Beauty Boss: Clinique's Creative Director Reveals Her Career Secrets

Ever wonder what it really takes to succeed in the beauty industry—or any industry, for that matter? Take a cue from our co-founders, Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, who’ve penned a brand-new book to help you take your career to the next level. The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career will be your bible for achieving professional success, featuring all of the practical advice they learned while building their own company from the ground up. In honor of the launch, we’re profiling someone who is, frankly put, totally killing it in the beauty world. Melissa Knapp is Clinique’s trailblazing creative director, the one responsible for every Clinique image you see—from the brand’s Instagram to ad images in your favorite magazines.

Calm is not how you would expect the creative director of a one of the most recognizable beauty brands in the world to act. And yet, the longer I spoke with Melissa Knapp, Clinique’s current creative director, the more I realized that there was indeed an air of calm around her—something I couldn’t quite put my finger on, except to describe it as a soothing air usually reserved for therapists and very patient mothers. In other words: the opposite of the stereotypically frenetic, slightly crazed persona you might expect. Throughout our conversation, Knapp just seemed so Zen—never mind the red eye she would be taking later that night, or the hush-hush Clinique shoot she’d just wrapped. Her secret to staying balanced in the midst of the madness? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

From her own personal journey to her work at Clinique, keep scrolling to find out Melissa Knapp’s secrets to success.

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