Hey Eva, I was wondering if you have a certain beauty regime for flying. Whenever I get off a long flight I feel gross and puffy. Is there anything you suggest?
ugh, I totally hear you and good timing—I’m flying to London on Wednesday night. so, I have an extensive pre-flight routine (okay, well, basically washing my face and moisturizing—here’s a video about that). when I get on the plane, I wipe down the armrests, buttons, screen, and anything vaguely communal with an Herban Essentials antibacterial lavender wipe—that’s probably the most insane thing I do, by the way. um, moving on. for flights longer than three hours, I reapply moisturizer and as a general rule, I drink at least one cup of water per hour of flight and try to stay away from the inflight meal (unless I can pre-order a low sodium one). the inflight meal is basically a salt lick and largely responsible for the puffy grossness! lastly, once I get home or to the hotel, I wash my face, like, immediately. and then hydrate like a maniac!
hi eva, when it comes to your skincare routine, do you change it up as much as you do your nail polish? what are your essential products that have worked wonders for your skin?
I do change up my skincare—but definitely not as often as my nailpolish. that would entail me changing my entire skincare routine every three days and, well, that would be utter madness. because I am very luckily showered with beauty products on a weekly—nay, daily… nay, hourly—basis, I take a lot of things home with me to try. I’ll usually give something I’m using three full weeks to make an impression (research and development people suggest that amount of time, since it’s the average turnaround time for skin cells) and I’ll pass judgement then ^.^ here’s what I’m using right now: Ren Hydra-Calm Face Wash and serum, Olay Regenerist SPF 50, Boscia BB Cream, Clarins Total Eye Concentrate, Neals Yard Beauty Sleep Serum, Clinique Moisture Surge Intense, Fresh Seaberry Body Lotion, Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream!
Eva I hope that you have had a great morning. I am messaging you because honestly I am exhausted. I am looking for an internship this summer (hopefully a beauty or fashion related one) and not even google is helping me. I am 21 years old with a passionate heart. All I want to do is experience life and enjoy the world around me. I go to a private school so I can't afford to not work during the summer. Do you know how I can find a paid internship? I know these are rare but my fingers are crossed.
not even google is helping? my darling girl, google is the tip of the internship iceberg. to break into the fashion industry, you need to work it (I refuse to write “werk” or “werq”, shudder). ask your college’s career services for contact information for people who work in the industries you’re interested in, ask your friends, ask your parents, ask your parents’ friends, ask everyone for help. beauty and fashion are word-of-mouth industries—jobs aren’t always posted online (but check out ed2010.com, they can have good intelligence). and in regards to paid internships, they exist, certainly, but they don’t often pay more than a stipend. plan on having a weekend job—or start saving now for next summer!
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.