Going from working in PR at Chanel to Editor-in-Chief at Harper’s Bazaar (Mexico and Latin America) was very exciting and scary at the same time. I was incredibly happy working at Chanel, it felt like my extended family in a way, so it was a really tough decision to leave that. I always said that I would go to the grave working at Chanel. I really never imagined going anywhere else, it´s such an amazing company and brand to work for. When the head of Televisa Publishing in Mexico approached me about the position at Harper’s Bazaar, it was in August and I was on summer vacation in the South of France with my husband. I remember being in denial at first. I tried not to think about it and told myself I would deal with it when I got back to Mexico after the holidays, but the truth is, I was immediately excited by the enormous challenge and potential of having a position such as this. It was an opportunity that I knew wouldn´t come around twice, and I just couldn´t let it go by. I would´ve been forever haunted by the “what if” forever.
I am very happy that I took the leap even if I was terrified at first; the things I´ve learned and accomplished in the year that I´ve been with Bazaar have been amazing. It´s been a continuous growing and learning experience, every single day I am faced with great challenges. I love that feeling, it is very stimulating and makes me do things I never thought myself capable of doing. It is definitely a tough job though; there are lots of good days and lots of bad days. There are more obstacles than at my previous job, especially in a less developed market such as Mexico. The industry can also be tough to deal with, sometimes I have a hard time putting up with all the divas and the bullshit. I was a lot more sheltered from all of this before. At the end of the day, we are not finding the cure for cancer or saving the world from hunger, and sometimes people act like they are. I think people in this industry can easily lose perspective. But it´s a job based on passion, I love what I do and that’s what makes me keep chugging along against all odds. I have also had great mentors along the way. I am very close to the team at Hearst International in New York, and I have a wonderful empowering boss and a great team in Mexico. I am very lucky. And at the end of the day, we just want to create beautiful inspiring work.
I have always loved photography and deep down I think I would love to be a photographer. Being able to work with talented photographers, stylists and models creating beautiful and powerful images is an amazing part of my job. Seeing them work and creating such stunning results is really fulfilling. I am very fortunate that I get to meet and work with such interesting people. In two weeks I am traveling to New York to interview Marc Jacobs and Sofia Coppola, which I´m super excited about, and from there I fly to Capri to go on a shoot with Peter Lindberg. I am thrilled. I think that that´s really the best part.
When I wake up I wash my face with Dr. Lancer’s cleanser, which I love because it´s light and doesn´t leave a soapy residue. Every other day I exfoliate with Lancer’s Polish, though some doctors say this should only be done once a week. Lancer recommends daily so I do every other day hoping it won´t ruin my skin. From there, I smooth an ice cube over my face and neck until it melts. It is the best beauty advice I´ve ever received, it doesn´t feel very pleasant, but the results are worth it. The freezing temperature contracts the muscles making the skin taught, and apparently through time this “exercise” keeps the muscles firm and prevents sagging. After the ice, I apply a few drops of pure Hydroquinone, prescribed by Dr. Lancer for dark spots and dark circles under the eyes. After that I apply Guinot Sérum Energie Lift, followed by another of Dr. Lancer´s miracle creams called COQ10. I finish with Lancer´s Nourish cream which is a great moisturizer because it doesn´t feel oily, doesn´t cause breakouts and provides the right amount of moisture. I finish with sun block, which I hate to use, but know I can´t afford not to. I change sunblock brands a lot because I don´t like their smell or their oily feeling, even the ones that claim to be oil free. I am currently using Anthelios by La Roche-Posay, which is quite nice.
On a regular office day I am always rushed for time so I try to keep my makeup quick and simple. I use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It is a multiuse product, which is great because I can skip the dreaded sunblock since it has SPF. I follow with Laura Mercier pressed powder. I give my face some color with Guerlain´s Terracotta, which I have been using since I was fifteen, and then add Chanel mascara. I use Carmex on my lips, or Levres Scintillantes gloss by Chanel to add a bit of subtle color.
In the evening, I switch the Laura Mercier base and powder for the Giorgio Armani Silk Luminous Foundation which is like changing into a new face. The formula is brilliant, not too heavy, not too light, and not oily. It is perfection. I add an extra coat of mascara and some eyeliner, which is actually an eyeshadow that I apply with a flat brush. I use MAC eyeshadow in Embark. I like using eyeshadow instead of an actual liner because it is softer and easier to smudge without looking messy. I also wear concealer under my eyes although it seems like lately nothing gets rid of those nasty dark circles.
–As told to the Formula, Photos by Aimee Blaut in Paris