My Benefit Audition Experience

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Before I attended my Benefit audition, I searched all over the internet for advice and tips, to be faced with a range of horrible experiences, which made me feel vulnerable and nervous. Before I go into my experience, I will answer the question that I’m sure is on your minds, did I get the job? Well, the answer unfortunately is no I didn’t, and I’m ok with that! A lot of posts I have read seem to be infused with bitterness and anger, perhaps because they didn’t get the job, but I relatively enjoyed the whole Benefit audition experience.

I turned up a good 45 minutes early to the Benefit audition, and browsed Debenhams (where my Benefit audition was being held) for most of that time, to avoid looking too keen. I went to the Benefit counter 15 minutes prior to my interview. There were 5 of us altogether, and we were greeted by a lovely Benefit Cosmetics regional manager who was very chatty and welcoming and automatically put all our nerves at ease.

In the training room, we first had to introduce ourselves and say a little bit about ourselves. This mainly included what you were studying at the moment and past relative experience, but it’s really not that formal, she just wanted to know our names. Secondly, we received a demonstration of how to traffic stop. Using the line ‘Hello, how are you today? Have you heard of benefit cosmetics before?’ And, understanding that whether the customer said yes or no, you were then to say, ‘Come with me and I’ll try out some products on you!’ The key thing the regional manager drummed into us, is to remember not to actually ask them. As weird and as rude as that may sound, they encourage strongly that you almost tell them to follow you.

We then went through different objections customers may have, whether that’s a time issue, picking the kids up soon, meeting a friend… Whatever they say, you had to turn it around and make sure they come over. After role playing between the five of us and practising our lines on each other, we were then taught how to apply six key products. These products were the Benefit Eye Cream, POREfessional, You Rebel, High beam, Benetint and They’re Real mascara. All pretty easy products to apply. We had a go on each other and it would be at this point I would advise you to wear natural foundation, as you will have make up applied to you and you don’t want to look too cakey. Also make sure you bring some of your own make up with you just in case the other girl messes up!

We then made our way to the shop floor. No matter how nervous you are feeling at this point, you really have to put on a confident and smiley front. We were left to our own devices and told to approach customers in the way we were taught, and this is where a key mistake I believe I made comes in…

After being told we could go anywhere in the store, I thought that it would be better if I ventured away from the beauty counter, thinking I would have more chance getting people to sit down, who had not already been approached by the other girls. I didn’t realise until after, but this is probably a last resort and not one I would advise to you. It is much easier to grab someone as they stroll past the counter or in the surrounding areas, and get them to sit down then it is to get them down a flight of stairs..

After around 30 minutes of asking everyone I saw and not getting anyone to sit down, I knew my time was up. A couple of the other girls had already got 2 people to sit down, so it wasn’t a surprise when the regional manager approached me telling me that I hadn’t been successful. She was lovely, and explained this role was hands on and required a lot of approaching people and getting people to sit down. And instead of saying I wasn’t right for the job; she implied that the job itself wasn’t right for me. She was probably right.

She thanked me a lot for coming to the audition, asked me about my future plans, wished me all the best for the future and gave me a 15% off voucher to use on any Benefit cosmetic products. Despite not getting the job, it was a great experience and the girls I met were lovely! Anything you do in life, bad or good is an experience and you will learn from it, so don’t feel disheartened if you also do not get the job.

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Top Benefit Audition Tips:

Smile a lot! Remember Benefit emphasise that laughter is the best cosmetic..

Try and be as confident as you can

Stay relatively close to the counter

Approach every person you can

Don’t let ‘no’s’ knock your confidence

Don’t be bitter if you don’t get the job, it just wasn’t right for you!

 

 

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EYEBROW TUTORIAL | BENEFIT BIG BEAUTIFUL EYES

Eyebrows are such a staple part of my look. I could go out with no foundation, no concealer and no mascara, but as long as I had my eyebrows on I would feel happy(-ish!)

I use Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Palette, in the matte brown shade and a MAC 212 brush to complete my look.

Find out how I make this transition below:

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I’m quite lucky in the sense that my eyebrows are blonde and in the summer turn basically white, so I don’t need to thread them as much as some people. I used to get them done once a month but then I was thrown into the world of being a university student and having no money, so I usually get them done about 4 times a year, (around every 3 months.) A drastic difference I know! But I have realised that they don’t actually need them done that often – although these photo’s might tell a different story! On an everyday basis, you really can’t see the hairs. So here is a step by step guide to how I get my perfect eyebrow shape.

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These are my brows with absoloutely no product on!! Shameful! They have minimal shape and are barely visible to the naked eye.

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I began using a powder to do my eyebrows just before Christmas, before that I used Rimmells eyebrow pencil Hazel for years. Yet I found using a powder gives a much more precise line and you don’t have to faff around with sharpening it etc.. Also I found that Hazel had quite an orange undertone, which was very visible in pictures with a flash especially. I didn’t particularly like that, so I tried a matte brown eye shadow that comes in the Benefit Brown Smoky Eye Palette and have continued using that since. I’m so annoyed that the picture below came out slightly blurred as I didn’t realise until I zoomed in on the computer. Aside from that, my first step is to draw the top end of my brow. I know a lot of people start with the bottom, but I find it easier to define an arch and control the shape by beginning with a line at the top.

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I then draw a line at the bottom to the desired shape, which creates the template to my eyebrow. I like an arch, but still a relatively straight and thick brow with a sharp point at the end. I also like for the point of my brow to be a lot darker than the beginning of my brow and this is an easy way to achieve that.

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With a light hand I drag the bottom line of the brow to the beginning, trying to get fainter and fainter as I do it.

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The next step is my favourite as you just colour in your brow!! Stop ‘colouring’ with a heavy hand about ¾ into your brow …

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Wipe some product of you brush, and gently do upward strokes from the beginning of your brow to create a less harsh finish.

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If you’re shape isn’t as precise as you would like it, a simple trick is to put a concealer/ highlighter underneath and maybe above your brow with a brush. This will stop any out of place lines or smudges from showing and give your eyebrow a flawless finish. (I haven’t blended my concealer in don’t worry!)

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My finished eye brow! Hope this helps, practice makes perfect so don’t be disheartened if it goes wrong.

Products I used:

  • Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Palette – Matte Brown Shade
  • MAC 212 Brush
  • Collection 2000 concealer in #1 ‘Fair’
  • L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cream Ivory
Whats your holy grail eyebrow product? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at @making___up

THE BEST BEAUTY CHRISTMAS GIFT SET OF 2013

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So every year I like to treat my Mum at Christmas (as we all do) and so for one of her main presents, I bought her this amazing Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Gift Set. I was so excited to give it to her as it has the award winning Forever Youth Liberator, Volume Effect Mascara and the absolute classic, Touche Éclat.

……..but what an anti-climax.

Obviously she appreciated YSL brand, but when she said ‘so what’s this?’ *picking up the touché elcat* I wanted to walk out, lock myself in a room and scream into a pillow. I think I would have cried if I got this gift as I can no way afford these products, but she just didn’t understand the wow factor of it. So I thought I shall share this gift set with my fellow beauty junkies and hopefully feel like my money was well spent…

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 For an amazing £48.50, the gift set included all full sized products and came with a classic black and gold make up bag. This was definitely my best beauty Christmas gift sets of 2013, but it was closely followed by Benefits range, who I think really pulled out all the stops to impress with their gift sets.

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What was your best beauty buy this year? Let me know!