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What does an
Cosmetician do?

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Other common names for this position: Beautician, Beauty Consultant, Beauty Care Specialist, Beauty Treatment Specialist, Dermal Therapist, Electrologist, Esthetician, Facial Treatment Specialist, Skin Care Consultant, Trichologist


Cosmeticians are professionals dedicated to providing skin care and beauty consultations. They need to possess a solid understanding of dermatology, as well as a good sense of esthetics in order to give advice and recommendations to their customers regarding what products they should or shouldn’t use.

Cosmeticians work by evaluating and analyzing their customer’s skin type, as well as identifying certain key characteristics and possible problems, such as dry or oily skin, sun sensitivity, acne, or any other skin conditions. Once the first analysis is done, the Cosmetician may proceed to use and apply a variety of products in order to restore and cleanse the skin of the customer. Cosmeticians also give advice on the type of makeup their customers should use depending on their skin type and how to properly apply it.

The most common work places for Cosmeticians are pharmacies, beauty salons, spas, and skin health centres. It is also common for skin care product and makeup manufacturers to set up stands in malls, department stores, and concurred avenues in order to showcase their goods with the help of a certified Cosmetician.

Primary Responsibilities

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Cosmetician are required to complete.

  • Analyzing customers’ skin types and other dermal attributes in order to determine the type of products and treatments necessary:
  • Using specialized tools (e.g. magnifying lenses and pH meters) to determine crucial characteristics regarding the customer’s skin; and
  • asking customers about pre-existing allergies or unusual reactions to certain products or compounds.
  • Cleaning and cleansing the customer’s skin:
  • Applying skin treatment procedures and cleaning skin pores using adhesive strips, facial masks, peelings, cleansing, deep pore cleaning, etc.;
  • using different lotions, treatments, and creams in order to restore the skin’s health;
  • telling the customer what they’re doing while doing it and explaining how different products may benefit or harm their skin; and
  • showing customers the proper use of skin care products.
  • Demonstrating the use of and selling various skin care products:
  • Explaining the properties and components of skin products and how they can benefit the customer;
  • promoting products, treatments, and services to customers; and
  • demonstrating the results of using specific skin treatments and products.
  • Administering dermatological treatments when possible:
  • Using lotions and creams to treat skin conditions such as dryness, excessive skin oil, or acne;
  • recommending customers to seek dermatological treatment in cases when conditions require a specialist (e.g. dermatitis, psoriasis, and melanomas); and
  • explaining how certain products may aggravate existing skin conditions, as well as recommending products designed for sensitive skins.
  • Demonstrating the proper use and applications of makeup, taking special consideration when dealing with sensitive skins.

Daily Tasks

  • Analyzing the customers’ skin types to determine treatments and products that may be necessary to improve their skin conditions.
  • Asking customers about pre-existing skin conditions and allergies.
  • Cleaning and cleansing the customer’s skin.
  • Showcasing different skin care products.
  • Demonstrating the use of different skin care products while explaining their properties and composition.
  • Applying skin treatment procedures (e.g. peelings, cleansing, and deep pore cleaning).
  • Demonstrating and explaining the use of makeup products.

The average Cosmetician salary in Canada is $24,325 per year or $12 per hour. This is around 0.7 times less than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $17,000 while most experienced workers make up to $34,000. These results are based on 27 salaries extracted from job descriptions.

Gross Salary24,325.17 $
CPP- 1,030.82 $
EI- 457.31 $
Federal Tax- 1,554.58 $
Provincial Tax- 911.41 $
Total Tax- 3,954.12 $
Net Pay*20,371.05 $
In Ontario, Canada, if you make 24,325.17 $ a year, you will be taxed 3,954.12 $. That means that your take home pay will be 20,371.05 $ per year, or 1,697.59 $ per month. Your average tax rate is 16.26% and your marginal tax rate is 30.52%.
* Deductions are calculated based on the tables of Ontario, Canada income tax.
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Possessing high levels of hand dexterity and knowledge about the use of skin care tools and products:
  • Knowing how to analyze, clean, and treat different types of skin; and
  • using different tools and products (e.g. adhesive strips, lotions, creams, and magnifying lenses) to treat skins.
  • Creativity and a strong artistic sense, always willing to try out new ideas.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills:
  • Communicating clearly in order to explain procedures, as well as being a good listener when receiving accurate and relevant information from customers regarding skin conditions;
  • having a friendly and engaging personality in order to create positive interactions with clients;
  • listening carefully and understanding customers’ questions and complaints in order to be able to resolve any issues promptly;
  • being persuasive enough to be able to convince potential clients of trying out or buying their products;
  • displaying strong customer service skills; and
  • being able to work cohesively with customers and other co-workers.
  • Being resourceful, energetic, driven, structured, and displaying a strong desire to take initiative.
  • Outstanding sales abilities and great confidence:
  • Being persuasive and convincing enough to make the sale;
  • being customer-focused;
  • being able to sell more than one product at once, individually or as a set; and
  • having a consultative and collaborative approach to sales.
  • Organizational and time management skills:
  • Having strong multitasking skills;
  • having time management and prioritization skills in order to satisfy the demand;
  • being highly responsible, reliable, and organized; and
  • having strong attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated and willing to work independently, as well as part of a team.

Cosmeticians are required to possess solid knowledge of dermatology and skin care treatments. Therefore, they are often required to have completed a specialized training course or program in Cosmetology at an accredited vocational school or college. During this time, aspirants will learn how to identify and treat different skin types, the effects and properties of different chemical compounds, and how to properly apply different products, either for skin care or makeup. Completion of these courses often includes supervised practices with a more experienced Cosmetician and they may last from 6 months to a full year.

Many skin care product and makeup manufacturers hire Cosmeticians in order to showcase and demonstrate the use of their brand of products. In this case, it is common for them to look for applicants that also possess the necessary sales abilities, in order to convince the customer to purchase their goods. Candidates with at least a year of experience in Sales, Retail, or Customer Service will have a great advantage. Moreover, just like professionals working in these fields, it is common for Cosmeticians to receive a commission for whatever product they may sell.

Job Offers
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