beauty

imageThe makeup was by Charlotte Tilbury, and it was quite a departure from the seriously smoky and dramatic eyes of seasons past. Makeup was soft, feminine, and pretty, to contrast the structured, militaristic look of the clothing. 

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backstage at Rebecca Minkoff, I bumped into Taryn, the genius nail artist behind Miss Ladyfinger. obviously, I had to snap her Chanel-inspired manicure. tres chic, right? 

heythatsmint asks:
Hi Eva, so I begin with I'm a dude. I feel like I'm using too many products. I use a mix skin ceuticals for philoretin, toner, LHA serum, and B5. when its much colder outside I use a Kiehl's moisturizer and carry around facial fuel in my bag b/c i have a habit of splashing water on my face during the day at work. i probably wash my face 3 times a day. morning/mid-day after the gym/and before sleeping. sometimes i feel overly dry so i use this GNC moisturized. is this okay or too much?
evachen212 said:

dear women of the world: you should learn from this wise man. heythatsmint, I am obsessed with you. can you be my new SBFF (skincare best friend forever)? ^_^ but seriously, well done with your skincare routine. the only thing I’d say is a) if you feel oily during the day, use blotting papers (these are fairly unisex!) and b) instead of splashing water, have you thought about a facial mist instead? this one from Jurlique is really soothing and this one is a classic. and c) if your skin is super, super dry, consider adding a face oil to your routine. this one is my new favorite, it soothed my skin through a terrible cold recently!

vanitypresse asks:
Hi Eva! I'm getting married in July, and I was wondering what products/beauty regimes you recommend that I follow before my wedding? I want to make sure that my skin is beautiful and glowy! Thanks!! Amanda
evachen212 said:

ah, weddings. such happy, festive, fun affairs—unless you’re the bride, in which case you are super-stressed out with 9.8 million details. I love that you’re taking a proactive approach to your skincare and now is the perfect time to begin (five months out). so, first of all, I’d definitely recommend the basics: drinking lots of water, cutting back on refined sugars, boosting the amount of fruits and veggies you have. also, um, wash your face every night (I’m astounded by the number of people who don’t wash their face. don’t they realize they’re going to sleep with a day’s worth of oil, pollution, and grime on it!). if you can invest in a Clarisonic, I think it’s a wonderful way to deep cleanse and exfoliate. I use mine 2-3x a week (especially on the days I wear more makeup). many brides I know get facials, but I actually think if you cleanse properly, using masks at home is a great (and less expensive, because let’s face it, you have enough expenses these next few months) alternative. a few of my favorites: SK-II, Jurlique, Ren. lastly, try not to sweat the small stuff. I was, to be honest, a total bridezilla. I agonized over everrrrrything, every little detail. it was worth it, yes, but at the same time, I realize now that what people remembered from the wedding wasn’t how the blush of the favor ribbons perfectly matched the place card calligraphy. they remembered the overall happiness of the bride and groom and the love and joy everyone felt. hooray, congratulations!

hello, lovelies, testing a new feature I’ll be doing once a week—all the pictorial goodness you may have missed if you don’t follow me on Instagram! this week’s highlights: from Venice and the SAG Awards to New York for a chic Indian wedding… and all the beauty products I used in between!

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darlings, I had the incredible experience of being on the red carpet for the first time ever this Sunday as a guest of L’Oreal Paris. it’s hard to explain the experience—to be out-numbered by celebrities (oh, hey, Bradley Cooper! oh, hi, cast of Glee!) was definitely surreal. the main thing I learned, really, is that stars are just like us—except perfectly coiffed and maintained. ^_^

my favorite beauty trends on the red carpet—surprisingly, since I’m the most low-maintenance hair girl ever—were the lovely, lovely waves spotted in abundance (I may have tried this look myself: exhibit A). I love that the waves are deliberate, a departure from from the beachy-boho tousled looks popular in seasons past. I can say from first hair experience that the key to maintaining this look is hairspray, by the way. a lot of it. 

click through for my other beauty highlights from the night, from purple hair to high ponytails!

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Another day, another (sticker) manicure: fairylight nails with @lorealparisusa Colour Riche Nail Lingerie in Something About Her #getthelook

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by “this”, I mean model Barbara Palvin, who looked incandescently and just ridiculously gorgeous at the Golden Globes. now, those of you who follow me on twitter, know about my obsession with awards shows. I live for them and, yes, live-tweet them exhaustively until my fingers get crampy and sore. so…big announcement… the Screen Actor’s Guild awards are just 48 hours away and—excuse me whilst I hyperventilate—guess who’ll be on the red-carpet with L’Oreal Paris? me! ^_^

read on, darlings, for my red carpet musings and predictions…

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Another day, another manicure: gold-flecked oxblood on Cassandra Grey, founder of Hollywood-chic beauty site The Violet Files… check it out! 

D is for Delicious alert: new spring colors from Jin Soon (whose colors last forever when you pair them with her top and base coat) & Rococo

another day, another manicure: my friend Sharon’s super cute holiday gel manicure

I may have packed a few too many lipsticks for my two week holiday O_O

I may have packed a few too many lipsticks for my two week holiday O_O

super cool black and white eye makeup backstage at Giorgio Armani

Xiao Wen backstage at Oscar de la Renta: I think she has the cutest face! the makeup was so luminous. Revlon’s Gucci Westman said, “I wanted the makeup to be gorgeous but a bit undone.” the key products? Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting and Cream Blush in Pinched

hair and makeup inspiration board with Daphne backstage at Oscar