What Jobs and Careers Are in the Beauty Field?


You can apply your passion for beauty to a variety of career fields. Work hands-on as a makeup artist or esthetician, or advise others as a magazine contributor or image consultant. Whether skin care, makeup or fashion intrigues you most, choose a job related to your specific passion in the beauty industry.


  • If your beauty obsession centers on skin care and makeup, consider becoming an esthetician. In addition to applying makeup, you clean your clients' skin and provide facials, massages and full-body treatments. Some estheticians even provide laser hair-removal treatments. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cosmetologists earned a mean annual salary of $27,070 in 2009. The BLS anticipates continued growth in the number of available spa and nail salons positions.

Makeup Artist

  • If makeup is your passion and you want others to see your work, consider a job as a makeup artist. Makeup artists apply makeup to performing artists like actors and dancers. The BLS noted makeup artists face strong competition because of the small size of the industry, even though growth projections are better than average. Entry-level workers might have fewer opportunities compared with experienced makeup artists. The mean annual wage was $31,450 in 2009.

Magazine Writer or Editor

  • If you're in the loop on beauty trends and enjoy writing, consider contributing to magazines as a writer or editor. Beauty industry writers report on the latest fashions, makeup techniques and hair styles. The BLS noted an increasing number of writers work as freelancers. Writers for publications including periodicals, newspapers, books and directories made a mean annual $53,050 wage in 2009. The mean annual wage for editors in the same field was $58,580 in 2009.

Image Consultant

  • If you love giving head-to-toe makeovers, perhaps you should become an image consultant. An image consultant makes style and clothing suggestions for clients, working to bring out their best features, according to a 2005 BLS Occupational Outlook Quarterly career article. The article featured Image Consultant Lori Johnson. Johnson said her job includes examining people's wardrobes and advising them on which items to keep. Clients travel with her to shop for new clothing.

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