5 Types of Beauty Careers

5 Types of Beauty Careers

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The beauty industry is constantly changing. With new techniques and products being developed all the time, it’s no wonder that the sky’s the limit for what a licensed cosmetologist can pursue.

If you are considering a beauty career, or you’ve considered a career in beauty before, read below to find out what the future could bring with a cosmetology license.


In beauty school, you can learn many different fundamental skills in hair care, cutting, styling, coloring, and perms. After you get your license, as a hairstylist you can focus on the hairstyling aspect of beauty. Hairstylists take on the challenge of the constantly changing world of hair, keeping up with trends and techniques to give their clients the latest styles and classic cuts that are in demand. In just one day a hairstylist might create vintage curls, perform a few blow outs, then switch to a beautiful updo for a special event. The creative possibilities are endless.

Related: Hair Career: How to Become a Barber or Cosmetologist 

Makeup Artist

Many cosmetology students learn skin and nail care, as well as makeup application. Rather than focus on hair or skin care, makeup artists take some of the basics they learned in beauty school and focus specifically on makeup application and technique. Makeup artists can work in beauty salons or freelance, too. They sometimes specialize in stage makeup, airbrush makeup, special FX makeup, modeling photo shoots, and makeup for special events like weddings and prom.

Related:  Virtual Makeup Workshops at IBW 

Hair Colorist

The search for a good hair color will never go out of style. They might be sought after for an emergency color correction but cosmetologists who find themselves in this niche focus on getting a beautiful new hair color right the first time. Colorists refine their use of hair color formulas, application techniques, and color toning to help get the perfect hue for their clients. In some cases, colorists even set the hair color trends you see on Instagram.

Stylist to the Stars

Licensed cosmetologists who end up as personal stylists or work on movie sets have built a reputation over time. Working in popular beauty salons and even building their brand online can help them get a foot in the door by showcasing new hair and makeup looks they create. The highly competitive, fast-paced world of Hollywood can be rewarding if you love a challenge and want to help a movie star shine bright.

Salon Owner

If you dream of owning your own business one day, you are not alone. Many students who start beauty school have this as their end goal. Salon owners have a passion for beauty and a head for business. At the end of the day, they are able to set their own hours, prices, services offered, and even help budding beauty professionals achieve their own beauty career dreams.

How Do You Choose?

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