When you love makeup and fashion, but you really want to work-from-home, what do you do? Go for one of these beauty careers that will give you the freedom to work-at-home!
I get it. It seems like all the work-from-home jobs are in the fields of data entry, customer service, and writing. But what about those of us who love color, fashion, art, and beauty? What can we do from home?
Beauty Careers You Can Do from Home
Fear not, beauty lovers! We found eight beauty careers that you can do right from home. Read through them and find one that matches your passion and personality.
The best thing about these careers is that they match your love for makeup and let you make money from it! Let's face it, makeup can be expensive. So if you can stay home and make money from it, isn't that a dream job?
The one thing that isn't on this list that probably should be is earning by shopping through online rebate apps. If you don't already have Swagbucks, Ibotta, or Rakuten, then you are missing out on free money!
In fact, a big part of almost all of the following jobs is buying makeup. If you're going to be shopping, you should have a rebate app installed on your phone and use it religiously.
1. Online Beauty Advisor Jobs
The first type of job you can do from home is an online beauty advisor. They are also called makeup consultants. Yes, this is a legit job – but it's self-employment.
You won't be working for a company. You'll be setting up your own business and giving people advice. An online beauty advisor or consultant works directly with people to answer their questions and provide beauty product advice.
The best way to set up your business is to begin working with a few close friends. Create a private Facebook group just for your business where they can ask you questions. and get feedback. Then, after they experience all the help you give them, ask them to tell their friends.
How Much Should You Charge as a Beauty Advisor?
The goal is to begin charging people to utilize your services as a beauty advisor. There are a few ways that you can go about doing this. How much you charge depends on your experience, expertise, and your offerings.
As an online beauty expert, there are two ways you can earn money. The first option is to use a subscription business model. Provide monthly info, tutorials, and advice to subscribers for a reoccurring monthly fee.
The other route is to charge consumers per project. For example, if someone just needs some beauty advice before their wedding or a huge interview, they can pay for this one-time help.
2. Beauty Writer
The next type of beauty career you can do from home is that of the beauty writer. Believe me, it's obvious when someone who doesn't know anything about makeup and beauty tries to write about it. If you love to write and know all about beauty products, this could be the perfect job for you.
You can be as busy as you want and make as much money as you want. This is a very open career field with a lot of opportunities.
Who can you write for? Ghostwrite for beauty bloggers, lifestyle websites, or get a byline as a freelance writer for magazines like Allure. If you're excellent at persuasive writing, you would work as a beauty copywriter — writing descriptions for beauty products in catalogs and online. Just look for freelance submission guidelines and follow the instructions.
How Much Can You Earn as a Writer?
The amount you can make depends on the size of the publication, your experience, and the type of writing you're doing. Print magazines such as Cosmopolitan will pay more than independent beauty bloggers. Most places will pay you per word, with an average rate of $0.05-$0.15 per word.
3. Sell Makeup from Home
This next career is pretty obvious, but it has to be said. There are a ton of companies for which you can sell products. In fact, we went into detail about the best makeup direct-sales companies here. They are growing in popularity and easier than ever to market with Instagram and social media.
When you sell the makeup, you can make money when people ask you, “I love that color of lip gloss, what brand is it?” It's pretty fantastic!
Here are some of the most popular direct sales beauty companies:
How Much Can You Earn as a Direct Sales Consultant?
This is more difficult to figure out since each company has its own pay structure. Some pay more when you gather other consultants on your team. When you are looking at which makeup to sell, ask about their income structure. How much commission can you earn? Choose the one that fits you best.
4. Beauty Vlogger or Influencer
This category is surging in popularity! And if you sell products from home, you might as well try to grow your tribe online and earn money from advertisements at the same time.
Being a beauty influencer or vlogger is pretty simple, especially if you already love chatting about makeup. You just need a simple lighting setup. You can use your phone to record videos, and you don't even need a lot of video editing experience – there are apps for that.
How to Earn Money as an Influencer
After you meet the minimum threshold to join the YouTube Partner Program, you can begin to run ads on your videos. These ads will pay a certain amount per thousand views. This amount changes, but on average, YouTube pays $0.18 for every thousand people that watch at least 30 seconds of an ad.
That's hard to do, so these vloggers also try to get sponsors beyond just relying on ad revenue. Brands such as Revlon can purchase a sponsored video. Depending on how many subscribers you have, the cost for these videos can potentially be pretty high.
If you're struggling to make money on Instagram, be sure to check out this free webinar from BossBabe, 4 Reasons You're Not Making Money on Instagram + How to Fix It.
5. Product Tester from Home
We hesitated to put this down as a career. You won't get rich off it. But you can definitely supplement your income. This is more of a side-hustle than a career.
Some companies will send you products to test before they are released to the public. You can earn a small amount; some even pay in gift cards. Browse this list of product testing companies and find one – or a few – to try out.
Can You Earn Money Testing Products?
This is the least likely way to earn actual cash. However, you will receive full-sized products. Instead of buying the products, you'll get them for free. This isn't a great way to supplement your income, but it's fun!
6. Makeup Personal Shopper
A personal makeup shopper is another opportunity for you to run your own small business. You'll work directly with people to pick out and buy their beauty products for them. For some people, you'll shop independently. For others, you'll be at the store with them, helping them pick things out.
In fact, some beauty bloggers and influencers branch out from just being a beauty shopper to offering personal shopping and consulting services.
When you diversify like this, your income potential grows like crazy.
How Much Can You Earn as a Personal Shopper?
The payment model as a personal shopper can be as specific as you want it to be. Most personal shoppers will figure out their expenses (gas, time spent researching, and buying for their client) and then charge a monthly subscription fee. The cost of clothes is not normally included.
7. Beauty Brand Ambassador
Being a beauty brand ambassador is another way for a beauty influencer to earn an income. You work with brands to promote their products online. This might include invitations to events, photoshoots, and advertising products on your social media channels.
Describe how to connect with brands and become one.
How Much Can You Make as a Brand Ambassador?
One thing I want to point out is that a lot of marketing and PR agencies use this term in different ways. Some create programs they call “brand ambassadorships,” but they are unpaid, and the only way to earn money is through affiliate sales.
Others pay you to promote their products on your social media and by attending events.
The fees you earn are typically tied directly to how many social media followers you have.
8. Freelance Makeup Artist
Finally, if you enjoy working with people and makeup, you can become a freelance makeup artist. The best way to make a living this way is to become best friends with a successful photographer. Wedding and boudoir photographers are constantly asked for makeup artist suggestions.
If you know someone who is an event planner, ask if you can be the makeup artist that they call.
In this career, networking is essential. Chat with local hair and beauty salons. Put up a booth at bridal fairs. Ask if you can leave business cards at the local bridal boutique.
It might take some time to get your name out there, but once you start getting busy, you'll love this career!
How Much Can You Make as a Freelance Makeup Artist?
According to Glassdoor, the average income for freelance makeup artists is about $35,000 per year. In this field, most people charge per project, with a minimum deposit required upfront.
For example, if someone wants to hire you as the makeup artist for their wedding, you can charge $100 for the bride's makeup or $500 to do the entire wedding party's makeup.
At-Home Beauty Careers Anyone Can Do
All of these jobs are perfect for anyone who loves beauty and cosmetics. You don't need a college degree to get any of these remote beauty jobs. You just need a passion for makeup and the ability to network with others.