Final Week of the Business and Art of Cosmetics Course

We can find inspiration in just about anything.  A rose petal, inspired us to create a face tonic.  A braid inspired us to research the history of hair styles. Romantic dresses floating in the spring breeze inspired us as we analyzed perfumes. Being in the Art and Business of Cosmetics course for three weeks inspired and educated us to understand how it all begins and how it all ends in a final product ready for the consumer.

Breaking down a scent into the three levels of notes was fascinating.  I will never take a scent for granted again!  Can a scent be both freeing and mature, breezy and feminine? It certainly can.  My partner and I created an inspiration board for a perfume called Spring Breeze.

The highlight this week was our class field trip to Bluemercury. The owners graciously opened their store for us early so that we could get a sense of their marketing approach and the products that they sell.

Here are some of the products Bluemercury sells and that the owners so generously gave us as gifts.

I had to put the creative side of my brain on hold for a bit as I listened intently to their story of how Bluemercury started.  A tremendous amount of time and hard work is required to start a cosmetics business.  There is so much to learn.

My wonderful FIT experience has come to an end.  My days at FIT went by so quickly that I cannot believe it is almost August.  Every day was enlightening and educational.  The students in my class were delightful and I look forward to staying in touch with them.

– Sasha Worenklein

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Sasha

I have always expressed myself through art as well as through writing. I am certain that being dyslexic allows me the opportunity to view the world from a unique perspective. Growing up in fast paced New York City has always been challenging as there have been times when the world simply whizzed by too fast. However, I embrace that challenge and have found many ways to slow the city down, to savor what it has to offer and to explore creative ways to express myself. I am on a dance team at my high school, I sing in an international high school choir and I enjoy photography and creating videos.

New York is the best city for walking and I capture images of the city and its people with my camera which forces the city to slow down and wait for me. My secret weapon it to watch a person’s face closely and listen intently to the sound of their voice to get the true meaning of what they are saying. There is so much more to a person’s story than the words.

My true passion is the art of makeup and that is my favorite form of communication. I discovered makeup at age 11 and I have spent the past six years trying to perfect that art form. I am inspired by the Disney characters, theater makeup and the interesting people on the street. Makeup is so important when creating a scene for a play, a movie or everyday life. I can tell a story with brushes, colors and a stroke of eyeliner or a swipe of lip gloss. When I apply makeup to others, I can help them tell their story as well.

My passion for makeup as an art form and future career led me to explore the classes offered at FIT. I was thrilled to discover that FIT offers a Precollege summer course in the Business and Art of Cosmetics and I am looking forward to my first day. There is so much to learn about the world of cosmetics from both the art and business perspective and I cannot wait to get started. I am hoping that this course will give me practical advice on how to approach the cosmetics industry while inspiring my creative side. With each face as a prospective canvas, my creative growth is delightfully endless. I am looking forward to blogging about my experience at FIT and to give my readers insight into what they could expect as a student in a Precollege course.

 

-Sasha

Farewell Post by Rachel K.

FIT’s Summer of 2015 Pre-College Cosmetics and Fragrance Lab was “da balm!” From going on an amazing Sephora field trip to making cosmetics such as lip balm, perfume, body oil, bar soap and moisturizer- everyday was full of excitement and fun! Not to mention, the numerous great friends I made in the short 3 weeks I was there. Each one of my fabulous FIT classmates were unique and talented in their own way and were a key addition to making my FIT Precollege experience amazing. On top of that, I learned so much important information on the beauty business. Growing up I had always aspired to just be a make-up artist but I knew there had to be something more than that. By taking this class I learned the incredible business opportunities within cosmetics and fragrance field and broadened my knowledge to figure out exactly what I want to do in the future. To any girl or guy looking to learn more about the beauty “biz” while making a ton of friends and studying in one of the greatest fashion cities in the world- you can’t go wrong by taking this summer class! I’m sure glad I did!!

My fierce and fabulous classmates having fun!

My fierce and fabulous classmates and I having fun!

My classmates and I with our professor, Mrs. B!

My classmates and I with our professor, Mrs. B!

Graduated!!

Graduated!!

My final project- perfume inspiration board!

My final project- perfume inspiration board!

Until next year, FIT…

– Rachel

At FIT We Always Kiss and Tell!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

Do you love experimenting with lipstick colors? I do! One day I’m wearing “Gwen Stefani red” and the next I’m applying “Kim Kardashian nude”. Usually I buy a new lip color weekly but not anymore because… now I can make my very own!

This week in the Cosmetics and Fragrance lab we created our own lipstick by melting 28 ml of wax on a hot plate and mixed in 0.1 ml of our favorite dye color as well as 0.1 ml of our favorite flavoring. My partner and I decided to do a chocolate-cherry plum lipstick using purple dye and cherry and chocolate chip flavoring. When finished and mixed to a nice, smooth substance; we poured our mixes into actual lipstick tubes. It came out absolutely AMAZING! It has a beautiful sheer color that matches any look.

What cool things have you created in your precollege class this summer that you’re proud to show off? Share below!

– Sealed with a kiss, Rachel

FIT: Give me “some mor’a” of that Sephora!

Do you think all Sephora stores are the same? I can answer that in a New York minute…NO! On Monday, I had my first FIT class trip to the ultimate modern NYC Sephora store located in the Meatpacking District. This Sephora screamed “urban cool”. The interior design was so unique: black and white tiled walls, a chandelier made of antique perfume bottles, and a wall of fixtures dedicated just to brushes. This location also carries exclusive international cosmetic brands, products and services. After 2 hours of cosmetic bliss, I picked out exactly what I wanted to purchase and paid using the fast mobile checkout system. Lucky for me and my fashion forward classmates,

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District's Sephora location.

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District’s Sephora location.

the day ended with a beauty advisor giving each of us a “goody” bag of fragrances and cosmetics. Now let’s “face” the facts; not every FIT class trip will be to a fabulous Sephora store but for my first trip it was spectacular. Has anyone else experienced a great first pre-college summer field trip?

– Rachel