Here Are 7 Small Beauty Business Ideas for Every Gen Z Girlie

Do what you love, and get that check cleared.

When starting to look for ways to make money, seek something related to your passions. That way, it won’t feel like work. Now, if you’re a beauty girlie – this one’s for you.

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Whether you’re still stuck in school or a Gen Z looking for that side hustle, it gets frustrating to make money. At some point, we’ve all consulted Google for ‘ways to make money as a teenager.’ I mean, who doesn’t want to secure the bag early in life? But if you find yourself still searching for that bold business idea, you may want to look no further than your passions. And if you’re about all things beauty – well, this one’s for you.

For starters, remember that success in the beauty industry is built on a foundation of customer satisfaction and a strong sense of personal style. Transform your love for makeup artistry, intricate nails, or homemade skincare into a rewarding and profitable business by staying up-to-date with the latest trends, dedicating plenty of practice, and infusing your personal touch into everything you do. Now, imagine looking pretty while making money? These small startup ideas give you a glimpse into the ever-changing entrepreneurial side of beauty.

Hair Styling and Makeup Artistry

I would wager that every family and friend group has a designated beauty guru. If you’re the go-to girlie for your sibling’s graduation look or the trusted makeup artist for your friends’ dinner dates, transform your skills into a thriving business. With weddings, special school occasions, and themed parties in every corner, build that strong social media presence and become that makeup artist in your area.

A Home-Based Nail Studio

Nails have evolved beyond being just a part of personal grooming; now, we want them painted and pretty. From classic colors to the craziest charms, the possibilities are endless with these tiny canvases. Imagine your claws making a statement without saying a word? It’s no wonder why the nail business is booming.

Whether you’re into acrylics, gel extensions, or press on nails, the low overhead is a major win. The materials doesn’t cost much moolah and you don’t need that salon setup right way. Just remember: launching a nail business from home or online still requires thorough market research, a well-thought-out plan, and top-notch customer service.

Lash Lift and Lash Extensions

In the beauty and self-care scene, the spotlight currently shines on natural looks and low-maintenance routines. That said, tinting, lash lifts, and lash extensions are now claiming their moment in the limelight.

Now note that, while starting your own lash studio is a promising idea, you will need savings stashed away for this. Touching someone’s face is risky enough, not to mention holding something so close to their eyes. Even though you’re starting with an at-home studio, you’ll need certification, FDA-approved materials, and plenty of practice. What makes it worthwhile are the profits, the people you’ll meet, and the grindset experience you’ll gain along the way.

Beauty Content Creation

Whoever said content creation is ‘not a real profession‘? With the continuous rise of social media, money revolves around platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook, and the potential for income is substantial. Instead of playing pretend with a makeup tutorial at 3AM, turn that into reality by consistently posting beauty-related content. After countless hours of scrolling through TikTok, you’re well aware that there’s user-generated content, GRWM vlogs, and product reviews. In addition to receiving PR packages, you can actually make money with beauty brands through sponsored content and collaborations.

Homemade Soap and Bath Bombs

Handmade soap and bath bombs allow you to indulge your creative side while offering clients all-natural, skin-loving products. With the rise in awareness about the benefits of all-natural skincare, your handmade products are well-positioned to meet the demands of discerning customers. Your creations can provide an avenue for individuals to unwind, de-stress, and pamper themselves. Whether you’re making moisturizing lavender-infused bars or exfoliating coffee-scented scrubs, these artisanal creations not only cleanse but also nourish. The best part about this small startup? The capital and costs won’t break the bank.

Perfume Blending

Creating personalized fragrances is an art form. Offering a perfume blending service, where clients craft their signature scents is always a good idea. You can also sell on-hand perfumes with your own oils, who knows?

From recalling cherished memories to boosting our confidence, there’s an immense influence scents have on our lives. A carefully curated fragrance has the power to transform a person’s mood, leaving them feeling their absolute best. This is where your big business idea takes center stage.

Trinkets and Accessories 

Beauty isn’t just about makeup and skincare; it’s also about personal style. Start a business that sells handcrafted trinkets and accessories. Beaded bracelets, earrings, necklaces – your creativity can shine through each piece, drawing in individuals who have a passion for style instead.

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