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Beauty Consultant Profile

 
Introduction


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Beauty Consultant. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Beauty Consultant
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Beauty Consultant Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Beauty consultants help their customers to choose the right beauty products for their lifestyle, to make the most of their personal appearance. Most beauty consultants work in department stores. Their job involves:

• spending time with customers, helping them to choose products
• understanding skin type, face shape and colouring, and knowing which products will be most effective and best suit their customer
• recommending products which will suit their customer's lifestyle and age
• keeping up to date with new ranges of products, fragrances and colour ranges
• giving customers a facial or make-up.

Beauty consultants work between 37 and 40 hours a week, and do some weekend and evening work. They work in retail environments, which are busy, clean and well lit. They usually work behind a small counter area and spend most of their time standing, serving and advising customers.

A beauty consultant should:

• have a smart appearance and be well groomed
• have excellent interpersonal skills
• be good at selling.

There are opportunities to work as a beauty consultant all over the UK. Apart from department stores, beauty consultants can also work in very large hotels, airports, on cruise ships, or in an overseas branch of the cosmetic company. They do not need formal qualifications as personal qualities are more important than exam passes. Employers look for good literacy and numeracy skills. Previous experience in retail, sales, or customer service can be an advantage. There are some qualifications, which may be helpful - part or full-time college courses, vocational courses, on-the-job training and distance learning. Customer service and people skills are important in this job, so maturity can be an asset. Beauty consultants combine on-the-job training, from senior members of the sales team, with training courses.

There are opportunities to progress to management where they will be given further training. They may find themselves working in a larger store or busier environment to develop their skills, knowledge and experience.

What does the role encounter?

Beauty consultants help their customers to choose the right beauty products for their lifestyle, to make the most of their personal appearance. This is a multi-million pound industry that is growing constantly to meet consumer demand. Most beauty consultants work in department stores, but are employed directly by a cosmetic company and sell only that company's products. There is a wide range of products, such as make-up, fragrances, and skincare from moisturisers to self-tanning creams.

A beauty consultant may work alone on their counter, or as part of a small team. Department store beauty halls have several counters, each for a different cosmetic company. Their job involves:

• spending time with customers, helping them to choose products
• understanding skin type, face shape and colouring, and knowing which products will be most effective and best suit their customer
• recommending products which will suit their customer's lifestyle and age
• keeping up to date with new ranges of products, fragrances and colour ranges
• giving customers a facial or make-up.

They will also be responsible for:

• keeping the counter clean and tidy
• displaying cosmetics on the counter and restocking when necessary
• monitoring stock levels and reordering when necessary
• keeping sales records and identifying sales targets and incentives
• keeping customer records to create a more personalised service
• wrapping purchases and taking cash, cheques or credit cards as payment.

They may also take an active part in the activities of the store they are based in, for example, promoting loyalty cards.

What type of hours will I have to work?

Beauty consultants work between 37 and 40 hours a week, and do some weekend and evening work. There is the opportunity for part-time work and flexible hours. Extra staff may be recruited to help cover busy sales periods, such as the run up to Christmas.

They work in retail environments, which are busy, clean and well lit. They usually work behind a small counter area and spend most of their time standing, serving and advising customers. There is some lifting and bending, and they may have to carry stock from the storeroom.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:

• Beauty consultants could start on around £8,500 a year.
• Experienced consultants can earn £13,000.
• Area managers can earn £30,000.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:

• have a smart appearance and be well groomed
• have excellent interpersonal skills
• be confident
• be good at selling
• be helpful, friendly and polite
• be a good listener, to find out what customers really want
• be able to describe and demonstrate products
• have some artistic ability
• have good standards of literacy and numeracy
• have some familiarity with computers.

What type of training will I receive?

Beauty consultants combine on-the-job training, from senior members of the sales team, with training courses.

Within a few weeks of starting work, their employer will probably provide a one or two-week induction course at a company training centre. It could be a residential course. They will cover topics like:

• company history and culture
• product familiarity
• sales techniques
• customer service
• stock recording and ordering
• skincare and make-up techniques.

New beauty products are being introduced all the time, and fashions in make-up change rapidly, so they must constantly update their knowledge and skills. It is their company's responsibility to provide regular short courses on new products and techniques.

Companies recruiting self-employed beauty consultants give their consultants sales incentives, targets and provide training.

Career Progression:

There are opportunities to progress to management where they will be given further training. They may find themselves working in a larger store or busier environment to develop their skills, knowledge and experience.

Are there similar types of job or related industries?

Yes, this list is not exhaustive but see the following categories:

Beauty Therapist
Hairdresser
Image Consultant
Make-Up Artist
Sales Assistant
Sales Representative
Store Demonstrator
Store Manager.

Where can I find further information?

Avon Cosmetics Ltd, Nunn Mills Road, Northampton NN1 5PA. 01604 232425. Website: www.avon.uk.com
The Body Shop, Building 4, Hawthorn Road, Wick, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN12 7LR. 08459 050607. Website: www.uk.thebodyshop.com

International Centre of Distance Learning. Website: www-icdl.open.ac.uk

Skillsmart Retail Limited, 2nd Floor, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London SW1H 9BP. Retail Career Line 0800 093 5001. Website: www.skillsmart.com

The Virgin Cosmetics Company, Virgin Vie, City Fields, Tangmere, West Sussex PO20 2FP. 0845 300 8022. Website: www.virgincosmetics.com

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), Unit 11, Brickfield Trading Estate, Brickfield Lane, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire SO53 4DR. 02380 271733. Website: www.vtct.org.uk

Other Useful Beauty Consultant Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Beauty Consultant job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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