Beauty Technician and Influencer – Kate

Describe your job in couple of sentences:

I provide beauty  treatments, advice, trends and  collaborate with beauty brands. I also do bits of beauty writing for various journalists for PR and print.

I work on shoots for editorial and also glam teams for red carpet events/fashion shows/luxury brands.

 

When did you know what you wanted to do?

From about 16 I always knew I wanted to be in a job working with people. I’ve always been interested in psychology and what makes people feel good about themselves, and I happened to fall in to the beauty industry whilst working in a department store working alongside make up artists and fell  in love with it.

 

Did you go to university, go straight into the workforce or do an apprenticeship?

I completed my a levels and then did a diploma in beauty at college afterwards.

 

What was your first job? 

Working in a department store and a hairdressers where I picked up all my confidence working with people of different ages.

Does it relate to what you do now?

It was my introduction into beauty, people working in the industry showing me their skills and how to work in a professional environment. And most importantly working with clients!

 

Have you done other jobs in your life – if so what were they?

Working in various salons, spas, Make up counters etc. gave me the opportunity to see how different areas of the industry work. Working in sales for a dept store helped me get over and lack of self esteem especially talking to older peers.

 

How did you find out about your job (how it existed)?

Working alongside others as a junior, work experience made me fall in love with the job.

 

How did you get the job you wanted- steps and process?

Hard work and networking. I’ve climbed the ladder and always treated every single person with the same respect. Yes I have got lucky who I have met on the way, but I’ve always believed stay professional and work hard. Everyone knows someone and if you make an impression, one day that may just lead somewhere. Also accept rejection, that will drive you to someone bigger just around the corner.

 

Starting working in salons, building experience, to management, to now running my own little company where I am essentially freelance giving me the freedom to work with who I want and anywhere in the world. I really have my dream job!

 

What qualities do you need to have to be successful in your field?


Confidence, charisma, eye for perfection, and a good listener!

 

Give 3 tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps:

Get as much experience as possible! Always reach out to others in the industry. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and for help, there will always be someone out there ready to take a chance on you.

 

Who inspires you?:

Michelle Obama, for being a strong female leader!

Jen Atkin- a phenomenal hairdresser that’s has built a million dollar product brand

Jourdan Dunn- model. She’s a single mum who has worked so hard to get where she is. She took a chance on me when another girl let her down just for a simple manicure (I was fairly unknown in the beauty world then) and I have her to thank for getting me into a lot of magazines and fashion print. We now have a great working relationship as well as friendship.