How Foxy Fox Anchor Jenna Lee Gets Camera-Ready
The perfectly-primped news anchor is practically a stock character—exaggerated, with big hair and caked-on makeup. But the stereotype doesn't fit Jenna Lee, co-host of the Fox morning show Happening Now, whose hair is done but not pageant-coiffed, and whose pretty freckles are visible beneath a light layer of Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet foundation. We recently followed the 31-year-old anchor as she prepared for the show, chatting with her and her hair and makeup team, Erica Colon and Maureen Walsh.
At 7:45AM, Lee arrived at the cubicle-size hair and makeup room, one of many on a long hallway at News Corp's midtown offices. She was bare-faced and wearing workout clothes, with her auburn hair in a messy topknot. "I usually come dressed for the gym because then it's harder not to go after work," she says. For her workouts, Lee wipes off her makeup and pulls back her hair, but since removing her false lashes takes more nuance, she often keeps them on. "The guy taking my card the other day was like, 'Your eyes look amazing' and I was said 'Oh, these? They're totally fake.' He really wasn’t sure what to think," she laughed.
First thing: Hairstylist Colon sprayed just the front of Lee's hair (shampooed yesterday) with water, and then blew it dry before wrapping the top around velcro rollers. "This will give it some bounce," she says. "They don't need to stay in long, just while she's getting made up." (Lee, who got the first interview with Herman Cain after his sexual harassment allegations, had recently introduced herself to him with her hair in those very rollers.) As Colon worked, Lee used the phone mounted on the wall to dial in to her daily phone conference, where she discussed with producers the topics the show would cover. She hit the mute button so they wouldn't hear the hairdryer and un-muted it when she needed to make a point. Once her hair was set,she switched over the makeup side of the room, transferring the call to the phone mounted on the opposite wall. The move seemed to happen in one motion, a well rehearsed routine.
To read the full article and find out what Jenna Lee's must-have products are click on Allure.com