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Do makeup and hairstyling excite you? If they do, you should consider a career in cosmetology!


Cosmetology can be defined as the study and application of beauty treatments on hair, skin and nails. In addition to providing these services to existing clients, cosmetologists are responsible for marketing these services to get more clients. Other than that, they have to maintain a sanitary work environment and work as beauty product salespeople. In Malaysia, there are plenty of beauty schools and institutions that offer an education in cosmetology. Here are some of the popular careers in the area of cosmetology.
Makeup Artists

Makeup artists are individuals who are skilled and talented in transforming or beautifying the human face using makeup or prosthetics. Those who are interested in becoming professional makeup artists may enrol in either a short course, certificate programme, or a diploma in makeup application. Depending on what the individual is interested in, there are makeup courses ranging from learning about simple everyday makeup to more specific areas of makeup such as Bridal Makeup and Special Effects Makeup. Certified makeup artists can find employment in a variety of industries such as film, television or fashion where they are in charge of creating looks for actors and models. Other than that, makeup artists can choose to provide freelance services as well. The job tasks of a makeup artist include communicating with clients, maintaining a high quality makeup kit and sketching makeup looks.

A hairstylist is a person who cuts and styles hair for a living. Aspiring hairstylists should enrol in a professional hair course or a short hair application course depending on their preference. A professional hair course will cover hair techniques such as shampooing, cutting and colouring. Students will also learn about customer service and salon management. On the other hand, short hair courses will focus on teaching specific areas of hair care such as hair colouring and perming, and scalp care and hair treatment. Most hair courses require students to complete an apprenticeship or training as well. After receiving their qualifications, individuals can work in hair salons as hairstylists or salon managers. Experienced hairstylists can also work personally with brands or celebrities, where they create hair looks for events and photoshoots.
Beauty Therapists

Beauty therapists or aestheticians improve a person’s appearance through skin treatments, nail care and hair removal. Before beauty therapists can practise, they need to acquire necessary qualifications through a certificate or diploma programme. These programmes will expose students to subjects such as Skin Structure and Skin Function, Structure of the Nail, and Cosmetic Science. Other than theory, students will have a chance to apply what they have learnt during the practical part of the programme. These certificates are awarded by recognised boards in beauty therapy such as the Confederation of International Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (CIBTAC) and Malaysia Skills Certificate in Aesthetic Services (SKM). Beauty therapists may hold positions in cosmetic companies, privately owned salons, or work on a freelance basis. The tasks of a beauty therapist include providing skin analysis, carrying out facials and body treatments, giving manicures and pedicures, providing hair waxing services and selling skincare products.
To be successful in the cosmetology industry, one must be creative, hardworking, and love interacting with people. It is also useful to keep up to date with the latest trends in fashion, beauty and skincare. Depending on your skills and qualifications, career opportunities in this field are exciting and dynamic. Also, cosmetologists have the opportunity to make people look and feel good, thus giving them a boost in confidence!

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