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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at VCU chapter.

You may have seen her go viral– Eden Gordley, self-taught makeup artist and model for Complex at VCU and 7:77SALÚ, gets personal with us about her multiple talents.

Age: 17

Classification: Freshman

Major: Political Science (at the moment)

Relationship: Married, basically

Hometown: Prince George County, Maryland

What made you decide to come to VCU?

I know everybody says “diversity,” but that’s the thing about urban campuses: everyone is accepted and everyone is accepting. Basically, I didn’t want to go to school with a bunch of the same type of people.

When did you first realize you loved makeup and how?

I was in seventh grade when I started watching Youtube videos. I was really into the eyebrows, so I started by doing peoples’ eyebrows at school and my love for makeup escalated from there. I went from doing eyebrows, to doing eyes, to doing faces, to doing everything else. It was like a “piece by piece” thing.

What is your favorite look to do?

I like natural — something very natural and soft. Maybe a dark lip. I like a warm natural look.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I plan on moving to Cali — LA specifically. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but it will most likely be something along the lines of makeup or modeling — whichever comes first. I may even audition for a movie.

How do you get involved and show off your talent?

Twitter and other social media networks are the best platforms to get your work out there. I do people’s make up, which obviously speaks for itself, and I’ve done photoshoot makeup for a few photographers. Of course, I also have business cards.

What’s next for Eden Gordley?

I have a few photoshoots lined up back home with some pretty great photographers and whatever comes with Complex next semester. I’m doing looks all winter. I would love to go viral again.

Have you ever thought about starting a Youtube page?

No, I haven’t. Everybody does that. Everybody does Youtube. Everybody wants to do Youtube. I wanted to dare to be different. I wanted to create a new way to put myself out there. Plus, I’m not very tutorial-y.

What do you plan on doing with your degree in political science?

I’m actually in the process of creating my own major. VCU doesn’t really have a major for me, so I’m working to make my own.

Who is your biggest influence?

Okay, okay, okay, Michelle Phan. She was the first one to do a Youtube makeup page. She started the Youtube makeup game. She taught me all of the basics. She’s even been on the cover of Forbes. Now, when I watch Youtube, it’s Jeffree Starr. I watch all the “dudes of Youtube,” actually, and I love Nikki Tutorials. I like all of the big, big people.

What other hidden talents do you have?

I do a lot of stuff. I’m a musician at heart. Yeah, I sing and dance. I’m good at a lot of things. I can sew. I even thread eyebrows. I do a lot of stuff, really, but I always forget what it is that I do.


You can find Eden on Instagram and Twitter: @LILETHABASEDGOD

Erica Dabney is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. Some of her favorite activities include discovering new music, tearing down the patriarchy and dining out at black-owned restaurants in Richmond. She plans to graduate with her bachelors in journalism in 2019.
Keziah is a writer for Her Campus. She is majoring in Fashion Design with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. HCXO!