Esthetician Vs. Cosmetologist

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Dec 13, 2012

Trista N.

Esthetics for sure between the two... I just graduated from Esthitician school and you get a true understand of the skin and the chemical makeup of the skin so when you go to apply makeup you can make sure the skin is prepped for the best look! Plus the difference in cost and time is huge!

Kayleigh A.: What school did you go to? I've considered just going for Esthetics as well but I too have heard it is not as in depth.

Dec 13, 2012

Nicolette G.

I would see about going to an actual makeup academy like MUD. I went to Paul Mitchell for an esthetics and tho it is useful to understand skin the amount of makeup you learn is pitiful. The cosmos learned more makeup than we did. I wish I had gone for the Cosmo cause in Texas the Cosmo license also covers you on esthetical work you just need to take classes on skincare.

Dec 14, 2012

Kayla N.

I personally am in cosmetology but I love makeup. Most of makeup is learned personally. I suggest going for Cosmo license because of the unlimited possibilities. 

Dec 14, 2012

Avery M.

Esthatician. I learnt a decent amount on make up. Not to mention there are more job opourtunities. Both my mom and I do makeup. Not as much as we used to but the occasional wedding or prom or special event. If we advertised the option more I'm sure we would get more clients.

Dec 14, 2012

Shanti S.

I was a Esthetician for 10 years.You learn a week in cosmetic application and thats it.If you wanna know in depth details of skincare and disorders and work in a spa then this is for you.I recommend going to a school that specislizes in makeup specifically.You can always take skincare classes.If you want a license then a cosmo based school is actually better and more versatile.I've been a freelance mua for 12 years(yes im older than I look.lol) and I rarely use my esthetic license as a platform for anything.Granted it helps to say "i know skin!" But just taking skincare/advance skincare classes will help.Save your money and do lots of research and remember the beauty industry is a forever educationing career.I still learn stuff everyday!hope this helps.

Dec 14, 2012

Shanti S.

Educating (my phone makese type like a retard)

Dec 16, 2012

Iva S.

i went to both. none of them will really teach you a lot about makeup. i had 2-3 days od makeup instruction in cosmo and 2 weeks in est. the makeup they tought in est. is very basic. 99% of what i know about makeup - i thought myself. that beeing said, i would chose cosmo. because i think it is easier to find work as both makeup artist and hairstylist, lots when i freelance, i do both makeup and hair. doubles my income, and gives me advantage before those who do makeup only.

Dec 17, 2012

Kim W.

I agree 100% with Iva. tv shows, cnn, time warner, news channels, fashion shows, etc...usually prefer someone that knows how to do both

Dec 17, 2012

Spencer B.

Esthetician! They do waxing, facials, makeup, etc

Dec 17, 2012

Spencer B.

My mom is a Esthetician 

Dec 20, 2012

Tatiana R.

I'm an Esthetician and airbrush bridal makeup artist in so-cal. Esthetics wont cover to much in makeup either. I think we did a chapter on makeup within 2 days of school and never touched the subject again. But, like what was mentioned in an earlier comment, having a Estie license will make you be taken more seriously as an artist because your educated in all skin types and what the best formulas would be for them. In esthetics school you learn a lot about ingredients in skin care and cosmetic products which will help you out in the makeup industry. But depending on what state your in, the esthetics curriculum will differ. I loved every second of my esthetics schooling and was super glad I choose that over cosmo. Shorter and cheaper and lots more of the kind of education a makeup artist would want.

Dec 20, 2012

Tawny K.

I'm doing both through a licenced cosmetologist at a salon with a spa to train for both. Love it. Its basically free shook and you can do services at discounted prices.check your state board rules. I went to school at Paul Mitchell before and im getting the best of both worlds plus salon experience. Something to think about.

Dec 20, 2012

Caitlin P.

I am a licensed esthetician as well as a cosmologist and you will benefit more as a makeup artist from esthetics than as a hair sculptress. Good luck!

Dec 20, 2012

Caitlin P.

also, to be a better makeup artist you should definitely know about the skin. I need to know what you can put on your client based on their skin type; will clog their pores, how to induce hydration ect... Once again good luck!!

Dec 20, 2012

Alli Rose G.

You can go to just a makeup school and get your certificate! That's what I'll be doing. They have classes to tech you to style hair for shoots and things like that. 

Dec 26, 2012

Emily M.

I think it totally depends on the school. I went to cosmetology and while I was in school my husband got a new job so we had to move. So I ended up having to switch schools. The first school I went to didnt offer an esthi program so we spent a ton of time going over skincare as well as nails and hair. The second school barely even talked about it. So I would research your options. Also, If you are 100% sure makeup is want you want to do I would go to a specializd makeup school!!

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