What is the best sunscreen that you've used for the face that you would be able to recommend?
Hooray! I love getting sunscreen questions because, well, I love sunscreen. It’s a huge, huge part in anti-aging and in generally looking gorgeous and amazing five, ten, fifteen years into the future (he’s the worst example ever, but I found out actor-slash-manboy Paul Rudd uses SPF every day. I’m convinced that’s why he hasn’t aged a nanosecond since his Clueless days). Anyway! I never understand when people don’t want to wear it because there really is a sunscreen for every skin type. Here are some of my favorites….
- Boscia: Just received a sample of this. Feels sheer and light on the face, formulated with no preservatives.
- Murad: A good, basic, daily SPF.
- Olay: I love that it’s SPF 50. Great for drier skin. I love this entire line with an undying passion, I’ve been using it for, like, a decade.
- L’Oreal Paris: For those with sensitive skin.
- Clarins: Super sheer, layers well under makeup. A good drugstore dupe for this is Neutrogena… I know several makeup artists who use this as a primer.
Some sunscreen reminders: remember to wear it every day, even cloudy ones (clouds only provide SPF 4, from what I remember). And apply it to the backs of your hands and neck always. I often suggest people opt for a less pricey sunscreen in favor of one they’ll use more generously. Slather it on—you’ll be glad you did!
Hi Eva! With temperatures rising for summer, what are your suggestions for adjusting your wardrobe to beat the heat while still looking chic and professional? I don't want to be wearing short-shorts everyday. Thanks! Love your blog :)
Okay, kindly allow me to amend your statement to: “I will not wear short-shorts ever.” That is simply not an option in the workplace (at home, on the weekends, after hours: wear all the short-shorts you want. At work, mais non!). Other no-no’s: anything too bosomy (I love the old-lady-ness of that word), bandage dresses, Uggs, flip-flops. Honestly, most workplaces are so air-conditioned that it’s not totally unrealistic for you to be wearing your fall or spring clothing in the office even on a 90 degree day. The first key to cute summer office style is layering: Little jackets (even a moto jacket!) or sweaters to throw on over sleeveless tops paired with skirts (pencil or full are my silhouettes of choice for summer). The second key? Easy dresses, especially shirt-dresses. I recently got a black and white gingham dress from this site that I’m looking forward to wearing if it ever gets warmer, sigh.
Hello there! I am 18 years old, and i admit i've never used make-up. I wanted to use some but i just get lost whenever i am confronted with numerous and overwhelming choices in stores. I wanted to just achieve an everyday light make-up look. What items do you suggest i buy first? Thanks, Eva!
Ha—you’re not alone! I too feel lost when confronted with the numerous choices sent to me on a daily basis. But in fact, that wealth of choice has helped me figure out what my perfect daily routine consists of. Here are a few of my must-haves for a light, fresh face:
- tinted moisturizer or BB Cream (let’s all be honest—BB Cream is basically a fancy name for a juiced up tinted moisturizer): CK One, Boscia, Nars are my favorites.
- mascara: I prefer a long but natural look and Eyeko, Covergirl, and Benefit are my #1 choices!
- lipstain: I actually swipe on a few layers of Tarte (Amused if you’re into brighter pinks, Charmed if you want a softer look) before I put on the rest of my makeup. When I’m done with my makeup, I blot off the excess. My new obsession is also this product from L’Oreal. It begins with a glossy finish but leaves a stain that lasts all day.
- a touch of something on cheeks to bring dimension and life to the face. To be honest, when I was your age I didn’t wear blush because my cheeks were naturally rosy and full of youth and promise (sigh). Now that I’m in my—eep—30s, I wear blush because I need to. If I were your age, I’d probably just put a touch of illuminator on the cheekbones. This one from Nyx is great, if you don’t want to splurge on Nars.
- powder: a touch—the teensiest dusting—of it on the t-zone just to prevent shine, if you’re prone to it. I use Make Up For Ever since a little goes a long, long way and it lasts all day.
And that’s it! I know makeup can feel intimidating but really, it’s all about fun and experimentation! Go out there and enjoy yourself, you’ll get the hang of it.