Not-So-Common Jobs for Beauty Professionals

The beauty industry is a field with room to grow. Skincare specialist jobs alone are projected to grow at a much faster than average rate of 11 percent between 2018 and 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re ready to start your career in esthetics, take a look at some of the top (but lesser-known) jobs to explore in this field.

Beauty Influencer

While you don’t need a degree or certification to make a living as a beauty influencer, it helps. Influencers are the friendly faces you see on YouTube, Instagram, and other social media sites. These online professionals work for companies or have paid sponsorships to advertise products (via videos, photos, or blog posts) in ways that are useful to a specific population.

How can a degree in esthetics help you to work as an influencer? A professional background in the beauty world in can help you in this niche to:

  • Demonstrate expertise. Anyone can film a makeup application or other beauty tutorial. But as a professional esthetician or makeup artist, you have the training to back up your content. This can help to build a sense of trust between you and your audience.
  • Provide current content. A licensed or certified beauty professional has knowledge of the current trends and techniques. You can use this to your advantage when creating tutorial-style content.
  • Network in the field. How can you break into the beauty influencer world? As a professional esthetician or makeup artists, you’ll have connections (from school, work, or professional associations) to leverage.

Even though a degree in a beauty-related field can add to your resume and boost your career potential as an influencer, you’ll also need other skills. Influencers are also social media savvy, effective communicators, and expert marketers. Some of these are natural abilities you may already have, while others are skills you can learn on the job.

Movie Industry Make-Up Professional

Your favorite star doesn’t wake up looking like they stepped out of the pages of a magazine. It takes an entire team of beauty pros to get most performers camera-ready. As a movie industry makeup artist, your job may require you to:

  • Create makeup designs. As a key artist, you’ll create overall designs for actors/actresses that match the look, feel, and time of the film. This senior-level position may not apply makeup directly to the talent. Instead, they may work with other artists who enact the plan.
  • Apply makeup. In this role, you’ll apply makeup directly to the actors and actresses. You may also need to stay on set for mid-filming touch-ups.
  • Work as an assistant. This entry-level position works under a senior makeup artist. The artist or key artist will direct you on application techniques or may assign you organizational tasks (such as prepping the day’s makeup or cleaning brushes).

Movie industry makeup jobs are enjoyable and profitable, but they aren’t easy to come by. If you choose this career path, you may need to start as an intern or work on lower budget films first.

Are you ready to start a beauty career? Contact the New Age Spa Institute for more information.

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