beauty

Another day, another manicure: continuing my brown polish obsession with Essie’s rich maroon Chocolate Cakes. Mmm, cake. 

I am decisive 99.9999% of the time…until I am faced with a wall of polishes. Then I turn into a quivering, confused mass of indecision!

Purple Reign

Another day, another manicure: Sally Hansen in Punch Drunk, the perfect rich lilacy pink. 

Rainbow Connection

A happy smattering of RGB polishes at Tenoverten at the Parker Meredian. I tried to organize them into sections: the top section (the majority) are classic, existing colors; the middle row is fall (sneak peek!), and the last row are limited summer colors that I, for one, can’t wait to try!

Best everyday mascara at a reasonable price?
evachen212 said:

Well, I’ll start by saying that one girl’s reasonable is another girl’s exorbitant. But unless you have buckets of money to spare and can therefore afford to use thirty dollar tubes of mascara 24/7 or you get prestige ones for free (like, um, me—don’t hate me), I do usually suggest people use drugstore mascara. Why? Because a) if you’re like most people, you go through it like water b) you’re technically supposed to toss your mascara every three to four months anyway c) honestly, most drugstore mascaras perform just as well as designer. It’s just a matter of finding the right one for your lashes. Personally, I have ultra-fine lashes that droop easily (so sad) and like a long, defined, fluttery lash look (versus thick and gloopy). These are my favorites (including a few non-drugstore options in case you can’t not splurge): Covergirl Lash Blast Length (perfectly defining, lashes look ultra-long), Benefit They’re Real (thickens without droopifying), Neutrogena Perfect Volume (natural but has impact), Eyeko Fat (long, long, long lashes). Good luck and, remember, finding your perfect mascara is like finding a perfect pair of jeans. It’s trial and error, so be patient!

Color Theory

I fully realize that this is possibly the least glamorous shot one could post of oneself—hunched over, hair hurled forward. But it’s been a while since I’ve shared my haircolor. Here it is in all its mermaidy, rainbow splendor, at a shoot for my friends at Who What Wear. Want to see more? Check out the slideshow here

Bright Ideas

Oh, hi there, new Essie summer collection! Clockwise from the delicious orange-red in the corner: Saturday Disco Fever, Blanc (meant to be layered under the rest of the shades to make the colors really pop), Shake your $$ Maker, Bottle Service, Boom Boom Room, and DJ Play That Song. 

Grey Gardens

Another day, another manicure: RGB Cosmetics in Dusk, a gunmetal grey with iridescent purple undertones. It’s not out until fall but here’s a similar(ish) color.

Rainbow Connection

Alessandro International, a new nailpolish brand that manicurist Myrdith McCormack used on me a few weeks ago, kindly (very kindly) sent me what feels like every.single.color of theirs. Happy Tuesday to me ^_^

plainmina asks:
Hi Eva!! ^-^ Fellow skincare obsessor here. I use toners, serums, oils, creams, etc. for evening my skintone, but no anti-aging products. What do you recommend for a fresh, 20y.o that is already paranoid about wrinkles? (The only anti-aging item I use is Caudalie's Premier Cru the eye cream) Apparently, neck creams are important too, but I'm stumped.. Help!! PS. Your instagram/twitpics of your skincare are comparable to eating cupcakes while I'm PMS-ing. Satisfying. <3
evachen212 said:

I’m impressed—and you sound like you’re on the right track. Even if none of your products are explicitly labeled “Anti-Aging Cream For People Who Don’t Want To Look Old”, I’m sure they’re infused with antioxidants, vitamins, proteins, and other ingredients that are healthy-skin staples. And, honestly, the most important thing you’re doing is setting up a consistent routine. That’s the hardest part and what most people dilly-dally over. “But it’s so much… work!” people mutter or they’ll dejectedly ask “What’s the point?”: I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. So much of skincare is being consistent. Skin, like a potted plant, needs to be fed and watered regularly. Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox to answer your questions: a) I personally don’t use a neckcream. But I do make sure to put SPF on it every single day (and ditto for the backs of my hands (and face, obviously)). b) don’t ever smoke. c) add a retinoid to your daily routine. It’s the only ingredient that every single one of the many dermatologists I’ve ever met agree on and like an insurance policy for your skin—you won’t have immediate results (but when you’re 35 you’ll be very glad you’ve been using one). Keep up the good work! 

Beauty Confidential: Monday Hair

As promised, here’s another installment of Beauty Confidential (wherein I break down every single thing I use in painstaking detail). Now, the truth about my hair is that I’ve always, always wanted delicious typical Asian hair (thick, lustrous, black). Instead, I have fine, bleh, and medium brown (!) hair. What! I know, sigh. I wrote a whole article about my hair routine in ELLE (read it here). In any case, here’s what I used on it this morning to fake delicious typical Asian hair: 

  • Shu Uemura Muroto Volume shampoo and conditioner: gives anemic hair lift and bounce.
  • Kerastase Initialiste serum: I use it on damp hair, just at the roots. It’s meant to make hair healthier and fuller over time. 
  • Living Proof Root Lifting Spray (dupe for that: L’Oreal Everstyle Volume Root Lifting Spray): spritz, spritz at the roots for even bigger hair. 

I use a Sultra blowdryer, brush it out with a Mason Pearson, and done (whew)!

Hi Eva! Your pictures have got me a little obsessed with nail polish at the moment! I was wondering what are your fav. drug store brands? I also need advice for an interview I have coming up. It is for a fashion magazine. Is there something you look for specifically at what someone is wearing to an interview? Is nail polish and lots of accessaries appropriate to wear to such an interview? Sorry I have so many questions, but you give the best advice!
evachen212 said:

Nailpolish is one of the best obsessions, in my opinion, since it’s a ridiculously fun and (fairly) inexpensive way to stay on-trend each season. Note the aforementioned word “fairly” because if you buy, say, thirty polishes a season, that can quickly add up cost-wise too. If you have friends who you’re rather certain are nail fungus-free (sorry to go there, but it’s true), may I suggest a seasonal polish swap? And I actually really, really love drugstore brand nailpolishes: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is my favorite. The brush head fits my nails perfectly and I have literally applied the polish in the back of a moving taxi (en route to a fashion show!) effortlessly. I also love L’Oreal Paris’ colors, they’re always on trend and the formula is super shiny. 

And, as for your second question, depends what industry you’re applying to. Finance (& similarly stuffy ones): be low-key. Fashion: go for it, but exercise chic restraint.

Lovely Lilac

Whenever I’m on set I make BFFs with the manicurist (because, well, you all know how much I love nails). If I’m lucky, they’ll give my nails a quick pampering. This week, the lovely Kelly painted my nails with Jinsoon Choi's French Lilac. It's the perfect dusky lilac, I adore it.

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Lucky me! Sally Hansen kindly sent me a full set of their new Fuzzy Coat polish. The polishes have a sweatery look to them—I’m going to try layering them over like colors. Stay tuned…

Perfect Match

Makeup artist Nessa was at my place in Los Angeles a few weeks ago and I couldn’t help but notice how perfectly her sweater matched my Marc Jacobs Daisy packaging. Adorable!