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Day to Night Make-up

We all have busy schedules, live fast, and get no sleep.

As strong, beautiful women in the world of cosmetology, esthetics, and beauty, we enjoy our days being filled with clients and sales, but sometimes we wanna grab dinner and drinks with our girlfriends at night. Or maybe the guy you’ve had your eye on is finally taking you to get a bite to eat.

You go through your day, performing services and working hard. Maybe you have sweat stains. You’re looking forward to your night out, but you only have half an hour to change from your work outfit to your cute night-time outfit.

A basic day time make-up look usually includes foundation, concealer, setting powder, a light eye shadow, mascara, and just a pinch of blush. Now, you want to add a little bronzer and smoke out your shadow for a sultry, sexy look. Take a crease brush, throw on a darker shade and blend, blend, blend! You will create a smokey eye look that is sure to look amazing. Add some eyeliner, only make it a wing.

If you can commit to taking less than 10 minutes, then throw on some bronzer to contour those cheeks and forehead, some highlight to give some glow, then use a fabulous lipstick to complete your look and you’re ready to hit the town.

Just a couple easy steps and, presto, you’ve turned your day look into a night look and you even have time to throw on some heels. Now, about that shower…

Emergency Beauty Kit

First Aid Kit

As a girl, the struggle is real when it comes to making sure you have the necessities when going on a date, or on vacation, or even out with the girls. You have made lists and set reminders to make sure you have absolutely everything you need—or may possibly need. We have all had those moments: “dang why didn’t I bring…” [insert unnecessary item that you know you don’t actually need but have totally convinced yourself that you or your friends will need it].

But there are some things you really must have. First and foremost is mouthwash. You can find mini ones in any grocery store—just go to the travel section and get the travel sizes. You also need some face powder to touch up, gum, lip gloss, bobby pins, two hair ties (someone always asks to borrow a hair tie, it’s good to have an extra), safety pins (in case of a wardrobe malfunction), tampons, mascara, and a backup phone charger.

It’s pretty amazing what you can fit into a clutch or small bag. Knowing you already have what you may need is going to help ease the anxiety of having to go somewhere.

You can also get these emergency kits at stores such as Forever 21, TJ Maxx, or the Beauty Supply Store, but it’s super affordable to just create them yourself! Who doesn’t love shopping for themselves? It could even make for a fun girls’ night, or even party favors for a bachelorette party.

Choosing CIDESCO

CIDESCO is a program at Cinta Aveda that starts off as an esthetician program, but adds 900 more hours that goes in-depth on international facial techniques as well as massage, body treatments, and manicure. Coming out of esthetics and diving into CIDESCO was best for me because it really provides much deeper knowledge.

It is a great program that ensures the highest knowledge in this field and opens a lot of opportunities to travel and be international. With a CIDESCO diploma, you are the top tier in the world of esthetics and many doors are open to you, whether it be working on a cruise ship or in a medical spa, you have the world (literally) at your fingertips.

I am so glad I choose this program because although I had learned a lot in the esthetician program, I feel a lot more educated and confident in my work and treatments. It is a big commitment because it takes a little over a year to complete but it is really worth the hours and dedication; it’s hard work but it pays off.

Cinta Aveda Institute is also only one of nine schools that offer this particular program which makes you more desired by employers and gives you an upper hand in the esthetic world.

I would highly recommend CIDESCO to someone who is considering Cinta Aveda’s esthetics program. I found it very rewarding. You might ask the Admissions Director about the program and see if you like what it has to offer you.

Facial Tips and Tricks

Woman getting facial.

An Aveda facial consists of an aroma sensory journey, a deep cleansing, skin analysis, having an educator look over your analysis, a refinement with a hand and arm rub, a facial massage, a mask with either a foot rub or a neck and shoulder rub, and ending with eye cream, serum, and moisturizer. You can also add on treatments such as a revitalizing eye treatment, a plant peel, enbrightenment, outer peace, or green science which targets certain skin problems.

Here are a few tips to really making your facial extra special and leaving your clients feeling pampered and relaxed.

  • Put essential oils — lavender, vanilla, rose, tangerine or bergamot—in your water bowl
  • Mix up different masks. For example, use deep herbal clay mask with exfoliant, enbrightenment toner, or green or sea science
  • Mix in tea with a mask
  • Use energizing composition oil during the hand and arm massage
  • Use a composition oil, mixed with the essential oil of their choice, during the neck massage
  • Place a hot towel on their back after the treatment. (This is such a crowd pleaser, it really ends the facial with warmth and soothing while also wiping excess oil off the skin.)

These are some techniques I have personally used in my treatments. The response is always great.

Making the treatment your own is a great way to please a client, and it is more likely that they will come back to you because you added your unique touch. And having some clients who follow you is really important when you’re looking for a job.

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.