9 Successful Women on How They Got Their Start in Beauty

Anyone who works in the beauty industry will tell you that it’s an inviting, inspiring place, full of powerful #girlbosses, evolving ideas, and the occasional (ok, constant) heated discussion about the merits of one holy grail beauty product over another (seriously, though, don’t ever knock our Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48). Since we’re constantly interacting with and surrounded by such strong (and beauty-obsessed) women, we thought it’d be interesting to take a peek at their past—namely, the first jobs they ever had that paved the path to where they are now. Steve Jobs once said that the journey is the destination—and these stories are proof that the first step is often where you learn the most.

From beauty company founders and celebrity makeup artists to VPs at some major beauty brands, keep scrolling to see how nine successful women first got their start in beauty—and then go brush up your résumé. (There’s a lot of wisdom ahead, so we recommend settling in—we promise it’s worth it.)

Feeling inspired? Us too. If you want even more career wisdom, check out seven things no one tells you about working in beauty.