Beauty Consultant

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Art & Fashion

What you will do:

In this role you’ll:

  • talk to customers and recommend the best products for them
  • give advice on how to use and apply products
  • meet sales targets
  • keep up to date with new product ranges
  • monitor stock levels and re-order items (organisational skills)
  • keep customer and product records
  • handle cash and card payments



You’ll need:

  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • 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
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Entry Requirements:

The specific GCSE subjects required to become a Beauty Consultant may vary depending on the employer, job role, and location. However, there are no strict GCSE subject requirements for this career, as it is typically a vocational field that focuses on practical skills and customer service.

That said, having a good educational foundation can be beneficial in this profession. Some useful GCSE subjects that can help you in your career as a Beauty Consultant include:

  1. English Language: Strong communication skills are essential in this field as you will be interacting with clients and providing them with advice and information.
  2. Science: Basic knowledge of biology and chemistry can be helpful, especially if you plan to work with skincare products, cosmetics, or provide advice on skin health.
  3. Maths: Basic math skills can be useful for handling financial transactions and inventory management if you work in a salon or spa.
  4. Art or Design: Creativity and an eye for aesthetics are important in the beauty industry, so coursework in art or design can be an asset.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

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

You could study for:

  • Certificate in Beauty Consultancy (Level 2 in the UK)
  • Certificate in Cosmetic Make-Up and Beauty Consultancy (Level 2 in the UK)
  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 2 in the UK)
  • a general qualification in retail, sales or customer service

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

This typically takes 12 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.

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

Direct Application
You may be able to apply directly if you have experience in a retail sales, beauty therapy or a customer service role.

Career tips
It will be useful to show a keen interest in make-up and skin care brands.

You could:

  • follow cosmetics ‘influencers’ on social media
  • trial new products and write online reviews
  • do your own social media, make-up or skin-care tutorials

Working Hours and 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 & Progression:

With experience and further training you could supervise other beauty consultants or move into retail management.

You could work as a beauty brand sales representative or start your own beauty business.