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A Career In Beauty Therapy: Jessica Peris

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Jessica Peris

Find Your Career in Beauty Therapy

with Jessica Peris

A career in beauty therapy can take you places you may not have considered before. From a career in the traditional spa to a career educating future beauty therapists, there are incredible opportunities available in the beauty industry.

This week on the “A Career in Beauty Therapy” series, we catch up with Jessica Peris – the owner of The Beautique by Jessica Peris in Canberra.
The Beautique by Jessica Peris is not your typical nail or beauty salon. It’s a space that promotes creativity, empowerment and all-round good vibes. A space where you’ll feel happy the moment you walk through the door, right up until your next visit. The team at The Beautique is made up of specialists who only do the services they love.

Tell us a little about you and The Beautique

I started by completing a Cert II in Makeup, and shortly after a course in Nail Technology. Beauty was always an interest of mine, but mainly because I loved how providing treatments and services made people feel, and the power I had to lift them up. After studying nails and makeup and working in the industry as a ‘side job’, I went back to complete my Diploma in Beauty Therapy. 

During my studies, I renovated a tiny corner in my parent’s garage where I did nails. It was about the size of a small bathroom. I took a step back from makeup at that time, as it became quite overwhelming to me, and I didn’t have space with enough natural light to do trials. I focused on nail art and wanted to make it a big thing in Canberra, so practiced any chance I could and advertised free nail art at one point to get good images for my portfolio. 

I eventually bought a home in Harrison where I had a dedicated front room and powder room separate from the house, and I started to focus on bridal makeup again. After a year there I took the plunge to full-time. After 3 years I hired my first staff member, and after 5 years I opened up The Beautique in Franklin. There were a lot of late nights, blood, sweat and tears!

What separates The Beautique from other beauty salons?

Every salon has it’s unique points and feel, but I think what separates us is the fact that I never wanted to open a “salon”. I actually never even worked in a commercial salon. I wanted to create a space that provided a great service, that was warm and inviting, with specialists dedicated to their chosen field. My staff all specialise in their own area of interest because I believe if they love what they do, it will show in their work. Most traditional salons expect staff to be able to do everything, from nails to Brazilian waxing, and I knew I didn’t want my space to be like that. 

What is your approach to achieving healthy looking skin?

My approach is that every person is different, everyone’s skin is different, and everyone’s results need to be achieved using different methods that work best for the individual. I think of it like being on a health and fitness journey – you can’t prescribe everyone the same workout, and you have to factor in their diet and lifestyle. “Diet” is also the most important factor – you can work out as much as you like, but if you’re diet (and in the case of skin, home-care) isn’t on point, you won’t achieve the results you want. You need to be feeding your skin the right nutrients it needs, and when you couple this with additional services such as needling, hydro or microdermabrasion or whatever treatments are best for you, you’ll see the results you’re hoping for. 

What is your favourite treatment to perform?

My area of expertise is in makeup and nails, but when it comes to beauty – I love a good eyebrow shaping! I guess because you can see instant results. I also loved doing facials at beauty school. I don’t do them now, but I loved being able to take the client ‘away’ from life for a moment, feeling them zone out and feel refreshed and relaxed after the treatment. 

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in beauty?

You can do and be anything you wish as long as you’re willing to work hard, practice a lot, and know that there is always room to get better. It’s an industry that’s always evolving, and it’s important to stay open to new advancements, including trends, and keep your finger on the pulse. There are times you will feel stuck, where you need to try and remember why you like the industry in the first place and understand that when working with people, it can get really hard, but the good clients make it worth while. Learn from others in the industry and also, take your time when learning new services. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be quick in the beginning – this is a huge one for me, which can be hard when working in a salon. Clients will appreciate when you take your time, so when you’re studying make sure you practice on people who will let you take your time to perfect your skills.

You’ve created a hub of luxury and modernism within the beauty industry in Canberra. Tell us about your salon.

I want to make sure that when clients walk in they feel welcome and relaxed. When designing my space, I wanted to make sure I could create the right atmosphere. Our space has it’s own personality. Every detail makes a difference – from the music, candles, the tea we serve. If your business focuses on intention to detail, then your space needs to reflect that. I always think about restaurants, and how you can always sense the vibe when you walk into a restaurant, and when the quality of the food and service matches the atmosphere, you’ll usually enjoy your meal have a great time! 

To find out more about The Beautique by Jessica Peris you can visit

We are so incredibly grateful to Jessica for sharing her experience in the beauty industry.

For more guidance about your future career in beauty therapy, chat to the expert team at ACTI at 02 6176 3411.

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Michaella Portelli

Find Your Career in Beauty Therapy

with Michaella Portelli

In many clinics and spas across Australia, a holistic approach is taken to beauty therapy and skin treatments for long-term skin health. This means looking at more than just whats happening on the surface of the skin, and exploring the internal factors that contribute to skin health and function.

This week on the “A Career in Beauty Therapy” series, we chat with the amazing Michaella Portelli – nutritionist, PT and food lover about the importance of healthy living and its impact on beauty therapy.

Michaella is an accredited Nutritionist and a certified PT and group fitness trainer. She completed a Bachelor of Human Nutrition in 2017 at University of Canberra and has been teaching group fitness and PT for over three years. Michaella has always enjoyed food, nutrition and moving her body and so sharing these passions with other people daily, brings her so much joy.

Michaella started her nutrition and PT business, HealthyHer after graduating in 2017. Offering a range of services to her clients including, personalised meal plans, nutrition consultations, personal training and small group fitness, Michaella appreciates that each of her clients are different, with different goals, different circumstances, different lifestyles and different interests. Her clients are her friends and she loves seeing their confidence, happiness and wellbeing improve as they achieve their goals. This is what gives Michaella fulfillment in her career and is one of the reasons she loves what she does.

Now, some of you may be thinking,”what does nutrition have to do with beauty therapy?” And there is a strong link! While most nutritionists don’t perform beauty therapy treatments, they do understand how important proper nutrition is and how it affects our skin health.

What is your experience when it comes to achieving healthy skin from a nutrition perspective?

We need to eat the correct foods to not only give us energy, but to help with recovery and overall health of our organs, muscles and bones. And I am sure you all know what the biggest organ of our body is – our SKIN! So understandably, nutrition plays a MAJOR role in its health, recovery, appearance and aging process.

We can use the most expensive skin products and treatments in the world, though if your diet is out of whack – so will your skin! I recommend drinking plenty of water and consuming nutrients such as: Vitamin A, E, C and Omega-3 fats to improve the moisture and elasticity of the skin. Foods such as nuts, berries, grapes, avocados and salmon should be consumed regularly to obtain these nutrients! Though as with all things, if you have any specific concerns about your skin you should be consulting a professional, such as one of the lovely ladies at ACTI.

You’ve worked in a cosmetic clinic performing a range of different treatments. What did you like most about your time in the beauty industry?

We are all human and we all love a good pampering! One of the things I loved about working in the beauty industry was how relaxed and happy people were after a treatment. I could tell they felt refreshed and confident and this oozed health and happiness. Health is not just about the food we eat or how much we move our body. It is about feeling confident in your body, taking time to spoil yourself and ensuring your mental health is prioritised!

If you could learn anything more in the beauty industry, what would it be and why?

I would love to learn more about how and why different skins react to different products and treatments and whether or not our skin can adapt to these or if we are predisposed to certain treatments! I have really tough skin and can take any amount of skin needling – but if you give me too many chemical peels my skin will break out like crazy! Likewise, I have found my skin reacts best to natural, chemical free face products and is less likely to break out with these products! I wonder if I kept using chemical products and treatments if my skin would adjust or if it would actually do me more harm?

We are so grateful to Michaella for sharing her experience in the beauty industry and how her career in nutrition is so important when considering a holistic approach to beauty therapy.

For more guidance about your future career in beauty therapy, chat to the expert team at ACTI at 02 6176 3411.

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Tamara Shaw

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Tamara Shaw

Find Your Career in Beauty Therapy

with Tamara Shaw

A career in beauty therapy can take you places you may not have considered before. From a career in the traditional spa to a career educating future beauty therapists, there are incredible opportunities available in the beauty industry.

This week on the “A Career in Beauty Therapy” series, we catch up with Tamara Shaw – Founding Director of Beaute Industrie. Tamara is a Community and Content Creator, Podcast lady, Business Developer, Clinical Educator, and self-confessed crazy cat lady.
Tamara is bringing beauty therapists together with Beaute Industrie – a revolutionary change for the beauty industry.  

Tell us a little about you and Beaute Industrie.

An education buff, I am qualified in Resort Management, Marketing Co-Ordinator, Visual Merchandising, Spa and Beauty Therapy, Trans-International Detox, Education and Account Management. With 10+ years experience, my career has allowed me to travel through most pathways and sectors of the beauty industry, which then in April 2018 I self-found the Beaute Industrie community.

In recognising the gap between owners, operators, and therapists through competition in the beauty industry, Beaute Industrie was born as an online support platform for the professional beauty industry. Passionate about community and culture within the professional beauty industry, we relish positive industry change over entertaining competition. Via our online member platform BI PRO, our podcast channel, our networking brunch events and our coaching and mentoring sessions, I connect beauty business owners with their teams, and teams with clients via honest, transparent and inspirational sessions in your space across Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. 

We have recently opened up our Mentoring Program which you can book your next team meeting or event around culture, teamwork, motivation or recruitment. 

We’ve been so amazed with how much you have grown Beaute Industrie over recent months. It is clear that you have such passion and drive in this industry. Tell us about your career in the beauty industry.

My career in the beauty was untypical of many which enter the industry. Most people entering have a love for beauty therapy. Mine was slightly different in that I was a dancer with a lifelong dream to dance. Unfortunately, due to the dancing schools intakes and my high school HSC dates not aligning, I missed the dates to audition for acceptance.

I read through every career course booklet there possibly was and finally found the William Angliss Diploma of Resort Management course which also had a Certificate in Spa Therapy interlinked and that’s where it all began for me.

From here, I upgraded my beauty qualification to study an additional Diploma of Beauty Therapy. I realised during the study that management and people culture were my core strengths and where I found the most happiness.

My career from then to now has lead me working across the world through Steiner Cruise Ships as an International Detox Specialist, a Multi-Site Manager, National Educator for Australia’s largest day spa network and then onto my more recent role as a Business Development Manager for Skinstitut across 5 states and being promoted to Country Manager for New Zealand.

Beaute Industrie is an online community for the professional beauty industry. For those who aren’t familiar, how did Beaute Industrie come about?

In my role as National Educator at Skinstitut, I was the first employee in the company to live interstate from the Head Office. Though I traveled to the office once a month to connect with my team at the time, I did feel isolated in the role and from the industry. I created a Facebook group of 15 of my closest industry friends so we could all keep each other up to date within the industry, share news and support each other. 

Within two years of that group being opened, Facebook alerted me there were 100 people in the group – which was a real shock but also an eye-opener. I knew that we were creating some real and raw conversations that perhaps other Facebook groups weren’t. It was then that I decided to brand the group and create a platform that I could dedicate my energy to and give back to the industry which had served me for the decade prior.

Within 6 months of re-branding, our website was developed, our podcast channel was live, we had hosted 2 events and the word was starting to permeate that we were bringing positivity to the industry!

The beauty industry is getting bigger and bigger. What would you like to see happen within the next 10 years in the beauty industry?

Within the next 10 years, I would love to see the industry become a little more regulated in terms of therapist qualifications.

I believe the safety of the client should always be our priority and qualified, experienced therapists are what our industry needs to continue the growth it deserves – I love that ACTI is helping raise awareness for the industry on this front!

You are doing incredible things in the beauty industry, connecting people in ways they haven’t had the opportunity to before. What do you find people in the beauty industry find most valuable about this platform?

Thank you. Our community is finding the support the most valuable thing about our platform. A community member once said to me “Tamara, I had no idea how much I needed an industry based support network until I joined Beaute Industrie, now I can’t imagine what I was doing beforehand!”. This is the most special thing to me, the fact that people are feeling inspired, motivated and reenergised about the industry!

What would your one piece of advice be for people considering a career in the beauty industry? 

This industry is tricky because it looks so glamorous – and it is, but it’s also hard work! There are days where you will be scrubbing wax off the floor, folding towels and removing other people’s blackheads, and then there are also days where you will heal people through your touch, cry from laughing with your colleagues and change people’s lives through giving them your time and energy. If you are someone who truly wants a career, not just a job, this industry is the best you can get!

If you could learn anything more in the beauty industry, whether it be skin, lashes, facials, what would it be and why?

Great question – so many things! I would learn more about formulating products and cosmetology. I love ingredients and to understand the cosmetic chemistry behind what you’re putting on the skin at a cellular level and to create a range for clients on that level would be pretty special! 

To find out more about Beaute Industrie, you can visit their website, join their membership program, listen to their podcast and attend their events here:

Likewise, come in and see what all the fuss is about in the communtiy facebook group here:

We are so incredibly grateful to Tamara for sharing her extensive and varied experience in the beauty industry.

For more guidance about your future career in beauty therapy, chat to the expert team at ACTI at 02 6176 3411.