For this month’s Meet the Team we chatted to Pippa, our Product Development Executive. Read on for an insight into her role and to find out some invaluable makeup and career tips.
Hi Pippa, can you sum up your role for us?
My role is really varied – it includes researching trends and competitor launches, choosing colour palettes for new collection, as well packaging, and managing the process from concept to launch.
How long have you been at Illamasqua?
I have been here 6 months.
What is a typical day in the office/store like for you?
It will start off checking in with all our key suppliers – making sure projects are progressing as they should be. I look after collections at different stages of the process, so if a project is in the early stages, I can be researching colour trends or mixing colour benchmarks, and if the project is further down the line I might be checking in on stability results or negotiating costs. I get a lot of packages each day, and will test all the new samples that come in – that is still the most exciting part of the job!
Name something you worked on that you’re particularly proud of
The Facets collection was the first thing I worked on at Illamasqua, and I am really proud of it. The palettes were particularly complicated, as the final product involved coordinating four different suppliers, but it was worth it as they look great!
What do you love most about working at Illamasqua?
I love the creative freedom that comes with working at Illamasqua. No idea is too crazy, and everyone is really happy to give feedback on new samples and develop ideas.
What tips do you have for anyone wanting to break into the same job role?
I have a BSc in Cosmetic Science from The London College of Fashion and I cannot recommend the course enough for those who are interested in science and beauty. I was working in the lab before starting at Illamasqua, which helped because I can understand how formulations work. Saying that, it’s not essential at all for the role – a genuine passion for the beauty industry a knowledge of new innovations and trends will definitely stand you in great stead for this role. Any qualifications in make-up artistry would definitely be a plus too!
What is your favourite Illamasqua product?
I love the lipsticks – they are so long-wearing and the colour selection is great! My favourite shade is Flare – it is bright orange and the colour makes me really happy!
If you could swap roles with someone else in the company for a day who would it be and why?
It would have to be Sigrid in Visual Merchandising. Although the job is tough, it is really creative and they have a lot of freedom with their ideas. I think it must be an awesome feeling to see your concept come to life on our stores and counters.
To finish off, do you have any makeup tips for us?
I would say the best thing you can do is to invest in some good quality brushes – it makes such a difference to the finished look. I would also recommend going to some of the courses at the Illamasqua School of Make-Up – you will pick up some great tips there!
Thanks so much to Pippa for answering our questions we hope you found this insight as interesting as we did! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter by tagging @illamasqua.