Sophie Carpenter, Production Accountant


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"My name is Sophie Carpenter (@sophiecarpenter). I moved to Los Angeles from Washington state 12 years ago—but I absolutely love California and will never leave. I do production accounting for television shows, paying all the bills, tracking budgets, and reporting into studios. Basically, I'm making sure everybody has the money to buy what they need for the show, whether that's for locations, costumes, or set decor. It's such a weird niche, this job that I never knew existed beforehand. I sort of just fell into it and I love it.

No one is getting gussied up for work. It's very casual, and most people dress for function—sometimes I wear a sundress and sometimes I wear Converse. My beauty runs the gamut, too. I can tailor my routine down to whatever amount of time I have to get ready... like, if I have six minutes in the morning, I'll just wear my hair up and use tinted moisturizer and mascara, if I have 40 minutes, I'll take my time and use everything. My co-workers tease me because I say I wear a 'full face', but apparently you can't tell? I don't wear any actual foundation, but I like Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Light and MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC20. I've used MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in NC20 for probably the last six years, too. After that I do a quick sweep of either Benetint or Nars Orgasm on my cheeks. I have a few different matte, nude MAC Eyeshadows in colors like Malt and Naked Lunch I'll wear, along with some Nars Audacious Mascara. The only thing I'll do differently at night is put a tiny sweep of matte black eyeshadow in the corners of my eyes to make my eyes look bigger. I can't be trusted with liquid eyeliner, but using a small flat brush with black shadow is foolproof.

I started using Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask to wash my face about five years ago after a dermatologist recommended it—I've tried to use more gentle or natural products, but I have acne, and nothing helps it like benzoyl peroxide. I use it in the shower with my Clarisonic. Then I use the Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist followed by Glossier Super Glow. My sunscreen is EltaMD, which a friend told me to get. I also put on an Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream that I just got in France last month. I don't know if it works, but it's French and it reminds me of my trip.

I'm not brand loyal when it comes to moisturizer, but lately I have been using Ursa Major Face Balm because it smells like essential oils and I love that. I use essential oils for a variety of things—I can't swallow pills, so I have had to find other things to treat issues I might be having. I use doTerra Breathe Respiratory Blend when I'm stuffy, and before I go to sleep I rub doTerra Serenity Restful Blend on the soles of my feet. I put it on my husband's feet too—its our bedtime ritual. I also love the doTerra Beadlets in On Guard Protective Blend and Peppermint. I use the On Guard ones whenever I go on planes because they help build immunity. I apply them topically, but I also have a diffuser in my house and at my job. My coworker always mixes a new blend in the morning depending on how we are feeling that day... lately we've been loving clove mixed with just about anything.

Scent is my true love. I have so many good memories associated with different fragrances. Sometimes I'll get a sample of something I want to try and use it on a vacation so I can be reminded of the trip. I remember getting my own bottle of Tommy Girl when I was 14 and feeling so fancy. I don't think I'll ever find a signature scent, but I've gone through multiple bottles of Daisy by Marc Jacobs and Diptyque Philosykos. My new favorites are all Le Labo, and I mix them together. I either wear the Patchouli 24 or Santal 33 Oils—I put them on my wrists and neck and then I spritz Vetiver 46 on my clothes. I get so many compliments on the scents. I really want to get some Byredo perfumes next. In case my husband is reading this, hint hint."

—as told to ITG