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
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!
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!