You've probably heard the phrase, "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have." Well, the same goes for beauty. Why have an assistant's arsenal when you can start working on that boss-lady face instead? To help you look like you've climbed the ladder overnight, we tapped Violet Grey
founder and CEO Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey to share her favorite beauty power-products.
One of the industry's most knowledgeable head honchos, Grey launched the Violet Grey empire to much media fanfare last year. The company includes an online magazine featuring shoots with everyone from Lauren Hutton to Eva Mendes, an e-commerce shop
, and a brick-and-mortar store
on Melrose Place in Los Angeles. Despite her accomplishments, however, Grey remains humble. "I wouldn't say I'm successful yet," she told us. "I will be successful when Violet Grey reaches immortality and is commonly described as the best place to work in the world. I know we will make it, but not without a lot more blood, sweat, and tears."
Grey also shared some words of wisdom for anyone hoping to follow her path of entrepreneurship. "If you want to start a company, you are going to need three things to sit at the table: Tenacity, a vision that makes people want to work with you, and patience," she says. But, getting a company up and running is only half the battle. What does it take to make it big? "If you want a chance at success, you are going to need three more things: A world-class team, funding, and good luck."
And, the perfect office-ready perfume certainly won't hurt, either. Grey was kind enough to share the working-girl essentials she relies on to run the show at Violet Grey. With her 11 expert picks — spanning everything from smudge-free mascara to desk must-haves — you'll be sure to look polished in the midst of anything the workplace throws your way.