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How to become a cosmetic representative

Updated April 17, 2017

Cosmetic representatives work for manufacturers, wholesalers or technical companies. They may represent one company or a variety of cosmetic companies. In addition to selling, cosmetic representatives have to be aware of new products and changing tastes of customers. They will have to attend conferences and conventions where they will meet with other representatives. Sometimes, cosmetic representatives will host parties from their home where they will discuss the new products with clients. No formal training or education is required, although a degree and experience is desirable for the position.

Earn your education. In order to be a cosmetic representative, you should have a high school diploma or equivalent. You can also earn a cosmetology degree from a post-secondary school, technical college or beauty school.

Receive additional training. Sales experience is required in order to be a cosmetic representative. Your school may be able to offer you an internship with a cosmetic company. Also, seek to work for MAC or Estee Lauder.

Become an independent cosmetic representative. With companies such as Avon or Mary Kay, you can set your own hours. You will also be able to host cosmetic parties from your home. To become an independent cosmetic representative, sign up at the Avon or Mary Kay website.

Get on-the-job training. Cosmetic companies will offer training programs. You will learn about the company's policies and regulations, customer service and security. Depending on the cosmetics you sell, some employers may provide specialised training.

Brush up on your skills. Knowledge of computer software applications, presentation skills and communication skills are sought after by employers. Attend sales seminars in marketing, communication and sales techniques in order to earn these skills.

Receive certification. You can earn the Certified Professional Manufacturers' Representative (CPMR) or the Certified Sales Professional (CSP) certification, which are both by the Manufacturers' Representatives Education Research Foundation. Certification involves training and passing an examination. This will give you a competitive edge as a cosmetic representative.

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Based in Massachusetts, Chanel Adams has been writing since 2009. Her work has been published by the "Lowell Sun," MadeMan.com, Coed Media and other print and online publications. She has knowledge in fashion, careers, health, education, computers and electronics. Adams has an Associate of Science in administrative medical assisting from San Joaquin Valley College.