BE THE BEST
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.