We first featured retro beauty and fashion blogger phenomenon Nena Moreno back in August of last year for the article entitled, Top 5 Pin Up Girls on Instagram. We finally caught up with her for an interview to see how the fudge is packed and how it all began for her. Click on any image to follow Nena Moreno on Instagram.
Hello Nena Moreno! Firstly tell us a little bit about yourself, what is a typical day like for you?
A typical day really depends on what projects I’m working on at that particular time but I tend to prep most of my schedule the night before from makeup and hair looks to outfits, which gives me an idea of how much time I will be dedicated to each task. In the mornings the first thing I do is drink a glass of water and depending on the weather a short walk to wake me up and a few minutes to sit in silence really helps me align my thoughts for the day. Once I’m ready to start my work day I open my planner (I love writing things down) and review my tasks. Most of my work is online so I spend a lot of time on my computer as well as editing videos. I also dedicate a few days week to search for clothing pieces and accessories to compliment the looks I’ll be working on for future tutorials. In the evening, I focus on answering questions on all my social media platforms, it’s really important to me to respond and help my audience with their beauty questions and they have also become like friends to me – I’m so grateful for their daily support and encouragement.
What is your favourite social media platform to engage with your audience?
It’s definitely Instagram, I love that I can instantly respond to questions and get their feedback on certain ideas I may have for the future. It has given me the opportunity to really connect and get to know them more on a one on one basis.
If someone wanted to become a public figure like you, what advice would you give them?
I have to admit it’s still a little surreal to think of myself in that way since when I started I simply wanted to connect with other people that had similar interests as myself. I believe that the key is being genuine, I’ve always treated everyone on my social media platforms as I would if I was interacting with them in person which I feel other people connect with as well. I know its always said but it is so true being yourself is so important… personally it took me some time to share my full personality on social media because I was quite shy but I learned that the more I allowed myself to not be “perfect” and spoke and acted exactly as I did with my close family and friends (Spanglish words included) the more I felt connect to my audience. Summing it up, even though they are not physically there, each comment, like and follow on social media is a human being on the other end and they are taking time out of their day to show you love and support, so taking a little extra effect to show them how much you appreciate them is key.
How long does it take to put a tutorial together?
Depending on the tutorial it can take up to 3 to 6 hours and that is not counting the prepping time from makeup, clothing and lighting setup which is usually another 2-3 hours. When I plan a tutorial I make sure to set aside the whole day for recording and editing.
How do you pick the songs for your videos?
The first thing I do when picking a song for a video is what era is the particular tutorial from, for instance, if I’m doing a 1950s hairstyle then I would definitely focus on songs that were released in that time frame. I edit all my videos so while I’m editing I always listen to music and when one stands out to me and it feels right then that’s the one! I also try to introduce artists in my tutorials that were not so mainstream at the time but oh so talented.
Tell us something no one else knows about you.
I am the first in my family to obtain a university degree, I have a dual major in International Business and Marketing. Coming from very humble beginnings all the sacrifices my parents have made to provide a better quality of life for my brothers and myself has always been my driving force. This is something I don’t share very often but I feel very blessed for the gift to live a life full of opportunities and to be encouraged to dream big.
What qualities do you look for in a man, and what are the big turn offs?
Great question, the first quality that gets my attention is a man that truly knows the art of chivalry which sums up a lot of the qualities that I look for, also, a man that can carry an intellectual conversation, genuine and with his own sense of style. My big turn offs is a man that doesn’t keep his word, lack of communication, and insecurities.
“I look for a man that can carry an intellectual conversation, genuine and with his own sense of style.” – Nena Moreno
Where did you learn your craft?
Ever since I can remember creating art in one way or another has always been my passion in life which caused my never-ending journey to teach myself everything I could at a very young age from watching movies to looking through magazine pictures. The first memory I have of me really studying hair, makeup, and even fashion was around the age of 5 when I was watching vintage black and white Spanish movies with my parents and grandparents – I was enamored by the actresses. As I got older into my teens I started trying to recreate vintage styles on my own and by 12 years old people were hiring me to do their makeup. Right after high school, I started working for a cosmetic company as a lead makeup artist where I had the opportunity to work with other artists which expanded my knowledge and creativity. When creating elaborate makeup looks I also would practice doing my hair to complement my makeup. My clients would always ask me about my hair and that’s when I knew that I not only loved creating with makeup but hair had become another art form for me that I could express myself through.
Which city would you like to live in and why?
Goodness, there are so many beautiful cities it would be hard to pick just one but I love Paris, the food is amazing and the fashion is a dream. But I have to admit I live for tropical weather such as Montezuma, Costa Rica – yes, you guessed it the food is amazing (I’m a big fan of food LOL) and of course my hometown Michoacán, Mexico since it brings me beautiful memories.
Finally Nena, your favourite getting ready to go out tune.
It definitely depends on my mood but I’ll listen to Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” to Kay Starr “It’s A Good Day” and if I want to get in the dancing mood I’ll put on some Rosita Quintana “Mexicana Hasta Las Cachas” and Celia Cruz with Sonora Matancera “El Yerberito Moderno.”
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