Hi Eva! I'm a freshman in college, and am extremely interested in mirroring a career path similar to yours. I have always loved fashion, but never understood how I could make a career of it. I've been pursuing the banal pre-law route with my studies, but wondered if you had any advice on how I could attempt to manifest my goals of editorial/magazines/publishing/fashion! (I'm working on better defining the list.) Thanks!
P.S. Your blog is amazing, and I loved the shout to to J.Crew :)
oh, banal pre-law. been there, done that (I worked at Cravath for a few months after college: my parents were so happy!). if you’re a freshman in college, you’re lucky bc you have some time to figure it out. I would try an internship in magazines/fashion first and if you love it, well, then you know that’s a route for you. if you hate it, you have plenty of other semesters to figure out what it is that makes you tick.
my #1 advice, though? don’t pursue a career path just because you feel you “have” to or because it’s “safe”. you need to LOVE your job!
today i came across this article http://intothegloss.com/2010/09/eva-chen-beauty-director-teen-vogue where you said the cover girl lash blast lenght was the best. I own one but even if I apply just a thin layer my lashes come down and it looks like i didn't even curled them (i have asian straight lashes). do you know any *magic* tip so this won't happen, pleeease? :D
I have crazy straight Asian lashes as well! I use Shu Uemura’s lash curler at three locations: at the base of the lashes, then I pulse it up to the center, then I do a mini pulse at the tip. the result = super curled lashes! I would also recommend using a lash serum (Rimmel and L’Oreal have drugstore versions, but if you can splurge try Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For) every day!
i don't suppose you have any advice for girls who aspire to be models, do you? :)
I’d recommend a) taking a LOT of practice photos. have your friends do the makeup, shoot the photography, style you. you need to learn your angles! b) attend (non-shady—because there are a lot of shady con artists/sketchy people out there) fashion show competitions (Elite has a good one) and open calls. but, sigh, modeling is tough. to be brutally honest, a lot of the time you just have to be “discovered”, whether it’s at a talent competition, in the mall, etc. but don’t give up on your dream—just keep other fashion-related careers in mind too (there are so many!).
Hi Eva! First of all, I feel so couture knowing all these facts about make up & fashion haha, thanks for all your helpful blogs :] Secondly, spring is fast approaching which calls for more skin & bright colors...but I'm not very thin, and I'm pretty busty (I read somewhere bright colors make you look bigger). Do you have any fashion tips to dress for the season without looking like a neon colored beached whale? Or maybe suggestions on swimsuits for any body? Thanks in advance :]
"neon colored beached whale"—thank you for making me laugh! honestly, speaking from the other side, the grass is always greener. I always wished I had more of a, uh, bust to fill out bathing suits with! I’m no swimsuit pro but all I can say is love your body. it’s all about finding the cuts/shapes that suit YOU. I would highly recommend finding a brand (like Malia Mills or J.Crew) that sells bathing suit tops/bottoms separately too. mix and match until you find your perfect combo!
Ok so I was going through my old Teen Vogues a couple weeks ago and read about when you decided to cut your hair short and that totally pushed me to do the same, so I did. And I must say, having short hair is so much less of a hassle! And in my head, images of Stella, Anja and Carmen float around as a form of a short haired contact high. Would you ever do it again?
my hair right now is chin length, actually! I love short hair. I think it’s magical and chic and instantly gives any girl a “look.” my next hair step is actually, eep, perming my hair. I want Alexa Chung/ScarJo waves! wish me luck ;)
Could you detail your skin care regimen? Your skin is perfect!
my routine is extensive! AM: wash, serum, SPF. PM: wash, serum, night cream, eye cream, heavier lip balm, lash serum. 3x a week I use a mask, 2x a week I use a peel pad, 2x week (alternating with the peel pad) I use a retinoid. umm, I think that’s it. (but that’s a lot). the brands vary depending on what I’m testing at the moment!
Eva, it seems like you paint your nails everyday considering you get so much nail polish. So, how often do you paint them?
I give myself a manicure every 2-3 days! my manicures usually last longer than that (up to a week, thanks to Orly’s Rubberized base coat) but I get so so so many polishes that I have to change it up often otherwise they’d all pile up!
How did you break the news to your parents that you decided to quit med school and work in fashion? I'm going through something like this right now with my mom, and I was wondering if you could give me any tips. Thank you so much for your time, and you are one of my favorite people in the fashion industry!
P.S- I <3 your Tumblr so much! : )
oh, man. good luck! it’s so hard to break free of parental expectations but you absolutely have to follow your dreams! I would recommend making it clear to your parents that you’re following your heart and passion—and with that comes a strong personal drive and will to succeed. I would also lay out a plan/general outline for how most careers in your desired industry flow. that way, they can see you’ve done your research (and it’ll help them better understand your chosen career). your parents may—or may not—approve. but as long as you’re pursuing your dreams, that’s what matters.
Hi Eva! Loved your NYFW coverage! So currently, I'm applying for all sorts of summer internships, and I was wondering if you had any advice about cover letters? There's always so much gravity placed on them.
when it comes to cover letters I look for a candidate to convey their passion as well as be able to articulate exactly what it is they love about the magazine. it’s not enough to say you love Teen Vogue. why do you love it? because of the photography? the fashion stylists? which ones? being able to really show that you know your stuff is key!
I must start out saying that I love your blog! (It makes me feel like I sort of "live" in New York City, instead of Colorado.) My question is: I want to send some information to Teen Vogue on child slavery to farm the cocoa for most of the world's non fair trade chocolate. I think it would be a great topic to feature because it is a serious issue that no one knows about (I didn't know till I wrote a report on it for school). Who should I send this information to? Your help is appreciated! :)