Career Dreams: Beauty Consultant

Jul 28 2018

Do your friends come to you for advice on what makeup to purchase, how to wear their hair or even what their next cut or color should be? Do you love helping your fam find and learn how to use the perfect contour palette? It sounds like you’re already informally a beauty consultant! Have you ever thought about getting paid to do what you love? That’s right. Consulting and advising on makeup, hair and skin care products is a real job, and it’s a job that a beauty education can help you pursue!

What is a Beauty Consultant?

Beauty consultants, sometimes called beauty advisors, are basically a counselor for all things beautiful. They are often found helping customers at a store find the right shade of foundation, the perfect shampoo for their hair type or assisting in building the perfect skin care routine. They typically work behind the beauty department counter. From drugstores to high-end retail, these pros are out there putting in work to help others find their perfect product.

Another place consultants can be found is at a brand store or headquarters. You’ll meet one of these talented artists when you walk into your fav brand’s retail location in the mall. Within a company, a beauty consultant can be found working with the product development team to help create a product that will fit the needs of its intended customers. They can also be found working alongside the marketing team to ensure that the product is being marketed and used appropriately in advertising and in retail locations.

makeup products stacked together

What Skills Does a Beauty Consultant Need?

Beauty consultants must be jacks of all trades. Depending on the position you find yourself in, you may need to consult on skin care, hair care and/or makeup. Here are a few of the skills you’ll want to master:

  • Makeup Artistry
  • Hairstyling
  • Hair Care
  • Skin Care
  • Color Theory
  • Skin Analysis
  • Understanding of Skin Disorders
  • Understanding of Face Shapes
  • Understanding of Skin Tones
  • Business Management
  • Time Management
  • Client Retention
  • Sales

Certain jobs may even require more skills from you, so you’re best bet to becoming a highly-successful beauty consultant is to become well-versed in many areas of beauty. This is where a beauty education can help you!

What Does a Day in the Life of a Beauty Consultant Look Like?

If you work in a retail space, your day will often start with cleaning, preparing and opening up your department. You’ll clean up your counter, make sure products are in reach for suggestions, and even get your chair setup if you’re going to be doing demos. Once the store is open for the day, you’ll begin looking for shoppers to assist.

Don’t worry, people coming in and out of the store will keep you busy all day! Weekends are especially busy, and they can prove to be a lot of fun if you have a group of girls out on a shopping trip or a bride-to-be looking for the right lipstick for her big day stop into the store. One of the most rewarding and fun things about having a job as a beauty consultant is the people you’ll meet. There are so many people from some many different walks of life looking to purchase products, and you can help every single one! Get ready to see fresh faces every day!

hot pink lipstick

How Can I Start on the Path Toward Becoming a Beauty Consultant?

Like we mentioned above, beauty school can be the perfect first stepping stone to learning what you need to know to become a sought-after beauty consultant. Here at Douglas J Aveda Institutes, we encourage you to check out our cosmetology program! It is available at all six of our locations across Michigan, Tennessee and Illinois. You can learn hair care, basic skin care, basic makeup artistry, business skills and even how to gain and maintain a client base! All skills you can use as a beauty consultant.

If you’re ready to launch your career in beauty and take on a job as a beauty consultant, start your education now! Your future is waiting. Contact us today!

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