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Beauty consultant Beautician

Beauty consultants sell beauty products and help customers choose the right products to buy.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £12,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements.

A qualification in retail, sales or customer service, or training in beauty therapy might be helpful but not essential, as your personal qualities are often more important than your qualifications.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • sales skills to meet your targets
  • the ability to use cosmetics to give customers a makeover
  • maths skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • recommending products to suit each customer
  • meeting sales targets
  • keeping up to date with new products
  • giving customers a makeover
  • monitoring stock levels and re-ordering items
  • keeping records
  • handling cash and card payments

4. Salary

Starter: £12,000 to £13,000

Experienced: £19,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000

Your salary could increase with commission.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You could work in a department store or work from home for a cosmetics company. You could also work in an airport departure lounge, on a cruise liner or in a hotel.

If you're working in a department store, you'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, with some weekends and evenings. You'll usually work at a cosmetics counter and spend most of your time standing up to serve customers.

You'll usually wear a company uniform and use the cosmetics you're promoting.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and further training you could move into management.

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Last updated: 11 April 2017