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When you set out to learn how to apply makeup professionally, be it out of college or as part of a career change, understanding all the different roles in the industry can be tricky, as there are beauty therapists, beauticians, makeup artists, cosmetologists and estheticians, to name just a few of them. This article will look at the last two on that list and see how they compare.

Who makes more money, a cosmetologist or an esthetician?  

Actually, there’s not much in it, as both earn an average of around $60k per year. So, choosing between the two will likely come down to what each job involves and how enjoyable it is - and the beauty courses online you take will also be influenced by your decision.

So, What can I expect to learn in Esthetician school? 

Ok, so the first thing to mention about esthetics is that it focuses entirely on the discipline of skincare, so you’re not likely to be watching too many regular makeup video  tutorials as part of your training. What we’re talking about here is a specialised field that is centred primarily on the following treatments: 

  • Electrolysis
  • Waxing
  • Makeup application
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Permanent makeup
  • Lash extensions
  • Reflexology
  • Massage therapy

It’s a more highly-trained field than cosmetology, evidenced by the fact that cosmetologists can take a paid or free online course to gain the required extra skills. Also, you won’t be highly trained in all of the above, but you should have the basic skills for most.

And What About Cosmetology Training: 

Conversely, cosmetology is considered to be a more generalised field, and it’s one that focuses exclusively on the nails, skin and hair. Once qualified, you can offer all three or specialise in a single area before adding to your skills at a later date.

Typically, the responsibilities of a cosmetologist will include:

  • Basic facials & waxing treatments
  • Hair texturing & relaxing
  • Hairstyling & Cutting
  • Hair shampooing
  • Lash extensions
  • Nail application

Despite the name of the role alluding to the general use of cosmetics, you’re not going to have much to do with it as a cosmetologist. So, if your primary interest is learning how to apply makeup, there are likely better-suited options like makeup artists. 

That’s not to say you can’t move into these areas at some point, as you can by adding to your skillset with beauty courses online. In fact, many choose to train in multiple areas, from cosmetology to makeup artistry to esthetics, to offer their clients the full range of services.

OCA Beauty Courses Online - The Easy Way to Learn

So, it’s pretty clear that it’s essential to know what you’re training for when joining the beauty industry, as you want to be sure you’re doing work you enjoy. Once you are sure about which direction to take, our video-based, CPD-Endorsed training does the job of obtaining the necessary skills in a cinch!

Need convincing? Then take a look at our student study demo that shows how our next-level learning works and what it’s like to be an OCA student. Alternatively, please take a look at our website where you’ll find professional training covering 20+ industries and information about how every course comes with 1-to-1 mentoring support every day of the week.

However, if you’d like to speak to us about your needs directly, call us on 1300 611 404 or email us at [email protected], and we’ll do our best to answer as quickly as we can.  

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