What is Hopi Ear Candling?


Ear candling is a holistic therapy that helps to improve symptoms of problems associated with the ear, nose, and throat. The treatment involves placing a hollow cone-shaped candle made of cotton that has been soaked in beeswax, honey, and herbs into the ear canal to remove excess wax and treat other problems. Ear candling can bring about a sense of deep relaxation and it can leave your clients feeling de-stressed and energised.

The history of ear candling

It is believed that the Ancient Greeks were the first to perform ear candling as part of cleansing and healing rituals. Then the Egyptians, Mayan, and Inca people adopted the practice. The ear candling technique we know today was first used by a Native American tribe called the Hopis, and this is where the name comes from.

The Hopis used ear candling in healing rituals, and the ingredients they used in their candles, cotton, beeswax, honey, sage, and chamomile, are still used today.

What happens during a treatment?

Before you carry out a treatment, you should discuss your client’s medical history and ask about any symptoms they are currently experiencing to determine whether ear candling is appropriate for them.

You should then place your client in a comfortable position on their side with their head supported by a pillow. Their hair should usually be covered with a small towel. The candle is then gently inserted into the ear and it’s allowed to burn for around 10 minutes.

When the candle is lit, the warm air rises and creates a vacuum, which stimulates the ear to get rid of wax and other blockages gently. Removing the wax and blockages clears the inner ear and the sinuses which should relieve any feelings of pressure.

Explain to your client that they may hear a crackling sound and feel a warm sensation as the candle burns.

The candle should then be removed gently from the ear and extinguished in water. The treatment is then repeated on the other ear, and the session finishes with a massage around the ears, face, and neck to promote lymphatic drainage and to boost the effects of the candling.

Allow your client to lie still for around 15 minutes after the treatment and give them a drink of water.

What are the benefits?

Hopi ear candling does not claim to be able to treat any ailments, though it can be used to relieve the symptoms of:

  • excessive ear wax, blocked sinuses
  • ear irritation
  • colds
  • flu
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • hay fever
  • anxiety and stress
  • asthma
  • vertigo

When should the candles not be used?

Hopi ear candling is a natural holistic treatment, though there are some risks. Care should always be taken when handling the lit candle and inserting it into a client’s ear.

Ear candling is not appropriate if:

  • The ear drum is perforated
  • Your client has an ear or sinus infection
  • Your client is allergic to any of the candle ingredients
  • Your client has high blood pressure

Train with us!

If you would love to be able to offer this relaxing and soothing treatment to your clients, why not train with us?

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.



How to Choose a Beauty Therapy Training Provider

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How to Choose a Beauty Therapy Training Provider

So you want to do some beauty therapy training. You know what type of course you want to do, and depending on the course, you might have saved up for it for a long time. But how do you know which training provider you can trust to give you high quality training, value for money, and a great experience?

All beauty courses are not equal. Standards and prices can vary, and some courses won’t prepare you very well for working in the industry at all.

We want to take the headache out of deciding where to do your training, by giving you some tips on how to choose a beauty therapy training provider.

Choosing a training provider; what you need to know

What experience does the training provider have?

How long have they been providing training and what relevant industry experience do they have?

How much is the training going to cost?

Training is a big financial investment usually, and while more expensive training is not necessarily better quality, neither is going cheap. It’s difficult, but before you part with any cash, try thinking about the benefits that the course is going to give you in the medium to long term.

Ask if the course cost involves materials and equipment or not, and factor in how much travelling to and from the course is going to cost too.

What facilities does the training provider give you access to?

Is there adequate space for delivery of the training, and is there ample car parking? Is all equipment you’ll be using safe and in good working order?

How is the training delivered?

Are training dates flexible and do you know exactly what will be required of you? For some courses, you might need to do written coursework for example.

Is the course accredited?

Check that your chosen course is accredited. This means that by passing it, you have been assessed to be of a certain standard. Employers will always ask for industry standard courses.

Do you get support after your course?

Will your tutor be accessible after the course so you can ask questions and get some guidance?

Do they have good feedback from learners?

This is a really good test of how good a training provider is. Have people left good reviews about the training they received or are the reviews not so good?

Why choose Essential Beauty Academy for your training?

Our director, Steph, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, and she’s worked everywhere from salons, to cruise ships, in schools, and now she’s the lead tutor in her own business.

Steph moved into teaching because she wanted to share her knowledge, skills, and experience with others, and to teach them how to do the job she loves.

She strives to provide learners with a friendly and supportive learning environment, because she understands that students can lose their confidence if they feel like they can’t quite get the hang of something. Doing your training with someone who really cares makes all the difference.

Steph teaches almost every course and classes are kept small, which makes for a relaxed learning environment.

When you leave the academy, you’ll not only leave with the skills to do treatments, you’ll leave with the confidence to be a very successful therapist.

Choose Essential Beauty Academy for a great learning experience.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342



Why I Chose A Career in Beauty Therapy

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There’s nothing better in life than being able to do what you love, and make other people feel amazing in the process!

And this is exactly what made Steph, our academy director, choose a career in beauty therapy. We spoke to her about why she started her own business and why she’s so happy to be doing what she loves, every single day.

What made you choose beauty therapy?

“I was only about 9 years old when I realised that I wanted to do beauty therapy. I got some nail varnishes for Christmas, and I remember feeling so excited. I was full of joy as I opened the lid and started painting my nails, even though they looked a total mess!

I shouted to my dad, “What do you call those people who paint nails?”, and he replied that they were beauticians. I knew from that moment that was what I wanted to be, and even though I hate the word beautician now, I guess I was lucky to have known what I wanted to be from such a young age.”

What do you love most about working in beauty therapy?

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“I loved working as a therapist, but I mainly teach others now, so there’s more of an emphasis on me passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I love watching my students grow and seeing their confidence build, and they can do that when they train at the academy because it’s such a relaxed environment.

I can’t narrow down what I love about beauty therapy to just one thing, but making people feel good about themselves and watching them leave the salon feeling amazing has to be pretty high up the list.

I adore my job and I always have done. I never wanted to do anything other than beauty therapy and I would never leave the profession.”

What do you love most about being self-employed?

“I like the flexibility it gives you. I can work the hours I want and I’m in control. There’s no boss breathing down my neck, and I don’t have to work with people I don’t like. I also feel a huge sense of achievement when I think about how far my business has come. Every year, I set goals and I’m so proud when I achieve them.”

What have your biggest career challenges been?

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“There have been so many challenges over the years. When I first started my beauty therapy training, I really lacked confidence, and I realised this has a lot to do with the person who trains you. This is what inspires me to be supportive and understanding with my students.

I worked on cruise ships and I aspired to be a manager, but unfortunately, I was put off this idea because I didn’t have a good manager who inspired me, and my time at sea ended.

Self-employment can be a bumpy ride, and having your own business requires plenty of motivation and determination to keep going, especially during the tough times.”

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to work in beauty therapy?

“I would say go for it, be committed to it, work hard, and always keep your skills up to date. This is how you get to be the best you can be.

Go for a job that will give you the most experience in the industry, for example, working in a spa will be a very different experience compared to working in a salon. When you apply for a job, always keep in your mind what you would like to specialise in.

Beauty Therapy isn’t a well-paid job, though you will find that it gives you so much satisfaction. Your job is a huge part of your life, so make sure you’re doing something you love.”

If you’re thinking about a career in Beauty Therapy, why not train with us, and put yourself on the path to doing your dream job?

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 0782533734

How to Start a Mobile Beauty Therapy Business


Making someone look and feel their best is so rewarding, and this is one of the main reasons why people choose a career in beauty therapy.

After you have completed your qualifications, you might want your own salon, but what if this is not a practical option straight away? Well, one option is that you can set up your own mobile beauty therapy business. It gives you the chance to do your dream job, and fit it around your other commitments.

Many clients use a mobile therapist to do their treatments when it’s convenient for them. Clients can have the same choice of treatments in the privacy of their own home as they can have in a salon. Here’s how to start a mobile beauty therapy business.

Gain beauty therapy qualifications from a reputable training provider

Here at the academy, we offer a mobile beauty therapist qualification, which is a comprehensive 8-day course, focusing on the most popular and most often requested treatments, to get you on the path to running your own successful mobile beauty therapy business. Once you have completed your training, you can add on further courses if you wish. The more you can offer clients, the more they will book with you, time and time again.

What are the benefits of being a mobile beauty therapist?

  • You can choose your working hours
  • You can determine which clients you work with
  • You can increase your skills whenever and however you want

These are just some of the benefits of working for yourself.

Starting up as a mobile beauty therapist

What will you need?

You might need some kind of trolley to transport any kit like a mobile couch, and a reliable car is essential. You will need to make sure you update your car insurance to include business usage. Any other equipment you need will depend on the services you offer.

Some equipment you will probably need to consider includes:

  • Makeup and associated products: If you’re going to be doing makeup, you’ll need a full makeup kit, and a chair for your client.
  • Waxing kit: You’ll need things like paper towels, wax products, a heater to melt the wax, wax strips, and any aftercare products.
  • Manicure and pedicure equipment: You’ll need a variety of different nail colours, possibly a gel or nail extension kit if you’re going to be offering them, nail files, buffers, cuticle remover tools, and other hand and nail treatment products like cuticle oils.
  • Massage kit: You will probably need to invest in a folding treatment table, towels, massage oils, and maybe some scented candles or similar.


Insurance is a must when you are starting up, because you need to protect yourself and your clients. Look around for the most comprehensive insurance you can afford, even of it costs you a bit more, but make sure you’re getting a good deal. Not being fully insured could cost you more in the long run if you end up exposing yourself or your client to unnecessary risk. Remember too, that if you qualify in any new treatments, they will need to be covered by insurance too.

You’ll need

  • Public liability insurance: Which insures you against claims made against your business by a member of the public. This can include injury and loss or damage to property.
  • Product liability insurance: This applies to you if you sell products to customers. It insures you against any injury the product might cause to a client.
  • Professional indemnity insurance: This insurance will cover the cost of compensation for customers who suffer loss or damage in the event of being provided with negligent advice or services by you.

How to promote your mobile beauty business

Choosing a business name

Your business name is a part of your brand, and it will give your potential customers an idea of what you’re all about. It’s fine to be creative, but remember that your business name and any logos will be associated with the business for a long time. Check that the name is not too similar to other businesses, especially those operating in the same area you’re going to be working in.

Getting your business out there

You’ve set up your business, but now people need to know about it! Here’s the different ways you can promote your business:

Word of mouth

This is one of the most effective ways of advertising. Tell your friends and family that you have set up a business, what you are offering, and ask them to hand out some business cards or flyers for you. Think about offering some discounts to entice people to use your services. Ask your clients to leave reviews, make sure they get an excellent service, and they’ll be sure to tell people all about you.

Social media

A social media presence is a must for any business. Facebook is a great place to advertise your business as you can reach a lot of potential customers for quite a small amount of money. You can run competitions to win free treatments, or discounted treatments, you can post photos of your work, reviews from happy customers, and anything else you feel might be relevant to your current and potential customers. And as most of your services will be aimed at ladies, think about this; 76% of women have a Facebook account.

Set up a website

Most people will look on the internet for recommendations when they are looking for beauticians. You can either create your own site for free, or you can invest in a professional web designer that will put a little professional polish on a site for you.


Leaflets are an effective way of letting people in your local area know about your services, especially your prices and how they can contact you.

Business cards

They contain all the vital contact details clients need, plus they can double up as appointment cards, if you leave some space on the back.

Top tip!

Don’t expect your business to take off straight away. Building a client base takes time. Focus on promoting your business through social media and word of mouth, and ask clients to leave reviews. Your reputation will soon grow.

You can do a job you love and build a business to be proud of. The key is to offer a wide range of services at reasonable prices. One way to continually offer clients more, is to advance your skills by gaining more qualifications.

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be. For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342

The Secret to Beautiful Eyelashes


They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and who doesn’t yearn for beautiful, long eyelashes? The secret to beautiful eyelashes is to care for the lashes you’ve got, and if you want more of a flutter, you can always fake it!

Caring for your lashes

The first step to getting beautiful lashes is to look after what God gave you.

Moisturise your lashes

This can prevent them from breaking and help them become stronger and healthier. Apply a tiny bit of natural oil like sweet almond oil to your lashes every evening before bed. Take care not to get any in your eye! This will condition them nicely.

Choose a good mascara

There are some mascaras that contain vitamins and other ingredients that claim to condition your lashes and help them grow. Why not give them a go? high street mascaras are getting better all the time.

Treat your lashes gently

Don’t rub your eyelashes too much or pull on them as they can break. Eyelash curlers can cause them to break if you use them too often, especially the heated ones.

What if you want to fake it?

Eyelash extensions

If you aren’t blessed with naturally long fluttery eyelashes, there are a few options for you. You can fake it with falsies, which to be honest, have come a long way. The downsides though, are that sometimes applying them can be fiddly, and some eyelash glues on the market can cause irritation of the eyelids. Or you can try eyelash extensions.

How are eyelash extensions applied?

Lashes are applied on at a time, using a semi-permanent glue. There are 3 types of lashes; synthetic, silk, and mink.

How long does it take to apply them?

Applying a full set of lash extensions usually takes around 2 hours. You can also get a half set of lashes, which can be used to make your natural lashes look fuller.

Can the glue get into your eyes?

This is unlikely as your eyes will be shut during the application. However, some glues can cause irritation in some people. If you experience a burning sensation, or any discomfort during the application, this is a definite sign that you might be allergic to the glue.

How often should you get lash extensions done?

Your natural lash growth cycle is around 6-8 weeks, and this is roughly how long a set of lash extensions will last. You might need a bit of maintenance every 4 weeks to maintain the fullness of your lashes.

Do lash extensions fall out?

Each extension is fixed to one of your own eyelashes, so they will naturally fall out as your natural lashes grow. Avoid picking at them or pulling them if you want to keep your extensions looking good for longer.

Is there anything I should avoid after having eyelash extensions?

Keep water away from your extensions for up to 24 hours after you have had them done, as water can weaken the glue. It is recommended that you avoid using any oil-based products on your lashes for the same reason, and don’t use waterproof mascara as it increases the likelihood that you’ll pull your extensions out when you try to remove it.

If you want to wear mascara, apply it to the tips of the extensions only, as applying it at the base of the lashes can look clumpy.

Will lash extensions damage my natural lashes?

As long as your lash extensions are applied properly by a trained therapist, they shouldn’t cause damage to your lashes. But you have to make sure that you avoid rubbing your eyes or pulling on the lashes, as this is what can cause damage.

If you would like to learn how to give your clients eyelashes that flutter and make them look extra glamorous, sign up for our eyelash extension training course, which covers everything from the initial client consultation, to lash application, aftercare, and removal.

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342

How to Prepare Your Skin for Waxing


If you just can’t do without your regular wax but you dread the pain, here are some tips and tricks to show you how to prepare your skin for waxing so that it’s as easy and (relatively) painless as possible.

Top tips to prepare for waxing

Before your wax:

Let the hair grow

You need at least ¼ inch of hair growth for an effective wax, if you have any less, you won’t get a good result and it will be more painful generally.


Before you go for your wax, exfoliate to scrub away any dead skin and free any hairs that might be trapped under the skin. The less dead skin there is, the less pull there’ll be when the wax strips are removed and it will feel less painful.

Prevent ingrown hairs

The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to exfoliate regularly and keep your skin as hydrated as you can by moisturising when you get out of the shower.

Think about pain relief

30 minutes to an hour before your appointment time, try an over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to slightly take the edge off the discomfort. Generally, avoid getting a wax just before your period, as you tend to be more sensitive to pain.

Inform your therapist about any medication you’re on

Some medications can cause skin sensitivity, and some can even make it dangerous to get a wax! These include:

Oral and topical antibiotics

These cause skin sensitivity. Wait until you’re off the medication to get a wax.

Over the counter topical products containing Retinol

Stop using them a week before your wax

Accutane (for acne)

Don’t get a wax for a year after you have used the treatment

Any medications for acne or topical steroid creams are likely to make your skin thinner and drier than usual. This can cause skin lift which can leave a mark or burn on the skin and leave it vulnerable to infection.

After your wax:

Soothe the skin

Applying aloe vera gel or something similar to the skin after the wax to calm any redness or irritation.

Give the sunbathing and sunbeds a miss

Your skin will be sensitive and it needs time to calm down. It will also be a lot more prone to burning and the heat will cause irritation. Getting a spray tan is also a no no, getting a spray tan on waxed skin will result in stinging and a patchy tan!

Skip the workout

After a wax, your hair follicles are open, so your skin is more vulnerable to irritation from sweat and even infection. Wait 24 hours, then you’re good to go.

Get a regular wax

Your hair grows in cycles, so having a wax roughly every 4 weeks is ideal.

Wear loose clothing


Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes after your wax, especially if you have had a bikini wax, as it can cause friction and discomfort.

Waxing is a very popular treatment to offer clients, and waxing products are getting better all the time. Why not do one of our waxing courses and help your clients feel ultra groomed all year round?


How to Get the Perfect Eyebrows


Nothing makes a difference to your face like well-shaped eyebrows. They frame your face and can give it an instant lift. Brow fashion does change, and we’ve gone from the thin pencilled look of the 1990’s to today’s fuller brow with a prominent arch.

But whatever is in fashion, you should think about which brow shape is best for your face and go from there.

Here’s how to get the perfect eyebrows:

Leave them be!

Step away from the tweezers! If you over pluck your eyebrows it can look unflattering and it will be all the more difficult to get them into a lovely natural shape. Leave them alone for a few weeks at least, no matter how tempted you may be to pluck them, and go and see a beauty therapist for a professional shaping. You can then just remove the stray hairs in between salon visits.

Don’t fight what nature gave you

Don’t stray too far from your original eyebrow shape, so no shaving bits off or making them look too different with makeup, because your natural brow shape is the one that will complement your face shape the most.

How to work out your ideal brow shape

Where should your eyebrows start?

Draw an imaginary straight line from the outside of your nose to your brows. This is where the eyebrows should start on most people. If you have a large forehead, avoid removing too much hair from in between the brows as this can make the forehead look bigger.

How to shape an arch

Place a ruler, or anything straight on the tip of your nose, and place it on a diagonal so it crosses the pupil of the eye. The point where it lies on your brow should be where the arch of your brow is.

Trim the brows if necessary

Once you have determined your ideal shape, use an eyebrow brush or comb and brush the hairs upwards. Carefully trim any excessively long hairs.

Tweeze any strays

It’s a good idea to use a white eyeliner or concealer to highlight any stray hairs that fall outside of your ideal shape so that you don’t over pluck.

Use makeup to enhance your natural brows

Use an eyebrow gel to tame unruly hairs, and use a pencil or powder to fill in any gaps. Always use a light touch. If you have very light eyebrows, choose a colour just slightly darker than your natural shade, or try eyebrow tinting.

And nobody should be using a black pencil to fill in their eyebrows, even ladies with very dark hair. Use a dark brown pencil or powder, as black eyebrows are likely to look too harsh.

Enlist the help of a professional


Find a beauty therapist to help you determine the shape of your eyebrows. They will use techniques like waxing and threading to help you achieve your best brows ever. They will be able to help get your brows fairly symmetrical too, which is quite difficult to do on your own.

Having nicely shaped eyebrows can make such a difference to someone’s face, why not learn how to be a brow expert by doing our brow shaping and tinting course?

What is Reflexology?


Here at the academy, we teach students how to do treatments that will help a client to look and feel amazing. But feeling amazing comes from not just looking good on the outside, but feeling good from the inside out.

That is one of the reasons why we teach holistic therapies, such as reflexology, which is not only relaxing, it’s great for your general wellbeing.

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of complementary therapy which involves using massage and applying pressure to reflex areas in either the hands or feet.

How does it work?

There are points on the hands and feet which are connected to certain organs and parts of the body, through energy channels.

By applying pressure to these areas, any energy blockages can be removed which can then bring about health benefits. The right foot is related to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponds to the left side. The whole body can be treated through the feet.

Here are some examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:

  • The tips of the toes are related to the head
  • The ball of the foot is related to the heart and chest
  • The arch of the foot is related to the liver, pancreas, and kidneys
  • The area towards the heel is related to the lower back and the intestines

Why might someone get reflexology?

People might get reflexology for a range of conditions including:


Tension headaches and migraines

Digestive problems like constipation



Hormone imbalances

Sports injuries


Back pain

The research behind reflexology

Surveys carried out by The British Reflexology Association found that people who had conditions like stress, insomnia and IBS benefitted from having treatment.

A review published in 2015 in the Integrative Cancer Therapies journal found that reflexology was effective for relieving cancer pain, especially post-operative pain.

What is a reflexology session like?

A typical treatment is 30 to 60 minutes long. The therapist will ask you to fill in a form about your health and lifestyle, and this information is used to personalise your treatment.

You will then be asked to remove your shoes and socks and get yourself comfortable on the massage table.

The therapist will assess your feet and apply pressure to certain points to find any areas which might be tender. Massage might be used to warm the feet, then finger and thumb pressure is then used to carry out the reflexology techniques. The sensitivity of people’s feet varies from person to person and the therapist will understand how to apply the correct pressure. The massage should not feel uncomfortable even if you have sensitive feet, and don’t worry about being ticklish; the therapist uses firm pressure.

How will I feel afterwards?

Most people will feel calm and relaxed after a reflexology session. You might notice that you feel sleepier than usual.

How safe is reflexology?

Reflexology is generally safe but as with any treatment, it’s not suitable for everyone. Make sure you give the therapist an accurate picture of your health, and if you aren’t sure about whether the treatment is suitable for you, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor before trying it.

If you have foot ulcers, a recent injury, any foot or ankle wounds, gout, diabetes, osteoarthritis in your foot or ankle, or a heart problem, reflexology might not be appropriate for you.

Reflexology is usually safe in pregnancy, after the first trimester. If in doubt, see your GP for advice.

Fancy giving it a go and really making a difference to the wellbeing of your clients? Do your reflexology training with us! Check out our full range of holistic courses here.


Top to Toe Holiday Beauty


If you’re heading off somewhere sunny this autumn to escape the approach of the colder temperatures, you don’t want to be hitting the beach with pasty skin or a stubbly bikini line. Everyone wants to look and feel their best on holiday, and why shouldn’t you?

Here’s our guide to top to toe holiday beauty to get you beach ready.


Get your hair cut and coloured

Have your colour done and your hair cut around a week before you go away to give it time to settle. It takes around 48 hours for the hair cuticle to close and lie smooth again, so if you immediately go out in the sun, there’s a chance your colour will fade.

To protect your colour when you’re sunbathing or in the pool, use a hair conditioner, and wear a hat if you can so the sun doesn’t leave your hair feeling parched.


Lash & eyebrow tint or lash extensions

Get this done at least a few days before you go away, as this gives the dye a chance to fade slightly so it looks more natural. Tinted lashes will make you look made up without the need for mascara and panda eyes that happen in the heat and the pool.

Lash extensions are waterproof and they will look the part all day, whether you’re swimming or partying. Always use an oil-free make up remover on your eyes though as products containing oils will weaken the lash bonds and the last thing you want is a lash line full of gaps!

Learn how to tint lashes and brows, and how to do lash extensions to make your clients feel super glam on holiday on our lash and brow tinting and lash extension courses.



Get into a routine of buffing your body before you go away and it will help your tan last for longer and you’ll hit the beach with beautiful smooth skin.


For smooth legs, armpits and bikini lines, waxing is the way to go. You don’t want to waste valuable tanning or sangria drinking time shaving! Exfoliate before you get waxed to avoid ingrown hairs, and if you are having a spray tan, wax a few days beforehand, then have the tan the day before you go away. Waxing after a tan can remove the tan and make it look patchy.

Why not sign up for our waxing courses so you can send your clients away on holiday all happy with baby smooth skin? Our courses cover all aspects of waxing, including intimate waxing, preparing your client, and aftercare.


Getting into the habit of moisturising your skin if you don’t already is a great way to make sure your skin is baby soft and glowing when you hit the beach. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too, to hydrate your skin from within.

Hands and feet


Manicure & Pedicure

Make a manicure and pedicure your last port of call before your holiday, then it’s less likely that it will chip before you jet off.

Either visit the salon or treat your feet at home. Use a foot scrub, file, or pumice stone to slough off dead skin, then trim your toenails with nail scissors, or use nail clippers. Trim or clip nails as straight as you can and don’t cut them too short as this can lead to ingrown toenails.

The skin on the feet is around 10 times thicker than it is on the rest of the body, so use a rich foot lotion, then pop on a pair of cotton socks to help it absorb. Sandal pretty feet, here we come!

As for your hands, try to get a manicure as late as possible so there’s less risk of chipping your polish, or why not try gel polish? It’ll last 2-3 weeks and it protects your natural nails and promotes healthy growth.

Why not become a manicure and pedicure pro on one of our courses and give your clients pretty hands and feet for their holidays?





Top Tips for Beautiful Bridal Makeup

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It’s that time of year again, wedding season!

Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day. After all, you’re the centre of attention and you want amazing photographs, because you’ll have them for a lifetime. You should aim to look like a more radiant and polished version of yourself, but at the same time, wedding makeup needs to last for hours and it needs to stand out on photos.

Whether you are having your makeup professionally done or you are doing it yourself, follow these tips for perfect bridal makeup on your big day.

Back to basics: Perfect your skincare routine

Don’t start using new products or having facials the week before your wedding in case any breakouts or sensitivities occur. Start a skincare routine a few months before your big day.

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise

Cleansing removes dirt, excess oil and bacteria from your skin which will help to keep your pores nice and clear. Use a toner to remove any residue from the cleanser, but avoid using anything too harsh which can strip your skin of its natural oils.

Exfoliation gets rid of any dead skin cells which can clog the pores and cause breakouts. Use a facial scrub either once per week if you have dry skin, or twice per week if your skin is prone to oiliness or breakouts.

Whatever your skin type, use a moisturiser to hydrate your skin. If you have oilier skin, try a light, water-based moisturiser. Remember to hydrate from the inside too by drinking plenty of water. This is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin.

Before we get on to the makeup…

Be true to yourself

If a more natural look is your thing, don’t ask for bold makeup, because the chances are you won’t like it. Plus, the bolder the makeup, the more retouching it will need. Go with what makes you look and feel amazing, because you still want your groom to recognise you at the altar!

The problem of flash photography

Flash photography is an issue most brides have to deal with. But while it’s true that make up generally needs to be stronger for the camera, it doesn’t need to be caked on. Instead, focus on adding definition around the eyes, lips, and the brow bone. Make sure you have some colour on your cheeks too so you don’t look washed out on photos.

Start with good foundations

Your wedding day is a long day, and so your makeup will have to work extra hard, and last through nervous sweats, tears, and outbreaks of shine. So you need a good quality foundation. Apply a primer underneath to make your foundation last and to create a smooth base for your makeup. For a flawless finish, use a foundation brush and blend it with a sponge.

When choosing a foundation, be sure to test it in natural lighting. Apply some to your jawline and blend it in. The right shade will disappear into the skin. Don’t check the shade on the skin of your hand as it is almost always a different colour from your face.

There are many different types of foundation, so choose one which best provides the coverage you need. Liquid foundation generally gives a light coverage. If you are opting for liquid foundation, look for one with a slightly matte finish so you don’t look shiny in your photos.

If you want more coverage, cream to powder foundations are a good choice.

Apply concealer

Apply a concealer over your eye lids and under your eyes to keep your eyes looking fresh. Apply concealer after your foundation so you won’t wipe it off when you put your foundation on. Set your foundation and concealer with a loose powder, which will banish shine and make your base last. Keep a compact powder handy to touch up any areas that get shiny through the day.

To tan or not to tan?

If you are thinking about getting a spray tan done for your wedding day, make sure that your foundation and powder match your tanned skin, or your face will look too pale on your photos.

Add A flush of blush

Add shape and colour to your face with blusher. A cream blusher is good for a dewy look, but a powder blusher is longer lasting in general. Concentrate the colour on the apple of your cheeks for a healthy glow.

The eyes have it

Shaping and defining your eyebrows can have a dramatic lifting effect on your face, and good eye makeup adds definition to the eyes and enhances your eye colour. A smoky eye can look glamorous, and it doesn’t have to be in a dark colour to look effective either. And the most important point about your eye makeup; wear waterproof mascara!

A perfect pout

If you have thin lips, use a lighter shade of lipstick. Don’t underestimate how strategic application of lip liner and gloss can give the illusion of a fuller pout.

Stay picture perfect all day

Ask your bridesmaids to keep some key makeup items for you, like a compact powder and lip gloss, so you can touch up your makeup throughout the day.

Our 1-day cosmetic makeup course is the perfect way to learn professional makeup application techniques, skin care tips, and how to create different looks for your clients to make them look and feel amazing. It covers day to evening makeup, corrective makeup, and bridal makeup, so you will be well equipped to make any bride look beautiful on her wedding day.