A Job as a Beauty Consultant

Beauty Consultants help their customers to choose the right beauty products for their lifestyle, to make the most of their personal appearance.

Their job involves:

  • spending time with customers, helping them to choose products
  • understanding and recommending products which will suit the customer's skin type, face shape and colouring
  • giving a high priority to sales
  • keeping up to date with new ranges of products, fragrances and colour ranges
  • giving customers a facial or 'make over'
  • monitoring stock and sales, and re-ordering, usually using a computer.

People who get a job as a Beauty Consultant work between 37 and 40 hours a week and do some weekend and evening work. Store-based beauty consultants work in large stores, which are busy, clean and well lit. They usually work behind a small counter area and spend most of their time standing up to serve and advise customers. Self-employed consultants travel to customers' homes.

Salaries may range from around £9,000 to £30,000.

A beauty consultant should:

  • have a smart appearance and be well groomed
  • have confidence and excellent interpersonal skills
  • be good at selling
  • be interested in health and beauty - especially skincare and make-up.

Most beauty consultants work in department stores. Some work from home as self-employed beauty consultants and sell directly to customers. There are opportunities to work as a beauty consultant all over the UK. As well as department stores, beauty consultants may work in airports and large hotels.

Beauty consultants do not need formal qualifications, although GCSEs/S grades in English and maths may be useful. Previous experience in retail, sales, or customer service can be an advantage.

There are some qualifications which may be helpful, including part or full-time college courses, vocational courses, on-the-job training, and distance learning. Many companies employ consultants who are a similar age to their customers, so maturity can be an asset.

Beauty consultants combine on-the-job training from experienced members of the sales team with training courses from cosmetics companies.

There may be opportunities to progress to management or into a larger store or busier environment to develop their skills, knowledge and experience.

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