Information Anchor Jeannette Reyes | Into The Gloss

“My dad was what you’d name a information junkie. He was all the time watching the Spanish information, and studying the newspaper, and he cared quite a bit about it. However rising up, I by no means thought of journalism as a profession—I assumed I wished to be an lawyer for the longest time. It wasn’t till my freshman 12 months in school, truly, when somebody steered I audition for the coed newscast that all of it clicked. I felt actually snug in entrance of the digital camera and loved writing, and realized that it is perhaps extra fulfilling for me. And fortunately I used to be at Kent State in Ohio, which has a extremely good, hands-on journalism program. I switched my main to journalism, and began pursuing that path as an alternative.

The information business could be very aggressive, and a lot of it’s out of your palms. You’ve 4 stations in a market and 4 morning newscasts, and particularly in fascinating cities turnover shouldn’t be good, as a result of individuals keep a very long time. My first job was in Little Rock, and thank God I went as a result of that’s the place I met my husband. He was the weekend sports activities anchor. I used to be in Little Rock for 2 years as a common project reporter, after which I received a job in DC. After that I took a suggestion in Philly, and was there for 4 and a half years. I began out as a common project reporter, after which for the final 12 months, I used to be the 4PM anchor. My husband and I did long-distance for 4 and a half years, seeing one another on the weekends, after which we reunited in DC December of final 12 months. My husband and I are literally direct rivals right here. [Laughs]

At my present job I work 6AM to 1:30PM. I get up at 4 within the morning, anchor for 5 hours straight, then assist write tales and do Zoom interviews for one more two and a half hours. FOX 5 DC covers DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and there’s numerous native information. At my final station, Motion Information, there wasn’t numerous time for chitchat or banter. Right here, it’s numerous longer interviews and alternatives to essentially maintain individuals’s ft to the fireplace, which I’ve loved. Generally a 15 or 20 second sound chew simply can’t give sufficient of the story—it’s form of like how individuals aren’t clicking on articles [before they share them] on Twitter, they simply learn the headline.

Journalists are used to chopping tales down. Generally selecting what components of nice content material to chop down looks like slicing off your limbs. However after I received on Tiktok, it was simple! I spotted that it’s worthwhile to make your level as rapidly as potential, and ship the punchline with out dragging it on. Tiktok is only a enjoyable factor for me. Like, my brother would make enjoyable of my anchor voice on a regular basis—the overwhelming majority of anchors simply mimic what they heard rising up, consciously or not, to sound extra authoritative. And I assumed it will be humorous to do a video with my husband the place we have been utilizing our anchor voices to speak about dinner within the kitchen, then code switching, like, ‘Nah, forreal although, what you tryin’ to eat?’ [Laughs] I’m so used to posting when inspiration strikes, and I’d go darkish for like three weeks. I don’t make cash off of Tiktok, as a result of anchors aren’t allowed to, however I wouldn’t wish to anyway. I believe what makes it enjoyable is that I can do it every time I need.


A false impression lots of people have is that anchors get hair and make-up—I get into hair and make-up at 5 within the morning, and I do all of it myself. I bear in mind as soon as I used to be on the telephone with an agent, and she or he was like, ‘We’re going to get you to an enormous metropolis, and we’re going to work in your make-up!’ After we hung up, I used to be like, ‘Wait, what’s that imagined to imply?!’ However I used to be wanting somewhat loopy. Finally I realized from watching Makeupshayla, Jackie Aina, and Eman.

I begin out with Fenty’s Mattifying Primer. It’s by far one of the best factor I’ve used, interval, for HD, vivid lights, and 5 hours of TV. Then, I placed on Becca Final Protection 24-Hour Basis in Maple. They went out of enterprise, so I stocked up. However I even have Smashbox’s 24 Hour Studio End Basis, which is nice too. I set it with Sephora’s Matte Perfection Powder Basis. Then, I do my brows. My eyebrows are microbladed, however I fill them in with a Profit Cosmetics forehead pencil to offer them somewhat extra dimension. For microblading, I’m going to Dollistic in McLean, Virginia about every year. I’m lengthy overdue. I exploit the NYX Cosmetics Eyeshadow Base with my go-to eyeshadow palette, the Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Toasted. It’s good for anyone, however actually good in case you have a deeper pores and skin tone.

After I do my eyeshadow, I’m going again in with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit beneath my eyes. It’s actually creamy and doesn’t crease—it’s my trip or die. I apply that with a Beautyblender, and set it with Laura Mercier’s Translucent Free Setting Powder. Then I line my eyes with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Liner in True Black Matte, and add Ardell Wispies False Eyelashes, which I’ve discovered to be one of the best for cameras. They appear to be you simply have lengthy, naturally voluminous lashes. I’ve them on now. I reuse them perhaps three or 4 occasions every. Too Confronted’s Higher Than Intercourse Mascara goes on prime of that, simply to mix my pure lashes with the false eyelashes.

A false impression lots of people have is that anchors get hair and make-up—I get into hair and make-up at 5 within the morning, and I do all of it myself.

I contour with Fenty powder bronzer and use Buxom’s Wanderlust Primer Infused Blush in Mykonos. It’s a extremely fairly gentle pink. I used to make use of deeper blush colours, and I spotted it form of aged me. All of my lip colours are matte, and just about all of them are from Dose of Colours. If there’s one suggestion I might make, it is that lipstick needs to be long-wearing virtually to a fault. Merlot is my favourite shade. Each time I put on it, with out fail, individuals ask me about it. Then, I spray it down with City Decay’s All Nighter Lengthy-Lasting Make-up Setting Spray. Once more, the general objective is to make it final so long as potential with out an excessive amount of shine. I don’t contact up! It’s humorous—I actually ought to have finished my very own make-up for my wedding ceremony, however on the time I wasn’t assured that what labored for images was the identical for TV. Now, even once they ship a make-up artist at work, I’m doing my very own make-up.

The perfect make-up eradicating cleanser I’ve ever used—and I’ve used Chanel, all that stuff—is the Good Molecules Prompt Cleaning Balm. I put on numerous make-up that’s actually onerous to take away, and this melts all of it away. If I’m actually determined I’ll use the make-up remover wipes from Sincere Magnificence, however that’s not typically. I don’t actually wrestle with pimples, however on the uncommon events I do get away, I all the time get hyperpigmentation. City Pores and skin Rx has been a godsend. They don’t pay me, I simply wish to inform the world. I saved on listening to about their merchandise, and eventually received the entire hyperpigmentation line. I made a decision I used to be going to stay to it for about three months earlier than I mentioned a phrase, and it’s been superb. I exploit their Even Tone Cleaning Bar after my cleaning balm. From there I exploit the Paula’s Selection Pores and skin-Balancing Pore Lowering Toner with niacinamide, or the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Further Energy Every day Peel. It offers me child pores and skin. M-61 has actually good peel pads too, however they’re not each day ones. I exploit Darphin’s Hydraskin Mild All-Day Pores and skin Hydrating Cream Gel, which I’ve been utilizing for years, after which I’d put an oil on to seal within the moisture.

Within the morning, the principle distinction is that I exploit Tatcha’s Deep Cleanse as an alternative of the City Pores and skin Rx, and I additionally use Black Woman Sunscreen. I’ve little solar spots, so I’ve needed to get on prime of that. The advantage of this one is that it doesn’t tablet beneath my primer and basis. I’d like to get a chemical peel, however with my job, that’s simply not going to occur. So far as therapies at residence, twice per week I exploit the City Pores and skin Rx Purifying Pumpkin Pore Detox Masks and Scrub. It’s actually good. It smells superb, and will get noticeably heat. Wei has actually good masks, the Golden Root Purifying Masks and the Brown Sugar Prepared Glow Exfoliating Masks. I’m an enormous exfoliating lady, as a result of as soon as I began to do it usually, I’d discover any form of texture on my pores and skin. However I might warning in opposition to actually abrasive exfoliants. City Pores and skin Rx has one and I needed to cease utilizing it—it was somewhat too abrasive.


I’ve been going to Aesthetics Salon in Arlington since 2014. They’re so good. Even after I was in Philly I might drive there. There have been occasions once they’d solely have the ability to take me throughout the week—I’d get up at 2:30AM, work the morning shift, drive down at midday, sit within the chair for 5 – 6 hours, get again to Philly round 11PM, and go to work the following day. Up to now, I’ve not been allowed to put on my hair curly on-air. That was so irritating as a result of it’s limiting outdoors of labor—it’s restrictive, it’s costly. Once I was reporting and it was humid out, or I occurred to get caught within the rain, I’d need to go residence and flat iron it once more. I used to be continuously placing warmth on my hair to be TV prepared, and 6 months in, my hair had utterly damaged off. My hair stylist was like, ‘It’s a must to do a weave now.’ I had no selection! A very good weave and a very good hair stylist will run you $600 simply, and I used to be doing this each 5 to 6 weeks. There’s additionally the truth that when you’ve a weave, you possibly can’t actually tie your hair up as a result of you possibly can see the tracks. I couldn’t simply bounce into my house pool—I needed to time it out.

With this job I’m able to put on it curly, but it surely was completely nerve wracking the day earlier than the debut. And I nonetheless go to a salon each week to do a flexi-rod set. My curls are naturally somewhat smaller and tighter—they mainly wrap my hair round a thicker rod, and it takes the width and type of that rod. After that, I don’t contact it. I pop on a bonnet each evening, pull it off within the morning, shake it out, and I’m good to go. It has been completely life altering, and for me, it additionally feels extra genuine.

Chanel Mademoiselle offers me a headache, however I put up with it for a number of years as a result of I beloved the perfume. Finally I took to Tiktok for suggestions, and now I exploit Espresso Break by Maison Margiela. It doesn’t odor like espresso. I want they wouldn’t name it that, as a result of everyone is like, ‘So that you drink espresso to remain up and also you put on Espresso.’ [Laughs] It’s truly form of candy, and musky. Oscar de la Renta has one referred to as Bella Blanca that I like too. It’s floral however not overwhelming or something like that, which is a part of the issue. As a result of it’s so gentle it’s not lengthy lasting in any respect. It’s so irritating. However I actually suggest it. It’s refined.

I want they wouldn’t name it that, as a result of everyone is like, ‘So that you drink espresso to remain up and also you put on Espresso.’

It’s onerous for me to unplug. My husband’s actually huge on watching the newscast, however that makes me really feel like I’m at work, so I’ll scroll via Twitter and skim the most recent as an alternative. I’m continuously taking in information, even on trip, as a result of I don’t wish to come again and all these things has occurred. And the information will be extraordinarily anxiety-inducing—you see the extremes of humanity, one of the best and the worst of it. Principally the worst. I’m cognizant of the truth that individuals attempt to seize headlines by making issues sound excessive… However I additionally know that when the truth of the scenario is admittedly dangerous, reporters would possibly truly be attempting to downplay it.

Turning it off is admittedly powerful as a result of I’m very, very a lot an overthinker. Yesterday, I used to be like, ‘Dang, I simply remembered a query I requested two weeks in the past that wasn’t a very good query.’ [Laughs] However I strive to not work proper earlier than I’m going to mattress. I’ll play jazz on YouTube as I’m prepping for mattress, after which make myself a cup of ginger chamomile lemon tea. There’s this native herb retailer referred to as Apothékary, and so they have these teas referred to as Do Not Disturb and Chill the F Out that assist me wind down. I additionally attempt to do studying that’s not work-related. However I’ve to fall asleep between 6 and eight. I would like numerous sleep. I may sleep with the curtains open and the solar shining on my face.”

—as instructed to ITG

Jeannette Reyes photographed by Abrielle Williams in Washington DC on October 30, 2021

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