Monika Rymsza & Christina Chen, Alexander Wang PR

Monika Rymsza and Christina Chen

ITG: Would you say there’s an “Alexander Wang aesthetic” when it comes to beauty at work?

Monika: Yeah, you don’t wear makeup really. Seriously—at the show, which is really the only time we do ourselves up, co-workers come up to me and say, “You look different. You look really pretty." [laughs] I’ll use Chanel tinted moisturizer, DiorShow mascara…and I want to be the spokesperson for Carmex, because I probably use one tube per day. I also love the Moroccanoil hair products—the oil and the hairspray. I still go home to Chicago to get my hair done; I’ve been seeing the same person since college. Going to someone new for hair color really scares me, so I fly back to Dave Fonseca at Salon Fete.

Christina: We’re pretty natural here. I can’t live without Aquaphor. For makeup, I like Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, YSL Touche Éclat, and L’Oreal Double Extend mascara. My hair is naturally wavy, but I do Japanese hair straightening at a place called Sei-Tomoko. She’s one of the first people who did it here; she’s old school from Japan. It’s growing out right now so it’s straight on the ends but with strange volume at the roots. [laughs] Most Chinese people have straight hair—everyone in my family has straight hair except for my mom and I.

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  • Jill

    Interesting to note that these ladies, who seem to have a sweet job in the fashion industry, wear little to no makeup. Hmm...

  • Perry

    They definitely don't look like they need makeup. I'm digging Monika's necklace.

  • magnific

    this is the way a blog should be! thanks!

  • Sue

    The not wearing make up approach sounds right for NYC fashion girls. When I lived in New York, a few years back, it was definitely considered chicer not to wear make up. Skin care, hair color and cut were given much more importance. Even those who wore make up wanted a really natural look and to look almost like they weren't wearing any, except for big nights out, etc.

  • Jaquoia

    I thought I was the only one that used carmex like that!! I definitely can't live without it!!


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Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm
Aquaphor Lip Repair
Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
L'Oreal Double Extend
L'Oreal Double Extend Mascara