A YEAR AT BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS

 

It doesn’t seem like too long ago when I was working at my local pub, wondering what on earth I was going to do with my life. I was pouring endless pints with the locals asking me what my plans for the future were, my usual answer was “I’m not too sure actually”. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of the lucky people who knew what or who they wanted to be when they grew up, I didn’t even know until a year ago (if that).

At college, I took the courses which suited me best, the ones I thought I’d succeed in and the ones I could possibly use in a career. At the time, English Language, Fine Art and French was all I knew and that was all I was working for. University was never really an option for me, I never considered it because I wanted out of continuous work I had to do in my own time. I wanted to be able to come home from the day and switch off, forget about all that I had to do that day and relax, leave it ’til tomorrow. It wasn’t until I left education that I really felt like I was living my life.

I’ve always loved makeup. I love how it can make you feel so much better about yourself, how it can be so creative and how it can be worn in so many different ways. It is and always has been a part of my daily routine – even way back to secondary school days where I would pop on some random Rimmel London concealer ALL over my face as foundation (I promise I know better now). Since those eventful make up mishaps, I’d like to think I’ve learnt a thing or two. Through watching numerous YouTube videos and practising on myself as much as possible, I figured out my own style and what worked for me – or so I thought.

 

BEFORE Bobbi Brown…

It was mid September when I drove into Southampton city centre. I had a purpose to be there, but I never knew the outcome would be the one I desired. I shopped around while trying to calm my nerves and talked myself through what I was going to say (in my head of course). After avoiding the counter and pretending to browse for far too long, I knew it was about time I plucked up the courage to approach one of the girls at Bobbi Brown. Not expecting any interest in me, I asked how girls are accepted by a premium make up brand and whether they need either previous experience or qualifications. Luckily, I brought a copy of my CV along and gladly passed it over when she asked.
A few days later I was prepping for my trade test and interview, and a few days after that I started my contract as a Christmas temp. After 3 months of hard work, on the 1st of January 2017 I was offered the job as a permanent full time make up artist!

EXPERIENCE I’ve gained…

I honestly can’t believe how far I’ve come in the last year, both makeup and personality wise. I think working on any counter you’re very much thrown into the deep end, especially if you’re like me and don’t have any retail or makeup experience, but that’s the best way to learn.

FRIENDSHIPS I’ve made…

My team are amazing, it’s so great to have built up so many good friendships with the people I work with. We all get on so well and have so much fun while we work. I think it’s so important to gel well with the people who you see on a daily basis, bad relationships in the workplace can leave you feeling unhappy and you begin to question whether it’s worth it. Luckily, these girls are some of my closest friends and we’ve only gotten closer the more we work together.

ADVICE I’d give…

If I’m honest, unless you want a career in beauty, working on a makeup counter may not be for you. With working in retail, you unfortunately have to work irregular/awkward hours and have to deal with tricky customers.  At Bobbi Brown you have the opportunity to progress from a makeup artist on counter, there are plenty of routes where you can move up in the company. It’s definitely a place I’d recommend to start your journey into beauty.

 

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