Eva, if you could only choose 3 make up items to use everyday what would it be?
well, that’s not such a tough question because I’m basically the world’s laziest beauty editor. lately, I’ve been using the same three products every day. Garnier BB Cream (out next month), which is basically like tinted moisturizer+: it’s smooth, it’s yummy, it covers flaws subtly, mmm marvelous. Hourglass blush in Petal: the perfect pinky coral but sans shimmer. I’m not a fan of shimmer on cheeks, most of the time. this is a lovely natural flush and I swear by it! Eyeko Big Mascara: clean, long, enormously lush lashes. that is all!
Hi Eva! My name's Aaron - now you probably get this question all the time, but I'm a junior in high school and I'm working hard to get into a good fashion school (dream - F.I.T.) and down the line at a fashion magazine (dream - Vogue). I work for my high school paper, created my own magazine for my school, worked at two fashion magazines, blogged, was part of the Nordstrom Fashion Board, and have worked at AE and currently Nordstrom. Am I on the right track?
um… yes, yes, you are on the right track. I love that you have a plan and extra-love that you have a dream employer in mind. here’s my advice for you: keep an open mind. apply to colleges besides FIT (especially liberal arts schools outside of “fashion” colleges), as there are more roads to fashion than fashion school (in fact, with the exception of designers, most of my industry friends and coworkers didn’t attend fashion school). intern. remember that your first job out of college might not be at Vogue—but keep Vogue as the end goal, not the end all. and never, ever stop dreaming!
Hi Eva! If there was one make-up related item what should I invest in?
things not to go overboard on (unless you are a Kardashian and just swimming in extra money): mascara because you should really replace it every few months, lip gloss because—if you’re anything like me—it gets lost in the bottom of your bag anyway, eyeshadow (I’d rather have lots of different shades of eyeshadow than, say, one crazy pricey one). my #1 makeup splurge would be a perfect matched concealer and/or foundation. it’ll go a long way and if you have perfect-looking skin, you won’t need as much other makeup!
Im looking for a good volumizing mascara that is clump free. What are your suggestions?
ah, mascara. such an essential product and yet it’s so difficult to find the perfect one. here are some of my favorites (and bear in mind I have the world’s thinnest and clump-prone lashes. so if these work for me…): *Cover Girl Lash Blast: there’s a Lash Blast for everyone. I prefer lengthening as I like a clean defined look. but in general, they’re excellent! *Lancome Hypnose: thick, yummy lashes. if you prefer a cleaner look, try their new Doll Lash mascara. *Eyeko Big: the best for long pretty lashes. *Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes: new from Maybelline, the mascara authority! hope this helps! if all else fails and none of them work for you, invest in a great lash comb. I love the one from Tweezerman. and let’s open this up to the tumblrverse: what do you guys love?
I'm just being curious, Is your favorite color's black? Because i noticed that your outfit are usually black or gray, i'm just saying, but you are rocking it tho!! I like :D.
wait until you see my outfit today, it’s like quintuple black! black is an easy color to wear, I’m not sure if it’s my favorite color though—that really depends on my mood (consistent favorite colors include dove grey, graphite, chartreuse, poppy red, and blush pink). I think most fashion folk like black because it’s fool-proof—you can just grab a jumble of clothes in the morning and it will (more or less) match.
I tend to go to extremes when it comes to jewelry. I either like wildly expensive things that I can’t really afford (cough, diamond studded Carter Love bracelet) or things that are bitsy and adorable and (generally) more affordable. I like to pick things up on my travels—I bought a ton of teeny earrings in Seoul and Shanghai—because it makes things more special. but, state-side, I love Eddie Borgo (amazing statement pieces—and he is so nice), Scosha (adorable stringy little bracelets and tiny earrings), Helen Ficalora (she does great thin bands), Sydney Evan (I have a few thin diamond bands from her), and Jennifer Meyer. for fun “temporary” (you wear it a few times and then you get sick of it! and then go shopping again, hooray), there’s Urban Outfitters. and, once again, never forget ebay…
I know you're (trying) to change your bag everyday, but if you had to carry one bag the rest of your life, what would it be?
I like that you put “trying” in parentheses—a subtle “it’ll be really hard, good luck” message, haha. your question is basically impossible to answer but if I had to, I suppose I’d opt for a classic quilted Chanel 2.55 in the large size. for day, I’d be able to smoosh in all my essentials (Smythson planner, wallet, gloss, hand sanitizer, hand cream, sunglasses) and wear it as a cross-body or shoulder bag. at night, I could tuck in the chains and carry it as a (giant) clutch. now, let’s hope the day never comes where I only could carry one bag for the rest of my life…
Hi Eva!! I just wanted to say that I love your blog, think its so inspirational! I was wondering whether to work in the fashion buisness (magazine, styling, etc.) you have to be a certain size. I heard that they don't hire you if your not 'thin' enough, in your opinion is it true?
well… it depends. if you want to be a runway model, yes, you have to be thin—crazy thin—as in sample size, which is about a size 0-2. models are the loveliest of genetic freaks (no offense to all my model buddies). in terms of other fashion careers, I personally think it’s less about size and more about the fact that you’re showing that you are polished and care about the way you look (which, frankly, is important in any professional environment). that might not translate to sample size, but in the fashion biz it does generally mean fit and trim. there are definitely people who take that too far—or get sucked into fashion stereotypes—but those people are in the minority, no matter how mainstream media chooses to portray magazine/fashion folk.
Hi Eva! As an undergraduate student with only 3 semesters left of my college career my sense of style has changed over the years as I've gotten older. I now prefer quality over quanity; clothes, shoes, and accessories that are well made and will still look in style several years later. I actually don't have a huge wardrobe because of this, that and I'm a college student on a budget. What's your advice for obtaining a stylish, quality wardrobe, with excellent pieces while having a modest budget?
your motto—quality over quantity—is an excellent one. it’s one that most magazine editors actually (try to) adhere to. most of us will splurge on a few investment pieces a year (classic bags, shoes, or clothing that are chic but timeless) and supplement that with fast fashion buys from Zara, H&M, Topshop, and ASOS. so, keep up the good work… and never forget the power of ebay. ;)