How to Become a Cosmetics Representative


Cosmetics Representative

Working as a representative for a cosmetics company can lead to job security, desirable compensation and benefits, and a full and interesting career in beauty. A career in cosmetic sales means that you are directly responsible for ensuring that consumers and wholesalers know all of the benefits of the product, how to use the product, and why it is the perfect product for its intended use. If this type of job sounds interesting to you, read on.

Determine Which Companies You Want to Work For

Whether you want to work for MAC, Benefit, or Dior, it’s helpful to look at the qualifications for their sales positions. Because they explicitly spell out what education and experience is required for the job, this will give you an idea of how to continue on your career path. You’ll also need to determine if you’re more interested in working the cosmetics counter or direct to distributor.

Pursue Education in the Area that Your Top Companies Are Looking for

Now that you know what the company or companies are looking for in the ideal candidate, you can look into schools, which will most successfully help you reach your career goals. While some companies might require an undergraduate degree, most are looking for candidates with direct beauty experience. Learning about makeup application techniques, cosmetology, or esthetics gives you a leg-up because you know exactly how to work with the product, and are aware of the competitive landscape. Since you know the benefits and drawbacks of a variety of products, you will be more equipped to position the products of the company that you will be working for.

Build Your Cosmetics Sales Resume by Getting Some Experience

While you’re in school, this can be a great time to use some excellent on-the-job work opportunities to gain experience and build your network of contacts. Try looking for an internship with either your desired employer or a similar customer segment. You can also look for retail positions, like sales associate or counter representative, to build your level of experience.

Take Advantage of Training & Certifications Offered by Employers explains that, “Some cosmetics companies provide on-the-job training for newly hired representatives, which may include formal education about the production, use, and distribution of the products. Other training may include accompanying an experienced representative on sales calls.” Likewise, if you’re able to build onto that education by adding job-specific certification you will position yourself as an ideal candidate for your desired job.

Once You’re Established with a Proven Sales-Track Record, Go After Your Dream Job

Now that you’ve built up your resume with related experience and education, and proven that you can work with customers to sell an excellent product, it’s time to advance your career and apply for that job in cosmetic sales. Reach out to all of the companies that you’re interested in working for, and enjoy your career — you’ve earned it!

Want to Learn More About Makeup?

If you want to enhance your skills to land that dream cosmetics representative job, consider enrolling in make-up school. We at Evergreen Beauty College offer a make-up artistry course perfect for those looking to break into this exciting world.

Learn more about our make-up artistry course, and either schedule a tour or apply online to upgrade your skills and reach your full potential!

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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2 years ago

Nice to see that post!

Last edited 2 years ago by FredPeterson