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Fran Avatar

I’m with you, Christine, in product development ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so curious about how things are formulated, it makes me interested in studying chemistry (and the first time around, it was a requirement, but I wasn’t so interested, lol!)

Pearl Avatar

One of the testers or models! Either that or the one coordinating and scheduling launches, buys, buyer schedules – something back office-y and where I’d be in charge of organizing and scheduling things.

xamyx Avatar

Marketing & distribution. It makes absolutely no sense to me as a consumer why brands don’t rotate extremely popular LE products into their permanent range, or why certain brands have a ubiquitous presence in every major department store, while others are relegated to the stores online-only status. While I’m sure it has to do with agreements with a brand, at least in some cases, I’d like to work with the brand to come up with a reasonable solution in the best interests of the brand, retailer, and consumer.

Eileen Avatar

User Experience. The wrong tools or the wrong techniques can make the difference between a customer being satisfied or disappointed in how a product performs. Sometimes customers simply don’t understand how to use a new or innovative product to maximize a positive result. I’d love to work with focus groups to see what did and did not work for them when trying a new product and then figure out how to improve it.

Bananasforbourbon Avatar

Eileen, bingo. That would be so fun, and rewarding. And the next step would be to provide feedback to the SAs, which would boost sales and curb returns.

Emmilynn Avatar

I’ve always wanted to have a go at colour matching. That was the part of the job my mum always liked. Someone would come in with a rival product and you’d have to match it, as well as making sure the colour was consistent through out the batches. She used to have so much fun doing it that its always made me wanna have ago. Recently I’ve been seeing videos of ppl going to bite beauty’s shop to make their own colour. It’s basically that making appealing colours.

Tova J Avatar

Man that’s tricky! In a while I’ll be applying to uni and stuff and I’m looking at some degrees that could be useful in the cosmetic industry. Right now I think formulating and package design is most interesting! Or maybe like the graphic design in some way?


Production design. I’d like to be part of the team whoโ€™s responsible for creating the look and design of the product and its packaging. I’d give the products cute funky silly insane names. I know I’d be so good at it.

APRIL Avatar

Eyeliner! I would love to or be involved in making an eyeliner for the waterline that REALLY did stay ALL day. Yes there are many out there but NONE of them REALLY stay on the waterline.

Phoebe Avatar

Either where you develop the concept, the colour story, the imagery etc… Or part of the advertising campaign getting to come up with the promotional pictures… Or even the model in those photos.

Glenda Avatar

Most likely product development and/or creation, especially in skincare. I think it’s really interesting how some products work on me like a dream and others, well, maybe not a nightmare but close. So it must be the chemistry in the product and I think it would be fascinating.

Alyssa Avatar

Concealers and foundation products. I’ve suffered from acne as a kid into an adult and became agoraphobic because of it. These products can change lives and too many women are taken advantage of.

Anne Avatar

Product development would me my first choice as well, as I tend to know exactly what I want in a collection and it would be good to get a little creative. Though as a science geek I wouldn’t mind working in the lab or the factory on perfecting formulas, pigments and finishes, and making sure products live up to my quality standards.

Zoe Avatar

I work in product development (footwear) and it is SO TECHNICAL.
Spreadsheets, all day, man.
If you want to play with colors and be creative, you want to be a line manager or designer.
Actual PD people just spend time in excel and sending tons of email ๐Ÿ™

Cat Avatar

Even though I would LOVE to work in product development, or any creative branch, I’m going to go with quality control. It doesn’t matter how beautiful a color is, how it feels, or how gorgeous one makes the packaging surrounding it, if it doesn’t perform well, none of that really matters.

Michelle M. Avatar

So happy to see this question posted yesterday, I’m a cosmetic chemist and I’d like to encourage any of you interested in formulation, to study Chemistry and pursue your dream. Please know that making makeup is a real job and that if this is a dream of yours, you CAN make it happen. Working in a lab and formulating cosmetic products isn’t always glamorous, it is very physical work, but yes there is something incredibly awesome about testing the product you’ve made! I wish you all the best and hope this inspires someone to make their dream a reality!

Ginny D Avatar

I would LOVE to be a chemist at a somewhat independent makeup/skincare lab, and where I could make sure certain ingredients like Lavender Extract or Kathon CG never made it into the formula. I would also like to be able to influence the binders and how the products are pressed so that the color and pigmentation of certain shades(purples for example) could stay true and vibrant

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