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Hi! My name is Gina (@ladydownfall). I was born and raised in Queens, New York and now live in Bed Stuy. I moved to Brooklyn when I started my sophomore year at NYU – I actually went to biochemistry My high school was science bias, that was pretty much all I knew when I went to college, I worked in a research lab for a couple of years, and at that point my parents and I thought I was going to do a PhD I tried to explore my interest in fashion while keeping my degree in biochemistry. I did a couple of internships and didn’t sleep much! My mom was a designer in Korea and had her own shop. I think she kind of understood where from I’m coming in. She and my father were obviously worried about me – leaving biochemistry left something safe for the unknown – but eventually they supported ultimately my decision to go into fashion.
At the moment my main career is modeling. I had done it sporadically for fun, but I signed with Anti during the pandemic. I was thrilled when Glossier asked me to be part of the Film Noir section of the Lash Slick campaign. Lately I’ve seen a lot of neo noir and tech noir combining film noir and sci-fi. I’ve always loved the fashion and beauty in these films, and it was so much fun bringing out characters from Demonlover and Angel Dust who are two of my favorites. I also have this intense love for music and I want to explore this side of myself more. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve become increasingly interested in Ikigai, a Japanese ideology about a reason to live. Basically, it’s about finding the interface between your passions, what you are good at and what you can make a living from.
I take skin care very seriously because it was ingrained in me from a young age – my mom was always great at the 10 step Korean routine, you know? But my routine starts with setting up a plate (something like Geinst Naït & Laurent Petitgand or O Yuki Conjugate) and the kettle for coffee. Only when I’ve had my coffee do I go in with a detergent. Skin care is a commitment to my wellbeing that is more about the process than the individual products – twice a day, every day, I set out to take care of my skin on purpose. I definitely learn a lot about products from my job, but I have to be careful after shooting as weird rashes can appear. When I get home from a work day wearing a lot of makeup, I use this Sea Buckthorn Oil Cleaner from Living Libations. Otherwise, I like this gentle foaming cleanser from Iope which is the only thing that won’t slough off my skin and make dryness worse. When masking, I go to the mediheal line. I love the Aquaring Ampoule Mask, which has hyaluronic acid and ceramides that really help lock in moisture.
The Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator also brings a lot of moisture to my face, and then I go into this Laneige Cream Skin Toner. I actually added a drop or two of rose hip oil to the bottle to even out my skin – my mom watches a lot of Korean beauty YouTubers and dermatologists, and I got this tip from her. This Korean Real Barrier Extreme Cream is a really thick moisturizer that includes everything. I get dry spots on my neck, chin and forehead and this is the only thing that has worked for me over the winter. In the summer I’ll be using Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré – I’ve been reading Into The Gloss for years, and that’s where I found out about it. And finally, there’s this crazy synchro cream that was actually made for burn victims – it’s so expensive but has crazy regenerative properties and is great for my eczema. It’s the best cream I’ve ever used. In the morning I finish with Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen which is really nice because it doesn’t feel like anything. And at night I use this beuti anti-inflammatory oil to lock in the moisture.
When I go outside I will apply in G11, Boy Brow, Glossier Skin Tint and curl my lashes. When I’m really putting on makeup and want a little more coverage, I use a Westman Atelier Foundation Stick, similar to a concealer – I put it under my eyes and around my nose. Cloud Paint in Dusk is my favorite red for sure, and Kosa’s lipstick in Vegas is my favorite when I’m not masked. I used the Ilia eyeshadow palette and my favorite waterproof mascara is from Heroine Make. It has a separate mascara remover that comes with it so it’s really easy to remove. I bought it from Sunrise Mart, which is so random, but they actually have a great beauty section. Otherwise, I buy a lot of products at The Amore cosmetics store on Northern Boulevard in Queens. They run Korean brands like Amorepacific, Iope, and Laneige, all of which seem to work very well for me.
My hair has been around five years long – I had a mullet before and I’ve grown it out ever since! I don’t really do a lot to style it. I used the shampoo and conditioner from this new brand called Act + Acre which was really nice. It smells amazing and I feel like it put a lot of moisture into my hair. Before I shower, I dry the brush which really helped the keratosis pilaris bumps on my arms. And because of my eczema, I can only use Avène Cleansing Oil in the shower. When I get out of the shower I use some Osea algae oil while I’m still wet and I ran this ouai rose oil through the ends of my hair. My favorite scent is Amor Fati from Sigil. It’s woody, musky, but light at the same time … you only get a hint of it when I walk by. I actually discovered it at the beginning of the pandemic because Sigil is doing this crazy thing where they charge $ 55 to get samples of all of their perfumes and then you can subtract $ 55 from the price of a full bottle. I really loved it. “
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