Why Eva Men­des picks cho­co­late over cham­pagne.

Elle (Canada) - - Insider -

SIS­TERLY LOVE “My beauty in­spi­ra­tion is my beau­ti­ful sis­ter Becky. I’m 10 years younger than her, and I have vivid mem­o­ries of be­ing in awe watch­ing her get­ting ready. She taught me how to blow out my hair, and she loves hot curlers. When I got older, I looked to women like Sophia Loren and Gina Lol­lo­b­rigida. I had a ma­jor beauty-fash­ion mo­ment with Diana Ross when I saw Ma­hogany.” STYLE ERA “My own per­sonal style is con­nected to the ’50s be­cause of my mother. She was a young woman at that time; we were a lower-mid­dle-class fam­ily, but she made such an ef­fort. She popped that col­lar! She drew in her eye­brows! I also love wear­ing tur­bans or head wraps. That stems from me be­ing lazy—and want­ing to hide a bad-hair day!” FIT­SPO “How do I stay in shape? I ad­mit, a lot of it is about diet for me. I al­low my­self to splurge, but I watch what I eat. When I have a day that’s re­ally busy, the first thing to go out the win­dow is ex­er­cise. I’m like ‘I can’t fit that in to­day? Aww, geez!’ [Laughs] That’s where hav­ing a bal­anced, healthy diet re­ally comes into play. When I do ex­er­cise, I up the car­dio and up the weight train­ing, which is a must for me be­cause my body re­ally re­sponds to it.”

ON JOIN­ING THE ESTÉE LAUDER FAM­ILY

“When I was grow­ing up, Estée Lauder was al­ways an iconic brand to me. When I was about 12 years old, a lady at one of their coun­ters sprayed me with the per­fume Know­ing. I got very ex­cited and thought: ‘This is my scent! This is what a woman should smell like!’ My mom got a kick out of that. She has been buy­ing it for me as a Christ­mas gift ev­ery year since then. That’s how the re­la­tion­ship started. As I got older, I learned more about who Estée Lauder was: a woman from Queens [N.Y.] who started a busi­ness in the ’40s. Work­ing with a com­pany that em­pow­ers women is the ideal fit for me.” n

WHO Ac­tress Eva Men­des, the face of Estée Lauder skin­care line New Di­men­sion. WHERE An airy white space at Milk Stu­dios, Hol­ly­wood, Calif.

“I’ve al­ways loved hav­ing skin­care rit­u­als,” says Men­des.

“I need to have some­thing I be­lieve in and can do on a daily

ba­sis. Even if I’m trav­el­ling, [rit­u­als] keep me con­nected.” Estée Lauder New Di­men­sion Ex­pert Liq­uid Tape ($78); Estée Lauder New Di­men­sion Shape + Fill Ex­pert Serum ($98). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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