What are your favorite brands of nail polishes and why? I’d like to get some new ones. I already use OPI and China Glaze
asking me to choose my favorite polish brand is like asking me to choose between my (imaginary/yet to be born children). I love them all for different reasons! OPI’s brush works the best for me and my relatively wide nailbeds. I adore Essie always, especially their fall collection. Deborah Lippmann’s sparkle and color-forward thinking can’t be beat! Zoya for rich pigments. Rimmel and Sally Hansen are great for quick DIY-ing. Orly for base coats and treatment products. And I love CND and Nails Inc for their cool sparkly and special effects-y topcoats.
Hello, I see you mixing prints, and it looks so fab! I'm always so afraid of doing it. What are some of your tips to mixing prints?
I love mixing prints! it’s a particularly Teen Vogue thing to do, if you ask me. to be honest, I was very leery of mixing prints, even a year ago. then, at a certain point, I said to myself, “oh, why not?" and just started doing it! basically that’s my #1 tip: don’t overthink it and just do it. you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t (like mixing different sizes of prints: I tend not to do two "big" prints together). have fun and go crazy!
What are some of the hottest fall nail colors? I'm dying to try something other than my basic pink or red.
the two adjectives I use to describe fall polish are swampy and dusty. I realize that neither of them sound particularly appealing. :) but think mysteriously murky shades like olive greens, dirty navy, and bruised eggplant or girly shades put through the wash a few too many times: dirty lilacs, distressed ballet slippers, the like. personally, I’m in love!
hi eva! this might be a weird question for me to ask but i was wondering what type of relationship you have with other magazine's editors... is it competitive or more friendly ? im related to vf's beauty director and i am so inspired and amazed by the work you guys do :) you are awesome!
lucky you to be related to Sun Hee! she’s amazing and one of the chicest ladies I know. in terms of competition, well, the truthful answer (for me at least) is that I don’t feel competition on a personal level. however, yes, there can be a bit of competition (in a healthy way) on a professional level. we’re all scrambling for the best stories for readers and there’s a bit of overlap. so, for instance, if I scored an exclusive with, say, Guido Palau in our September issue (which we did: check it out, it’s amazing) or Beyonce in our October issue (mum’s the word on whether that’s the case), someone at a “competitive” magazine might be bummed out. overall, though, the magazine community is tightly knit and tiny. so it serves people well not to be rabblerousers or drama queens
Hi Eva! I was just wondering, what do you think are the beauty essentials for an upcoming college freshman? Thanks!
a) flip-flops. because communal showers are gross but foot diseases are even grosser b) makeup remover wipes. the reality is that in between schoolwork, socializing, and campus involvement, washing your face can fall by the wayside. whenever possible, remember to cleanse your face thoroughly at night but if not, at the very least, use a makeup removing wipe. Burt’s Bees and Yes to Carrots have good ones! c) dry shampoo, for the same reason as b. my favorite is Serge Normant’s but John Frieda has a good one too d) a quick and easy makeup routine. whether it’s a winged liner and pretty pink glossy lips or a bold red lipstick and clean mascara, have a go-to “look” that’ll make it easy for you to look polished. enjoy college—have the time of your life! :)
what did you major in for your job? (magazine editor)
I was pre-med but eventually majored in English. here’s the truth: it doesn’t matter a whit what you major in. you should major in the subjects that you love and excel at. for me, pre-med was torture. I had to work so hard (not kidding: for organic chemistry I think I studied five hours a night, just for that one class) to do okay. but creative writing and English classes always made my heart soar. and they’d feel natural. at Teen Vogue (and at any other magazine), you have people who majored in the obvious, sure: English, writing, art history, communications, fashion, etc. but there are also business, Spanish, engineering, and a lot of “unrelated” majors. the key thing: experience. intern, intern, intern
How old were you when you became beauty editor at Teen Vogue? How did you get the job?
well, it was such a long time ago that it’s a bit of a haze. I’ve been working at Teen Vogue almost seven years! I must’ve been around 24 when I got the job and it all transpired super quickly. Amy Astley called me on a Tuesday, I interviewed with her on a Wednesday, I handed in some ideas (called an “edit test”) on a Thursday, and I got the job offer on Friday at 8 AM! lesson: you never know when life will take a wonderful and unexpected twist and always be prepared :)
Since I was lucky enough to attend Teen Vogue Fashion U 2010, I have made it my dream goal to work at Teen Vogue! I know it is a million other girl's dream too but I don't want to give up :) What is it that can set someone apart from others or what can someone do to be remembered after an interview? I'll take any advice! Thank you ! :)
besides being engaged and engaging (so many interview candidates just sit there like a rock and nod. they do try to be charming or likeable or ask smart questions), it’s also important to do things after the interview. such as: write a handwritten thank you note and dash that off to the mailbox as soon as possible. follow up occasionally: that interview is a foot in the door. if you don’t follow up, the door effectively reshuts!