Hey! I was wondering how you always seem so peppy and upbeat. You never seem sad or anxious or stressed. What are your golden keys to the kingdom of happiness?
like everyone else, I have my good days and my bad days. I’m sure if you speak to, say, my coworker Danielle Nussbaum about how I never seem anxious or stressed, she’d give you a massive eye roll and then secretly tape me during the magazine close (when pages get sent to the printing press) and then post it on youtube and then you’d be like “oh, so Eva does get stressed sometimes.” ^_^ but generally, yes, I am pretty even-keeled. I think it’s because a) I eat a really healthy diet (it really does make a difference, especially getting enough omega-3 fatty acids) b) I don’t take myself too seriously and c) I realize exactly how lucky I am to be on this earth and do what I do! it’s all about perspective
what drew you to the beauty industry? and what could I do to get involved in it? I'm a senior in high school and would love to work at a makeup counter or even at an esthetician's office but I have absolutely no experience (unless watching youtube videos count..). I feel like no one will give me a shot!
my personal entree into beauty was entirely by accident. despite being That Girl who could spend hours—nay, days!—at Sephora, I never put 2+2 together to realize it could be a career. I happened to get an internship at Harper’s Bazaar in beauty and that was my lightbulb moment. nowadays, girls like yourself (smart girls!) are realizing the full scope of opportunity out there. I applaud you for it! here’s my advice: firstly, watching Youtube videos counts—perhaps not as experience, but certainly education. so keep that up—and start one of your own! who knows? you could be the next Michelle Phan. secondly, start small. most of the established makeup artists and hairstylists I know started by working on their friends, their family, their immediate circle. practice makeup by doing it whenever you can—for your friends/yourself at parties, your mom if she has a wedding to go to, etc. start building a portfolio of your work (perhaps you have a friend who wants to be a photographer who can take the pictures?). that way, when you apply to makeup counters, you have something to show them. lastly, don’t give up. the job market is tough, to put it mildly, so the market is saturated with applications. realize that you have time on your side (even if you’re eager to start working). bide your time—because your time will come!
Hi Eva! I was just wondering. When you give yourself facials what do to you / what products do you use? Thank you!
I’ll start by saying that a once-in-a-blue-moon facial—DIY or otherwise—is not a substitute for neglecting your skin on a regular basis. which, if my Tumblr inbox of 400+ skincare related questions is any indication, most of you do, ahem. okay, okay, I’ll stop lecturing and get down to the facts. when I give myself a facial, here’s my general routine: pre-cleanse with a cleansing water like Lancome’s or Klorane’s to remove makeup. then, Clarisonic with a basic foaming cleanser (Neutrogena Naturals). then, apply a mask (my current favorites include Jurlique’s Herbal Gel Antioxidant, Ren Glycolactic Peel, SK-II, Juara Tumeric, Clark’s Botanicals Intensive Radiance… and more! I love masks, obviously). after the mask, I apply the usual—serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. and there you have it—I do this routine twice a week… you should too!
Hey Eva! First off, you rule. Now... I've been finished with college for almost a year now and have been applying to jobs like crazy. CRAZY. I know the job market is tough, but I feel like I have plenty of experience and a lot to offer, especially for someone my age, but absolutely nothing is coming through. I'm on LinkedIn, Monster, I've applied directly through company sites and even follow up. Am I doing something wrong? Is there some magical secret to job hunting that nobody has told me?
so without knowing what you want to do, where you went to school, or basically, um, any pertinent details, here’s my advice (so take it with a shaker full of salt): yes. you are doing something wrong. okay, perhaps that was a bit harsh. you’re skipping the single most important thing in the job hunt—human-to-human contact. LinkedIn, company sites, and Monster are impersonal, a mass means of application, like folding your resume into a paper airplane and tossing it at a door. now, talking to a college alumni/sorority sister/family connection/friend’s sister’s dogwalker’s cousin’s neighbor who works in the industry you’re interested in? that’s like someone pulling the door open for you a bit (so you can put your foot in the door). work every connection you have (and I don’t want to hear you say you don’t have any, because you do!), including previous employers. most importantly—don’t get discouraged. it will happen!
Hi Eva! I have brown curly hair that EVERYONE knows me for at my school. My hair is my signature- but I want it to look auburn and wavy. I dont know what to do! Please help!
lucky you to have such lush and lovely locks—your hair sounds beautiful. here’s the thing about hair: it grows back. so why not take a risk? to be honest, your change sound different but not drastic. imagine, for instance, cutting your hair into a bob. and going blonde! or getting a pixie cut! and going raven-black! or trying the dip-dyed trend. with an undercut (when part of your head is shaved). see what I mean? ^_^ a little perspective. but I know, I know, your hair is your signature. why not take baby steps—first, try transitioning your hair from curly to wavy. if that goes well, then possibly try the haircolor! and you know what? if you hate it, dye it back! life is too short not to have a little beauty fun
Hi Eva, I don't know if my question got through so I'm sending you another one. I have two questions: 1. I have really fine and thin hair so it gets oily really quickly. Do you have any suggestions on shampoo and conditioners for hair types like mine? Or any advice? 2. How often do you recommend facial masks to be used? Thank you!
eek, sorry for the delay! just know that I get about 100 questions a week and if you ask me a question, I will get to it… just maybe after a few days (or weeks. sorry). if your question is ever urgent, as via twitter @evachen212. I’m really zippy—within 24 hours!—there. so to answer your questions: 1) dry shampoo in between shampoos. if you can afford it, Serge Normant. if you’re more of a drugstore level (and why not), try TRESemme. I swear by Living Proof shampoo and conditioner but Garnier’s volumizing collection works for me as well. and take biotin supplements. I use Jarrow, I feel like they really work! 2. I typically mask twice a week. I use detoxifying ones on my T-Zone (which tends to be, um, more dewy) and hydrating ones on my cheeks. I don’t see it as pampering my skin—I see it as feeding it!
Hello. I was wondering, what is your stance on extractions?
eek, that’s a loaded question. as a beauty editor, I should say “oh, dear me, never! never, I tell you, never!” but I understand the reality of spots and the irresistible urge to pick that they present. so, here’s my POV: 10% of the time extractions work beautifully and—whoosh—your pimple is gone the next day, 90% of the time they do not and you’re left with a scar. the fact is that most people don’t really know how to extract properly and just cause more trouble (by pushing bacteria in, prodding at it before it’s “ready” to be extracted). so is it worth the risk? meh, your call—it depends on how patient of a person you are (left alone, spots tend to resolve themselves within 72 hours). I personally try to keep my mitts off my spots unless I REALLY trust the person doing the extraction. and, let’s be honest, I have beauty trust issues (which is why you so rarely hear about me getting facials! I like doing them myself).
Hi EVA!!!! I'm a fashion design student @Parsons and love your blog. I wanted to know if you have any good recommendations for fragrances. I love viktor&rolf flowerbomb and diptyque eau rose, but am getting kind of sick of the same two scents. Are there any fragrances that you recommend? And I'm willing to splurge. :) Thanksss!
oh, the pressure! asking me to recommend a fragrance is like asking me to recommend a mascara or a pair of jeans (or anything uber-personal, really). fragrance is so much dictated by your own taste, memories, associations, and preferences and what I love might be wildly repellant to you. all that said, the scents that I’ve been wearing are: Hermes Hermessence Rose Ikebana (a super light and delicate rose, not at all cloying); Prada Infusion de Tubereuse (a green floral scent, quite fresh but also femme); Tom Ford Neroli Portofino (probably the most “hey! you’re wearing fragrance!” scent I own) and Kai Perfume Oil—there’s nothing I love more than the scent of jasmine and this one makes me so happy. my top tip? go to Sephora and test two scents at a time (this might require multiple trips, poor you)—one on each wrist. smell it once you spray it, then walk around the mall and smell it again after 30 minutes/1 hour (known as the “dry-down”). see what you love at both points and go forth and splurge!
hi eva, i hav two questions for you: 1. based on what you've said before, it's not really which school in new york you go to that matters, it's the work/interning you and the connections you make, right? 2. should i try to keep bad language off of my social network pages (e.g. my blog), does that matter to potential employers who somehow find my pages?
1. yes, correct! 2. yes, correct to the 100000th degree! I cannot stress enough how important it is to be professional online. like Hansel and Gretel, with every cussword/crazy-party-times pic/rant you post, you are leaving a little digital breadcrumb, something that can be traced and linked back to you. I’ve had people tweet at me or message me about getting an internship and then I click to see their avatar and it’s something rather rude or I read their twitter stream and my mouth drops open from the shocking obscenities issuing from their stream. my rule of thumb is this: think before you post. if you’re posting something that you wouldn’t want your mom or professor to see, chances are you won’t want your future employer to see it either. I’m not saying “be boring”—I’m saying be smart and mindful of how you present yourself