Have you ever worked in the beauty industry?

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Yes. I’ve worked for Calvin Klein cosmetics and Clinique. I started behind the counter and ended up an Account Manager with Clinique. Best job I ever had

I did back in the mid-80’s, and I really enjoyed it! Yesterday, my (Bio) mother asked me if I’d ever want to go back into it, I explained more clearly to her my physical issues that would likely make that impossible. Yet, she still encouraged me to really meditate on it and see whether I could again. Idk, it’s been such a long time, and I never did learn how to apply mascara to another person’s lashes! I lack the self-confidence.

Nancy, I know from personal experience that having a ton of medical problems can really mess with your life. I hope things improve and you get more confidence, because being able to do something you love is a wonderful thing.

No, but I am within reasonable commuting distance of Ulta HQ, and I peek at their corporate opportunities every once in a while… Gimme that discount! ? And I do think that working with beauty categories and trends would be a lot of fun.

Very briefly. I worked at Macy’s in the beauty department for about a week, but left for a better opportunity (and I didn’t like a lot of Macy’s policies at the time, I hear things have changed). I also sold Mark. Cosmetics for about two years.

Yes. I rotated at department stores doing color consultations. I’ve done makeup for women with cancer starting new outlook. I did freelance to make money Pay for school.

I’ve been thinking that I’d like to do some volunteer makeup application/teaching for people with medical problems once I get more experience. I don’t think I’d like to do it full-time, though.

No. I’d love being around all that makeup but then some a-hole customer would come in or there’d be a gaggle of women with unattended kids that would ruin all the pretty displays and I wouldn’t be able to keep my mouth shut. I was a librarian for a while and had to quit because I was so disenchanted with the seeming lack of respect that people were starting have for public places and how to behave when in public (hint: you are not at home, it’s not your living room, there are other people around/waiting and deserve a turn/no one wants to hear your loud phone conversations/decorum is expected/PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, BATHE). Maybe I’m old, but it seems people just don’t know how to behave anymore. While I haven’t worked in the makeup industry, I have worked in customer service and in my experience, it is a giant, demoralizing soul-suck.

I’ve thought about it and it was suggested to me a few times, but I have a balance problem and need to sit most of the time. Doing someone’s makeup while sitting is almost impossible (I’ve tried with friends several times) and standing at a store counter for hours is out of the question.

I did media, ads, videos, point of sales stuff for certain brands. And I’ve ghostwritten a bestselling beauty book and would love to ghostwrite another. I’m a book midwife.

Thanks, Fran! It’s been fun. My favorite piece was a point of sale video I edited to a Sting song featuring a perfume that Andie MacDowell was the face for back in the day. The beauty book was more recent, and i got to research all the healthy products which was super fun.

I did some freelance technical writing for nursing publications for a few years. Even while going back to school to get my esthetician’s license so I can change my day job (I plan to add makeup artistry to skin care), I’ve also renewed a promise to myself to pursue my dream of writing fiction more seriously. It’s only too late if I don’t start now. Or at least soon! I’ll turn 60 this summer, and, even if my son won’t launch, I need to re-launch. Just knowing that I’ll be going back to school is getting me energized.

When I was only a teenager I worked at the Estee Lauder perfume counter in Myers Melbourne. It was fabulous. I had all these guys rushing in at the last minute trying to pick a perfume pack for their wives, girl friends and mothers. It was lovely to help them pick the right perfume for their loved one.
But otherwise, no, I haven’t worked in the industry.

Yes! My first fulltime job was behind the Estée Lauder counter at The Emporium (equivalent to Macy’s or Bloomingdales) in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late ’70’s. LOVED the exposure to the world of make-up!! They also provided excellent training. I eventually did some freelance artistry for Estée Lauder during special events. After I tired of the retail grind, I got smart and went into the business field where there was a decent paycheck. I still adore makeup, though!!

No. I think working in the industry would take the fun out of it for me. It’s just a fun, selfish hobby of mine that I like to keep for myself. Plus, I generally dislike dealing with the public, in general.

Last year I did an internship in Marketing for essie and Maybelline at L’Oréal, here in Chile. Awesome job, catty ultracompetitive and bitchy coworkers, not so much…
But the amount of free stuff I got was insane (MNY, essie, L’Oréal Paris, Garnier, Lancome, Vichy, La Roche Posay, Kiehl’s, Biotherm, L’Oréal Professionnel). And I was only there for three months and they gave me all that! Generous peeps…

I’m actually planning to start a 10-week program in April to get my esthetician’s license. I want to combine skin care with makeup artistry, so I’ll be looking at short makeup artistry courses after that to help me start building a portfolio!

Thought about it, sort of! For a few years I’ve been considering (on and off) taking a course in makeup artistry from a well-respected local outfit. It’s primarily their SFX makeup course I’m interested in (lots of people going straight from that course to working at Weta and other such places, or so I hear), but their fashion makeup course is a prerequisite, and students entering the fashion makeup course are expected to already have good skills in doing their own makeup — which is what got me reading makeup blogs, as I had 0 clue in that regard!

No, not directly in the beauty industry but I have worked in retail/customer service for 7 years. When I was working at a sunglasses counter, brands like Origins, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Shiseido and Clinique were all next to my counter and I had to help them out at times. I loved being friends with the ladies working at the beauty counters. I also got discounts on all the products and tons of free samples. Overall it was a lot of fun!

It really takes a special character to work in customer service and retail, it’s rewarding and very tough! We always hear horror stories about sales assistants but those people also put up with a lot of crap and they deserve more credit. I encourage everyone to gain at least some customer service experience of any kind. Perhaps later in life for example when I’m retired and I want a part time job to keep doing something, I would like to work in the beauty industry.

Yes. I worked as make-up artist for a little less than a year. And then we moved to Switzerland. But I soon realized it wasn’t what I truly wanted to do. I absolutely ADORE make-up, but I prefer writing and talking about it rather than actually doing other people’s make-up.

I was contacted by a recruiter recently about working for KIKO (they’re trying to expand the company in the US) and I spoke to him on the phone, but my experience didn’t totally match up to what they were looking for. I’m happy with my current job, but working for a cosmetics company would also be really cool, so I was slightly bummed, haha

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