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It’s all about that base for Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science graduate Shivani Raja, who has landed her dream job making make-up.

The 22-year-old, one of the stars of De Montfort University Leicester’s (DMU) Dare to Do-themed TV advert, is working on well-known brands for a leading UK health and beauty retailer.

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What do you do?

Shivani is based at Boots’ head office in Nottingham – and she couldn’t be happier in her role as an innovation technologist in the cosmetics department.

She said: “I make make-up! It’s in line with what I wanted to do – my dream job. I feel really lucky.

“I work with brands such as No 7, Soap and Glory and Botanics.

“The DMU course gave me a firm foundation to start my career.”

So far Shivani has mainly been developing foundations, looking at new textures, and working on skincare products.

“It’s a fun job and the best part is getting to be creative,” she said.

“Boots is a dynamic and inspiring company to work for and the people I work with are great and very experienced, which is invaluable.”

What did you study?

I did my Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science from De Montfort University (DMU).

How was the experience at DMU?

As well as utilising the skills and techniques required for the design, formulation and manufacture of quality cosmetic products she learned on her course, Shivani also tries to implement another important lesson from DMU.

She said: “The DMU TV advert was really out of my comfort zone, but I did it. I carry the whole ‘Dare to Do’ tagline with me, and I do try to do something that scares me every day.”

Shivani appeared in the science scene – one of seven different stories featuring DMU students – having been chosen because of her placement experience as part of a team developing a variety of medicines.

Filming the advert has given her a talking point, which came in handy when she had to do an introduction for her job.