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Tips for Entry

Experience this career firsthand by scheduling an appointment and having a facial or other service provided by a cosmetician.

Gain experience by volunteering to do make-up for school or community theater productions. Take art courses to help you develop your sense of color.

Read trade publications that are popular with cosmeticians to stay current with trends in the field. Trade publications will give you an idea of what current technical, legal, and fashion issues cosmeticians face. Local salons may make copies available for you to read if you ask.

Arrange an information interview with a cosmetician who works at a spa or salon near you.

Get a part-time position at a salon or spa on weekends or after school, answering phones or scheduling appointments. This is an excellent way of getting acquainted with people working in the field and what they do.