Keep clients' hair, skin, and nails pretty and healthy.

What does a Cosmetologist do?

Cosmetologists know exactly how to fool Mother Nature. Because “natural” beauty doesn’t always come naturally, Cosmetologists use beauty products to put a little color on sallow skin, disguise puffy eyes, and tame unruly hair. Beauty is your business when you’re a Cosmetologist-and also your product, which you promote at department stores, spas, hotels, resorts, and salons.

Exactly what you do depends on what you beautify, since most Cosmetologists specialize in hair, skin, makeup, or nails. If your specialty is hair, you’re a Hairdresser, which means cutting, washing, conditioning, coloring, and styling hair. If your specialty is skin, on the other hand, you’re an Esthetician, which means conducting hair removal procedures, facials, and massages, as well as exfoliating, pore, and moisturizing treatments.

If your specialty is makeup, meanwhile, you’re a Makeup Artist, which means applying makeup, demonstrating makeup techniques, and designing custom makeup routines. Finally, if you specialize in nails, you’re a Manicurist, which means giving manicures and pedicures.

No matter what kind of Cosmetologist you are, the work you do is more than skin-deep. In addition to making them look more attractive, for instance, you make people feel better. That’s because you make their hair, skin, and nails not only prettier but also healthier, the result of which is more self-confidence and higher self-esteem.