My friend, Mariel, is here from New York (her guest post about NYC beauty here). We had a quick catch-up sesh over matcha lattes at St. Marc and it was so much fun hearing about her life in the Big Apple.
Here’s what’s cool: Mariel was actually the beauty editor before me. Back then, I was the assistant features editor and was in charge of writing, assigning, and beefing up the content for the magazine from relationship to work articles. When I realized that I wanted to get into beauty, Mariel was super supportive and gave me two very important tips when she eventually stepped down from her post: (1) A beauty editor must always have fabulous hair. (2) Always remember that not all the PR people you meet will be your friends. Sometimes, it’s really just work.
Looking back, I realized that Mariel’s first tip helped me step up and start to imbibe the fact that I also had to look my best whenever I represented the magazine at events. The second tip helped me stay grounded. Of course, I didn’t walk around thinking that all the PR people I met were being insincere. But it did help me realize that all the events, junkets, and even freebies are just part of the job. It helped me stay levelheaded and reminded me that I’m not entitled to anything just because I work in the media.
We were talking about eye cream (my recos here and here) and Frances said that you have to pat it over your brow bone as well. “This way, it stays lifted and won’t cause your upper lids to droop,” she said. OMG, OMG OMG!!! It makes so much sense!
What I loved about this little exchange with Frances is that it also reminded me of another lesson: There’s always something new to learn! When you’re passionate about something, always treat everything with the mindset of a novice. It’s the best way to discover new things, stay humble, and sharpen your skills.
Do you have new insights, tips, or tricks that you’d like to share with me? Leave me a comment below—I’d love to learn from you! ♥