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Q&A with Lizzy

Smith & Caughey's Cosmetics Buyer

Take a glimpse into the world of our wonderful Cosmetics Buyer, Lizzy with a round of quick-fire questions.

How many years have you been in the beauty industry and how did you start out?

I started out in the industry 14 years ago. My dream was to work for M·A·C Cosmetics and I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to join them as a Make-up Artist. From there I went on to manage various M·A·C stores in NZ and Australia which resulted in an opportunity to become an Area Manager and I eventually became the National Sales Manager.

What attracted you to the industry?

I remember being a little girl and spending hours trying all of my mother’s creams and cosmetics. I have always loved beauty products and they continue to fascinate me to this day.

What do you enjoy most about your line of work?

I love building relationships with my wonderful team and all of our suppliers. It is exciting to see all of the new and innovative products that are coming onto the market before they are released.

Take us through a typical day-in-the-life:

Every single day is different and exciting. The role is fast paced and relies heavily on strong relationships. Daily meetings and product viewings are common and of course working closely with my team to ensure that everything is running smoothly.

What is your top beauty secret?

My secret weapon for my eyes is Revitalash, my lashes are so much longer as a result of using the product religiously.

If you could only use three beauty products for the rest of your life what would they be?

Concealer for the under eye circles which I have my 5 month old baby to thank for, mascara and a creamy nude lipstick. 

What advice can you offer to people trying to break into the beauty industry?

Cosmetics in a retail environment is a great foot in the door if you are wanting to break into the industry. Hard work on a cosmetics counter can lead to amazing career opportunities in the future and it gives you exposure to products and artistry training. If you are willing to put in hard work and you have a friendly nature and a great attitude then the world is your oyster.


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