New York Fashion Week is a whirlwind, but every beauty and fashion editor knows it’s the highlight of the year. Ed2010 was lucky enough to get a behind-the-scenes look from Anne-Marie Guarnieri, the deputy beauty director at Harper’s Bazaar, when she took over Ed’s Instagram. ICYMI, here’s the best of her advice:
Be curious: I’m a naturally nosy person, so that’s probably why I got into journalism. And when I’m backstage, it’s a quality that serves me well. Believe me when I tell you that I’m ALLLLL up in these hair and makeup tables, looking for new products/tools, looking for off-label uses for existing products, etc. And here comes the advice: Never be afraid to ask questions, like who or what something/someone is. If you don’t know, ask! Easy.
Be yourself: I am a hard-working, no-nonsense, reliable Scorpio lady who can also write. I can’t be anything else. BUT! Early in my career, I had a job where I tried to reassemble myself to fit the office culture, and it was…not great. For anyone. As much as you are able, choose jobs/brands/assignments that align with your values/vibe and you’ll do amazing work. I know, easier said than done in a competitive job market, but when you can take a bet, bet on yourself.
Do your best: Do the best you can and move on to the next thing.
It Takes a Village: Networking is hard for some people, especially if you’re on the introverted side. But there are many ways to be social. Yes, I’m talking about being actively involved on the social media platform of your choice. (No, you don’t need to be on ALL of them.) I’m also talking about being social in the personal sense. (Yep, you gotta put down your phone, sometimes.) Here’s how I would approach networking nowadays: Make an effort to know who the “you” is at other sites/magazines/brands. (Or the “you” you aspire to be, in the career sense.) If you liked something they wrote/produced, tell them so! If you see them at an event, introduce yourself! Invite someone out for a work drink/coffee/snack. We’re all busy, but I will always make time for a career chat because so many people have done it for me and I want to pay it forward as much as I can.
Follow Anne-Marie’s beauty adventures on Instagram @amg_onthego.