Do you love to spend hours in front of the mirror as you get ready for an exciting night out with your friends, or better still, help one of your best buddies to look their best before they go out on a date with a boyfriend? If so, you may have wondered whether you can do this type of thing for a living and if you would be cut out for it. Remember, in an ideal world, everyone would get paid for doing what they would otherwise do "for free" anyway, so it's definitely something that you should pursue. But how would you go about this and where would you start?
The Best Way Forward
Before you can consider yourself to be a professional in the world of cosmetology, you need to gain some real-world experience and attend a beauty school. This approach will teach you all the ins and outs and get you prepared for anything, so you can pursue one of the various occupations available to a newly-minted beautician.
Finding a Specialty
When you join a beauty school, remember that only part of the experience will be theoretical, because much of it will be practical. You will find that one of the classrooms will be a salon, and you will have to apply makeup to other students or staff members to give you a really good feel for how it is in an actual salon. You will be exposed to various activities on either end of the beautician spectrum, so you can narrow down your focus and decide what you want to specialize in.
Not All Smooth Sailing
Many people want to experience the glamour of this type of job, but remember that there will be challenging aspects as well, and you shouldn't avoid taking them on headfirst—pun intended. When you tackle the more difficult areas and subjects that you would rather shy away from, you'll be able to push through the rest of your schooling and get to the end of it as quickly as possible.
Remember, this type of occupation requires great dedication as it can sometimes be intense and there can be a lot of pressure. The best way to really hone your skills is to practice as much as possible, especially outside of salon hours. You probably won't find any shortage of volunteers on a weekend night, so they can get some free attention from your skilled hands.
What to Do Next
Have a good look at the range of courses available at your local beauty school, and don't forget to follow your passion.