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

to

£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

College

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) for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

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, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

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.

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
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 2 Beauty Apprentice

  • Wage : £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Ferndown BH22 8ST

Beauty Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Manchester M3 2LB

Courses In England

Cosmetic Make-up and Beauty Consultancy - Level 2

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 07 January 2020
  • Location: Blackpool

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Cosmetic Make-Up (QCF)

  • Provider: EAST KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Broadstairs

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