The Surprising Chemistry Behind Beauty Careers

Beauty: Not Your Average Chemistry Set

According to national statistics, beauty careers are growing fast. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 119,800 new beautician jobs will open in the next year. 

But some stylists get stuck making low salaries and never manage to progress. How do you make yours the career of your dreams? To set yourself up for success, you need to think bigger than basic hair-and-makeup skills. 

In fact, some beauticians launch six-figure careers with a surprising knowledge base: biochemistry. Read on to learn how to jumpstart a high-end beauty career—and discover what biochemistry has to do with it!

 What is Required to Start a Beauty Career?

You’ll need different kinds of knowledge depending on what type of beauty career you are looking for. Certain popular makeup artists, particularly on YouTube, learned their skills independently. But many beauty careers require formal education.

Clinical estheticians, cosmetic chemists, and beauty product inventors often have advanced post-secondary degrees. Other beauty careers benefit from professional training, even if it’s not legally mandatory.  

 What Does Biochemistry Have to Do With a Beauty Career?

Biochemistry is a branch of science that studies the chemistry of living things. This can include humans. Discoveries at the molecular level can fuel incredible innovation. 

This, in turn, leads to the invention of great beauty products. 

 Cosmetic Chemists

A cosmetic chemist develops formulas for skincare, haircare, and makeup products. They’re akin to chefs; they develop “recipes” for products.

One famous cosmetic chemist is Andy Gilreath from L’Oréal Labs. She got her degree in chemistry at Penn State. When she talks about her work, she enjoys the puzzle-solving elements of her job. How do you create an oxygenating face mask that doesn’t disappear too quickly? How do you create a brow pen that enables precise contouring, but still applies smoothly?

You, too, can solve these puzzles. But you must know the chemical properties of different compounds. Every beauty product company hires cosmetic chemists to develop and test products. 

Synthesis Engineers (Nail Professional Edition)

Synthesis engineers are also called materials scientists. They might also have a more specific title, like polymer scientist, depending on what they do.  

In the beauty market, synthesis engineers use biochemistry to create new manicure products. Recently, Nails Magazine broke down the chemistry of acrylic nail polish. When you understand the properties of different polymers, you create better nail products.  

Medical or Clinical Estheticians

Medical estheticians are skincare professionals. They primarily see clients who are dermatology patients. They may even work in a dermatologist’s office.

Unlike other estheticians, clinical estheticians must understand the biochemistry that underlies:

  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Scars
  • Eczema
  • Other skin conditions

A medical esthetician applies treatments for these conditions. They also make recommendations that may improve patient prognosis. Most states set educational requirements for clinical estheticians that mandate some biochemistry classes. 

How to Start a Beauty Career Today

Ready to jumpstart your beauty career? Deciding among beauty careers means considering:

  • How much formal education do you want to pursue?
  • Are you more of a scientist or an artist?
  • What type of clients do you want to work with? 

At The Salon Professional Academy in Buffalo, NY, our advisers can help you sort through the possibilities. Contact us today, and learn about what we offer, available scholarships, and how to book a tour of the campus. You can even apply online right away. 

Science and the beauty industrty

Everything I Wanted to Know About Becoming A Beauty Boss, I Learned In Beauty School

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists for 2020 to 2030 is 19 percent. This rate is much faster than average job outlooks in other industries.

In other words, the beauty industry is thriving! So, if you’ve ever thought about getting started in the beauty industry, the time is now. 

After all, you don’t have to get hired at a salon or work with clientele to have a successful career in beauty. You can work outside of the salon or as a self-employed beauty influencer. 

But, if you’re considering a career as a beauty influencer, then you may be confused about where to start. Do you just need an internet connection, or do you need a beauty education? Even more, with many beauty influencers getting their start with just their phones, you may ask yourself: “Is beauty school worth it?” 

The answer is yes, so keep reading to learn why beauty school may be the next best step for you!

Getting Started in The Beauty Industry: First Steps

Anyone can teach themselves to do their own makeup. But real beauty pros have an in-depth knowledge of color theory and proper application techniques that you can only learn in beauty school.

In fact, the most common complaint professional makeup artists have against unlicensed beauty influencers is that they don’t have the knowledge and experience to know how to give proper makeup advice to their followers.

Of course, if you don’t meet the legal requirements set by your state, you can’t work at a salon or with clientele. Yet, there are no education requirements to be a beauty influencer.

Nonetheless, beauty pioneers like Nikkie de Jager and Huda Kattan have been able to gain such an immense following not just because of their online presence, but also because they are professionally trained.  

As an influencer with a professional beauty education, you’ll be able to give makeup advice that your followers can trust. Moreover, as a graduate of beauty school, you’re more likely to be taken as a serious professional by your followers and other artists in the beauty industry. 

After Beauty School: Other Career Options

There are plenty of career options outside of becoming a beauty influencer available when you get your cosmetology license. If being a beauty influencer ends up not being a good fit, there’s no cause for panic. You have the freedom to switch gears and become anything from a makeup artist to a personal stylist and more without having to go through more schooling! 

Enter the Beauty Industry on the Right Path 

When getting started in the beauty industry, don’t just rely on your phone and good lighting. To get your start in the beauty industry, get your TSPA beauty education. And if being a beauty influencer doesn’t work out, then there are plenty of other career outcomes available to you as a graduate of TSPA. 

 Contact us for more details about TSPA classes!

Gorgeous Makeup Looks By Our Students

We can’t get enough of the makeup looks our students have been so busy creating!

Eyeshadow, contouring, lipstick application & more… You name it and our students have been practicing it.

We can’t wait for you to see some of our favorite looks! 😍

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flawless Makeup Looks By Our Students

OMG. Our students create the most gorgeous makeup looks!!

They have been so busy practicing eyeshadow, contouring, lipstick application & more… We just couldn’t hold back from giving these makeup looks a shout out in a blog post.

We can’t wait for you to see some of our favorite looks! 💄

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to learn more about our Esthetics Program??

Give us a call at 716-243-3311 or click here to learn more!

Nail Art Creations By Our Students

Our students are so creative with nail art! They create the most gorgeous nail art designs – flowers, hearts, & more  – you name it, and our students have probably  created it. We just couldn’t hold back from giving these nail art creations a shout out on the blog post. We can’t wait for you to see some of our favorite designs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give us a call at (716) 833-8772 or click here to learn more about our Nail Technology program!

Hair, Makeup, Nails & More!

Our students have been so busy these past few months practicing hair, makeup & nails!! We had to put this blog post together to show off their work, because they continue to amaze us every day with their skills! We can’t wait for you to see some of our favorite looks.

Give us a call at (716) 833-8772 or click here to learn more about our hair, nails & makeup services!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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