Beauty consultants work in the cosmetics retail industry. They help customers to choose the right beauty products to make the most of their personal appearance and to suit their age, skin-type and lifestyle.
Most beauty consultants work in department stores, but are usually employed directly by a cosmetic company and only sell that company's products. Some beauty consultants work for companies on a self-employed basis, demonstrating products in customers' own homes and selling directly to them.
They recommend products which will be most suited to the customer's colouring, skin-type and face shape, and demonstrate their use, for example by giving facials or applying make-up. They may also offer this service as part of promotion for a particular product, or give demonstrations to groups in the store or for outside organisations. They may keep records of regular customers in order to provide a personalised service.
Other duties include displaying and restocking products and carrying out routine sales tasks such as wrapping purchases and handling payments by cash, cheque or credit card.
Beauty consultants work store hours, usually between 9am and 5.30 or 6pm five days a week, including most Saturdays. They may work some late evenings and/or Sundays. Part-time work is possible.
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Beauty consultants are either directly employed by large stores, or are employed by cosmetics houses to work in the cosmetics section of a store.
There are a few opportunities for cosmetics consultants to work at airport departure lounges, on cruise liners and in hotels. Self-employment opportunities are limited to selling cosmetics from home. This is often a part-time occupation.
Promotion to senior consultant, supervisory and area management posts is possible.
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