As global beauty continues to expand, its no surprise that the Fashion Institute of Technology has launched an on-line program to help students enter the beauty business. Partnering with Allure Magazine, Beauty Industry Essentials offers an in-depth introduction to critical aspects of the beauty and cosmetics industries, while also providing students the tools and skills to launch or advance a successful career. Seven on-demand classes include an overview of the business, introductions to the cosmetics and fragrance business, product development, packaging and presentation, marketing and merchandising, and, of course, media. Taught by key members of FIT’s faculty and industry executives, such as Michelle Lee, Bobbi Brown, Hannah Bronfman, the two-to-three hour classes can be paced as one wishes. While students are able to get career advice from faculty and industry members, the course is unaccredited and costs $749.
With the success of eponymous color cosmetics collections by Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury, the door is open for other superstar makeup artists to make an entrance. We can’t wait for Gucci’s … that is Gucci Westman’s. Joining forces with husband, David Neville (co-founder of Rag & Bone), to create Westman Atelier. Debuting in April as a six-product “consciously crafted” (translation: cleanly formulated, yet, designed for high efficacy) complexion-focused venture (products include foundation, blush, highlighter, and contour sticks, bronzer, and concealer). The hero product is expected to be Westman’s foundation, which comes in eleven shades, evoking Westman’s signature no-makeup makeup look. Yet, the brand may to expand into lifestyle.
Westman and Neville have been developing the line for the past three years, since Westman, 47, left her position of four years as International Artistic Director of Lancôme, following a seven-year stint at Revlon. Speaking with WWD Westman, shared, “I’m looking for transparency and authenticity. I try to combine makeup and skin care, which is actively doing something, but in a gentle manner. I don’t see the need to just color and correct. I want to fix,” Westman emphasized. “I’m so tired of the glossy, retouched pictures. I just want to go back to real. When I first started working in fashion and with big actresses I always just wanted to choose something about them that they had not seen a certain way – but not transforming them. It’s an amplified version.”