Being the new kid on the block is never easy but Jenny Anchondo, the newest addition to Fox 4 Dallas, makes it look that way. The bubbly and gorgeous anchor/reporter greets viewers bright and early on the Good Day Fox 4 morning show. Whether she's anchoring the desk on the weekend or bringing you breaking news on the scene during the week, Jenny always manages to look flawless during such an ungodly hour. I sat down with Jenny to find out her secrets and learned she's budget and beauty-savvy.
SB: You've anchored and reported the early morning newscast for more than 7 years in a few different cities. How do you manage to look so great that early in the morning?
JA: Smoke and mirrors! Honestly, that's a sweet thing to say. I usually look pretty rough right when I get to work. I've found that getting proper sleep is the most important element in looking and feeling like the best version of myself. When I first started the morning shift, after anchoring evenings for a few years, it was a tough transition. I set a bed time and I stick to it. If I'm exhausted, it shows. I've always been a stickler about wearing a sunscreen with SPF in it too. I also drink green tea every morning. I'm not a coffee gal, but the tea seems to wake me up and it has antioxidants in it. I also have to eat before the show. I get what I like to call "hangry" if I don't eat. (Hungry & angry.) I'm not fun to be around if I haven't been fed. I usually have a veggie smoothie (spinach, cucumber, kale, lime juice, apple) and some protein of some sort. That makes me happy and awake!
SB: What do you do to avoid dark circles and puffy eyes in the morning?
JA: I have naturally very dark circles under my eyes and tend to have them regardless of how much I sleep. However, I have found that if I'm dehydrated, they get worse so I try to drink at least 100-120 oz of water per day. I've researched this topic a ton, trying to find a solution. I used to put tea bags on my eyes first thing in the morning but honestly, who has time for that? If I have an event later in the day, I do use the tea bags in the afternoons. I always select a tea with a lot of caffeine and tannins, which makes the effect more powerful. Most commonly, if the bags are bad, I wrap ice in a paper towel and ice the bags under my eyes on the way to work. Using an eye cream has helped me too. I use Dr. Dennis Gross "Lift & Lighten" eye cream in the mornings. I make sure to let it soak in for at least 15 minutes before applying makeup. Then, I use Neutrogena "Ageless Intensive Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream" at night. I have found that vitamin C eye creams have been helpful too, when it comes to my dark circles. However, without a doubt the most essential item for hiding my circles is my go-to concealer I swear I've tried every concealer out there. I now use CoverBlend by Exuviance. I use it under my eyes and it is so great because it doesn't dry too thick or too thin. It covers EVERYTHING. I have gotten so many people hooked on it. It also doesn't attract my powder into the fine lines around my eyes, so I love that aspect. It is such a life saver.
SB: What are your makeup must-haves in your beauty bag?
JA: Again, the CoverBlend concealer. Also, Bahama Mama bronzer. This bronzer is the best because it isn't shimmery, which can sometimes reflect light in a weird way. I use it to contour my face. I blend a line of it below my blush to create cheek bones and even contour my nose with it. I have a little bump in my nose, but drawing a straight line of bronzer along the nose helps me to give the appearance of a straight nose. Also, a brow pencil. I used to never do anything to my brows but one of my mentors and a former Dallas anchor penciled my brows in one day and showed me how much it made the whole "look" appear more polished. Now I always do that before going on air. I use an Anastasia brow pencil but I've found that they all work pretty well. I've always been a huge blush fan. I use Colour Basis HD cheeks in Cameilla. I just think that blush brings out a woman's smile! I never use foundation, but I do use a powder foundation by Colour Basis. It has serious coverage but doesn't look cakey.
SB: If you were trapped on a deserted news station and only got to have one make up product, what would it be?
JA: Eyelash extensions or strip lashes! I absolutely adore them. They open up the face so much. If you see me around town, on an "off" day or when I'm not working, most likely I'll only be wearing chap stick and my lashes. Strip lashes are so inexpensive and make a world of difference. Extensions are more pricey but they save so much time in the morning.
SB: What's the secret to your flawless skin on and off the air?
JA: I know my skin isn't flawless but letting it "breathe" is important! Go natural sometimes. No makeup is gorgeous and fresh. That way, when you do put makeup on, you have a nice palate to work with that isn't clogged with makeup. I also use the clarisonic brush for my skin. I use it every other day but should probably use it more. It cleans the skin so much more than a regular wash.
SB: Does your makeup routine differ when you are on the air vs. not?
JA: Well, it depends. If I'm just running around doing errands, working out, etc. I don't wear makeup. I just wear my moisturizer with sunscreen. However, if I'm going to an event or meeting friends for dinner, I actually wear a very similar style of makeup to my on air look. The only difference is that I'll experiment in day-to-day life. I try not to experiment on the air, thankfully for our viewers. Back in the day, I wore a LOT more makeup on the air, compared to what I wore in "real life". HD changed all of that! Turns out, in HD, you can really see everything and I mean everything. So, a thick foundation, thick eyeliner and harsh lip lines look bad and unnatural on television. Now, I only wear a powder foundation, never a liquid foundation and have learned to blend my makeup more, before going on air. I also love dramatic eye makeup, so I usually do that when I'm out with friends too, just like on TV! At Fox4, we have makeup artists, which can be a real treat! However, I'm usually out the door before they arrive so on most days, I just do my own makeup. When I get back though, I've been hitting them up for tricks too.
SB: Any beauty secrets that you swear by?
JA: Sunscreen! Specifically, when I want my makeup to look great all day, I wear Sephora Mattifying moisturizer sunscreen. My only complaint is that it is only SPF 20. However, it really does keep your skin much more matte than a regular sunscreen. Then, if you do get a little shiny, instead of applying more powder, use blotting sheets. That way your skin doesn't get cakey. I also make my own hair masks out of avocado, real mayo and olive oil. I leave it on there for an hour, the wash it out. I do smell like salad dressing after that, but my hair is shiny! Also, my most recent find is Ole Henricksen pure truth youth activating oil. I got a sample of it, and haven't been able to stop using it. You'd think that putting oil on your skin would make it greasy, but it just soaks right in. This is definitely one of my "splurge" products but it is also something that makes my skin more supple and young looking. I could tell a difference in a day! Also, a lot of people are nervous about going to beauty schools for discounted services, but it is awesome! I'm always on a budget so I'll go to cosmetology schools, etc. for facials, nails, hair, etc. The discount is always deep and they always have someone supervising too.
SB: Do you have any skin issues?
JA: I have been dealing with on and off acne for years. Usually I keep it under control by making sure to never sleep in my makeup. In fact, I try to remove my makeup as soon as I leave work and put on my sunscreen. Chemical peels also help with the acne. Most importantly for me, is staying hydrated too. When I get dehydrated and stressed, my skin breaks out. Then again, stress is inevitable, isn't it?
SB: Have you had any makeup mishaps on the news?
JA: Aha. Yes, the strip lashes. They've started to come loose a couple of times during extended coverage. I just glued those suckers back on though. Also, lipstick on my teeth. That's what co-anchors and kind floor crew members are for though. They always give me a heads up!
SB: Do you indulge in any beauty treatments? If so, how often?
JA: I try to get a microdermabrasion, mild chemical peels or facials about once a month. I always look for deals too. So many spas have specials. I also get shellac manicures about every 2-3 weeks. Viewers notice if nails are chipped, so I like that version because they rarely ever chip and last a long time. If I don't have shellac on, I just have natural nails.
SB: Who is your make up maven role model?
JA: Robin Meade from CNN Headline News. Her eyes and lips always look fab on TV, without being too "done" or plastic-looking. Actually, she's my role model for anchoring as well. She comes across as so sweet, genuine and intelligent. I love the way she makes a solid effort to support the troops. That is so important to me as well.
SB: Where do you shop for your makeup?
JA: I really do shop everywhere. The drug stores and the makeup counters. I get my powder, eyeliner, blush and some lipsticks from Texas-based Colour Basis. My on-air lipstick is Kamikaze by Colour Basis. Their makeup is created for high definition television, but it looks great in photographs too, so I like it for everyday wear also. I think drug store (brands like Cover Girl/ Maybeline, etc.) always have the best mascara. I get some eyeshadows and lipsticks from MAC. I also experiment a lot with different products from Sephora and Ulta.