4 Tips to Help You Get Started in the Beauty Industry

For as long as you can remember, you have loved everything to do with beauty. As a little girl, you pored over magazines, looking at the makeup on the models. Now as a mom, you like to read about and try many of the latest beauty trends.
In addition to being interested in beauty products and trends, you would love nothing more than to get into the industry and get paid to follow your passion. In order to achieve your goal and get into your new career, check out the following suggestions:
Focus on current trends
One of the best ways to break into the beauty industry is to get trained on a current trend. For example, lash extensions are extremely popular right now, so there are ample opportunities to learn how to apply them and find a position as a lash extension professional. There is a huge variety of luxury lashes on the market, including mega volume, brightly colored extensions and those that come in different lengths for a more natural look. Order some of the lash extension styles to acquaint yourself with the way they look and feel, and then practice by applying them to yourself and friends.

Look for an internship and/or mentor

Internships can be an effective way to break into the makeup industry. Even if you spend a lot of your time as an intern assisting a makeup artist and cleaning makeup brushes, pay attention to everything that is going on around you and learn as much as you can by observing. To find beauty-related internships in your area, use a job website like Indeed; they have a section on their website that is devoted to this type of internship. If you happen to know someone who works in a salon and/or in another beauty-related field, you might ask them if you can shadow them while they're at work for a few days.

Check out online beauty schools

As a busy mom, it might be difficult for you to go to a brick-and-mortar school for beauty training and certification programs. Fortunately, there are a number of online training courses that you can take to learn specific techniques or get a more general education. For example, Sci Training offers a well-rounded course on the various aspects related to nail, skin and hair care as well as teaching you about the salon business and how to work with clients. This in-depth course will present you with a diploma when you are finished. If you are looking to be certified as a makeup artist, you can find flexible and remote-learning courses at Online Makeup Academy; the online curriculum is taught by New York City industry pros and you will learn the basics as well as advanced techniques.

Start part-time and work up from there

Once you are certified and have an internship or two under your belt, you might start clamoring to work full time at a salon. While this can certainly be your goal, consider part-time employment, which will get your foot in the door at a local salon and help you gain experience. As a busy mom, working part-time can still give you the flexibility you need to pick up your kids from school and take them where they need to go.

Focus on your goal and you’ll get there

As someone who has been interested in beauty for so long, it would be wonderful to get a job in the field you love. By learning about current trends as much as possible, seeking out a mentor and/or internship and working on your education, you will soon be ready to apply for beauty-related jobs and fulfill your dream.


  1. Quite the helpful start, didn't know where to begin

  2. They used to teach classes in high school, and you could get your license that way. I guess they don't do that anymore. Too bad. Thanks for posting!