A Career In Beauty Therapy: Brooke Harris

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Brooke Harris

Find Your Career in Beauty Therapy

with Brooke Harris

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 Brooke Harris – assistant manager, beauty therapist, and Beaute Industrie contributor. We were lucky enough to have Brooke share her career in the beauty industry so far.

Tell us about your career in the beauty industry

I was 15 years old when I discovered a passion for health and well-being. I loved pampering myself and all things luxury. I found my passion for beauty therapy after a makeup application that left me feeling some crazy self-love. After feeling this way, I promised myself to pass this feeling onto someone else.

I was 17 when I enrolled to do a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at Elly Lukas. A year later I completed that course with two international qualifications and two awards under my belt. Whilst studying full time I was also working in a day spa, I worked here for 18 months. When I got comfortable I decided I needed to start something new. I loved my job, but I needed a new challenge.  In mid-2017 I started my role on the other side of the industry. The Clinic. When I started my job in the major cosmetic laser clinic franchise, I was a Junior Therapist when I started here, I had no idea what I was doing, and I was definitely thrown into the deep end.

 6 months later I was promoted to assistant manager.  Whilst being in this role (which I had no idea what I was doing, I very quickly had to learn to adapt and prioritize even the smallest things). I very quickly learned that there was no one to turn to for advice or ask questions to in times of DIRE need.  Whilst these thoughts were brewing Beaute Industrie was born, and I pitched my idea of having someone on board in the industry that could give the best advice or recommendations to. 

Tell us a little about you and your role with Beaute Industrie

I teamed up with Beaute Industrie in 2018 after Tamara’s very first Beaute Brunch, after which I noticed that there were very few support options for budding therapists in the industry. I was left with a burning desire to change that with Beaute Industrie.  My role at Beaute Industrie is to share the information and the challenges, to give advice to budding therapists or to give direction to someone who wanted to enter the industry who might not have an idea where they need to begin.  A therapist may find @bi.therapistbrooke to be valuable as its content is created to help inspire and allow a safe place for questions and curiosities to be answered.

What has been the best part of your career so far?

When studying beauty therapy, you have a couple of times when you sit down and really have to take everything in.  The highlight of my career at this point in time would be winning the Endota Spa Therapist Award through Elly Lukas.  It was a moment where I looked around and saw that all my hard work was recognized and my 5:30 am starts and weekend working had all paid off.  Winning an award like the Endota Award (for me) was fulfilling and overwhelming and has led to many more career opportunities.

What do you love most about the beauty industry?

I would like to see the eradication of prejudices and negativity.  Leave the “every man for himself mentality” behind and start to create a place where information is shared, and businesses strive to encourage growth.

I love the new technologies and research that comes out. I love the constant adaption – no two treatments or days are the same.

When you first enter a treatment room you don’t always know what to expect or how demanding a client can be.  For me, being a beauty therapist is about being able to walk into the treatment room, and take it all in.  It’s like a constant improv reality Tv show.

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

Be excited about changes and challenges.  You’re always going to need to be able to adapt. Although you are studying beauty therapy you are not limited to be a beauty therapist, – you could mentor, or be an owner, a business development manager the choices are endless. There’s no limit. Don’t be afraid to say “yes” to opportunities and get outside your comfort zone.

What change would you like to see in the beauty industry in the next few years?

I would like to see the eradication of prejudices and negativity.  Leave the “every man for himself mentality” behind and start to create a place where information is shared, and businesses strive to encourage growth.

To find out more about Brooke and Beaute Industrie you can visit her Instagram @bi.therapistbrooke


We are so incredibly grateful to Brooke 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: Belinda Hughes

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Belinda Hughes

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with Belinda Hughes

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 Belinda Hughes – Clinic Owner and Natural Beauty Expert, and Skin Therapist. Belinda has had such an exceptional career in beauty and we can’t wait to share her story.

Tell us about your career in the beauty industry

 I started my beauty career in Canberra. I worked at Schick Natural Body Therapies in Kingston while I studied Beauty Therapy and that really shaped the direction that I took in the beauty industry. I wanted to know everything. I was an avid researcher of products and ingredients and that really set me up to build the business I have.

After almost 15 years in the industry, I opened my own clinic in the back on a pharmacy. Within months of opening, I had to move as they were closing down. I then found a room with a podiatrist to rent and then my business took off. Within 12 months I had to move again as I had outgrown the one room space with all the products I stocked.

About 16 months ago I moved four doors down to a two-room space. My husband has joined the business full time and we have over 20 brands in-clinic, a strong website with online booking and e-commerce, as well as the busy clinic.

I have a strong focus on getting people onto the correct products for their skin to heal and correct skin conditions in conjunction with their facial treatments, hence the ‘Skin Clinic’ rather than Day Spa. I strongly believe homecare is 80% of skincare results so clients should be using the correct products rather than the latest product over the counter.

Your clinic has a natural approach to skin care. Tell us about this and why it is important to you.

I had such a strong start in beauty therapy. I started work in a high-end natural beauty focused salon that really shaped me and how I work. During my studies I learned about the impact of free radicals and anti-oxidants on the skin. It made no sense to me why to put free radical causing petro-chemical ingredients in an anti-aging product. It just seemed counterproductive. I strictly work for the health of the skin so it can function at its best.

In my experience skin is always healthier in the long run when using professional antioxidant rich skincare. The skin just comes alive. My customers are very happy when they get these results.

What has been the best part of your career so far?

My career really took off when I started as a Sales Representative with Eminence Organic Skincare. I always thought it was such an amazing brand; I was thrilled to work with them. I still stock them in my clinic today.

The other stand out moment was when I started publishing an online magazine, Natural Beauty Expert, in 2014. That’s when I really started to shape what my current company looks like. Natural beauty is a lifelong passion for me and I love spreading the word far and wide to help as many people as possible with their skin. Natural Beauty Expert has lead to many opportunities such as speaking at expos, promoting brands I believe in, interviewing amazing people and even launching the first 100% natural Bellabox in 2015.  I also really enjoy doing education for other therapists in the industry who are interested in how natural beauty works for the skin.

What do you love most about the beauty industry?

I love helping people, so for me, it’s helping people with their skin. Appearance can really matter to people, especially when they have a skin condition that alters their natural appearance like severe acne or rosacea.

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

Be passionate about what you do, because then everything else falls into place. You’re then motivated to seek out more information, work hard and achieve.

What change would you like to see in the beauty industry in the next few years?

I would like more regulations for the beauty industry. I’ve felt like this for years because under trained therapists are being let loose with advanced modalities like laser and skin needling. There should be more of a push for beauty therapists to complete advanced courses specialising in a specific area.

To find out more about Belinda and her amazing clinic you can:

Shop and book online: https://belindahughes.com.au 

Get social on Facebook: www.facebook.com/belindahughesskinclinic

Check out our Instagram: www.instagram.com/belindahughesskin


We are so incredibly grateful to Belinda 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: Ashlee Middleton

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Ashlee Middleton

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with Ashlee Middleton

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 Ashlee Middleton. Ashlee has had an incredible career so far with extensive experience in education & training, beauty therapy, and more.

Tell us a little about you!

I knew from the age of 15 that I wanted to be in the beauty industry. When I was in Primary School I remember my Mum taking me to the local beauty salon for a steam and extraction treatment before Netball on Saturdays, which perhaps built the foundation of my love and passion for the beauty industry. I also suffered from hormonal acne as a teenager and as an adult, so I know how this can impact someone’s self-confidence.

I grew up in Albury/Wodonga, so after finishing Year 12 I moved to Canberra and studied my Diploma at Ellebana School of Beauty Therapy.

While I was studying I worked as a Manager at Hungry Jacks (also where I worked while at High School), which gave me really valuable Management experience. It taught me structure, organization, strong work ethic and how to manage people. I honestly believe this experience helped mold the career I have today in the beauty industry.

What has your career in the beauty industry looked like?

I started my career as a beauty therapist working in a Day Spa, but I also spent time over the years working as a therapist and managing beauty salons, and also worked as a cosmetic counter manager for Clarins.

I knew I had a passion for management and training, so in early 2011 I was lucky enough to get a job as a Business Consultant at Dermalogica. This was the turning point in my career. While here, I attended every course I could possibly do, learned everything I could from my colleagues and worked extremely hard to develop my skills. I was really lucky as Dermalogica invest a lot of time into developing their employees.

After 4 years I decided to open my own business, Skin and Beauty Bar, where we offered all beauty treatments, but specialized in skin treatments and spray tanning. I worked across all aspects of the business, including performing treatments, training staff, social media management, accounting, marketing, etc. I sold the business after a few years and secured a position as a Business Development Manager for Skinstitut, which had both sales and training elements. Again, I took all the opportunities available to develop my knowledge and skills. My time at Skinstitut really cemented my love for skin and skin treatments, and really extended my knowledge on ingredients, skin conditions, nutrition and treating the skin from a holistic approach.

I have recently started working for Lumenis, a company that sells Laser-based devices, as an Area Sales Manager. I have really enjoyed learning about the different types of laser machines and their capabilities. It has really expanded my knowledge of the amazing results we can achieve for our clients. This role also allows me to work closely with Dermatologists, Doctors and Plastic Surgeons, which has been very insightful.

Source: @ashleejademiddleton

I am very grateful to have worked in the beauty industry for 12 years, and I feel very privileged that I have a job that I love, and that I enjoy going to work every day. The best part of my career is knowing that along the way, I have helped beauty therapists and fellow colleagues become better at their job and helped develop their knowledge and skills. I have also been very blessed to work with some amazing people.

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

1.There are many career options.

2.Never stop learning and developing your skills.

3.Education is key! Take advantage of the courses your skincare/brand houses offer, even if you have to go in your own time.

4.Utilize industry Facebook groups and learn from your fellow colleagues.

5.Listen to industry based podcasts (I am a self-proclaimed podcast nerd). I personally listen to Beaute Industrie and Inside Aesthetics while I drive and at the gym.

6.Network, network, network!

What do you love most about the beauty industry?

I love that the beauty industry is forever evolving. When I first became a beauty therapist, Microdermabrasion was only just becoming a popular treatment. Now we are performing skin needling, laser treatments, body contouring procedures, cosmetic tattooing and much more.

I also love that we are seeing businesses that specialize in particular services. For example, I visit different businesses for nails, spray tans, waxing, laser and skin treatments.

What change would you like to see in the beauty industry in the next 5-10 years?

More training and development for beauty therapists around client consultation.

More emphasis on treating the skin with a holistic approach, looking at lifestyle and diet factors, and how they can affect the skin.

More training in the Certificate IV and Diploma level training on retail expectations.

An increase in the use of devices in beauty salons and clinics.


We are so incredibly grateful to Ashlee 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: Jessica Peris

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Jessica Peris

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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 www.the-beautique.com.au/


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

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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

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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: www.beauteindustrie.com

Likewise, come in and see what all the fuss is about in the communtiy facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beauteindustrie/


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.


A Career In Beauty Therapy: Nina Pasic

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Nina Pasic

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with Nina Pasic

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 makeup artist and entrepreneur, Nina Pasic. You might know Nina by her makeup brand “Makeup By Nins” or her clothing brand “N.Brand”. Nina creates bold, dramatic, but natural makeup looks. We caught up with Nina to discuss all things career, makeup, and her brand.

Tell us about your career in the beauty industry and how you got to where you are today.

If I’m honest, I never saw myself working in the beauty industry. My makeup career is something that just fell into my lap. I had always had an interest in makeup and fashion (ever since I had to do my own stage makeup for dance performances when I was younger) and it’s something that just grew on me.

Ever since I can remember, I was watching YouTube videos (before it became mainstream) and was buying any makeup that I could afford from Priceline so that I could go home and film YouTube videos on my laptop. Luckily for me, those never made it to the internet. The older I got, the more passionate I got about it and I slowly started building my makeup collection and getting more involved in how the beauty industry works.

I always thought that this would just be a hobby, however, as I began studying my Criminology degree at university and had never thought that a makeup career would be possible for me. It wasn’t until a few friends had asked me to do their makeup, and after much convincing from those closest to me that I started my page on Instagram. I genuinely didn’t think that anyone would be interested but to my surprise, I was beginning to book out my weekends within a few weeks of starting my Instagram page and I haven’t looked back since. I’m definitely in it for the long run and I don’t see myself working in any other field. 

In saying this, I wouldn’t be where I am today without my amazing clients and without those who are the closest to me. Their support has been out of this world and I am so grateful for every single person who has helped me come this far. So many have put their trust in me and shown me love and support in any way they can, and I can’t imagine how I’m ever going to repay them. I am truly blessed to have this as a career and my clients are the reason I love what I do more and more every day. 

Source: @makeupbynins_

You have quite an impressive social media following. What’s the most important thing to do when it comes to social media marketing?

 I think that the most important thing about social media marketing is loving what you do. When I first started my page, I thought no-one would be interested and I honestly didn’t mind. I never worried about numbers, I just posted my work and enjoyed sharing all my pictures and the numbers followed. I don’t believe that a following (big or small) defines how talented or hard working a makeup artist is because Instagram is all about algorithm and chance. In saying this, I believe that posting frequently is a contributing factor in gaining a following. Also trying to be real and open getting to know your audience really breaks the ice and makes them feel like they know you on a personal level, which I believe helps them engage with your content.

Apart from makeup, you also have your own brand, N.BRAND. Tell us about this.

Since I can remember, I have always wanted to have a brand of my own. So when I started becoming increasingly interested in beauty and fashion and became a part of this industry it became apparent to me that there were many things that Canberra did not offer to those who are passionate about the same things as I am. Myself, as well as many others that I knew, would always discuss how when looking for certain products it would be hard to find what we’re searching for in-store or if we were to find it online, we would have to wait a while for shipping or the prices would not be as affordable to many as the Australian conversion rates would significantly alter the price we had to pay. 

In addition to this, I found that I had a very specific style, whether it would be beauty or fashion, and it would be hard for me to find exactly what I was looking for. Eventually, when I did find these items, shipping costs and waiting times would be excessive, the product itself seemed like it could be more affordable, and there was always the chance that the order would either get lost in the mail or it would not arrive on time. 

This is why I started N.BRAND. Not only did I want to provide people (along with myself) with products that were suited to my style, but I wanted to ensure that they were affordable. All Canberra N.BRAND orders are packaged and personally delivered within hours of your purchase. Interstate orders are expressed shipped with Australia Post, unless other delivery options can be arranged. If you need a pair of lashes for your night out or realise that you don’t have a pair of shoes that will go with your outfit that you’re wearing that evening, I’ve got you covered.

If you had to give one piece of advice to aspiring makeup artists, what would it be?

 To PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! and to never give up. Don’t feel as if you’re not good enough, or that your talents are not needed in this industry. There is always room for everybody to succeed and there is always room for everyone to improve and grow. 

Nina is also quite well known for her changing hairstyles from short to long, and dark to blonde in a flash. While Sibu Hair takes care of Nina, they also offer joint services to make getting ready for your next event easier. The talented team at Sibu Hair partner with Nina to offer formal and special event packages. You can get your hair and makeup done in one easy place, without any fuss. Contact Nina or Sibu Hair for more information.


We are so incredibly grateful to Nina for sharing her experience in the beauty industry. You can see more about Nina’s Makeup at @makeupbynins_ or N.BRAND at @shop.n.brand. N.BRAND website can be found here:
www.nbrandcbr.com

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: Carmen McNamara

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Carmen McNamara

Find Your Career in Beauty Therapy

with Carmen McNamara

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 Carmen McNamara (AKA The Skin Fairy). Carmen is a true inspiration to many beauty therapists and achieves amazing results for her clients. As a dermal therapist and business owner, Carmen and her team change lives – one skin treatment at a time.

Over your career, you’ve had some major milestones and achievements, including the International Skin Games and winning multiple DMK awards. Tell us about your journey in the beauty industry and how you got to where you are today.

It all started when I was 13. My mums best friend was a beauty therapist and it’s all I ever wanted to do from the moment she tinted my eyelashes for the first time. I then started working in the industry in Year 10 at 16 years of age, on a Thursday night and on Saturday at a local beauty salon, basically as a cleaner, but I loved it. I was obsessed from the beginning really. Beauty School came a few years later, from there I went and worked abroad a luxury cruise liner doing beauty therapy as a Steiner therapist. Upon returning home I studied Dermal Science and really got into the skin industry from about the age of 21, and it’s basically been a roller coaster since then. Skin Fairy Clinic has been operating for 4.5 years now, which is just so awesome. I always wanted my own business and to have my own clinic, it was only ever a matter of time, it’s just something I always dreamt of. And now 14 years in this amazing industry, I feel there is so much to learn and achieve, I am working even harder now to achieve my goals. The accomplishments along the way have been hard hard work, but amazing all in the same breath.

You really are a ‘Skin Fairy’, achieving results for your clients that are truly magical. What is your approach to achieving a healthier skin?

Skin is a holistic approach, everything effects everything. The sooner clients and skin therapists work in synergy together, treating topical and internal, exciting changes start to happen. You can truly change someone’s life for the better when you help them achieve healthier skin. My advice is always to start small, drink more water, include vitamins into your diet, use a mask once a week etc, small steps help the approach to changing any routine, feel a lot more doable.

One thing that we love is that you are so passionate about staff education, team work, and providing a motivating environment for your therapists. You are a fantastic mentor for your team and many beauty therapists across the world. What is the most important piece of advice you could pass on to therapists considering opening their own clinic and managing their own teams?

Thank you so much. This has been my dream from day one, I wanted to create a happy, healthy, educational environment for my business & team. It’s a privilege for me able to teach and learn constantly so that as a brand we all grow together and change lives whilst we are doing so.

We are a value driven company and my advice to others would be, how can you help others? How do you wish you were treated when you first started in the industry? What do you think you could add or gain by being positive and encouraging? Are you ready to serve your team?

One vital point that most people don’t realise is being a leader or business owner within your own company, means you have to be ready to serve others. You have to be willing to uplift, guide and cheerlead everyone else before yourself. If you start solo like I did, back yourself. But when you gain a team, it becomes about them also and don’t ever forget that. Team work makes the dream work.

What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?

I LOVE IT ALL! But I can never go past my DMK Enzyme therapy. Its unlike anything else on the market, it works on the function of the skin first and foremost, creating an overall homeostasis whilst topically working on the surface layers, hydrolysing dead skin cell material, increasing water levels in the skin and giving it a good work out. The skin looks absolutely stunning post enzyme, dewy and glowing.

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

GO FOR IT! There is so many avenues, so many directions you could go. Find your passion within the industry and work hard pursing it! The options are endless! I started in beauty side of things and now work in dermal side, only treating skin with an amazing team of 9 superstars (ITS SO MUCH FUN). The industry has amazing opportunities for everyone and anyone! Its truly so diverse.


We are so incredibly grateful to Carmen for sharing her experience in the beauty industry. You can see more about Carmen at @theskinfairy_ or Skin Fairy Clinic at @skinfairyclinic. Her website is found here:
https://www.skinfairyclinic.com.au/

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: Rachel Jabs

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Rachel Jabs

Find Your Career in Beauty Therapy

with Rachel Jabs

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 Rachel Jabs – a beauty therapist working in the clinical spa environment who is also completing her studies in nursing.

You entered the beauty industry at a young age and are now almost finished your Bachelor of Nursing. How did your career start in the beauty industry?

My career in the beauty industry started because of my passion for skin, makeup and beauty – this passion stemmed from struggles with cystic acne growing up and wanting to understand and better my own skin. This led me to kick starting my in beauty therapy at 15 when I enrolled into a Diploma of Beauty Therapy. I studied beauty therapy at night, attended school during the day and worked in my free time. When I completed my course in beauty I applied for a job at Laser Clinics Australia and landed it, which I was super excited about and I have worked there ever since.

Was a career in beauty therapy something you always knew you wanted to undertake?

There are photos of me at my third birthday with a full face of makeup that I have no idea how it occurred as my mum doesn’t own a slither of makeup (it was probably crayon). Much to my Mum’s dismay, I also used to give my barbies, soft toys and expensive china dolls (meant for display, sorry Mum!) hair cuts and makeovers which were irreversible. I also gave my childhood dog, Lucy, a set of eyebrows using varied techniques on several occasions which was a hoot. Seeing all the expressions she could wear for sometimes weeks on end. It’s safe to say I loved playing with makeup and faces from a young age.

During high school I had attended a work experience at a hair salon, which I didn’t enjoy and so I left the industry alone for a while. It only hit me that beauty therapy would be the perfect career when I saw an ad on TV for beauty training in my area. I attended the next Open Day and instantly fell in love. I signed up that day!

As a future cosmetic injector, you will have the beauty therapy knowledge and skills as well as the nursing. How do beauty therapy and cosmetic injections compliment each other?

Having worked in the clinical side of beauty therapy, I have learned what expectations and results my clients want from their treatment. Being able to perform cosmetic injections just helps me give the clients their desired outcome sooner and on a whole new level.

I will already have the background knowledge to create the perfect face and I will also be able to assist my clients in giving them their desired complexion to go along with their injectables treatment plan prescribed. 

You’ve been working as a beauty therapist providing advanced facials for many years. What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?

My favourite treatments to perform have hands down been the clinical results driven treatments such as dermal needling. Dermal needling treats a plethora of concerns and uses the body’s own healing process to improve the skins texture, integrity and appearance. 

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

If beauty is your passion, this career can be rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable. There is plenty of room to grow and further your studies. Just be prepared to work weekends (haha).

I believe it is important to train your students in the latest technology and treatments available including laser, microdermabrasion, shellac and peels as this is where the industry is headed. A lot of the treatments I had learned in my beauty course were already redundant and of no use to me. In this sense I believe ACTI will be the school to attend if you are wishing to pursue a beauty career as it is owned and run by people who have experience in the advanced beauty industry and have insight of where it is headed, you don’t want to graduate and your skills already be irrelevant!  

What do you love most about the beauty industry?

I have to say, another awesome part of working in the beauty industry is being surrounded by like-minded people who you get along with and wouldn’t turn down catching up outside of work. I don’t envy hearing my friends who work at desk jobs complain about their colleagues and how unalike their colleagues are. I really enjoy all the girls I have worked with and I feel constantly supported by them. 


We are so grateful to Rachel for chatting with ACTI and sharing her experience in the beauty industry. You can get in touch with Rachel via Instagram at @notquitecosmeticnurse.jabs.

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

A Career in Beauty


A career in beauty therapy can take you to places you’ve only dreamed of. The ever-changing and ever-evolving beauty industry means that your career can be dynamic, diverse and incredibly rewarding.

ACTI is here to help you find your career path in the beauty industry. With so many pathways available to students, from beauty therapy in a traditional spa, to owning your own business, working in a clinic, or specialising in a niche service, we know there is a career path for you.

What does a beauty therapist do? 
A beauty therapist is provides a broad range of beauty therapy treatments and services including facial treatments, body massage and treatments, hair removal, lash and brow treatments, nail and make-up services. This includes consultation with clients to provide beauty advice, recommend beauty treatments and services, and sell retail skin-care and cosmetic products.

At ACTI, we will give you the skills you need to graduate as a fully qualified, in-demand beauty therapist. So where to from here? We’ve outlined below some of the popular career paths available to beauty therapists, however the list is endless!

Traditional Beauty Therapy in a Spa 
Working in a traditional spa can be incredibly rewarding. Performing a range of services and treatments, your clients will be seeking relaxation, pampering and traditional beauty therapy treatments. These may include massage, pedicures, spa treatments, and lash & brow services.

The Clinical Environment
Beauty therapy has grown and evolved to become a huge, booming industry thanks to the new technology, social media influences, and ease of access. Laser hair removal, for example, has become one of the most widely performed services in Australia by beauty therapists. Therapists working in the clinical environment may perform advanced facials, microdermabrasion treatments, light therapy treatments, and more. While still performing many of the same treatments as the traditional spa therapist, the clinical environment often focuses more on corrective beauty treatments. Beauty therapists wanting to advance their scope of practice in the clinical environment may choose to further their education at a university or higher education level.

Laser Hair Reduction Therapist
Within the clinical environment lives the laser hair reduction therapist. Depending on the state or territory you live in, the laser therapist will have varying requirements for education levels and training. At ACTI, we offer the Advanced Diploma of IPL & Laser for Hair Reduction for our beauty therapists who are seeking to advance their skills and become laser therapists.

Manager, Supervisor or Business Owner
Many experienced therapists, or even those new to the beauty industry, embark on their journey of salon management or ownership. Leading a team, managing employees and running a business can be incredibly rewarding and a great learning experience. A job role with many required skills including communication, delegation, marketing, conflict resolution, and teamwork.

Educator or Trainer
Throughout your career in beauty therapy, you will learn something new every single day. If you have a passion for education, helping others or simply enjoy passing on your knowledge and skills, a career as an educator or trainer in the beauty industry may be for you. Formal training is required to deliver accredited training courses.

Working in a niche-specialty
As you complete your studies and gain work experience in the industry, you will find aspects that you absolutely love. Taking this a step further in specialising in this area can help you become an expert in the service or treatment. From brows and lashes, to skin or nails, a niche-specialty can help you take your career to the next level.

Work Overseas or on a Cruise Liner
As a beauty therapist, the opportunities to work and travel are endless. Pursue a career in a tropical resort day spa, travel the world on a cruise liner working in the beauty salon, or take your skills internationally.

Throughout May and June, ACTI will be highlighting career paths available within the beauty industry. A career in beauty therapy can be rewarding, meaningful, and diverse. We have some very exciting beauty therapists and industry leaders talking to ACTI about their careers in beauty.

ACTI is now enrolling for April and June 2019. Visit our website for more information.