Hi Eva! I will be graduating this May and I'm contemplating going to grad school. I was just wondering what you think the pros/cons of grad school are for this industry and if you think grad school is necessary to work for a fashion magazine. Thanks!
one word answer: no. five word answer: if you feel like it. honestly—and I’m speaking as a journalism school graduate—you don’t need to go to grad school to work at a fashion magazine. I personally think that the two years that you would spend at grad school are better served being an assistant. real life training always trumps theoretical training! when you graduate from grad school, you’d have to start as an assistant anyway! however, I will say that if you want to go just “for fun” (what I did part-time while I worked at ELLE), go for it! it’s a great way to stretch your brain to think about journalism and fashion in a different light
I know I should be saving my money, but I want to splurge on something nice. What would you get for $200?
"I know I should be saving but I want to splurge" could be the motto for my life. sigh. but that’s what new year’s resolutions are for! anyway, for $200 I’d purchase Repetto ballet flats (my absolute favorite), cashmere Toms shoes (I have two pairs and they are marvelously cozy), or a posh fragrance like Tom Ford or Jo Malone. happy shopping—I’m jealous!
hii. as an asian, how do you do your makeup? i'm always looking to experiment except it's kind of hard to since one, i have mono lids, and two, excess eye shadow always overwhelms my eyes.
the sky is the limit, my mono-lidded friend! I suggest you check out style.com and search for Asian models backstage at shows. you’ll notice that, in fact, 99% of Asian models (Shu Pei! Liu Wen! Hyoni Kang! Tao Okamoto!) do not have folds and look as gloriously gorgeous in their makeup as their fold-y fellow models.
and this just in: makeup artist Beau Nelson told me on twitter that he likes working on Asian girls because “without the restriction of a fold I can put eyeshadow wherever I want, as big as I want.” sounds good to me!
since you get so many nail varnishes (so jealous, by the way), what are your go-to colours?
believe it or not, I almost never use the same color twice. when I take home polishes, I use them once and then take them back to the office (or gift a lucky friend, intern, or editor). so I don’t have “go to” colors per se, more like ones that I remember as being especially loved. those include: Rimmel in Steel Grey and Bare Naked, Zoya in Paz, Maura, Charisma, Essie in Cocktail Bling, Bermuda Shorts, Mini Shorts, and One Day Without The Blues, Deborah Lippmann everything (but especially Across the Universe and Happy Birthday), OPI That’s Hot Pink, On Stranger Tides, Skull and Glossbones and, oh, about nine trillion others!
What are some things that one must have on their skin to survive a wicked winter weather?
my skin tends to spazz out twice a year: the first oppressively hot humid summer day (my pores shriek ‘nooooo!’ and basically shut themselves down for the season) and, well, right about now during that first snap of cold weather. the best tactic for me is as follows: *use a humidifier every night. yes, it’s a pain to fill it and lug it to your bedroom (extra points if you have one in your living room too!) but it’s worth the annoyance. *add or use a richer serum to lock in moisture. I’m partial to oils, but if you have very, very acne-prone skin, consider a gel-serum *hydrate like crazy. water, not soda—it should be your best friend
Hi Eva! As a beauty expert that has used countless cosmetic products what do you think of MAC cosmetics? I've never actually used their products but it seems that it may be best suited for photoshoots, or runway shows rather than your average girl. What do you think?
most beauty editors rabidly love MAC—every time we get a delivery from them, we froth at the mouth! we go crazy! okay, perhaps I’m being a bit hyperbolic but, yes, we love MAC and a large part of why is what you pointed out: they have great pigments that are rich and delicious and look great on photo shoots. but MAC also has perfect sheer colors for every day as well. the key is to not be scared when you go to the counter and tell them exactly what you want, whether it’s a shimmery sheer gold eyeshadow to wear to work or school, or a purple lipstick for Halloween. have an artist apply it on you and take a walk around the store and a quick pop out in natural light to see how it looks. finally, do not let a salesperson peer pressure you into buying something you don’t want!
Hi Eva, I am so obsessed with the lovely moulding on the mirror where you take your outfit pics! Where did you get it and when can we get a picture tour of your NYC pad? I'm curious about your decorating aesthetic. Yours in style, Carolynn, @carolynnlacasse
the mirror is from Brocade, which has a store in NYC’s Soho, and an e-commerce site. it was a bit of a splurge but honestly, I gaze adoringly at myself every day for at least a few hours so it’s worth it (just kidding, obviously). as for my decorating aesthetic, it’s a work in progress! in 2012, I just might start doing mini-extremely-low-budget-and-short videos, so you’ll get a sense then… hopefully you’ll tune in and see! ^.^