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The beauty industry is showing no signs of slowing down here in Australia, as The Australian Financial Review reports that the $6.5 billion industry puts us among the top five beauty markets in the world. This means that if you are passionate about cosmetic products or have a knack for creating them, now is the best time to dive in.

But of course, this is easier said than done. So if you’re looking to begin a cosmetic line from the comfort of your home, we’ve rounded up our top tips for building a fabulous beauty business from the ground up.

Step 1: Find Your Niche

With the array of beauty products available today, it’s essential for budding entrepreneurs to have an assortment that will help your cosmetic line rise above the sea of competition. One great way to achieve this is to find a specialty or niche strength for your products. Ask yourself: How can I separate my products from those already out there, while still keeping them marketable?

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This means keeping a balance between what customers want, and what you think they would want in the future. And if you’d like your beauty brand to stick around, abiding by Australians beauty principles can definitely help. Elle points out that Aussies love multi-use products with natural ingredients, which is why incorporating them into your line can do a world of good. From here, you can experiment with uses, colors, styles, benefits, and even textures.

Step 2: Make Your Business Official

For your cosmetic line to smoothly operate, it’s important to iron out all the legal and financial aspects of your business. Although a home-based venture can be extremely flexible, there are still formalities that come with owning one, which can also help you establish a solid foundation for future growth. Here are the crucial components you need to know:

  • You must create a detailed business plan, as it will help you establish a clear description of your brand’s mission and vision.
  • You should have the right permits, licences, and registrations to ensure validity with the Australian government.
  • You need to adhere to the regulations of the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) for cosmetics and therapeutic goods for the safety of both your customers and the environment.
  • You have to assess your finances, since this will help secure the resources needed to cover the production expenses and successfully turn a profit.

Step 3: Gather Good Suppliers

Often overshadowed by customer relations, establishing a partnership with equally good suppliers is just as important. Suppliers help build the foundation of your business, as they determine much of what your products will be like, and how much they will cost.

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Moreover, we shouldn’t forget the importance of responsible sourcing for ingredients and packaging supplies, as in today’s global market, sustainability is an indispensable consideration. In this regard, Pretty Me’s guide to sustainable and ethical beauty product lines explores the differences between labels like “clean beauty,” “vegan,” and “cruelty-free” — all descriptions that you need to be aware of when making your own product. That’s because proper labelling can go a long way in your NICNAS approval process, as well as in marketing your products to conscious consumers.

Step 4: Know Your Brand

For home-based cosmetic lines, branding is highly important since this will be your business’ introduction to the industry and its consumers. From your brand name down to the product packaging, every element of your product will be analysed. This is why getting feedback from industry experts or even friends whose beauty knowledge you trust can help you find your footing.


For beauty branding, it basically comes down to this: Who am I selling my product to? Once you know have a distinct idea of your audience, the creative juices for your marketing plan will easily flow.

Step 5: Sell Your Products Online

With the internet being a playground for new brands, choosing where to sell your product must be carefully thought out.

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As previously pointed out in our Top 10 Creative Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Mums, Etsy is an awesome site for you to set up shop. Since it’s an online marketplace that caters to artisanal and handmade products, your cosmetic line will feel right at home. Just remember that selling well online is a huge stepping stone for venturing out to a dedicated website and even physical locations in the future.

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