Hana Hong

Title: Beauty & Fashion Editor
Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: New York, New York
Expertise: Skincare, Makeup, Hair care

Hana is the digital beauty and fashion editor at Real Simple, where she covers stories about skincare, hair care, makeup, fashion, and more. In addition to her weekly column Ask a Beauty Editor, you can find her makeup and hairstyling video tutorials on Real Simple's Instagram and YouTube accounts. Prior to Real Simple, she worked at Marie Claire and the Hearst Beauty Hub, writing both print and digital beauty content across Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, Woman's Day, and more. She has also been a regular contributor for InStyle and Reader's Digest, and done fragrance copywriting for FragranceX.


  • Winner of Hearst Journalism Awards Feature Writing competition
  • Worked at Marie Claire and the Hearst Beauty Hub, encompassing Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, O, the Oprah Magazine, and more
  • Worked as a professional jewelry stylist at Rocksbox, a subscription jewelry program
  • Directed four local fashion shows with over major 10 sponsors. including Rent the Runway


Hana got her start in beauty writing in college. In her second year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she won the esteemed Charla Krupp Foundation Award from a pool of hundreds of applicants and scored an internship with InStyle, where she got her start in the beauty world. Hana was also selected as one of 30 students for the competitive ASME Internship Program, where she was assigned to intern for Reader's Digest. Throughout college, she freelanced for various publications to continue to grow her writing experience.

Upon graduation, she was offered a full-time position at the Hearst Beauty Hub, writing beauty content for more than eight lifestyle publications across Hearst (including Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, Woman's Day, O the Oprah Magazine, and more).

She then worked full time at Marie Claire writing both print and digital beauty content for two years before accepting her current role at Real Simple.


Hana Hong graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Journalism.

About Real Simple

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