want to be a beauty editor? read this

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    by jade taylor · March 31, 2015

    photos by brayden olson

    Becoming a beauty editor is no small feat: You not only need a vast knowlege of beauty brands, products, and ingredients, but you also have to have a strong creative vision. In our latest issue, we spoke to Into the Gloss' Editorial Director Annie Kreighbaum and Buzzfeed's Beauty Editor Arabelle Sicardi—and they're definitely not your average beauty editors. Click through the gallery to get to know them and gain some tips along the way.

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    Annie Kreighbaum, Editorial Director at Into The Gloss

    Ho
    w did you become a beauty editor?
    I read a lot of online beauty writing when it was first starting to gain popularity and beauty bloggers became more prevalent back in 2012. I was like, “Wait, I can do that.” So I did! I submitted a story to xoJane and things took off from there.

    What's the best part about working at Into the Gloss? 
    I’m doing something different every day. It’s a lot of work but I’m always learning and never bored.

    What is your signature beauty look?
    Fresh, dewy skin—no foundation—big eyebrows, bed head, and always a bit of blush.

    What is one of your favorite beauty trends for spring?
    Messy, DIY eye shadow.


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    What is your favorite new product that you've recently discovered? 
    Under-eye puffing creams and heart-shaped zit patches from South Korea. 

    What’s usually on your desk at work?
    A conch shell holding a bundle of sage, my Dermablend palette, and The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz.

    What is your definition of beauty?
    Realness!

    Who is your ultimate beauty icon and why?
    Jerry Hall because she’s a Texas girl with the right attitude and always-excellent blush.

    Any advice for girls trying to get into the beauty industry?
    Focus less on the product aspect and more on your skill set. You can write a million product reviews and post a selfie every day, but you have to have some sort of skill—or better yet skills outside of doing your own makeup and consuming products—to add something to the industry. Instead, position yourself as a talented writer or photographer or coder or artist and develop from there. 



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    Arabelle Sicardi, Beauty Editor at Buzzfeed

    How did you become a beauty editor?
    I was a freelance beauty and fashion writer for a while and on staff at Rookie since it began. Buzzfeed asked me to come in for an interview and offered me a position shortly thereafter.

    What's the best part about working at Buzzfeed?
    Right now I'm eating free ice cream and staring at a gigantic cardboard cutout of Beyoncé that's across the room.

    What is your signature beauty look?
    I'm into dark lipstick—like a dark gray or deep red—a lot of mascara, a strange-hued illuminator, and week-old, gigantic hair.

    What is one of your favorite beauty trends for spring 2015?
    Shiny, dewy skin like it's about to burst, gold and brown lipstick, and piercings.

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    What is your favorite new product that you've recently discovered?
    There are 3-D nail art projects going on in China right now, and I'm obsessed. It's like Tamagotchi but for your nails. It's still being tested.

    What’s usually on your desk at work?
    Right now I have a box of Lucky Charms, a tiny cactus, a dozen lipsticks, makeup brushes, and an illustration of me that one of my readers sent. I look like a femme Joker from Batman in it. It's awesome.

    What is your definition of beauty?
    Terror.

    Who is your ultimate beauty icon and why?
    Jezebel! Or Salome. I like terrifying witch types.

    Any advice for girls trying to get into the beauty industry?
    Make the stuff that you needed when you were younger. 

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