The National Academy of Beauty was established by Pragmatic Training Pvt Ltd., a private training organisation that has delivered Nationally Recognised Training in Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications to more than 22,000 students since 2003.
Led by Jessica Mendez, The Therapist Co is an innovative organisation shaking up the beauty industry and we’re ecstatic to have them onboard as an industry partner.
The Therapist Co is an advocate within the industry, providing a specialised recruitment service for over 70 clinics Australia wide. It has established itself in a niche within the industry, serving as an education piece for upcoming beauty therapists.
Beauty Industry Partner Jessica Mendez
Jessica provides National Academy of Beauty students an understanding of this evolving and exciting industry, encourages them to think laterally about how they will engage in industry as well as promotes values, soft skills and a positive attitude.
While it’s known that our students have the necessary skills to make them fantastic beauty therapists, Jessica helps them also consider their approach in a new workplace and how to find the right work environment fit for them. With everything from specialised boutiques to franchise clinics requiring beauty therapists, Jessica’s goal is for all graduates to find the workplace most suitable for them.
Jessica’s diverse background has enabled her to see gaps in the beauty industry therefore driving her to work with upcoming beauty therapists and clinics alike to help flourish. Working as a Registered Nurse at the Royal Women’s Hospital, a Business Development Manager within the health sector and a Cosmetic Nurse, she believes the industry is on the cusp of becoming bigger and better than ever.
Jessica sees National Academy of Beauty students emerging as future leaders in the industry. Through the The Therapist Co she aims to help them shape their career in a personalised manner that provides them with a work environment they love, enables greater job satisfaction and better work/life balance while achieving high-quality work and results for their clients.
The Therapist Co has already helped many National Academy of Beauty students work towards fulfilling their career aspirations and goals and we can’t wait to see them continue to do so!
At the National Academy of Beauty, we have an abundance of talented people on board with specialist makeup trainer and assessor, Kaitlyn Menere, being one of them.
Kaitlyn brings a wealth of knowledge into the classroom thanks to her extensive industry experience. What began as a passion for art and drawing led into the world of makeup where Kaitlyn worked in makeup artistry and management for Napoleon Perdis and joined the creative teams backstage for Mercedez Benz Fashion Week and Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Kaitlyn’s experience extends into retail, bridal, stage productions and editorial enabling her to share valuable industry knowledge and insight for our students.
Read below for Kaitlyn’s own career journey, trend tips and advice for budding makeup artists.
Makeup Trainer Kaitlyn Mnere
What has been your makeup artistry journey?
I was always into art and drawing, after completing a year at an Arts Academy, I started a Cert II during year 11 at High School and fell in love with makeup artistry. After completing year 12, I went on to do my Diploma of Specialist Make-up full time and landed a job at Napoleon Perdis. I worked for Napoleon Perdis for just shy of 4 years, and throughout my time I was promoted to manage two Flagship stores. During this time, I was also a part of the support Creative Team, which gave me great opportunities such as Mercedez Benz Fashion Week, Melbourne Fashion Festival and working with some of the top designers and clothing labels.
In 2015 I decided to venture out and open a one-stop beauty shop in Ringwood East with a friend, where we had a variety of beauty services before moving into my first training job. Shortly after I found my way to the National Academy of Beauty and since 2009 I have also run my own freelance business.
How would you describe your style of makeup? Who is it most suitable for?
I don’t think I have a specific style of makeup, there are makeup looks I enjoy doing more than others, it also depends on what’s on trend and the client’s needs/expectations. Currently, I would say I’m all about fresh glowy skin, brushed up brows and a bold lip (but who isn’t?).
In addition to training and assessing, what industry do you work in?
I have worked in bridal, commercial, stage productions, retail, education, editorial and e-commerce, as well as hairstyling, spray tanning, waxing, lash extensions and nails.
What’s the coolest thing you have done as a makeup artist?
Such a hard question! I think Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week and a few other Melbourne Fashion Festivals would probably be the coolest events I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of. I’m very lucky to do a lot of cool jobs though!
What is a myth about makeup artistry you would like to dispel?
There are so many! My main one would be that it’s easy! There is so much time, practice, money and failures that go into being a good makeup artist that a lot of people don’t understand. It is definitely not something you can just pick up from watching YouTube.
What should people know about makeup artistry?
It is one of the most rewarding careers you can have! There are so many different pathways to take, that can lead to meeting so many people and so many opportunities. It’s amazing being able to do what you love every day and be paid for it.
How do up and coming artists make contacts and get their name out there?
Always be over-prepared for jobs and look professional and presentable. Be nice to everyone as this industry is a lot about who you know, rather than what you know. You never know who might be a potential client.
How important is social media in today’s makeup landscape? What other things are important for building yourself as a brand?
You are a walking billboard for your brand, the way you present and conduct yourself in public and online is how people will interpret your business. Social Media is both a blessing and a curse for makeup artists now. It’s great because it provides a free and accessible platform for your portfolio but can be hard to set yourself apart from the other million makeup artists on there.
What do you think makes a great makeup artist?
I think creativity plays a big part in makeup artistry, as well as being hard working, professional and persistent.
How do you stay up to date with the latest trends and techniques?
I find inspiring social media accounts, follow designers and read lots of magazines.
What do you love about being a makeup artist and trainer at the National Academy of Beauty?
I love being creative and making people look and feel amazing. Being a trainer is incredibly rewarding as you watch students’ skills and confidence develop throughout the course.
Why is studying makeup and obtaining a qualification important for up and coming makeup artists?
It’s important to obtain a qualification so you can enter the industry with confidence and knowledge.
How can students accelerate their career in makeup?
By studying with the National Academy of Beauty!
What can students expect from your training class?
To feel motivated, inspired and pushed to their full potential.
Hair removal is one of the biggest profit-making services in the beauty industry. New technologies and products are constantly coming into the market to make hair removal more painless, faster and with longer lasting results.
Each method comes with its pros, cons and price tag, so it is important for clients to research each method to find the one most suitable for them as well as ensuring they book in with a qualified therapist to perform the service.
So what hair removal methods are available? Our Beauty Therapist and Trainer, Kimberley Duck, breaks it down.
The Creamy Solution
Hair removal creams are a popular choice as they are pain free, cost effective and can be done by clients at home. They offer a temporary method of hair removal and contain very strong chemical ingredients to dissolve hair from the surface of the skin. The chemicals can cause damage to the natural protective barrier of the skin and those that have sensitive skin can often react with these creams.
Smooth Legs after Hair Removal
Wax It Off
Waxing is still one of the most popular salon treatments available, if performed by a qualified beauty therapist can be quick, gives a smooth finish and with the correct techniques can be only mildly uncomfortable. Waxing is within the medium price range of hair removal options.
Providing a longer lasting result than creams, it still is only a temporary fix but can slowly decrease growth patterns after continuous treatments. One benefit of waxing is that you can grow or remove hair according to trends. Eyebrows is the most common with trend changes, so clients can choose to let the hair grow back and redesign as they please.
Thread It Out
Threading for facial hair dates back hundreds of years from India and is still practiced within these families. Many Indian woman have now opened threading businesses all over the world that have become extremely popular with a diverse range of clients.
The fine thread and the precise technique used allows each individual hair to be removed. If the correct support if given to the skin the service is only mildly uncomfortable, quick and gives a very clean neat finish.
Point a Laser at It
Laser hair removal clinics and services are now seen within each main street, major department store and skin clinic countrywide. Provided the service is performed at a reputable business, extensive training has been provided to the therapists and thorough consultation has been performed, laser hair removal is an extremely result driven treatment.
This process can take time as sessions are done 6-8 weeks apart with 8-10 treatments required and the sessions can be quite costly however most salons provide a discount when more than one area is treated. Once the course of treatment is complete the client may only need to come in for one or two maintenance treatments are year. Classified as permanent hair removal, laser hair removal ensures clients do not need to worry about hair growing back and will save money long term without having to pay for regular waxing services or hair removal products.
Virtually painless, sessions are very quick, and results begin after the first treatment. Having recently received laser treatment myself I can’t recommend it enough for complete hair free results. Always discuss your health history including medications with your therapist prior as these can cause unwanted effects from laser treatments.
Recently there’s been a rise in skin food, from ingestible tablets to powdered concoctions, people are upping the ante of their skin game by taking control from the inside out.
With the skin being largest organ of the integumentary system (the body’s 11 systems), this new wave of skin food makes sense as the skin is directly affected by how the other systems of the body are performing.
Topical solutions and treatments are still just as important however what’s in your kitchen also plays a big part in obtaining a beautiful complexion.
Our talented trainer and beauty therapist, Kimberley Duck, lets us in on some industry insights including the ultimate skin food, what’s the deal with collagen drinks and are supplements important for youthful looking skin.
What is the ultimate skin food?
I’ve found that since adding cinnamon to my morning smoothie it has really boosted the circulation in my skin, helping to detox and reduce the number of breakouts.
The basic spice stimulates the skin and brings a surge of oxygen and nutrients. Many anti-ageing skin products contain cinnamon extract due to its natural heating abilities within the skin and body.
Cinnamon can help to stabilize and balance blood sugar levels, which is important in controlling breakouts, oil flow and congestion.
The Ultimate Skin Food: Avacado
What do you think about new collagen type drinks and beauty supplements? Do they work?
Provided your health is functioning at an optimum level then the collagen drinks may boost the skin, however if the body is suffering from deficiencies or supressed immune function then the collagen within the drinks may not be used in the skin effectively.
Beauty supplements are fantastic if they are all natural ingredients that can be absorbed by the cells. Those that contain artificial ingredients, preservatives and fillers will be more harmful to the skin than beneficial. Incorporating natural healthy beauty supplements into a balanced lifestyle will most definitely bring results to the skin.
Do you believe in just eating the basics such as avocado, blueberries, lots of water etc or do you think taking additional supplements is something people should look into as well?
A balanced diet of fresh colourful vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats paired with adequate daily hydration will most definitely keep your skin at optimum health. As our skin is a window of our internal health, we must take care of the inside first and it will reflect on the outside.
Additional supplements can assist with rebalancing or detoxifying the organs and body systems and may assist with improving current skin conditions however should be recommended by the right practitioner.
Kerry Wilson is an award-winning beauty therapist who we are thrilled to have as one of our amazing National Academy of Beauty beauty trainers and assessors, working closely with our up and coming beauty therapy students in Brisbane.
Kerry has had an illustrious career having worked internationally at luxury spas, as Spa Manager at Ella Bache and winning Ella Bache National Therapist of the Year. Kerry’s work extends beyond the salon to voluntary work with women’s groups teaching women of all backgrounds about skincare.
With such a diverse career and a talent for training, Kerry’s career advice, beauty tips and everything in between are a must read!
Beauty Trainer Kerry Wilson
Why did you choose beauty therapy as a career?
I have always been interested in the world of beauty since I can remember. My earliest beauty memory is giving all my friends manicures when I was about 10 years old!
What do you love about beauty therapy?
I love beauty therapy for several reasons; there are so many different avenues to choose from within the beauty industry and a huge variety of treatments you can perform or specialise in, as a beauty therapist you can make a big difference to someone’s day, and it is a career that you can do anywhere in the world.
In addition to training, what is your background in beauty therapy?
My first industry role was a Spa Therapist at a famous luxury golf resort in Scotland. I then worked at a boutique salon and a hotel spa, where I worked my way from Beauty Therapist to Assistant Manager. After moving to Australia, I worked at Ella Bache where I was appointed Senior Therapist, Assistant manager/Second in charge and then Salon Manager. I have also won industry awards – Ella Bache Therapist of the Month for Queensland and National Therapist of the Year, and have volunteered for women’s groups with disabilities, teaching women of various backgrounds about skincare basics.
What is the best part of being a beauty therapist?
You get to meet so many different people and provide then with treatments that can make their day! It’s a very satisfying job, whether you are removing unwanted hair or completely relaxing someone with massage.
What is a myth about beauty therapy you would like to dispel?
At times it may not be glamourous and can be hard work, but it is also very rewarding.
What should people know about beauty therapy?
It’s not just painting nails and looking pretty! You need to know a lot about anatomy and physiology, how the body systems and skin works. It’s really fascinating what the human body does!
What steps should graduates take in getting their first industry role?
Updating their resume, researching different salons and spas that they potentially would like to work for and then introducing themselves in person.
How important is social media in today’s beauty landscape?
What other things are important for building a brand within the beauty industry? Social media is a huge part of our life now. You could use social media to promote your own business or beauty empire! Also, networking at events, such as the Hair & Beauty Expo.
What do you think makes a great beauty therapist?
Someone who is determined, caring, love of learning (training never stops), approachable, has good time management skills and is ambitious.
How do you stay up to date with latest techniques and products?
Social media, professional beauty magazines, discussions with colleagues and friends.
What led you to now teach up and coming beauty therapists at the National Academy of Beauty?
After being in the beauty industry for nearly 15 years I decided I would really love to share my knowledge and skills to others.
What do you love about being a beauty therapist and trainer?
Sharing everything I’ve learned and showcasing my skills to the future of beauty and making people feel good whether they are having a full body massage or a basic manicure.
Why is studying and obtaining a qualification important for up and coming beauty therapists?
A beauty therapy diploma is the most sought-after qualification salon, spa and beauty employers are looking for.
How can students accelerate their career in beauty therapy?
We now offer a dual course where students can study beauty therapy and make-up diplomas at the same time, giving student an edge for future job applications and roles.
What can students expect from your training class?
Lots of hands-on practical, a fun environment with a few games thrown in and lots of tips and tricks of the trade!
National Academy of Beauty trainer and beauty therapist, Tala Tinetti, has led an exciting and enviable beauty career. Seeking something different from the fast-paced corporate world, Tala decided to embark on a career within the relaxing world of spa beauty. Most notably, Tala worked abroad travelling on the Six Star Cruise Line ‘Silversea’ before deciding to share her knowledge and passion for the industry through training.
Tala shares her most loved beauty products used personally at home and professionally at the National Academy of Beauty.
Personal Favourite: Argan Enlightenment Illuminiser by Josie Maran
Argan Enlightenment Illuminiser by Josie Maran
Product Benefits: The product provides a glow to skin by mimicking the natural radiance of healthy skin. Hydration and nourishment is supplied to the skin through the inclusion of Argan oil, brightens and evens skin tone.
Features of product: An easy to disperse pump bottle making it long lasting.
What do you love about this product and how do you use it? I love the shimmer and dewy look you get from the product. It especially looks great around the eyes when added to your concealer!
National Academy of Beauty Product: Conditioning Body Wash by Dermalogica
Conditioning Body Wash by Dermalogica
Benefits of products: This product is a rich, skin conditioning botanical cleanser that leaves the skin feeling soft and silky. It is soap free and lathers beautifully.
Features of product: It smells amazing and comes in a pump bottle. They also have travel size which I always take away with me.
What do you love about this product and how do you use it?
No harsh chemicals and gentle on the skin. I use this as part of my daily beauty routine.
National Academy of Beauty trainers breathe, live, and love all things beauty and makeup, so who better to share insider secrets than our resident industry experts on the latest and greatest products?
With the base being one of the key elements for a flawless makeup look, our talented makeup artist and trainer, Shona, has shared two of her favourite base products.
While studying, National Academy of Beauty students are introduced to a professional range of products and brands to get started on their makeup artistry journey including Kryolyn, Inglot and Dermalogica. Once students begin forging their careers they may build on their makeup kit by adding additional products and brands.
Read on to find out Shona’s favourite base product in her freelance kit and favourite base product used here at the National Academy of Beauty.
What are your favourite base products? Share in the comments below!
Personal Kit Product: TEMPTU PRO SB Foundation
Temptu Pro SB Foundation
Product Benefits: Affordable, dewy skin like finish, buildable & super long lasting!
Features of product: Hypoallergenic, lightweight.
What do you love about this product and how do you use it?
I love using this product either through the airbrush or applying directly with a brush or sponge. This is my go to foundation for clients who want their makeup to last all night long, once it sets it will not budge. The beauty of this product is its super light formulation, it stays dewy and fresh while evening out the skin tone without the mattifying finish that some long-lasting products achieve. It is great for all clients including mature skins.
National Academy of Beauty Product: KRYOLAN MAKEUP BLEND
Kryolan Make Up Belnd
Product Benefits: As it is used to thin out cream formulations it will multiply the amount of applications from your foundation. Also diversifies your kit products.
Features of product: Adapts any cream-based product from concealers to contours and even camouflage products for different skin types and finishes.
What do you love about this product and how do you use it?
I love using Kryolan makeup blend as it allows you to customise the consistency of your base products. This can be used in conjunction with any foundation/corrector or contour products to create a liquid formulation. Just mix a couple of drops to your foundation to take it from heavy to lightweight coverage.
We know that having a social media presence is more important than ever when pursuing a creative career. Especially in beauty and makeup industry, it can be used as a portfolio for potential clients and provides an accessible space for you to showcase work you’re most proud of to catapult your brand and reputation within the industry. The question is, how do you get noticed?
Chanel Beauty Products
Many artists tag big brands when using their products for a chance to be regrammed, which builds free self-generated content created by up and coming artists provides authentic marketing for the brands. Now, Chanel are giving back by providing a platform for fresh talent using their products to be seen. The new online community account called @welovecoco is a curated feed designed to feature only user-generated content from Chanel beauty-loving Instagram users.
In the past reposting consumer content has been outside of the norm for luxury brands however with other makeup and beauty brands highlighting the benefits and opportunities in doing so (hello Urban Decay, M·A·C and Benefit Cosmetics), more businesses are engaging in this practice.
So, for all you Chanel beauty lovers out there, get snapping and tagging @welovecoco #welovecoco for your chance to be featured and grow your own brand!
Becoming a makeup artist requires a passion, enthusiasm for the industry, a positive attitude and of course skills, but there are also a few golden rules to follow in order to forge a career in the exciting world of makeup and beauty!
Check out our tips below to help you on your way to becoming a makeup artist.
Become a Makeup Artist
Practice Makes Perfect
Refine your skills and master techniques through practice! While learning from highly skilled professionals is important, practice is also vital. Practice on your friends and family with different skin types, needs, facial features and ages, to get as much practical experience as you can. The more you practice, the better you’ll be!
Stay In The Know
Jump online, read fashion magazines, watch beauty vlogs and scroll through Instagram to find inspiring makeup artists and get to know the best in the biz. Through reading and research, you’ll find what style you are drawn to and keep up to date on the latest trends, products and up and coming artists.
Obtain A Qualification
Watching YouTube tutorials is one thing but obtaining a formal qualification through a highly regarded school with talented professional trainers is another. Throughout your studies you’ll gain the foundational knowledge required to forge a career in beauty and makeup, receive meaningful feedback and learn correct practice and techniques. Having a qualification also shows potential employers and clients your commitment to your craft.
Take Every Opportunity
Gain experience and network by taking every opportunity to learn and work. Building a successful career requires hard work and dedication and potential employers and clients are impressed when they see a can-do attitude. Going above and beyond at the beginning of your career will put you in good stead to forge a successful and long life as a makeup artist.
Find Your Niche
There are many different career pathways within the makeup and beauty industry therefore it’s great to understand what your passion is, so you can pursue it accordingly. Wedding makeup artistry, editorial, retail makeup artistry, commercial work, and TV makeup artistry are just some of the avenues available to follow. As you learn different techniques in class and research the industry, you’ll start to recognise where your interests lie and which avenue you would like to pursue.
An online presence and developing your own personal brand is extremely important for modern day makeup artists. Many potential clients and employers research online for artists and candidates while channels such as Instagram and YouTube are a great way for you to share your portfolio of work and expose your work to others.
Love What You Do
It is obvious when someone loves what they do, it comes through in their work and attitude. If you are passionate about the industry and makeup artistry, clients and potential employers will notice and naturally gravitate towards working with you. Of course, you’ll also go to work and do something that you love every day.