May 1, 2013
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April 30, 2013
As temperatures warm up for spring, countless couples prepare to walk down the aisle. Whether you’re the one getting married or you’re a guest, going to a wedding is a great opportunity to showcase your skin looking its clearest and healthiest. Keeping all of the camera flashes and videos in mind, these tips will get your skin in tip-top shape before anyone utters ‘I do!’
It’s actually quite easy to rid yourself of a dull complexion. Men and women sometimes think that simply doing the bare minimum of cleansing and moisturizing is enough, but to truly give the dead skin cells on your face a reason to pack up and leave you should consider giving exfoliation a try. This is especially important for soon-to-be brides and grooms who want to look their most luminous and fresh-faced on the special day. Exfoliating just a couple times per week can make a big difference if dullness is your concern.
If you’re acne prone and experiencing breakouts, it’s better to try a chemical exfoliant like our Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, once or twice per week if you’re on the DRY side and two to three times per week for OILY skin types.
If blackheads feel like the bane of your existence, you’re not alone. Caused by a combination of dead skin cells and oil reacting with the air, blackheads, or comedones, can inhibit an otherwise beautiful complexion by causing sometimes noticeably clogged pores. To help counteract this, consider using a clarifying mask like our Flower & Tonic Mask on a weekly basis in addition to exfoliating regularly to help with pore congestion.
For stubborn blackheads, or for complexions with blackheads all over, we recommend Silver Powder.
Check those bags at the door! One of the best ways to counteract the effects of sleepy under-eyes that are puffy and tired-looking, is to turn to a high quality eye cream. Our Ceramide Eye Gel features soothing ingredients for ALL skin types, and it can be worn both day and night. Bonus: If your under-eye area craves a cooling sensation, you can put this eye gel in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Puffy eyes, be gone!
Smooches in your future? You’ll want to keep your lips soft and smooth from ceremony to reception. Whether you’re a stick person or a jar person (see our adorable post on this topic), make sure to have a lip balm on at all times. Eye & Lip Sunscreen is also important at outdoor weddings.
Getting married in the near future or celebrating a special anniversary? Share your love story below. We love a good romance!
April 29, 2013
by Kimberly Yang
It was a long winter for us New Yorkers and East Coasters. (For those of you in climates with easy, beautiful spring-like weather even in the heart of January: we spent the winter huddling in cashmere layers, shivering with chills and jealousy.)
… but it’s finally spring! And really, it finally feels like spring ! We’re talking 60-something degree weather, birds chirping and sun shining – meaning the oversized shades, baseball caps and All Purpose Sun-Tan Milk (SPF 12) come out to play.
It’s all the things you wouldn’t usually associate with a sunscreen: milky, creamy and luscious. Made with a blend of Rice Bran Oil, Peanut Oil and Palm Oil, this formula makes for the perfect everyday body lotion that not only moisturizes, but also helps protect the skin. Just wake up, apply generously all over and you’re out the door!
Rest easy: you’ve got springtime ready, soft, protected skin.
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April 27, 2013
Whether you’re an esthetician, cosmetologist or makeup artist, there are a wide variety of career paths in the beauty industry—it’s all a matter of deciding where you fit and then getting your foot in the door.
For example, I am a state-licensed Esthetician and I work in the skin care industry—from behind a computer screen.
Allow me to explain.
I had been working as an editor for a magazine and then as a freelance writer before deciding to switch gears and go for my license in esthetics. I loved the idea of working really closely with people and helping to make their lives better. (And yes, I truly believe that better skin care can change lives.)
What’s funny, though, is that I never actually ended up working in a spa environment. Not for long, anyway. Today, I am the Social Media Manager for Mario Badescu Skin Care.
Those of us with beauty jobs get questions all the time from people trying to get their break in the industry. With this in mind, we thought we’d create the ultimate guide to landing the beauty industry job of your dreams!
SIX Tips for Finding The Perfect Beauty Industry Job
Jobs in the Beauty Industry
Beauty blogging is one of the newest professions in the world of beauty. By maintaining blogs related to the various fields of beauty—hair, nails, makeup, fashion, and skin care—beauty bloggers not only report on the trends, they are often at the forefront of starting trends throughout the larger world outside of the beauty industry.
Felicia Walker Benson is the Publisher and Editor in Chief for ThisThatBeauty, a popular blog that regularly features fashion, beauty news, product reviews, trend spotting, industry interviews and more. We caught up with her to discuss what it’s like to be a beauty blogger.
Please tell us about what you do:
I’m basically a professional Beauty Babbler…or Beauty Editor, or Beauty Blogger, or Online Influencer – or whatever we’re calling it these days! I started out writing my own blog, ThisThatBeauty…but that has grown into writing for numerous print and online publications, TV appearances, commercials, and brand ambassadorship opportunities. I love that I am able to do what I love for a living. And I love that the possibilities are limitless. My ThisThatBeauty brand continues to grow at a steady clip and that’s fine by me!
How did you get started beauty blogging?
I had the good fortune of getting laid off from my six-figure corporate girl job. By that time, my blog already had a bit of a following and I had started garnering a little press buzz here and there – so I was fairly confident in my ability (and passion) to pull a Tim Gunn and “Make it work!” So when the door opened to pursue my passion full time, I eagerly walked through it and never looked back.
What would you tell someone trying to start a beauty blog?
Firstly, you have to have the passion for it. Blogging (well) takes untold hours and laser sharp focus. If the passion for beauty isn’t there, it’s honestly just not worth it. Secondly, the blogosphere is heavily saturated right now…break through the clutter by utilizing your unique access to bring something new to your readers. For example, when I first started blogging I was also a moonlighting makeup artist…and as a result, I had incredible access to phenomenal celebrity makeup artists…artists that most people would give anything to have access to (and they were my good friends and colleagues). So I used that access to interview them and feature them on my blog. I was offering my readers unique access to something really special. So in a nut shell, my advice is to be passionate and work your access….oh, and work your butt off!
Beauty brand founders are dynamic individuals who are able to grasp an unfulfilled need within the industry and offer a fresh solution. Mario Badescu, for example, began his skin care line to respond to the needs of men and women in search of a way to attain beautiful skin through the use of soothing botanicals, fruit extracts, seaweed, aloe vera, high quality vitamin oils, and chamomile.
Jennifer Walsh is the CEO of Behind The Brand Media, a consulting firm for beauty brands. She is formerly the CEO of The Beauty Bar Industries, founding one of the very first beauty boutique chains. Here’s what she had to say about the beauty industry
Tell us a little about your career nowadays:
I now consult for established brands and up and coming brands. Since I started my own chain of stores over a decade ago, many of the companies that hire me are looking to roll out stores or gain access into the market. Right now my biggest client is an international beauty brand that will be launching in the US next June. I am building their US infrastructure which means I am helping set up their IT department, marketing, human resources, training, pr, warehousing, finance, etc. It’s an incredibly detailed and very strategic project on a global level. I also work with a few other clients in a much more creative role helping the look and feel of what their brand will look like at launch. I also still do TV anywhere from 2-6 times a month and am about to celebrate my 15th YEAR on air as a beauty expert.
What do you love about your job?
I love everything about what I do. I’ve been in the beauty business for more than 15 years but I continue to learn and step out of my comfort zone so I can continue to be challenged. I feel like the more I am challenged, the more I am growing.
How did you get started in the beauty industry?
I opened what became one of the first beauty boutique chains in the US in 1998. It did become the very first beauty business in the US that was multiplatform at that time ~ meaning it was a retail store, a website, and I had a weekly TV segment showcasing beauty brands. Looking back at those earlier days, it is hard to wrap my head around how difficult it was for me to tell brands that I was going to open a store and yes, I wanted to take selling beauty outside of a department store setting – brands and people in general thought I was crazy but I knew in my heart it would be unique and it could be something bigger.
What advice would you give someone looking to be a beauty entrepreneur:
My biggest piece of advice for those looking to create something in the beauty world [is] don’t try and be like everyone else. What is it that you do or that you have created that sets you apart from everyone and everything else out there. I never wanted to follow a trend, I wanted to create the trend. Also, you can’t be everything to everybody – be true to what you love and what you are passionate about, the pieces will come together
The main task of beauty editors is to write and edit copy pertaining to various aspects of the beauty industry. Most beauty editors are writers and editors first and foremost and have a secondary background in the beauty industry.
Dani Stahl is the Style Editor-at Large for Nylon Magazine. She is also a brand and image consultant and the designer of the jewelry line Lia Sophia.
Here’s what she had to say about her career:
I love everything about my job – truly. I love that I am always doing different creative things and meeting all sorts of interesting creative people. And well – fashion is fun so… I try to have as much fun with it as possible!
Her advice for those trying to break into the beauty industry:
Internships! I can’t stress it enough – it is the gateway to the fashion industry for sure, or at least in my experience. I was at NYU and started interning at Elle – and so it began… It’s kinda like that ‘Devil Wears Prada’ movie – it’s not always so glam, especially at the start. But the glam part will come if you just stick with it!
A spa director oversees the entire operation of a spa, including (but certainly not limited to) the hiring of staff, scheduling appointments, responding to complaints and/or inquiries, selling products and services; and performing accounting duties. Spa directors must have excellent communication and organizational skills and have a deep knowledge of accounting and sales. Most states require that spa managers and directors hold specific state licenses.
We sat down with Elena Arboleda, Spa Director at the Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon, to ask her a few questions:
Tell us about your job:
I started working at Mario Badescu over 25 years ago and in that time I’ve worn many hats. One of my main responsibilities is to manage the day to day operations of the Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon. I make sure that the salon is adequately staffed and supplied with everything that it needs to run- from tissues to massage tables. I also oversee customer service of both our salon and mail order clients and coordinate appointments for many of our celebrity and VIP guests. Regardless of how busy I am at my desk I always make sure to give face time to our clients. I believe that when you become out of touch with the clients you become out of touch with the business.
What do you love about your job?
The diversity. I love that no two days are the same.
How did you break into the beauty industry?
The love of art, I find that the beauty industry is a form of expressing one’s artistic abilities.
Best piece of career advice for someone aspiring to be a Spa Director:
As a Spa Director the best advice is to treat everyone like you would like to be treated in return, in the most professional manner.
Makeup artists use cosmetics and specific techniques to enhance or alter a person’s physical appearance. At its most basic, makeup artistry involves improving a person’s appearance. However, the term ‘makeup artist’ encompasses a whole realm of creativity; some makeup artists assist on films in creating characters or special effects while others work closely with fashion designers to design and implement a specific look for runway shows and advertisements. To a large degree, makeup artistry depends on the talents of the artist. However, it also requires dedication, training and the ability to stay updated on the latest trends.
We got the chance to speak with Emmy® Award winning makeup artist Kevin James Bennett.
I’ve reached a point in my career where I’ve become known as the MacGyver of Makeup. I can access 25+ years of experience to guide me through any project related to the cosmetic industry or professional makeup artistry. I spend equal time as a Cosmetic Developer/Marketer/Brand Builder, a Lecturer/Educator and as a Beauty Expert/Journalist. I also have 2 Emmy® Awards in my back pocket if people are worried about my credibility (wink, nudge).
What do you love about your job?
That’s hard to pinpoint. I LOVE everything about this industry and experience a great job immersed in every aspect of it. I don’t think there is any part of this industry that doesn’t excite and challenge me. I’m slightly obsessed with formulation at the moment and I’m working on developing complexion products (primer, foundation, concealer) for a few major brands. It’s VERY exciting.
How did you break into the beauty industry?
I realized the beauty industry was my destiny while painting mannequins at Bloomingdale’s NYC. It was art, it was makeup… it was everything I wanted to do! Like many of my contemporaries, I began my makeup career working as a retail makeup artist. NYC’s finest department stores (Bergdorf, Bendel’s, Sak’s, Barney’s) were the bootcamp where I learned how to enhance the features (and self-esteem) of regular people like you and me (not 15-year-old models). The training was invaluable and taught me a work ethic I carry with me to this day.
What’s your best piece of career advice for someone looking to be a makeup artist?
1) Practice, practice, practice. I know that sounds trite, but it’s the absolute truth. You need to hone your technical skills so you’ll feel confident when you want to cut loose and get really creative. Without solid technique, you will never become a truly versatile artist.
2) Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you never make mistakes, you’re playing it safe and your abilities are not evolving and growing. Some of my favorite techniques are the result of work-arounds I discovered while fixing a mistake.
3) Assist senior artists whose work you admire as often as you can. They will give you amazing on-set experience. And if you win their trust, they will recommend you for jobs that will help get you to the next level.
Hairstylists are responsible for transforming the appearance of the hair with services such as cut, color, blow-dry, relaxer, permanent, styling and extensions. Clients rely on hairstylists to recommend helpful techniques, appropriate products and services to beautify the hair. Hairstylists must be talented with good communication skills to recreate desirable end results for their clients. To become a hairstylist, one must complete training and pass a State Board examination for licensure.
Other jobs in the beauty industry include:
Tell us: Where do you fit into the beauty industry?
April 26, 2013
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