NYLON Beauty Director Holly Siegel Tells All

Can we get a shout-out for NYLON magazine? I mean, it's still making us want to rip pages out and hang them in our long-gone lockers, and therefore it does deserve some props. So we decided to interview NYLON's resident Beauty Director, Holly Siegel, and get some tips on, you know, what's hot. Here goes: I Heart Daily: What are your favorite drugstore beauty product(s)? Holly Siegel: I find that drugstore mascaras tend to be on par with (if not better than!) more expensive brands. Two of my favorites are L'Oreal Double Extend Mascara ($11) and Maybelline Microfiber Mascara ($8). I personally use black, but they also come in brown for those who like a less intense eye. I love the feel and look of brand-new mascara, and since this isn't too expensive I can buy another as soon as I feel my old mascara starts to dry (mascara expires after about three months!). Wet 'n' Wild lip liner in 666 ($1.50) is universally flattering. For hair, I really love the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner ($8 each) to keep blond hair from turning brassy.

IHD: What are some products that are worth splurging on? HS: I absolutely adore Chanel intense kohl pencil eyeliner. It never smudges or fades, which is great because I don't have to worry about constantly reapplying when I'm out and about. Another great splurge is NARS cream eyeshadow ($21). It has such a nice, smooth feel and comes in such fun colors, especially for summer. Also, Bobbi Brown makes the best blushes and bronzers. They come in many different shades that work well with a range of different skin tones. And YSL foundations are always amazing.

IHD: What are some little known brands you love? HS: Eyeko has adorable, manga-inspired packaging at a low price point. I love fragrances by Byredo. KO (it stands for "Knock Out"), started by Mike Potter, who was the makeup artist on Hedwig and the Angry Inch and works with Karen O, makes amazing matte nail polishes in cool colors and bottles. Sachajuan is also a cool haircare line.

IHD: What's the best beauty tip you've ever gotten? HS: I bit my nails for years, and the only way I would stop was by getting acrylic tips -- but they were expensive, and when they came off my nails were long, but also wrecked. It was recommended that I try Cal-Gel, which is a super strong UV gel t you can get your nails painted with (it is, apparently, all the rage in Japan and Russia). It's amazing and doesn't damage nails or look fake. Dashing Diva salons now offer a similar service called Gelife. I've converted more people since!