Beauty consultant

Alternative titles for this job include Beautician

Beauty consultants sell beauty products and help customers choose which ones to buy.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on a rota

How to become a beauty consultant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You could study for:

  • a Level 2 Certificate in Beauty Consultancy Services
  • a Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy
  • a general qualification in retail, sales or customer service

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You could do an intermediate apprenticeship as a beauty make-up consultant.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You could work in retail sales then apply for a consultant's position with a beauty concession in a department store.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in beauty consultancy and therapy from the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority.

You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persuading and negotiating skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work at a store, on a cruise ship, in a beauty clinic or from home.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience and further training you could move into management.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Beauty Therapist Apprentice

  • Wage : £130.50 - £246.30 Weekly
  • Location: Newbury RG20 4SZ

Beauty Professional Apprenticeship Standard

  • Wage : £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Rochdale OL16 3NJ

Courses In England

Level 2 Counter Cosmetics

  • Start date: 07 September 2020

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