Cosmetics Sales Representatives

Cosmetics Saleswoman Helps Customer

Cosmetics sales representatives, also known as makeup sales representatives and beauty advisers, demonstrate and sell beauty-care products. Representatives work from their homes as independent contractors, or they may work in retail establishments where they are employees of the store as well as employees of a cosmetics company.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Beauty Advisers, Makeup Sales Representatives
Duties Understand brand lines including active ingredients and desired outcomes; promote and sell makeup, hair, and skin care products; provide follow-up service and customer support; keep budget and inventory records
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, particularly in urban areas with department store malls
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Speech
Experience Previous retail sales experience preferred
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Regional Account Executive or Trainer
  • Account Manager
  • Counter Manager
  • Cosmetics Sales Representative
  • Retail Clerk