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Lightning Round With Teen Vogue’s Eva Chen

Forget the penetrating, hard-hitting questions — Lightning Round is a fun (and informative!) on-the-spot questionnaire series featuring someone we find particularly compelling.

If you’re not a beauty aficionado, you might not have heard of Eva Chen, but we think she’s a pretty big deal. As the beauty director of Teen Vogue, she’s in charge of everything and anything beauty-related that makes it into the magazine (and she has a ton of fun doing it, as evidence by her recent Beyonce-inspired Rhythm Nation piece). Beyond being one of the glossy’s driving forces, she’s somewhat of a phenomenon on Tumblr and Twitter. We nabbed some time to interview her for this month’s Birchbox Crush, plus an on-the-spot Q&A for our very first Lightning Round post. Here’s what she had to say.

Foundation or tinted moisturizer?

Tinted moisturizer. If you take care of your skin, you don’t need foundation. I also think young women should be wearing less foundation because you’re aging yourself and you’ll only have that youthful glow once.

Heel or flats?

Heels. Duh.

Lipstick or lip stain?

Lip stain, for sure. For me at least — I appreciate the look of lipstick, but I am such a hot mess.

Ice Cream or Cookies?

Ice cream.

Nicki Minaj or Lady Gaga?

Lady Gaga. I was lucky enough to interview her earlier this year and she was exactly what you’d expect. She was carrying her studded Birkin bag! I feel like secretly she and I are meant to be best friends. Therefore she gets my vote.

iPhone or Blackberry? 

iPhone. You can’t beat the apps. I have a dictation app that I love. You talk into it and it literally transcribes what you said. And it’s free!

Cat eye sunglasses or aviators?

Cat eye because they are sassy and look better on me.

Eyeliner above the eye or below the eye?

Above.

West Village or Brooklyn?

West Village. I grew up in the West Village. You can’t beat the restaurants or the cobblestone streets.

Coffee or Tea?

In general I am a tea person because it’s also good for your skin.

Late night or early mornings?

Late nights for sure. I am not a morning person. It’s all about beauty sleep.

Tumblr or Twitter?

That’s like asking me to choose between two children. I can’t choose. But I would happily get rid of Facebook.

—Meredith

Make sure to check out the extended interview with Eva here as well as the rest of our Birchbox Crushes!

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