Every time I go into a Sephora I feel a bit overwhelmed, there are so many products and options. So I end up buying nothing or sticking with what I already know that I love. But recently a good friend of mine, Kelly, got a job at Sephora and I’ve been asking her for tips and ideas ever since. So why not share that with all of you my lovely readers? I’ve asked Kelly a few questions and have her answers below, but if you have more leave them in the comments and maybe we’ll do a part 2!
LWB: How did you get your job?
K: When I was job hunting over the summer, I checked out the website of the mall I now work at, Sephora had posted about an opening, so I applied online. Luckily they gave me a call back and scheduled a first interview. I ended up having two one-on-one interviews and one group interview, all within a relatively short period of time. Thankfully they didn’t keep me waiting long at all to give me the good news!
LWB: What does your job entail and what’s your title?
K: I’m in the operations department at my store, and my title is Quality Agent. Basically I deal a lot with the stores presentation, maintaining the displays, stocking shelves, etc. I also work a lot with the recovery team who deal with shipment and updating displays in the store.
LWB: What makeup do you wear to work?
K: I always wear a full face of makeup to work, but it varies from day to day. I usually go through phases where I’ll gravitate towards the same makeup look over and over again. Some weeks I lean towards a very natural look, and some weeks I want to wear glitter and bold colours and dark lips – it just depends. As someone who loves makeup, it’s fantastic having those options open, and to be able to be bold when I feel like it.
LWB: How do you pick a new product to try?
K: I always research reviews on a product before I bite the bullet. Good makeup is pretty relative – what might work best for me might not work for someone else, and vice versa. People have different skin types, different ideals for what they want to look like, and different preferences for what they’re comfortable wearing. I also check out the testers in store. It’s one thing to look at pictures or videos of the product; it can be another thing entirely to have the product in your hands. There have been products I’ve convinced myself I needed from swatches and reviews online, but then when I see it in person I decide it’s not for me. Sadly for my wallet, the opposite has also happened. You can also ask for free samples of a lot of products to bring home and try yourself.
LWB: What should everyone be buying that isn’t popular?
K: That’s a tricky one; because a lot of the makeup I use in my average daily routine are pretty popular products. But I’ll tell you what I’ve been loving lately. A product I’ve really been encouraging my friends to buy is the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain. I only have a couple for now, but they’re one of the more affordable lines Sephora carries, and they’re super long-wearing and comfortable. For liquid lipsticks I also love the Too Faced Melted Matte line. “Lady Balls” is my favourite red (and my favourite product name) at the moment. Also have to give a shout out to Bite Beauty – they have some awesome natural, comfortable lip products. I’m clearly becoming a bit of a lipstick junkie lately. Generally speaking I’m a sucker for anything Too Faced, Urban Decay or Kat Von D.
LWB: What’s the most overrated product people buy?
K: That’s also a tricky one, because again, good makeup is subjective. I’ve heard some rave reviews about foundations I’ve tried that didn’t work for my skin type. It’s really up to individuals to wade through the positive reviews and see whether the pros of a product really apply to them. For example, I have oilier skin. When I hear people rave about a foundation that makes your skin look glowy and healthy, I have to step back from the hype and figure out whether that foundation will actually work for me, or if it’s aimed at someone with dryer skin. Be careful of getting sucked into hype for a product if it just doesn’t sound right for you.
LWB: What should people know when they go into a Sephora?
K: Before I worked at Sephora, going into one was like being a kid in a candy store. I think people going into a Sephora should enjoy themselves. Makeup is supposed to be fun! Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The makeup artists, and the fragrance and skincare experts are there for a reason – they know what they’re talking about. Tell them what you’re looking for and they can help you find what’ll be best for you.
LWB: I’ve seen you rock a blue lip before, how does someone build up the confidence to do that?
K: Thank you! I love a good navy lipstick now, but if you told me that a year ago I’d think you were lying. I used to even be afraid of red, which is one of my go-to shades now. Honestly, the key is to just not care what other people think of your makeup. That blue gets me a ton of weird looks when I’m out and about, but I couldn’t care less. For some people, bold makeup like that will just never work. Not because they can’t pull it off, but because they don’t like how it looks on them or it makes them uncomfortable, and that’s completely fine.
Everyone should wear makeup they feel confident in. But if you’re someone who likes the idea of bold makeup but hasn’t built up the confidence to wear it yet, take baby steps. If you wear nude lipstick every day, or no lipstick at all, jumping to a blue or green might be too much for you. I went from wearing very soft colours, to bright reds, to deeper reds, and eventually to some very unnatural shades. Now, I’ll wear just about anything. Don’t be afraid to try on a lipstick in store that’s out of your comfort zone. You can see whether you actually like it on, and whether you could see yourself wearing it.
What I used to do when I bought a shade I wasn’t so sure about was wear it at home for a day when I wasn’t going anywhere. Eventually, I’d start to get used to seeing the shade on myself, and gain the confidence to wear it in public. Also, don’t forget that it’s just makeup – it’ll wash off. If you take a risk and don’t like the results, you can start over. No harm in trying something new!