CAREER DEVELOPMENT / MAY. 06, 2014
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How to Become a Beauty Consultant

If your interests are fashion and make-up and you are willing to help customers make the most of their appearance, a career choice that you may consider besides becoming a beautician is that of a beauty consultant

Pre-requisites

In order to become a beauty consultant, it is important that you possess the following:

  • Outgoing personality
  • Friendly disposition
  • Patience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Great customer service skills
  • Appealing body language
  • Experience in retail, sales or customer service
  • Networking skills
  • Organisational skills

Education and Training

There are no formal qualifications required to work as a Beauty Consultant. However for a steep growth up the career graph, it is advantageous to have a beauty therapy background. When you are employed as a beauty consultant, you usually receive on-the-job training. You may also get an opportunity to attend short induction courses at a company training centre.

Qualifications that may help you in your career include the following:

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Beauty Consultancy Services
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Consultancy
  • VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Cosmetic Make-up and Beauty Consultancy.

You may enroll for any of the available web-based training and correspondence courses on becoming a beauty consultant. Formal certification can be gained through the Association of Image Consultants (AICI).

Tasks

In this job, you are entrusted with various responsibilities such as to:

  • Advise clients on the best products to compliment their appearance
  • Understand the issues and details of the skin, nail, and hair and also about cosmetics and perfumes.
  • Keeping abreast with new launches of products, fragrances, color ranges and product promotions
  • Sell beauty products and manage transactions
  • Conduct various demonstrations
  • Do makeovers
  • Restock products
  • Meet sales targets

Employment Opportunities

As a Beauty Consultant, you can both work independently as well as find employment in

  • Department stores
  • Cosmetics Company
  • Skincare Company
  • Image consulting firms
  • Cruise Liners
  • Airport Terminals
  • Hotels and boutique resorts

For those wanting to make it big in their careers, there are numerous opportunities to become senior consultants, area managers or area sales representatives.

Work Environment

Full-time retail beauty consultants generally work between 37 and 40 hours a week. You are also expected to do some weekend and evening work as a part of your job routine. You may find work opportunities for part-time and flexible hours. If employed in a store, you work in large stores which are busy, noisy and full of lights.

The work involves a lot of physical movement and you are on your feet almost all the time. In this job you usually wear a company uniform, such as a suit or a white coat. You would also use and wear the cosmetics you are selling and promoting.

Remuneration Scheme

As per nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk, the salary of a beauty consultant can be from around £12,000 to £13,000 a year. Experienced consultants can earn £19,000 or more. There are various commissions available as well when you sell products and meet your targets.

Career Tips

In order to carve a niche in your profession, you may consider mastering the following:

  • Study beauty
  • Keep abreast of the latest makeup, skincare and hair trends
  • Research training programs and courses in depth
  • Maintain high standards of personal hygiene and always look your best

If you are committed in providing your customers a quality service, possess an expert knowledge and can help your clients make the best of their appearance, this can be a right career decision of your life.

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