are you good with makeup questions? this is the million dollar question and im in need of help ! What is the BEST mascara?
oh dear. asking me about what the best mascara is like asking me what the best color is—there’s no one right answer. the truth is that shopping for mascaras is like shopping for jeans… what works/fits for one person might fail wildly on another person. so much depends on your lashes—fine or thick? straight or naturally curled? short or long? a few of my favorite mascaras though—and if they work on my super straight, sparse lashes, they’ll likely work on anyone’s (and caveat #2 I like the long and ultra-defined look, not the thick “I should’ve just used false lashes” look): CoverGirl Lash Blast Length, Eyeko Fat Mascara, Blinc tubing mascara, Lancome Doll Lash, and Shiseido Perfect Mascara
hi eva! i am looking for a new face moisturizer. i am 28 and would love to prevent future wrinkles, prevent acne, and add some nutrients. also- the moisturizers that i have been considering have SPF in them... is it ok to use a moisturizer with SPF at night? Or should I just bite the bullet and buy a separate one for night and for day?
oh my goodness, you’re asking for like a one-size-fits-all product for three-maybe-four entirely different needs! to prevent future wrinkles: wear SPF (I’m using Olay Regenerist SPF 50 these days) and don’t smoke/tan/sunbed-tan (obviously). to prevent acne: use a retinoid (if your skin can tolerate it, I use one twice a week at night) or a daily product with salicylic acid in it. to add some nutrients: eat healthily—nourishing your skin from the inside out is really the best tactic (lots of water, cut back on processed foods, tons of leafy greens and healthy fats). lastly, bite the bullet! night creams and day creams are usually formulated in entirely different ways. get a simple night cream (no need to break the bank) like Yes to Carrots, Neutrogena, or Aveeno—your skin will thank you
“I’m not somebody who tries to figure out ‘why’ so much. one thing that is exciting about fashion is the surprise element. people don’t know what they want. they just know what they want when they see it”—Marc Jacobs to Time magazine and I completely agree… to my wallet’s dismay
Hi Eva, looking at your photos you look really tall! I'm 5'10" and I always find it awkward wearing heels, even though I love how I feel whilst wearing them! But everytime i arrive somewhere in my heels I always think I must look like a giant! I was wondering how you cope with it all? I love heels and but since I moved to the Philippines where the average height is 5'3" even wearing flats makes me stand out! (no pun intended)
ugh, you’re so lucky to be 5’10! that’s my dream height ^.^ (I’m 5’9”, for the record). I actually get asked this question a lot, in varying forms (I’m tall, should I wear heels? I’m short, can I carry a big bag? I’m skinny, can I wear sack dresses? I’m not skinny, can I wear pencil skirts… the list goes on). my philosophy, which I’ve arrived on after agonizing in my youth regarding various fashion decisions, is: wear what you want. if people look at you askance or make petty comments, that’s their lack of fashion sense—not yours. stand tall in your chicness (literally)!
“I become quite obsessive when I get into something”—me too! something Victoria Beckham, who I am endlessly fascinated by, and I have in common ^.^ quote from Vogue’s April issue—read the story here, I thoroughly enjoyed
Hi Eva! :) I just want to ask you if you think buying a clarisonic is a good investment?
I’ll be honest—for years (okay, months), I was resistant to the Clarisonic. my friends, dermatologists, fellow beauty editors, they’d all rave about it and I stubbornly was, like, “I clean my face perfectly well—why do I need a device to do it for me?” then, last summer, construction began on my street and I had awful skin that basically never felt clean because of all the dirt and grime flying around in the humid NYC air. that’s when I turned to the Clarisonic. and you know what? it worked—my skin felt ungrimed and cleared up. these days, I use it twice a week to exfoliate (in the summer I use it every night). so, yes, I think it’s a great investment but here are my rules: 1) don’t expect it to work miracles if you’re not using it. washing your face regularly (with the device, with cleanser, whatever) is key, period 2) I use the Mia (because I travel so much), unless you are fancypants (or want to use it on your body) I don’t think most people need the Plus version 3) you can use any cleanser with it. I use a rather basic Neutrogena Naturals face wash with it. anyway, that’s my (long) story, hope it helps you decide
Hi Eva ! What drugstore brands do you recommend for a concealer/foundation ? Better yet, what are the essentials ? I'm a beginner and I'm curious to find out from a professional ! Thank you :))
so I have this long-held (and oft shared) philosophy that if you should spend money on one category of beauty products… it should be concealer or foundation that perfectly and totally matches your skin. of course, buying that new designer nailpolish will be tempting. but resist the siren song of sparkly gloss and other frivolous beauty buys—a perfect foundation or concealer will mean that you’ll look better, period. okay, that’s my spiel and onto my answer: at the drugstore level, I like Maybelline’s Dream Mousse and Fit Me collections, CoverGirl Simply Ageless concealer, and Mark’s concealer with salicylic acid. one more thing: I suggest going to a store with a great return policy (CVS! Ulta!) that have satisfaction guaranteed policies… that way you can return things if they totally match your skintone!
Eva!!!!! Big fan first off! Can you please tell me your skincare routine, in detail, especially your Sunday night routine. Right now I use Kanebo Sensai Silk line and I love it.
okay, brace yourself. AM: cleanse, serum, SPF (simple!). PM: cleanse, Clarisonic (2x a week in lieu of regular cleansing), toner (2-3x a week), mask (2-3x a week), retinoid (2x a week), serum (every night I’m not using a retinoid), night cream, eye cream, Latisse (3x a week), lip balm. for body, I do body scrubs at least 3x a week, body lotion and foot cream every night. I can’t even begin to list all the brands I use because it changes so frequently—it’s part of my job to constantly test new products and I take my job very seriously ;)
do you think that going to a college in NY will help ones opportunity to "make it" in the fashion industry? (for networking or school year internships) i recently got accepted to eugene lang college (part of the New School and you can graduate w/ a dual degree w/ parsons as well) but its liberal arts majors make me nervous if my pursuit of journalism doesn't work out. my other option is to go to a state school where i can get a journalism and business degree but only pursue summer internships
congratulations on your acceptance to Eugene Lang! there’s no way I can give you the right answer for you—where you go to college is a very personal decision. you should go where you feel comfortable, happy, and at-home because, really, it will be your home for the next four years. that’s a long time, so you better like it! but what I will say that a) it doesn’t really matter what you major in. there are people who work in magazines who majored in art history, English, economics, political science, etc b) any major that helps you hone your communication skills (written, spoken, etc) will be advantageous but c) yes, being in NYC will be helpful because you’ll be able to intern during other semesters besides summer (which is historically the most competitive semester)
I've accepted an internship position for the summer at Marie Claire magazine. Rent is going to cost me a fortune, but I know I'm going to need some great pieces to wear around the office if I want any chance at impressing my colleagues and editors. Along with a good attitude and efficient work ethic, what are some intern essentials, or pieces you know get a girl noticed out of a group of interns? A great bag? Shoes? Where should I splurge and where should I save?
ah, I love reality TV and the movie industry. they’ve glamorized fashion magazines so much that what you might expect me to say that intern essentials are as follows: Miu Miu dresses, Christian Louboutin heels, Chanel bag. false! what I’d say true intern essentials are: comfortable shoes (flats) and a roomy purse because you’ll be running around the city, jeans and cute tops, little (but not too little) summer dresses, and—most importantly, as you smartly mention—a crazy work ethic, happy attitude, zero sense of entitlement, organizational skills, and mad efficiency. congratulations—and enjoy!
(but to answer your question, I’d splurge on a nice bag ^.^)
Hi Eva,I’m a college senior graduating in May. I’m applying for jobs and it’s so stressful- I’d like to work as an editorial assistant for a mag in NYC but don’t know if I have enough experience to qualify- I’ve interned at Teen Vogue, Anthropologie, and Girls’ Life Magazine. I’ve looked at Linked In profiles of current editorial assistants. Many have had 6+ internships at major NYC names. I’d consider doing another internship but can’t really afford it, esp. if it’s unpaid. Any advice? Thanks!
applying for jobs in the magazine industry is stressful because, well, it’s not like other fields such as finance or engineering where you might finish your internship the previous summer and get an offer on the spot and you’ll know exactly where you’ll be May 21, 2012. nope, in the magazine industry, you’ll get a job only when someone else leaves the position that you’re dreaming of, whether it’s assistant to the editor in chief, art assistant, beauty assistant, etc. all that said, yes, you have enough experience—you already have more experience than many and most of your peers. you should not be internship hunting when you move to NYC (you’re moving to NYC, right?). you should be job-hunting, meeting up with every single one of your former employers, and networking like mad.