Want to Work in Beauty? Here Are 7 Things You Didn't Know

To an outsider, the beauty industry might seem like a fabled place where one is solely tasked with swatching lipsticks, spritzing salt sprays, and trying out various sheet masks for a living. We’ll admit that is part of the job—our Hoarders-level bathroom situation is proof—but anyone who works in beauty will tell you it’s also so much more. Depending on your specialization, your job might require you to write swiftly under multiple deadlines, deal with demanding clients, and/or come up with new, creative ways to get your brand noticed. In short, the beauty business is like any other high-paced, forward-thinking industry—and it can be equally as hard to get your foot in the door.

With that in mind, we spoke with seven top beauty professionals and asked them to share the one main thing they’ve learned after working in the industry—from career-related advice to major shifts in thinking. Whether you’re dying to get in the biz or just curious about how the industry works, we think you’ll find these choice words inspiring and, hopefully, a little encouraging, too. Keep scrolling for seven things you probably didn’t know about working in beauty!

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Up next, read how one beauty veteran feels about the current state of the industry.