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The Best Cosmetics Companies to Work for

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If you're passionate about beauty, you can put your passion and knowledge to good use working for a cosmetics company. Popular lists itemizing the best places to work currently don't list many cosmetics companies, but this doesn't mean there aren't stellar opportunities at beauty-oriented businesses. Instead, you'll need to consider your own priorities and select a company that reflects your long-term goals and values.

Procter and Gamble

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Ranked as one of the Fortune Top 10 Most Admired Companies and listed 34th on GlassDoor's list of best places to work, Procter and Gamble is home to cosmetic brands such as Cover Girl. The company offers jobs ranging from administrative work to positions in research and development, as well as numerous management opportunities. It's also well-regarded for its exemplary training, generous benefits packages and competitive compensation.

Sephora

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Known as the home to endless aisles of designer beauty products, Sephora also offers one of the best available working environments for hourly employees. Employees average $12.15 an hour, and have opportunities for bonuses in addition to a hefty store discount. If you've moved beyond the days of retail sales, you may be able to land a job working in Sephora's corporate offices in marketing, management or myriad other roles.

Birchbox

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If you love the idea of being on the cutting edge of fashion and would like to put your talents to work at a startup, Birchbox could be for you. Known for its brightly colored packages full of cosmetics, Birchbox offers employees a fun and welcoming working environment that includes a pair of pink tennis shoes at your first anniversary with the company. Employees report that the working environment is laid back and casual.

Self-Employment

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If you'd prefer to set your own hours, you might opt for direct sales in the cosmetics industry. Companies such as Mary Kay, Avon and Arbonne allow you to purchase products and then sell them to consumers at a mark-up. There's no guarantee that you'll make a good income, but if you have a knack for sales and a large social network, you could pick up some extra cash -- and maybe even earn a living.

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