6/2 Spotlight Feature: Stephanie Macri

Fabulous Working Females

Spotlight Feature

Introducing, Stephanie Macri!

Stephanie Macri is a woman with drive and persistence. With always having a passion in fashion and beauty, Stephanie landed a job she loves at famous skin care company, Mario Badescu.

A Fabulous Working Female in every way, Stephanie shows us that we can do what we love, for a company we love, all while making others feel beautiful.

Tell us about yourself!

There is always something so difficult about being asked to describe yourself, but in as few words as possible I suppose I could quote the ever-intellectual Cardi B and let you know I’m just a regular-shmegular girl, born and raised in New York, just trying to uplevel and evolve to my best potential self each day while squeezing in a couple brunches and a couple of naps here and there and pet every dog I see along the way. I was never fortunate enough to be one of those people who figures out what they want to do early on in life. My range or career choices starting from a young age were everything from professional chef to wedding dress designer to author to occupational therapist, and probably more from there. I went to a state college here in New York and it still hadn’t hit me, so I occupied my time joining a sorority instead of focusing on starting a career, and chose a major in communications and psychology because they were versatile enough to apply to anything I decided to do later on. After graduation I decided to try getting an administrative job at something I might enjoy - like a fashion or beauty company. I applied for months to everything there was to offer on indeed, LinkedIn, Monster, etc. I quickly realized they all want someone who has already been doing this in this industry for years, and it felt very demeaning to wonder where do these people start out if nobody wants to hire the beginner?! Eventually I got a job through a sorority sister at a telecommunications company and was happy for a while because I got to work with a friend and I was making a hefty salary for a 23 year old at their first “real world” job, but after long I realized that even the money couldn’t keep me happy when I truly didn’t like what I was doing or the industry I was in. The covid-19 pandemic gave me lots of time at home and a bit of a shopping problem, so I found myself delving into lots of skin care products and using the quarantine to try and give myself such great skin that that post-quarantine I wouldn't need makeup every day anymore, and I would up learning a LOT about it, including that I loved skin care! I became somewhat of a connoisseur helping my own friends get great products for their concerns after I ran out of room in my medicine cabinet and I needed to stop buying skin care products for myself. After 3 years in the workforce, I hoped that I had gotten enough customer-facing and Microsoft Excel experience that maybe now a beauty company would take a look at me.

Another few months of constant applications, resume tweaks, and what seemed like a million cover letters, I finally decided to take a seminar for girls trying to break into the fashion and beauty industry. Using one of their resume templates turned the heads of a wonderful group of women working at Mario Badescu Skin Care, who were in dire need of an account manager. This was a brand I had grown up with since high school, using their Drying Lotion to spot treat throughout my teenage years and their Facial Spray with Rosewater as a setting spray once I learned how to do makeup in college. I was practically fan-girling at even the chance to get an interview with them.

Despite my lack of skin care/beauty industry credentials, they took a chance on me after meeting with me a couple of times and seeing the joy that simply talking about skincare brings to my face. They said they realized how much growth potential I have here and both of those women are now my immediate bosses. There’s not a day I walk into work and don’t have at least one moment of disbelief and gratitude that I actually work here.

Day to day I manage the accounts for Macy’s, Nordstrom, Blue Mercury, Bloomingdale’s, Saks 5th Avenue, Urban Outfitters, and Anthropologie. I have a hands on role in making sure all of those stores have enough of each product, which products they sell, how they are arranged in the stores, and even the little gift-with-purchase bags that are sometimes offered with a Mario Badescu purchase. I have helped link the company