7 of the Best Jobs in the Beauty Industry

Some of the best jobs in the beauty industry are careers that most of us never think about. For example, have you considered how your favorite moisturizer came to smell so good? What about the person who arranged the lipstick lineup in your favorite magazine spread?

Since the industry has so much scope, one career in beauty can be quite unlike another. That’s good news for anyone who wants to head deep into the world of glitter eyeshadow and brow shaping. With much research and a little luck, you’ll be able to find the beauty career that speaks to both your interests and your qualifications. Discover some of the hottest jobs in the industry now.

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Makeup Artist

This job is probably one of the first that comes to mind when you think about the beauty industry. It’s also one of the highest-paying opportunities. Makeup artists who specialize in theatrical performance have the highest salaries, earning an average of $60,900. Of course, it’s also one of the most demanding beauty careers available.

In addition to having a knack for creating different looks, you must be able to relate well to clients and have a firm grasp of what each client wants — whether it’s a subtle, subdued look or Bowie-level glam.

Product Brander

If your skill set involves having a way with words, you may have what it takes to dream up snappy names for new shades of lipstick and hair styling products. Product branders typically work in the realm of marketing as creative directors or marketing experts. They also have a knack for thinking outside the box, narrowing in on a name that will make a certain product stand out among its competitors.

Cosmetic Product Stylist

If you can make anything look good for the camera, consider becoming a product stylist. Cosmetic product stylists help create images for advertisements and editorial spreads, arranging smears of lipstick and bottles of perfume in a visually striking manner. Although the job sounds simple, creating the best photo environment for the latest volumizing mascara can be different from making a wrinkle cream look appealing. In addition to a good eye, this job requires much imagination.

Amway Direct Sales Representative 

Anyone with a knack for sales and an eye for quality products can make a living as an Amway direct sales representative. Amway is a great source for retailers setting up their first shop since the company offers comprehensive training.

Thanks to Amway’s superior beauty and health products, you can easily build a broad client base. Simply visit the company’s website and choose from a wide range of perfumes, skin care products, and makeup options with which to stock your shop. Becoming an Amway representative comes with perks such as the flexibility of running your own business and excellent support from a trusted brand.

Sensory Scientist

The sensory scientists of the beauty world help make products enjoyable. The next time you moisturize, you can thank a sensory scientist for the silky smooth way the product goes on your skin. By touching, smelling, viewing, and tasting products, sensory scientists ensure the best possible user experience. To succeed in this career, you need to be a professional hedonist — someone who can help the rest of us live the good life.

Beauty Blogger or Vlogger

Reviewing new products on your own YouTube channel or WordPress blog certainly sounds like the life. If you’re cut out to handle an industry that’s oversaturated and always changing, starting your own blog may be worth a try. If you put in the work it takes to stand apart from the crowd, you can build your own brand, following, and make a living in the content creation biz.

Nail Art Artist

If you can’t get enough of your own glittery, bejeweled fingernails, why not pass on your talents to other people’s fingers? It takes much patience to learn the details of the nail art landscape. But once you’ve mastered the art form and built a client base, you’ll have both a creative outlet and a solid source of income.

If you live and breathe beauty, the above job options may give you the personal and professional career fulfillment you crave.

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  • Austen

    I love the idea of a Sensory Scientist! Sounds so so cool.

    July 2, 2018 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Sybil

    I’ve met some amazing makeup artist. One lady held private makeup lessons as well as parties. I know just from the party I attended she made some cash for reals. 🙂

    July 3, 2018 at 12:02 am Reply
  • Stacie

    When I was younger I wanted to be a cosmetologist but was told that there was no money in it. I wish I had pressed my way because beauty makes big bucks!

    July 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm Reply
  • Mimi Green

    I have always been fascinated with the naming of products. I adore lipstick and nail polish names. I hate marketing though, I will settle for interviewing the person that does.

    July 3, 2018 at 11:30 pm Reply
  • Eva

    I used to be a nail artist in a former life! I really do miss it… Luckily, I have a daughter who is as into nails as I was, so I get to see her enjoy it. It is great money too!

    July 4, 2018 at 12:23 am Reply
  • Kita

    I think the photographers that get to shoot all the beauty of the beauty industry have a pretty sweet job too. It takes a great eye to capture the details. For me makeup artist are amazing. Like it’s truly art to see how they transform people.

    July 4, 2018 at 4:40 am Reply
  • Leslie

    Seems like every other cousin of mine either is a MUA or owns a beauty salon. This list would be beneficial to them in case they ever wanted to diversify their talents. Thanks for sharing!

    July 4, 2018 at 8:54 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    I love makeup!! If I could, I’d be a makeup artist because I like to create new looks. I also really love nail art. I like to watch DIY tutorials on YouTube and do my own nail art. It’s a lot of fun and therapeutic for me.

    July 4, 2018 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Terri

    I’ve always dreamed about being a makeup artist. I mean that is a legit art. I love the idea of mixing and blending colors.

    July 6, 2018 at 12:33 pm Reply
  • Holly

    Great list. I have never full been into make up but I think it is very cool. So many bloggers and vloggers are coming out doing makeup. It is cool to see so many succeeding.

    July 7, 2018 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Kasi

    These sound like some great options for working in the beauty industry! I love creative jobs like that!

    July 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm Reply
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