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3UnexpectedPiecesofCareerAdviceILearnedFromSephoraCollections’NationalMakeupArtist,HelenPhillips

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3 Unexpected Pieces of Career Advice I Learned From Sephora Collections’ National Makeup Artist, Helen Phillips

In college, we are often taught that there are only certain careers that exist out there. If you are a fashion major, for example, you have to be an editor, designer, or buyer, right? Wrong! After attending CollegeFashionista’s first-ever IRL “Office Hours” Podcast recording with the brand’s Founder and Creative Director, Amy Levin, and Sephora’s National Makeup Artist, Helen Phillips, my career perspective is forever changed.

While sitting in the CF Clubhouse (CollegeFashionista’s NYC pop-up exclusively for their community members), Style Gurus had the opportunity to watch the live podcast recording and ask questions about everything from college, careers, and beauty advice. Amy and Helen shared insights about turning your passion into a career that I will carry with me as I forge my own path in the working world.

1. It’s okay to be indecisive.

Don’t stress about not knowing what route you want to take, it happens to us all. In Helen’s case, she encountered this obstacle both during and after school. Originally studying interior design, she decided to change her major to psychology and studio art. In the middle of her studies, Helen got a temporary job (or so she thought) at Sephora, as she was unsure what her next steps were going to be. She loved it! When she realized that makeup combined her two passions –– art and psychology –– she made the decision to continue in the industry.

2. Just apply!

Both Amy and Helen suggested applying to any and every opportunity that interests you. Don’t push something aside because you don’t think you are qualified for a position –– try everything! You never know what could come from it. After only a year of working as a cashier at Sephora, she applied and got accepted to an academy in Paris for cosmetics. Even if you do not have much to show in terms of relevant work, similar to Helen, express your interest in the category and your passion will show through. By doing this, you will find the path that is meant for you, all while challenging yourself. It is also very rewarding and enriching.

3. Seek opportunity in the workplace.

After seven years, Helen had not been promoted and wasn’t sure what her next step was going to be and felt like she needed more. She advised that when you feel stuck in a situation, don’t be afraid to voice your opinions and ask for new opportunities in the workplace –– you never know what will come from it! By doing this, Helen entered her next role as part of the Sephora Pro Team.


Written by Kelly Rogowski


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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    awesome tips!

    awesome tips!

  • Lauren D.
    Lauren D. Creative production student, certified dog enthusiast and Jedi knight.
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    great advice!

    great advice!


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