and encourages people to love their own bodies.

Collaborations with Shayla

Shayla got approached by many makeup brands since her fame, but she wisely chose which ones she wanted to promote. In 2017 she got her first big offer, which came from Maybelline. They offered to collaborate with them and help to release The Colossal Big Shot Mascara. She mentioned that once she was in the lab, she almost broke into tears. This was everything she dreamed of, and now she was standing there, creating her own mascara.

In 2019, Shayla collaborated with ColourPop to create an eyeshadow palette and a few other products. She had her experiences back then but still was pleasantly surprised when they basically told her to say what she wanted, and they will make it. She could be as creative as she wanted to and the final palette launched with many bright shades, which customers loved.

Shayla met her husband, Les Quilk, approximately five years ago. On Christmas 2019, they announced their engagement and got married in 2021.  

Interesting facts about Shayla Mitchell

  • As of 2022, she is 35 years old.
  • Her zodiac sign is Virgo.
  • Her height is 5'4'' or 163 cm.
  • Her weight is 61 kilograms or 136 lbs.
  • Her most popular video on YouTube is called How I Lost 20 Pounds!.
  • Her Instagram account has over 3 million followers.
  • She is also active on TikTok, where she posts makeup tips and short vlogs.