As mentioned in my post earlier, here’s the Q&A with Chinese supermodel & Estée Lauder Spokesmodel, Liu Wen. (:
Information credits to Estée Lauder Press team.
ESTEE LAUDER FALL 2012
PURE COLOR VIOLET UNDERGROUND
Q&A with Liu Wen, Estée Lauder Spokesmodel
1) Where is your favorite place to be in fall?
I think Paris, because when I’m there for fashion week every October, I always love seeing the beautiful colors of the trees along the Champs-Elysees. I always imagine myself and a good friend sitting there, drinking coffee outside.
2) How does fall in New York differ from fall in Beijing?
I don’t think there is too much difference. Maybe Beijing’s weather is drier on my skin.
3) Will you celebrate Halloween? If so, what costume will you wear?
I really like Halloween, but I never wore a costume because I always think about what I want to wear, but never make a decision! I do pass out candy to the kids who come by my apartment though!
(Ena: Yes I will, with my classmates again! See my 2011 celebration here. Not sure, but I will start thinking about it! :D)
4) What’s your favorite fall meal?
What I eat during fall is pretty similar to every other season, but because it might be drier, I make sure to eat meals with more vegetables, and of course more fruit during the day.
5) What is your favorite fall activity?
Going on a short trip outside the city so I can have a picnic with my friends!
6) What is your must-have fashion item for the fall season?
A big bag that can hold a lot of items! I feel like I have more and more to carry every season.
(Ena: I love furry vests & berets, so they would be my must-have fall items. I carry big bags everywhere too! My current Mango bag is tearing at the handles due to all the weight of the books I’ve been carrying. >.<)
7) What’s in your handbag?
Three phones (One French, one American, and one Chinese), my wallet, keys, iPod, Lumix Camera, eye drops, travel size jar of Estée Lauder Nutritious Creme and a bottle of water!
(Ena: That’s a lot of phones she’s carrying! I always wondered how people manage with so many phones!)
8) What were your favorite fashion shows for Fall 2012?
Jean Paul Gaultier, because the show itself is always a playful performance.
Balenciaga, because the outfit I wore was one of my favorites this season.
Oscar de la Renta, because I wore a gorgeous princess-style dress!
(Ena: Mine would be Balmain & Valentino for their intricate and lovely Shakespearean / Renaissance inspired embroidery & Victorian Beckham for her sleek and modern take on MIlitary style. Trés chic. More about them in another post sometime soon!)
9) How do you prepare for Fashion Week?
I make sure that I’m ready for it mentally, because it can be very stressful. But most of the time I just do it!
(Ena: Speaking hypothetically if I were to take part as a blogger/press, I would prepare for Fashion Week about 1 month in advance, making sure I have my array of classic items to be matched with trendy / covetable fashion items. I might link up with my favourite brands and work out my various attires in advance. I will definitely select which shows to attend and then plan my schedule around it. I will also prepare interesting / dying questions to ask celebrity designers, models and artistes when I meet them. Of course, I’d make sure to charge and be armed with my trusty gadgets like IPhone and camera to capture and record all the flurry of Fashion Week. (; )
10) What is the best style advice you’ve ever been given and by whom?
I don’t think anyone has given me direct style advice, but I do check street style websites a lot to get ideas.
(Ena: It would be to be more adventurous in my style and given by my bestie, Bini. By far, Bini has the most unique and daring fashion sense amongst everyone I know irl.)
11) Do you have any tips for taking a good photo?
12) What is your fall skincare routine?
First I apply Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator because it’s gentle and gives my skin an amazing glow. For moisturizer, I love Hydrationist because it absorbs quickly and keeps my skin hydrated all day long.
(Ena: You can check out mine here: My Skincare Routine with Estée Lauder Refining Pore Minimizing )
13) What will be your go-to fall beauty look?
I absolutely love how modern and dramatic the colors are in the Estée Lauder Five Color Eyeshadow Palette from the Violet Underground Collection. Also, the new Double Wear Two Tone Zero-Smudge Eye-Opening Mascara is great because the brushes are designed specifically for Asian women’s lashes.
14) What was your favorite part of the beauty look from the Derek Lam Fall 2012 show?
I really loved the undereye part where they painted fake eyelashes onto the skin-it was a really cool effect.
15) What is the best makeup tip you received from Tom Pecheux?
Tom taught me that I should always have two colors of foundation ready, so I can mix them together to get the exact right color. Also, before you apply a dark eyeshadow, always put on mascara first because it helps prevent the eyeshadow from falling onto the bottom part of your eye!
16) What is your favorite part of being an Estée Lauder spokesmodel?
There are too many to name, but I love that I learn so many beauty tips and feel like a part of a family. Also, I met wonderful friends like my fellow spokesmodels, and I will cherish their friendship forever.
(Ena: Similarly, there’s too many to name. I’m not an Estée Lauder spokesmodel per se, but as an Estée Lauder Social Media Advocate, I love receiving new Estée Lauder skincare and makeup products which have become an integral part of my lifestyle. It has acquainted me with other advocates like Jac, allowed me to bring my friends to makeovers, given me so much content to share with my readers and increased the interest I have for skincare and makeup. Thank you Estée Lauder Singapore! )
17) What are you listening to on your ipod?
Lana del Rey, Adele and Chinese artists like Fan Weiqi.
(Ena: Song of the moment most probably Good Time by Carly Rae Jepson & Owl Time. My most recent songs on repeat are Primmadonna, Wild One & Chasing the Sun. I also like songs by Fan Weiqi, especially 一比一 。
18) What is your new favorite restaurant and where is it?
ABC Kitchen! It’s here in New York.
19) Did you have a nickname growing up?
I didn’t really have one, but my mom always called me “bao bei,” which is “honey” or “baby” in Chinese.
( Ena: My mum calls me “En-ah!” which is a short form of my mandarin name Jia En, and my friends also call me Ernie and En. )