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Top tips for becoming a Beauty Editor from Stylist's Joanna McGarry

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We just can't wait for Stylist Live, our four-day festival of cocktails, culture, catwalks and conversation hosted by Edith Bowman and Dawn O’Porter on Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 October 2015.

If you buy a ticket for Friday 16th October, you can enrol in the School of Stylist and join Stylist's very own staff, as they impart their career wisdom, starting with editor-in-chief Lisa Smosarski at 10.45am, followed by features director Lucy Foster, fashion director Alexandra Fullerton, associate editor (beauty) Joanna McGarry and Stylist.co.uk's editor-in-chief Maggie Hitchins. 

In the final weeks running-up to the event, we will be revealing the top tips from the team to make it in the industry, to give you a sneak-peek of what's to come. 

This week, we spoke with Joanna McGarry, Stylist’s Associate Editor (beauty), and she told us her top tips for becoming a leading beauty journalist.

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Make an effort with your job application...

"If you’re looking for a job or even an internship, post your CV, don’t just email. We get thousands of emails each week, so those inquiring about roles can easily get lost. If I receive something rendered beautifully on paper, I’m more likely to remember it."

If you want to write, you've got to read.

"Read widely. You need a vast cultural context to frame feature ideas around, so don’t just read beauty pages, you need to build an understanding of the zeitgeist across all areas to inform your features that strike just at the right time. This is what I look for in interviews."

Find a niche.

"Make yourself an expert in a sub-category of your chosen industry. You might have a flair for hair styling, or digging into the science of skincare, or the digital side of the industry might be more your thing. Immerse yourself in that world and you’ll quickly become indispensable."

Mind your Ps and Qs.

"Manners cost nothing. The beauty industry is built on the strength of relationships, so nurture yours. Say thank you. And take an interest in the lives of the women that work alongside you."

Be prepared to commit.

"Although it may seem glamourous, working as a beauty journalist is a round the clock job; long office hours, events, trips and meetings will keep you on your feet. Don’t expect a 9-5 existence. It’s a vocation, not an occupation."

Grow a thick skin.

"Leave your ego at the door, you will be cut, shredded or pulled apart at one time or another, don’t take it personally. Generally those decisions are the right ones, and ultimately you’ll learn a humbling lesson from it."


It's only three weeks to go until Stylist Live and you can meet Jo in person, and find out everything you need to know to become the next big beauty editor.

Get your tickets here...but be quick, they're selling-out fast. 

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