I was a makeup artist from the age of 17 to 36. Now if you are a makeup artist I know you realize that the face is a canvas. And the quality of the finished design relies heavily on the quality of the canvas. So one day after finishing a makeover, I decided I needed to do more than just apply cosmetics, I had to help clients with their skin. So I went to Beauty College.
The one year curriculum for a Cosmetology license in California (At that time, in 1973, there was no separate license for Esthetics.) turned out to be 84% hair, 15% nails and 1% skin. I didn’t know that when I signed on. About eight months into the program I raised my hand and asked when we were going to get back to skin care.
The instructor replied we were finished with learning skin care. (It was a week long.) I was dumbfounded. All we had studied I already knew and thought of as elementary. I certainly wasn’t going to spend the rest of the year putting permanent rods in plastic heads of synthetic hair!
I dropped out the following day. Fast forward. I graduated in the first class of of the first esthetics school to open in Arizona. That was 1986. I’ve been doing skin care since. My daughter became a Professional Makeup Artist as well as Certified in Permanent Makeup. So from my grandmother to my daughter, we are four generations of Beauty. It’s a life I couldn’t have imagined. It’s like playing Barbie dolls all day long, only better!
(First Published 6/10/13)