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Working While In School

Work School Balance

As a CIDESCO student, my life revolves around going to class three days a week for eleven hours and keeping up with my studies.

About halfway through my CIDESCO program, I chose to apply to a few spas near my home and see what was out there for a newly licensed esthetician. I was fortunate enough to get a position as a part-time employee at a spa and work three days a week there.

There are pros and cons to getting a job while still in school. With only one day off a week, I have learned a lot about time management.

The great thing is the experience. I have learned so much having this job, from different skin types, to working with new products, to different waxing techniques. And I’ve been building a clientele.

It has not been an easy ride, and I have had some setbacks. I haven’t had a lot of time to relax, and I’ve had to stay up late to finish my workbooks. But if I had to do it all over again, I’d have still chosen to get a job.

It has been a great learning tool and has helped me significantly in school. I’ve been working with other estheticians and clients. After all, most of us want to become amazing estheticians and getting some hands-on experience while getting paid isn’t too bad either.

When people appreciate what you have done for them, it is a very satisfying feeling.

Highlight and Contour

How to Contour

Highlight and contour have become the new thing in makeup over the past year. From Kim Kardashian to Nikki Minaj, it is what everyone is trying. The purpose of highlight and contour is to bring out the highs and lows of the face. To broaden the cheekbones and to make the face look skinny. Highlighting and contouring is a great tool for anyone who likes to really define their makeup and facial features.

To contour, a bronzer or darker shade is used under the cheekbone, on the forehead, and along the sides of the nose to shade the parts of the face that is desired.

To highlight, take a much lighter shade and place it on the high points of the face such as the cheeks, above the eyebrows, and on the cupids bow.

You can use a cream or a powder contour. Using cream is better for dry skin, and gives a dewy finish, however, it is a lot thicker and tends to be messier. Powder contour is best for oily skin because it absorbs the excess oil and gives a matte finish to the face. It is also easier to control.

Looking up tutorials on YouTube or taking a class can really help. It is a fun way to do makeup and you always look fierce and flawless.

Choosing Aveda

Finding your place in the world can be a nerve wracking, exhilarating, and just downright scary.

I lived in Denver and I was figuring out what I wanted to do. Because I knew that I wanted to be involved in beauty and nurturing, a close friend suggested that I investigate the Aveda Institutes.

A week or so later, I called and made an interview. I instantly knew that this was the place for me. As I was going through the process, I explained I wanted to travel and really dive deep into skin and makeup. They mentioned the CIDESCO program here in San Francisco. So I left my life in Denver and enrolled here at the Cinta Aveda Institute.

I can honestly say this was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. This school is filled with the most amazing staff and educators; they are incredible! I am receiving a great education and I couldn’t be more grateful for the immense dedication and hard work everyone does here.

Originally, I thought that after my training, I would just be giving facials and working in a cute spa. But after seeing my own potential, and seeing the opportunities this school opens — I feel I have the world at my fingertips, literally. With my CIDESCO diploma, I can travel and practice esthetics all over the world.

I am incredibly lucky to attend this school; I highly recommend it. If you want a job in the beauty industry, this is the place for you.