Hi Eva! I want to be a fashion journalist but everyone keeps telling me that it doesn't pay. But I keep seeing editors with great clothes and amazing lifestyles. How much of what people have been telling me is true?
the reality is that you don’t go into fashion or fashion journalism (or journalism, period, for that matter) to make money. you do it because you can’t not do it—it’s your dream, your passion, your all-consuming goal. which is not to say you don’t get paid—at more senior levels, you certainly can make a very decent living and have a great lifestyle. but your coffers will never compare to, say, those of hedge funders (darn one percent!). I will say that at the very beginning (entry level), the pay is rather meager. but, again, if you love it, you don’t see it as dues paying—it’s an educational, soul-enriching experience
Hi Eva, I have just finished high school and changed to tourism. I now completely regret my decision as I Love fashion and I always have. I was just wondering if it will too late when I'm older (20). Or if it will still be good and I will have a good chance at having a good career in fashion even though I started later? thank you
ah, youth. twenty, my dear girl, is not “older”. twenty is young enough to make a complete u-turn and start all over in another industry. and then again. and once again. really, I’d say you have until your mid-twenties to (ideally) figure out what it is you want to do. (if you don’t figure out what you want to do by your mid-twenties, that’s okay too. but by then you should have done your research and have a more solid idea of what it is you like and don’t like in a job). but back to the task at hand: if you want to work in fashion, do it. first, though, do your homework. read up on different careers in fashion to ascertain what might suit you and your personality. then, apply away to internships, assistant positions, and don’t settle for anything less than your dreams
Eva, is it bad to wear too much black/grey? I feel most comfortable in monochromatic clothing, but I've had friends get angry at me because I hardly ever wear color. Now I'm getting a little frustrated and bored with my wardrobe, too... Can you give me advice on introducing more colors into my closet? Thanks!
wait. your friends get angry at you? holy moly, they sound hardcore! my POV on your question (and fashion in general) is that you should wear whatever you want. I love black and grey (they’re two of my favorite colors) as well and you always look polished when you’re wearing them. if you want to add color, summer’s the perfect time to experiment. I’d start with smaller pieces like accessories—bags, shoes, bangles, necklaces… as you feel more comfortable, maybe try a brighter jean with a white or black tank. most importantly, just have fun! that’s what fashion is for. and ignore your friends—wear what you want ^.^
“I have many acquaintances, and I’ve met a lot of people, but I have very few close friends”—Marc Jacobs to Time magazine. he pretty accurately describes the fashion scene—it’s crazysocial but the closest friends (of mine, at least) are old friends
Hi Eva~ This might be asking a lot, but could you please recommend a shampoo+conditioner that helps with strengthening (anti-breakage) long hair? I am too lazy to shampoo and condition separately ^-^ !!
harumph, the word “lazy” does not exist in my beauty dictionary. I seriously think you reap what you sow when it comes to beauty—the more effort you put into your routine, the more you get (not that I’m espousing spending nineteen hours a day on beauty)! so. anyway. back to your question: if you can splurge, I love love Kerastase and Shu Uemura hair products. Kerastase actually has a new line coming out that’s strengthening for long hair (I assume you have long hair?). but also look at your habits—if you’re brushing your hair too aggressively or you color and heat-style your hair, you’ll experience greater breakage. my hairstylist friends always say to treat your hair like silk or cashmere—with extreme love and care!
Hi Eva! I've been using drugstore brand concealers and foundations my whole life, but I'm ready to splurge and get the really good stuff now. So, I was wondering, what brands do you recommend?
how did you know that my middle name is “splurge” (it’s not really. but it could be). my favorite concealers are Bobbi Brown and Cle de Peau and Laura Mercier (if you want something majorly intensely covering). liquid foundation: Chanel Aqualumiere and Make Up For Ever HD. powder: Smashbox Halo and, gasp, La Mer.
Hey, Eva! *fan swoon* I live in the city and I'd really like to intern under a beauty editor. I'm qualified, but what are some things that you would REALLY, really (really), want to hear during the in-person-interview (really)? xx
well, a) that you love beauty. it’s amazing how many people who apply for internships with me love fashion and accessories, but not beauty (I mean…). b) that you’re a hard worker, organized, eager to learn and a quick learner, efficient, etc etc (say these things and mean them, though. that’s important) c) that you’re uber-familiar with the editor and magazine you’re applying to. don’t apply for an internship with me and then say you despise social media or don’t care for beauty blogs. lastly, always follow up with a thank you note (handwritten). good luck!
Hi Eva! This is a somewhat of a simple question but I was wondering what you do to stay healthy?
oh! that is actually a rather complicated question. let me preface this answer by saying that I like to eat—a lot. I eat as much as most guys I know and for most of my life have been lucky enough to not gain much weight. as a teen, I actually had to consume truly repellent shakes to put on weight. (this is where people can start hating me, yes). but in recent years, I’ve noticed that I can’t eat like a wildebeest. hence my fitness routine: I do pilates once a week and have an (amazing) personal trainer. then, I try to do yoga once a week and do some sort of heart-thumping cardio once a week as well. that’s on a good week. if I’m busy, it all falls by the wayside, sigh. also, I should add, I try to eat cleanly (deep-fried foods or junk food only rarely, mostly vegetarian diet) and I snack on yummy things like almonds, fruit, and macarons throughout the day ^.^
Hi Eva! What do you think is the best makeup remover? I have only been using Kiehl's ultra facial cleanser to double as a makeup remover during my daily routine for the past few months (BAD)!! Although I use eye makeup remover every night, I am in desperate need of a -real- facial makeup remover and haven't had luck finding one that wasn't too oily. I love your blog and all your helpful advice so I thought you would be perfect to ask! :)
use an oil. agh, I can practically see you shaking your head with disappointment—you specifically said you didn’t want something oil. but honest to goodness, cleansing oils are the best way to break down all the makeup on your face and it’s what most makeup artists and industry professionals would recommend to you (unless you have seriously, seriously, seriously acne-prone skin, which it doesn’t look like you do from your profile picture). Urban Decay’s Meltdown Makeup Remover is the first I’d recommend, followed by the ones from DHC, Bobbi Brown, Nars, or MAC!
hi eva! i really want to buy a good mask to use at home. i love getting facials, but can't afford to get them too regularly, and i want to make weekly/bi-weekly masks part of my routine. i don't really have any too-specific concerns: i'm 22, half-asian, my skin is pretty clear but occasionally breaks out on my forehead. i just want to start nourishing my skin more. what would you suggest is a good mask to start using? should i splurge on something like SK-II? thanks so much!!
your question makes me so happy because, well, 99% of the people who message me aren’t taking great care of their skin—you are the skincare 1%. hooray! and you’re asking the right person. I am a maskaholic—I typically mask two or three times a week and have been known to mask different parts of my face with different masks in one night. so, a few of my favorites: SK-II (so luxe, leaves skin super glowy, I use these before big events or if my skin just looks lackluster. each packet tends to have an excess of fluid, so I slather that onto my neck, arms, and legs to not waste it!), Ren’s peel (exfoliates and leaves super looking luminous), Decleor and Jurlique’s detoxifying masks (I use these on my t-zone), Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel (all their masks are really rather wonderful), Clinique’s Turnaround Instant Facial (the name says it all), and Nude Skincare’s Miracle Mask. good luck and enjoyyyyy