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Beauty consultant Beautician

Beauty consultants demonstrate cosmetic products to customers and help them to choose the right ones to buy.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

A qualification in retail, sales or customer service, or training in beauty therapy will help but is not essential. Your personal qualities are often more important than your qualifications.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • sales skills
  • a friendly and confident personality
  • good communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • expert use of cosmetics for your own beauty routine

3. What you'll do


  • offer advice and recommend products that meet your customers' needs
  • demonstrate and sell cosmetics and fragrances
  • give makeovers
  • keep up to date with new products and brands
  • monitor stock levels and re-order items
  • make sure display areas are appealing
  • take part in promotional events in-store
  • handle cash and card payments

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £16,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £20,000

Highly Experienced: up to £25,000 (supervisor)

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 spa hotel.

In a department store, you'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, including some evenings and weekends. You'll 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 supervisory management or become an image consultant.

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Last updated: 02 March 2018