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Ex­tend­ing your knowl­edge and pas­sion for hair and makeup into a ca­reer will take ded­i­ca­tion. Kick-start the process by ap­proach­ing peo­ple you con­sider ex­perts for ad­vice. Be it a lo­cal sa­lon owner or a makeup vlog­ging su­per­star, ask how they got started, where they trained and what they rec­om­mend you do. With so­cial me­dia mak­ing al­most ev­ery­one ac­ces­si­ble, it’s worth a shot!

Do­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship un­der some­one you ad­mire is an­other op­tion, but they can be hard to come by, so it’s use­ful to con­sider un­der­tak­ing some kind of ac­cred­ited train­ing. Be­low are a hand­ful that will give you a well­recog­nised base of knowl­edge to set you up for seek­ing em­ploy­ment or start­ing your own hus­tle.

THE MAKEUP SCHOOL the­make­up­school.co.nz

Slick and well-re­spected, when it comes to hir­ing staff for the coun­try’s best brands, film and TV crews, edi­to­rial pho­to­shoots and bridal busi­nesses, The Makeup School is the name on ev­ery­one’s lips. This is be­cause the di­rec­tors and their tu­tors have their own suc­cess­ful ca­reers in the film and TV in­dus­tries here and in­ter­na­tion­ally, and keep in close con­tact with key in­dus­try play­ers. You’ll learn mod­ern tech­niques us­ing MAC, Dermalogica and GHD prod­ucts.

ELITE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SCHOOL OF BEAUTY AND SPA THER­A­PIES, elite­beau­tyschool.co.nz

If you see your­self work­ing in a high-end spa, be­com­ing a skin expert or learn­ing top makeup skills, this is the place; it’s been around in dif­fer­ent it­er­a­tions since Joyce Blok opened the first beauty ther­apy train­ing in­sti­tute in New Zealand in 1973. That’s not to say what you’ll learn is dated — Elite stays right up to date with global stan­dards, which will be ex­tra-help­ful if you’re plan­ning to go on an OE af­ter­wards. There are lo­ca­tions in Auck­land and Hamil­ton, with cour­ses bro­ken into dif­fer­ent lev­els and rang­ing in length from 18 weeks to 18 months. A true all-rounder, busi­ness skills and phys­i­ol­ogy are in­cluded in the cur­ricu­lum.

CUT ABOVE, cutabove.ac.nz

For bud­ding makeup artists, the de­tails in the com­pre­hen­sive cour­ses of­fered at Cut Above go be­yond ba­sic ap­pli­ca­tion to fo­cus on real-world rel­e­vance (such as spend­ing time on a film or stage pro­duc­tion), so you learn a lot about the dif­fer­ent work en­vi­ron­ments you might en­counter. SFX and pros­thetic ba­sics pro­vide a good spring­board into an area New Zealand is known for. The hair­dress­ing cour­ses mean you can nail the prac­ti­cal side of things be­fore ex­plor­ing your cre­ativ­ity. It’ll give you a big ad­van­tage over oth­ers ap­ply­ing for ap­pren­tice­ships with­out any experience.

HITO: NZ HAIR & BEAUTY IN­DUS­TRY TRAIN­ING OR­GAN­I­SA­TION, hito.org.nz

If you’re the type who’s itch­ing to get started and burst­ing with en­thu­si­asm and ideas, Hito is the way to go. You’ll need to nail an of­fer of ap­pren­tice­ship in a beauty ther­apy, hair­dress­ing or bar­ber­ing busi­ness first, then Hito will over­see your on-the-job train­ing, so you can get qual­i­fied while get­ting paid — hello, no stu­dent loan! It usu­ally takes two years to qual­ify as a hair­dresser and costs $30 a week to do so. Hito also lists job va­can­cies with af­fil­i­ated sa­lons, which we can con­firm are among some of best in the biz, so get click­ing on their web­site for cur­rent op­por­tu­ni­ties. They can also help you up­skill later on.

KRIS­TEN STE­WART SCHOOL OF MAKE-UP, kssm.co.nz

Christchurch babes, we see you! Get thee to this makeup school to learn all the in­dus­try-ex­pected stan­dards, so you can rock your way into a great job af­ter­wards. Beau­ti­ful bridal looks, day-to-day glam and edgy edi­to­rial pho­to­shoots are all cov­ered us­ing the best prod­ucts, plus the school has an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with a lo­cal mod­el­ling agency, giv­ing you gor­geous faces to build your port­fo­lio with.

MONACO NAIL ACAD­EMY, monaco.ac.nz

We asked nail ex­perts at the top of their game which train­ing fa­cil­ity they like to see on the CVS of prospec­tive em­ploy­ees — and here’s their an­swer. The de­tailed the­ory and prac­ti­cal el­e­ments you’ll learn at Monaco Nail Acad­emy will see you be­come skilled in all ar­eas, and you’ll re­ceive good on­go­ing sup­port. There are course op­tions for those based out­side of Auck­land, too.

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