Friday, October 24, 2008

Starting at MAC!

I got a job at MAC! Woohoooo!

If you're interested in the process... Keep on reading ;)

Back in May I put in my resume at the local MAC counter. I got a call a couple of days later telling me that they didn't need anyone right now but that they'd keep me in mind when they had a position.
Months went by and I kinda forgot they had my resume until a day last month when I was shopping at the counter and the manager came up to me and asked if I wanted an interview! I was sooo excited! I got an interview the next week and was told to bring a model for a makeup demo.

The day of the interview I was super nervous! I didn't know how to do my makeup... Bright? Bold? Something to reflect the newest trends and collections? I ended up doing a look with the Cult of Cherry collection that had just been released here in Denmark and this is what I looked like:

I made sure to wear all black (even shoes) to look the part.
The manager greeted me and my friend and told her to sit down in front of the mirror. She gave me a brush belt and introduced me to the regional trainer who would be looking at me during the demo. The trainer took over and made it clear to me that she was there to help me and not to judge me. She was super nice and actually made me feel comfortable ;)

I have never used any of the MAC skincare products and the trainer was happy to help me choose the right products for my model and explained to me why she chose what she did.
I was told to do a look that I thought of as "day-time". It could be bold if I wanted to but I chose the Spiced Chocolate quad from Cult of Cherry to compliment my model's blue eyes and red-brown hair.
I made sure to explain what I was doing and why I used the products that I did.

After the demo the trainer told me that she loved the look I had done and that I was good at explaining what I was doing, which was important.
Both the counter manager and the trainer was there for my interview and they both asked me questions. I don't remember everything they asked but here are two of the questions as well as my answers:

Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
A: Pretty much everywhere. I often look at what I'm wearing but since I would be wearing black at MAC I'd have to get my inspiration somewhere else ;) I spend a lot of time on the Internet looking at makeup looks and I get inspiration from new collections.
Q: Why do you want to work for MAC?
A: I love makeup in general and would love to work with it. What I think seperates MAC from other companies is all the variety they have in products and colors and that gives both artists and costumers a great opportunity to be creative. Creativity in makeup is really important to me and I think that's what I'm good at. I also think that Viva Glam is a great program and I love that MAC has that.

The interview was actually really comfortable and it felt more like a conversation than an actual interview. I made sure to point out that even though I don't have an education in makeup I love being creative with it and I have a fair bit of product knowledge about MAC and that I love to learn more. I also think it's important to be eager to learn more because you never learn everything about a creative profession.

I was told that I would get an answer within a week but got a call two days later telling me the job was mine if I wanted it :D Yay :D
The manager asked me if I was interested in going to update and of course I said yes! :D

Update was great and I got to know my new colleagues and got my first makeover by a MAC MA... Can you believe that? I've been so into MAC for more than a year but have never gotten a makeover at the counter!

I've just got a call from the counter manager telling me I can come pick up my schedule :) My first day is the first Thursday in November and I'm super excited to start :)

Since I now work for MAC I get access to all the products and I get even more knowledge about them when I go to basic training. However, I'm not going to make this a MAC blog! There are many good brands out there and while MAC is my favorite I like to try other things as well and be creative with all the different products on the market :)

Pink look for breast cancer awareness

Since October is the month for breast cancer awareness I figured I'd do a pink look :]

I used:

ArtDeco e/s base
MAC Fuchsia Perfect CCB
MAC Pink Opal pigment
MAC Sunset B e/s
MAC Passionate e/s
MAC Beauty Marked e/s
MAC Helium pigment
MAC Blacktrack f/l
GOSH white kohl pencil
MAC eyeliner mixing medium + silver glitter

MAC Fuchsia pigment
MAC Pink Opal pigment

GOSH Glam Pink l/l
MAC Ms Fizz dazzleglass

How to recreate the look:

- Apply a neutral primer/base from lashline to browbone. I used ArtDeco eyeshadow base
- Apply a pink base on the lid. If you use a CCB, make sure to only use a little or it'll crease.
- Apply Pink Opal pigment on the lid and as highlight. A little as highlight and a more heavy application on the lid. A pink CCB will make the pigment pop nicely on the lid :)
- Apply Passionate e/s in the crease and blend it out.
- Apply Sunset B e/s(LE w/ Starflash) to blend out Passionate
- Apply Beauty Marked e/s in the outer crease. A little goes a looooong way with this color. Make sure to blend it well.
- Apply Helium pigment on the tearduct area. You can use Pink Opal pigment for the same effect.
- Apply a black eyeliner like Blacktrack f/l on your upper lashline and wing it out.
- Apply a while eyekohl on your waterline. You can set it with a matte, white e/s if you want.
- Mix a drop of eyeliner mixing medium with silver glitter on a palette/the back of your hand and apply it under your eye using an eyeliner brush. You can use eyelash glue instead of eyeliner mixing medium but make sure to use something that keeps the glitter in place really well! You don't want the glitter to scratch your eye :)
- Apply mascara

- Apply the pink lipliner like usual and fill in the whole lip with it.
- Apply Ms. Fizz dazzleglass on top (LE w/ the Dazzleglass collection). The pink lipliner will make the dazzleglass pop really nicely :)

- Apply Fuchsia pigment lightly. I concentrated the color on the outer part of my face under my cheekbones and blended it out.
- Apply Pink Opal pigment as a highlight.

I know, I know... October is also halloween! I'm not even sure I'll get the chance to do a crazy halloween look though... Boo :/

Friday, October 10, 2008

A(nother) new beauty blog!

Hi everyone :D
I've wanted to make a beauty blog for a long time but didn't since I thought I would just drown in the (growing) crowd of already excisting beauty blogs, but guess what!
I made one anyways ;)
I guess I'll use this blog for myself to keep track of my improvement by posting FOTDs and to keep track of all the products I love or hate by posting reviews :) Experience also tells me that writing reviews makes you want to try more different products and that's definitely something I'm looking for :)

I'm from Denmark so I'm able to try out brands like GOSH and ArtDeco but I don't have access to all of the brands available in the US so please keep that in mind if you make requests on something :) You'll also have to bear with me if my English isn't perfect - Danish is my first language after all ;)

I'd love to get response and constructive criticism if you have any :]


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