What does a Cosmetician do?

Beauty consultants work in retail settings where they are responsible for offering customers advice, keeping counters clean and organized, demonstrating product features, and answering inquiries. They utilize their knowledge of cosmetics and skin-care products to help customers look for products to meet skincare needs and represent companies and their products.

Beauty consultants determine customers’ skin types, concerns, and style preferences and recommend products that fit their needs, tastes, and budgets while demonstrating how the products work. They respond to customer questions and complaints, process sales and returns, and maintain a balanced cash register. They design and maintain attractive displays, manage product inventory, and handle administrative and clerical duties including ordering stock and maintaining customer relationships through follow-up calls and email blasts. They plan and participate in in-store events, manage door-to-door sales, and meet quotas and objectives. Beauty consultants need extensive knowledge of beauty trends, skincare products, cosmetics, and experience in sales, retail, or related fields.

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Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Cosmetician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$31,619 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $32K
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Cosmetician Insights

Read what Cosmetician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Ulta BeautyUlta Beauty
Prestige Beauty Advisor
Dec. 22, 2020

“I love this industry I went to beauty school and it was amazing interacting with customers”

Beauty Specialist
Jun. 11, 2020

“The pay was good for someone my age (£10 per hour) and we also got free makeup”

Oct. 7, 2019

“The pay is great and I love that I’m helping to solve problems for customers.”

Ulta BeautyUlta Beauty
Beauty Advisor
Jan. 10, 2020

“I met some amazing people at this job and I was able to work on my networking skills.”

Forest EssentialsForest Essentials
Beauty Consultant
Mar. 20, 2021

“Company is really good and it's one of the best place to work with.”

Hudson's BayHudson's Bay
Beauty Consultant
Jul. 25, 2021

“The pay is decent and you get commissions on top of what you get paid already.”

Enjoy TechnologyEnjoy Technology
Fulfilment Expert
Apr. 23, 2020

“The pay is good and no day is the same which makes working for Enjoy interesting.”

Beauty Consultant
Jul. 8, 2020

“I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to work for them online I’ve used there product before and knew it was pretty good.”

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