Hi Eva ! I have very large pores (and by large I mean my face literally looks like a giant thimble) and a very oily skin ( = worst skin ever). I'm very self conscious about this and I can't even put make up on it since it either makes it worse or makes me look like I'm covered in plaster and am melting after a few hours. I've heard pretty good things about Benefit's POREfessional and would like to try it, what's your opinion on it and what else would you recommend? thankkks
oh my, a giant thimble! that image made me laugh out loud. I don’t mean at all to poke fun at your situation but that was a well-executed turn of phrase. very vivid! so onto your pressing problem. the actual size of pores is genetically pre-determined. but a few things can make them look larger—like shiny skin or clogged pores. I know I can seem like a spokesperson for Clarisonic sometimes (I’m not, I swear) but it is really brilliant at cleansing—and thereby preventing some of the things that cause large-looking pores. I also recommend using a retinoid, either prescription (Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac… just layer it under your night cream) or over the counter (like RoC). they help boost skin cell turnover, which makes for happier pores. those two things aren’t instant solutions—but you’ll see results in weeks/months. in the short-term, yes, try Benefit’s Porefessional. one of my best friends (and really isn’t that the best endorsement) swears by it. and don’t be discouraged by your so-called Thimble Skin. it’s a temporary situation that you will overcome, just give it time
hello eva! i am a freshman in high school and the thoughts of college, like many other students in my school, have started to plague me. aside from having stellar grades, joining clubs, participating in sports/music/etc, what else would you recommend for freshmen to do? all my counselors say that 4 years will go by fast, so how can i make the most of it and make myself unique when it comes to college apps? i really would like to go to a top school and major in medicine + politics. thank you!
this is going to be rather frustrating advice but what I would recommend a freshman to do is to enjoy being a freshman and being in high school. yikes—I can just feel you rolling at your eyes at me. I’m speaking from experience of having gone to a verrrrry competitive high school where people were thinking about college from, like, pre-school. you’re only in high school once and should enjoy it at face value and honestly—so only join clubs you’re genuinely interested in so you can eventually assume leadership positions, participate in sports you really like (not what’s popular), and, yes, get the best grades you can. I think the most important thing when it comes to college admissions is authenticity. admissions offices can spot resume padders a mile away—so operate from the heart. and have fun!
Hi Eva! Hope you're doing great! So I REALLY hope that you'll answer this! I start school in 2 days and I ( I know it's bad..) kind of touched my pimple and now I have this mark in the middle of my forehead like a bindi.. I'm freaking out!! I don't want to have this thing on my face the first day of school !! I tried concealer, but it was still evident.. Thank you soooo much!! -S.
oh dear—pimple bindi—probably not the look you were going for for the first day of school. first of all, sorry for the delayed response. I get about 100 questions a week on tumblr (wish I were exaggerating) so it’s a bit of an Q&A avalanche. the fastest way to reach me is always twitter @evachen212. I answer within 36 hours on that platform! anyway—you touched on (a little pimple humor there) the most important factor: do not touch or pick at your spots. ever. no matter how inviting (in a weird way) they are. that makes them last infinitely longer. I don’t care if you have to sit on your hands or tape a reminder to your mirror, don’t mess with your face! what’s probably making your spot harder to conceal is the fact that it’s raised as well as dark. if you’re ultra-lucky enough to have a dermatologist, give her a shout—she can inject (yes, inject) a touch of cortisone into the area and the pimple will be gone overnight or at least by 80%. but, my darling, patience… patience is key with pimples. they’re a waiting game! wait for the swelling to go down (ice can help with this) and then conceal.
hey eva, to hell with "breaking into" the fashion magazine world, I want to start my own magazine. Advice?? P.S. YOU'RE MY IDOL.
oh, wow, I admire your gumption. here’s my advice: a) do it. why not? you’re young, you’re ambitious! but b) do it with as much knowledge and preparation as possible. use the fashion design world as a case study—the designers that make it certainly have talent… but they also have a canny business acumen and knowledge of how exactly the business world works. they’re not just going into things with an airy, lofty idea. they have a plan. so, to that end, yes, launch your magazine… but do as many informationals and as much online research as you can to learn about what makes a magazine profitable and successful. good luck—and believe in yourself!
Dear Ms. Chen-Bannister, I've written to you before but Tumblr deleted my question so I'll ask you again! Firstly, I'm a HUGE fan of yours because you give such level-headed advice so please keep updating ALL of your social media pages. Secondly, how is writing about and for beauty different to writing about fashion? Lastly, how does one *hint hint* get "into" writing about beauty - what kind of experience/background are you look for? Thank you!
it’s lovely to hear that people actually see all the things I do on different platforms. sometimes I feel like I’m bellowing into an empty library—unwanted (and rather excessive) noise! anyway! the best way to get into beauty writing is to simply… start. I know, I know, that’s the worst advice ever. but it’s important that you begin to hone your writing voice and style, even if it’s on your own tumblr/blog/twitter/anywhere. I really feel like I came into my own as a writer simply by practicing—and I’m still learning. now, in regards to the difference between beauty and fashion writing… beauty writing is certainly about inspiration, but it’s equal parts service—helping girls/women figure out what works for them and how to work it (I refuse to write “werq” or “werk” but you know what I mean!). fashion, writing and otherwise, tends to be more emotional, more abstract, and a little more aspirational. I’ll put it this way: I feel like if you asked a beauty editor and a fashion editor for directions on the street, a fashion editor would point you in the right direction and that’d be it. a beauty editor, however, would walk you to the street, point out her three favorite restaurants, tell you what to order, and where to go next. of course, now that I’ve said that I’m sure all my fashion friends will give me the stinkeye when I see them next
dear eva. I never wear make up but my classmates do. subsequently every time i admit I never wear any make up I get eye rolls and giggles. Do you have any advice on how to handle this issue? thank you lots in advacne
hmm, sounds like your classmates have a bad case of the Mean Girls flu. that’s so silly. even though I’m a beauty editor and love everything about the beauty industry, there’s no reason for them to bully you (that’s sort of what this is, really) because you don’t wear makeup! I actually didn’t start wearing makeup until I was in college and fumbled through the process of learning how to apply it (this was before Youtube tutorials). even now, I barely wear any makeup despite swimming in the stuff. anyway! when your beauty bully classmates ask you why you don’t wear makeup, I’d simply smile sweetly and say, “oh! some people might need makeup to look good but, well… I don’t really think I need it.” then, smile sweetly again and walk away. you win!