Do you have a love for hair, makeup, skincare and/or nails? Could you spend all day perusing the beauty aisle at your local drugstore? If so, you may be interested in a career in the beauty industry. From beauty blogger to esthetician, there are countless ways to earn a living helping others look their best.
Beauty editors work for magazines and other publications. They are responsible for overseeing beauty-related content, from articles to photographs. Most job openings are in larger cities, and competition for these coveted positions can be fierce. To increase your odds of landing a beauty editing job, work as an intern to gain relevant experience and find opportunities to network with professionals in the industry.
Many beauty bloggers and vloggers are raking in big bucks talking about beauty. Whether you want to start a website, YouTube channel or both, you need to create quality content and know how to promote yourself online. There is a lot of competition among beauty enthusiasts on social media platforms but you can stand out if you work hard and focus on building your personal brand.
Cosmetics Sales Representative
The days of going door-to-door selling Avon are long gone. Now cosmetics sales representatives can earn a living solely online if they have a large enough social network. There are several cosmetics and skin care companies that have associate programs for those interested in sales. In order to make a living as a beauty sales rep, you should have a passion for the brand and know your products inside and out.
Hairstylists cut, style, and color hair. They may also provide other services such as shampooing and hair treatments. About half of hairstylists are self-employed, while others work at salons, spas, and resorts. In order to work as a hairstylist, one must obtain a state license to practice cosmetology. Education at a state-licensed cosmetology program is required. The median annual wage for barbers, hairdressers and cosmetologists was $23,710 in 2015.*
Makeup artists work at cosmetics counters, theaters, movie or television studios, cosmetics companies and independently. Independent makeup artists may focus on makeup for events and photography, or theater makeup. Many aspiring makeup artists attend cosmetology school and some states may require licensing. Income for makeup artists varies greatly depending on location, employer and experience. According to PayScale.com, the national average salary for makeup artists is $36,000. Visit MakeupArtistEdu.org for more information.
Manicurist and pedicurist clean, shape and paint nails. They usually work in salons or spas, and many are self-employed. Manicurists and pedicurists must complete a cosmetology program and obtain a state license. The median annual wage for manicurists and pedicurists was $20,820 in 2015.
Skin Care Specialist
Skin care specialists, also called estheticians, perform skin treatments such as hair removal and facials. They may also advise clients on which skincare products to use and help sell products to customers. Most skin care specialists work in salons and spas, and about one third are self-employed. Completion of a cosmetology or esthetician program is required, in addition to a state licensing. Skin care specialists earned a median annual wage of $30,090 per year in 2015.
*Wage data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics