Sephora's Most Stylish Employees Show Off Their Attire — And HQ!

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on September 28.]
Ever step foot in Sephora only to emerge a couple hours later, a bit dazed, but totally inspired by the at-home beautifying that awaits? That means the folks behind the brand are definitely doing a standout job. With nearly 1,000 employees stationed in San Francisco (out of 25,000 worldwide), a slew of the masterminds creating the dazzling campaigns, visual displays, and catchy slogans (trust us, those holiday ads are gonna be killer!), are nestled right here on our very own Market Street.
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Of course, after hitting the U.S. HQ of the LVMH-owned beauty behemoth, we weren't surprised to find out that Sephora's S.F.-based employees are super stylish to boot. Want to meet 'em? We've rounded up five best-dressed staffers to show us around its office (and surrounding area), dish on their get-pretty tips, and so much more. Prepare for plenty of beauty booty, right here.
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What's black and white and red (sort of) all over? The Sephora cuties, of course! Here, they pose in the art department.

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Another art-department glimpse. Note the imagery for recent collaborations with The Andy Warhol Foundation and NARS.

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Ariella Gogol, Senior Beauty Writer

Department: Editorial

Hood: The Mission

What are your day-to-day tasks like?
"I help concept 360-degree campaigns — from overall idea generation to writing taglines and copy across channels (advertisements, windows, in-store fixtures, catalog, and video). I also work on positioning statements and product naming, and I curated and named the trends for our fall 2012 fashion-week report."

Ariella hangs out at her cube in a James Perse dress, Guy French blazer, Dieppa Restrepo loafers, Eddie Borgo bracelet, and ring from Bird.

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How would you describe your personal style?
"Minimalist with a nipped waist."

What three pieces in your closet get the biggest workout?
"My James Perse white T-shirt dress, Dieppa Restrepo brogues, and Steven Alan wool blazer."

Is it a challenge to dress in Sephora’s black-white-and-red dress code?
"Not really, since I’m a major black wearer — I’m from New York! The red doesn’t make many appearances in my wardrobe, though."

What were you doing before you got your job at Sephora?
"I was an editor at luxury-books publisher Assouline."

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What is the best part about working at Sephora?
"The creativity! Working with such talented people — on projects with so much reach — is super exciting."

Would you consider yourself a makeup/beauty girl?
"Absolutely! Since sixth grade."

What are your favorite products that can be found at Sephora (and are now in your makeup bag)?
"I’m obsessed with the Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil. I’m currently wearing Rhubarb."

Where do you usually head around the area on your breaks?
"For lunch on most days, I go to The Plant and get soba noodles. I also have a secret sunny spot, but I can’t tell you where it is."

When you’re not working at Sephora, where would we find you and what would you be doing?
"Hanging around the Mission on Valencia Street."

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The company's principles, loud and proud on the office wall.

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Elsie Woolcock, Senior Art Director

Department: Marketing/Creative

Hood: San Rafael

What are your day-to-day tasks like?
"I help concept and execute campaigns, photo shoots, catalogs, etc."

Elsie strikes a pose in front of some mood boards in a Theyskens for Theory top, Barneys Co-op trousers, Jean Michel Cazabat heels, and Alexis Bittar necklace.

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How would you describe your personal style?
"Borrowed from the boys."

What three pieces in your closet get the biggest workout?
"A really, really old pair of oxfords, my Converse shoes, and this Muhammad Ali T-shirt that says, ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.’"

Is it a challenge to dress in Sephora’s black-white-and-red dress code?
"No, I have lots of black and white clothes and I like dressing in them. I never wear red, though."

What pieces do you find yourself constantly wearing at work?
"My Theyskens and Helmut Lang blazers, my Marni shoes. and skinny black pants from Gap."

What were you doing before you got your job at Sephora?
"I was at Bloomingdale’s in New York for a long time, also in creative."

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What is the best part about working at Sephora?
"Definitely the people!"

Would you consider yourself a makeup/beauty girl?
"I am more of a fashion girl."

What are your favorite products that can be found at Sephora (and are now in your makeup bag)?
"Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat pen, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color, and Stila Glamoureyes Mascara, and — not in my bag, but I use it every night — Caudalíe Vinoperfect Radiance Serum."

Where do you usually head around the area on your breaks?
"Starbucks!"

When you’re not working at Sephora, where would we find you and what would you be doing?
"My kitchen would be a pretty safe bet. Drinking wine, cooking, and talking with my husband and my dog. Yes, my dog talks."

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Mood boards galore!

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Lina Kutsovskaya, VP, Executive Creative Director

Department: Creative/Marketing

Hood: "75% San Francisco, 25% on a plane!"

What are your day to day tasks like?
"I create. Direct. Lead. Love. Nurture. I do all of the creative: Brand, art, and voice. I'm always on, 24/7. As Sigmund Freud said, 'Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.'"

Lina, in her colorful corner office, in a Celine dress and heels (not pictured), and Hermes bracelet.

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How would you describe your personal style?
"Avant-garde minimalist. Nothing is what it seems and nothing need be what it seems."

What three pieces in your closet get the biggest workout?
"My Celine trouser, Dries Van Noten coat, and Ann Demeulemeester shoes."

Is it a challenge to dress in Sephora's black-white-and-red dress code?
"I never owned much more outside of black when I lived in New York and worked at Conde Nast and Barneys New York. And now when I have a color urge, I turn to expressing it with makeup."

What pieces do you find yourself constantly wearing at work?
"A Comme des Garçons flat dress, Dries Van Noten belted tan suit, Lanvin dress — in black, of course! Plus, the key favorite is my Celine bag, which is always heavy with books and sketchpads. It typically 'asks' to be belted in the passenger seat when I drive to work."

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What were you doing before you got your job at Sephora?
"I was VP of Advertising at Barneys New York. I was also Creative Director of Teen Vogue, Nylon, and Style.com."

What is the best part about working at Sephora?
"People. Ideas. And clarity of vision. It's not gray, it's black and white."

Would you consider yourself a makeup/beauty girl?
"Qui! Da! Yes!"

What are your favorite products that can be found at Sephora (and are now in your makeup bag)?
"Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer, Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum, Benefit's They're Real! Mascara, and Sephora Collection eyeliner."

Where do you usually head around the area on your breaks?
"Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and 871 Fine Arts bookstore."

When you're not working at Sephora, where would we find you and what would you be doing?
"At the art galleries, at the art fairs and art-book fairs, museums, or on inspirational trips to Asia, especially South Asia. What am I doing while there? Making observations and asking questions."

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A sneak peek at some soon-to-come signage.

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See Cheung, Senior Art Director

Department: Creative

Hood: North Beach/Lower Russian Hill

What are your day-to-day tasks like?
"I work within the color team and do art direction for upcoming campaigns. My day involves working closely with the team to create concepts, understand the products, going to meetings, gathering new ideas, and doing research on fashion, films, culture, and art."

See leans against some of her visual work, in a Club Monaco shirt, Inhabit sweater, Zero + Maria Cornejo pants, Carven shoes, and Marni necklace.

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How would you describe your personal style?
"I don’t really have just one. I like to mix and match a lot. I wear simple, comfortable clothing, but it's still chic and fun."

What three pieces in your closet get the biggest workout?
"I love my cashmere sweater from Inhabit — it’s lightweight and a must-have in San Francisco. Also my Carven black-jersey dress, which is so comfy but still shape- hugging. And my Jil Sander white oxfords. I can wear them with everything."

Is it a challenge to dress in Sephora’s black-white-and-red dress code?
"I love wearing black — who doesn’t? It’s not a challenge, it actually makes my life easier."

What pieces do you find yourself constantly wearing at work?
"I wear my Carven braided wedge oxfords almost every day. They add height, but still let me run around town."

What were you doing before you got your job at Sephora?
"I was working at a boutique advertising agency called Chandelier in New York. This job is not so different, but I was working on more fashion and luxury lifestyle accounts. Other than that, it’s the same: We pitched, we developed concepts, and we provided a 360 approach for clients."

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What is the best part about working at Sephora?
"The best part about working at Sephora is the makeup. We get to test all the latest and greatest products out there."

Would you consider yourself a makeup/beauty girl?
"I don’t think I am a huge makeup/beauty girl. I just can’t live without my black eyeliner."

What are your favorite products that can be found at Sephora (and are now in your makeup bag)?
"Sephora Collection eyelash curlers, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes liner, and Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Zinfandel. I also use the whole REN skincare line."

Where do you usually head around the area on your breaks?
"I love to head to the Ferry Building for lunch if we have a little time on the calendar. I just love the farmer’s market and all the yummy foods there."

When you’re not working at Sephora, where would we find you and what would you be doing?
"I am a mom, so on my days off, I try to take my daughter out to explore the city. We usually go to the farmer’s market, and she loves the Children’s Creativity Museum. We also always take her to Alta Plaza park — the views are amazing there."

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See's creative-clutter situation.

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Robin Lee, Editorial Manager, Digital

Department: Marketing

Hood: Nopa

What are your day-to-day tasks like?
"I manage a team of writers and edit our digital copy. I work on everything from homepages to email to social to brand pages, and then a little bit of video. It’s different every day, and digital is so fast-paced, there’s never a dull moment!"

Robin, at her desk, in an Aiko dress, Pamela Love skull necklace, and Matt Bernenson shoes (not seen),

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How would you describe your personal style?
"I’m pretty casual and quirky with a bit of edge. As you know we have a dress code, so I try to keep my red, black, white, or grey combinations fun by adding bold and playful accessories."

What three pieces in your closet get the biggest workout?
"My vintage Levi’s, any Madewell button-up, and my Sam Edelman studded flats."

Is it a challenge to dress in Sephora’s black-white-and-red dress code?
"Yes and no. We’re given a lot of freedom with accessories and we can also wear whatever print we like, as long as it’s in code. It also helps that I have a slight obsession with black denim!"

What pieces do you find yourself constantly wearing at work?
"A high-low maxi skirt from Leyendecker is at the top of my list. It’s versatile and I can wear it with anything — layered with cute sweaters, a blazer, biker boots, or flats. My grey leopard-print Current/Elliott’s are also on heavy rotation, as are my Blank Denim biker jeans. I also have a pair of black leather-denim pants by Superfine that I love wearing in the colder months with a sleek blazer."

What were you doing before you got your job at Sephora?
"I was covering fashion as the writer and editor of REVOLVEclothing.com and Farfetch.com."

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What is the best part about working at Sephora?
"I learn something new about beauty every day — whether it’s a secret ingredient found in my night cream, or testing out a cool new color."

Would you consider yourself a makeup/beauty girl?
"Absolutely! I’ve been playing with makeup since I was little and have cultivated quite the collection of lip color. These days I love learning about skincare."

What are your favorite products that can be found at Sephora (and are now in your makeup bag)?
"Yves Saint Laurent has my favorite lip gloss, ever. Its Sheer Candy collection keeps my lips smooth and delivers just the right amount of color. Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer is another favorite of mine. It’s light and gives me all-over coverage without making me look too done up. In terms of skincare, I’m a huge fan of NUDE’s ProGenius Treatment Oil. It’s a great calming night oil that leaves my skin soft, never greasy. This fall, I’m also rocking the bold lip thanks to Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick by Hourglass in Raven. I absolutely love this color and the cool packaging."

Where do you usually head around the area on your breaks?
"I walk over to NewTree for coffee and a snack. For lunch, I head to Mixt Greens or The Plant for salads and a quick stroll in the sun."

When you’re not working at Sephora, where would we find you and what would you be doing?
"Walking my dog around Alamo Square, exploring the Mission, or hanging out in Berkeley with my boyfriend. I’m sort of new to town, so I’m having fun discovering all the cute neighborhoods!"

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