50 Questions with indie style Instablogger Anouschka Marlene
With an Instagram account that oozes cool, Anouschka Marlene is part of the new breed of style influencer that is making up her own rules. With lips reminiscent of Angelina Jolie’s plump pout teamed beside a sultry stare, Anouschka’s alternative attitude has found herself a steady fanbase amongst the Insti crowd.
Grabbing the German Instablogger for our latest Fast 50, we chat to Anouschka about everything from getting her start as a vintage shop model to campaigns with the likes of YSL Beauty, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein…
1. Best beauty product of all time? Dipbrow in “True Brunette” by MAC!
2. Five beauty products you can’t live without? Rituals Lip Balm “Lip Service” with beeswax, my MAC Dipbrow, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick “Crucifix – Deep Chocolate”, Eyeko Mascara and “Taupe” Matte Lipstick by MAC
3. Hair “done” or messy? I wish it was done, but it’s always messy
4. Makeup or no makeup? I can do both
5. Favourite fragrance? J’adore by Dior
6. Favourite item of clothing? Currently: my pointy black ankle boots by Vagabond
7. Favourite fashion brand? The Row (if I could afford it 😢)
8. Sneakers or heels? Heels
9. Gym or exercising outdoors? Neither
10. Yoga or running? Neither!
11. Healthy eating or treating yourself? I love both!
12. Can you cook? I like to think so!
13. Favourite food? Spaghetti Bolognese (yes, I know it’s basic), Kimchi jjigae, and Pho Bo
14. Favourite drink? Lemon ice tea
15. Best place to eat out? The absolute best food I had in a small restaurant in Rome… but Berlin is also very diverse and amazing food-wise. My go-to places are: Dudu, Pizza Papa Pane, and Kimchi Princess
16. Happiest moment? When I got my two kitties
17. Saddest moment? Idk, probably the ending of ‘The Notebook’ lol
18. Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
19. Blog or YouTube? Neither
20. Iphone or camera? Camera
21. Type of camera? I have a Canon 77D
22. Facetune or untouched? A little Facetune never killed nobody
23. Lightroom or VSCO (or another phone app!)? Afterlight 2 and Lightroom!
24. Favourite filter? Afterlight’s “Cascade” and “Mid Blue”
25. Favourite way to edit pics? First some Facetune, then light + color correction in Lightroom, then filters in Afterlight
26. 9-5 job or full-time influencer? I’m a student and work full-time as an influencer – but I’m looking forward to a “real world job” later in life
27. How did you first get your start in Instablogging? When I started modeling for a vintage shop in my hometown Mannheim
28. How much time goes into a normal picture found on your Instagram account? Including the shooting, editing and planning it’s a couple of hours at least
29. What’s your top Instagram tip? Instagram is not supposed to be an advertising platform, so I don’t like to follow profiles who only post soulless sponsored content. Also, don’t follow any sort of rules – just do whatever you want!
30. Who takes your pics? My best friend, my boyfriend, myself or other photographers I work with
31. Career highlight since being an influencer? I landed some pretty dope campaigns with YSL Beauty, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein etc
32. Career lowlight since being an influencer? There are months that go by completely campaign-less and thereby also very money-less…. 💩🤓
33. Best campaign you’ve ever worked on? Too many to pick out a single one. I’ve been doing this for 5 years
34. The best gift you’ve ever received as an influencer? I’ve received countless gifts over the years, including amazing clothes, jewellery and trips to different countries – it’s always pretty special to me!
35. Last thing you googled? How to spell kimchi jjigae correctly 🙃
36. Favourite film? Hard to say. Have to go with the classics: ‘Shawshank Redemption’, ‘The Godfather’ and several comic adaptations (e.g. ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy)
37. Favourite book? I will always be nostalgic for ‘Harry Potter’ and my teenage ‘Beat Generation’ phase (‘On the Road’, ‘Naked Lunch’…😩), but I also love James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’
38. Favourite song? ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ by the Smiths (mean question tho)
39. Favourite band? The Smiths, Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Sex Pistols, Placebo (and about a million others I feel bad about not mentioning here)
40. Living in the city or living by the beach? An apartment in the city, a house by the beach #bestofbothworlds
41. Favourite travel destination? Italy and the US
42. Going out clubbing or quiet dinner with friends? Quiet dinners for the win
43. Partner or single? Partner ❤️
44. Siblings? 2 younger brothers (20 & 10)
45. What city are you currently living in? Berlin!
46. Celebrity crush? Gosh diddly darn. I’m gonna go with Angelina Jolie and Ryan Gosling
47. Pets? Two kittens
48. Top five Instagram accounts to follow? Obviously mine (🤡), my bff’s @rubenjacobfees, @majawyh, @diet_prada (for fresh tea 🐸☕️), @nadialeelee
49. Favourite quote you live by? I’m not big on quotes
50. Top career tip? Stay true to yourself and what you want and don’t get lazy!
All images: @anouschkamarlene