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Beauty therapist

Beauty therapists carry out beauty treatments on clients.
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What does a beauty therapist do?

Beauty therapists carry out treatments on clients’ faces and bodies. As a beauty therapist, you could provide a range of face and body treatments, including:

  • facials – cleansing, massaging and toning the skin
  • applying and advising about make-up
  • eyebrow shaping and eyelash colouring
  • manicures, pedicures and other nail treatments, like extensions and nail art
  • removal of unwanted facial and body hair
  • electrotherapy treatments to improve body tone and shape
  • non-surgical skin improvement treatments
  • spray tanning

You’ll need to be good with people and have excellent communication skills, as you’ll be working with a variety of clients. 

What do I need to do to become a beauty therapist?

To become a beauty therapist, you’ll need to either complete an apprenticeship or a relevant BTEC or NVQ. 

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Patience

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Business studies

Essential qualifications

  • Apprenticeship in beauty therapy
  • Or BTEC in beauty therapy
  • Or NVQ in beauty therapy

Where could I be working?

Some beauty therapists work for themselves, while others are employed directly either by smaller independent salons or by big chains. 

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