Welcome to our series A Day in the Life where we ask women we admire to share the daily minutiae of their professional lives, from the morning rituals that set them up for success to their evening wind-down routines. In this edition, we’re chatting with Christen Dominique, founder and creative director of Dominique Cosmetics. Ahead, she tells C&C what inspired her to launch her own makeup line, how she manages an overflowing inbox, and why she ends each day with a mindful coloring book and reality TV on Netflix.
Tell us a bit about Dominique Cosmetics and what inspired you to launch your business. What whitespace did you see in the market, and what need did you want to fill?
I started Dominique Cosmetics because of my passion for helping others look and feel beautiful. Seventeen years ago, I started off as a young freelance makeup artist and I quickly noticed I was not only a makeup artist, but a therapist, a friend, and an overall session for confidence-boosting. Helping others look beautiful and feel confident made me feel like I had found my purpose in life.
Seeing people transform on the inside and outside after every session gave me an overwhelming rush of happiness. That’s when I knew I had found my passion. As an artist, I always liked to customize my palettes and found it to be difficult with the typical eyeshadow pan size. It had always been a dream of mine to create a multi-use pan size that can be used for the eyes and face.
With my dream for larger, multi-use pans and my love for helping others internally and externally, Dominique Cosmetics was created.
Now, let’s talk about your workday routine! First, are you a night owl or a morning person? When do you do your most important work and why?
Mornings are my favorite time of the day—they’re when I’m most productive. I start off with early morning meditation, breakfast, and then head into my work to-do list for the day. I do this so then I can prioritize personal and family time after; giving all the important areas of my life attention and love.
What time does your alarm go off, and what’s the first thing you do upon waking?
My alarm goes off at 7 am, and the first thing I do is brush my teeth!
What does your morning, pre-work routine look like?
I usually start off with early morning meditation, then I grab a light breakfast before I film as I get ready to create content for my social media platforms. Once that’s done, I head into the Dominique office.
Mark Twain said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” What’s the first thing you do when you get to your desk?
The first thing I do when I get to my desk changes from day to day! It ranges from looking at Pantone chips for color inspiration, sipping coffee, or answering emails.
What are you working on this week?
I’m working on a new Dominique Cosmetics launch coming soon!
“The most rewarding part of running a business is seeing people purchase, use, and fall in love with your products.”
What’s been the most rewarding part of running your business? The most challenging?
The most rewarding part of running a business is seeing people purchase, use, and fall in love with your products. Something that started only as a thought and feeling has finally become a reality and a dream come true. The most challenging part is learning how to navigate timing and understanding that not everything is going to be perfect every time.
Do you ever reach inbox zero? How do you handle the constant influx of inquiries and communication entrepreneurs are so familiar with?
It’s never-ending. There are constant incoming emails daily, but I have learned how to weed out the spam versus real opportunities and partnerships.
What is your go-to work lunch?
It varies from day to day (can you tell I like variety?). Overall, it’s pretty light and healthy so I’m energized and not tired after lunch.
What advice do you have for balancing the minutiae of day-to-day tasks with big-picture planning?
Using a planner to help keep focused on your goals and not get caught up on the small day-to-day details.
What are some work habits that help you stay healthy, productive, and on track to reach your goals?
Having light music playing in the background helps keep my mood happy and focused. Also avoiding sweets at my desk or heavy snacking.
Any favorite apps you use regularly?
I use Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Planoly on a daily basis.
What are you reading, watching, or listening to right now to help you wind down at the end of the day?
To wind down at the end of the day, I’ll go for a walk through the neighborhood with the family, do a mindful swearing coloring book for fun, or watch reality TV on Netflix.
When do you go to bed? What’s your “optimal” number of sleep hours?
I typically go to sleep by 11 pm. This gives me a full eight hours, and still enough time to binge-watch whichever show I’m into at the time.
What’s the most rewarding part of your day?
The most rewarding part of the day is right when I finish a project and get to relax. That feeling lets me know I had a productive day.