Sheniah’s passion for all things beauty began at a young age, propelling her to great heights in the industry. Her story exemplifies what determination and a strong work ethic can accomplish. Sheniah has had a strong belief her entire life that education is powerful and necessary for success. This motivated her to pursue a Bachelor of Nursing after graduating high school. During her last year of her studies, Sheniah decided to explore her love for makeup and enrolled at The French to study a Dual Diploma of Beauty Therapy. Despite her busy schedule juggling her education and working as a freelance makeup artist, Sheniah achieved great success during her time at The French. Upon graduating, she was awarded the prestigous award of Valedictorian as well as the Makeup Artist of 2019. Fast forward to today, Sheniah is working at Brisbanes premier cosmetic clinic doing what she loves; Cosmetic Injectables and Skin & Body Treatments.
The first memory I have of being introduced to beauty, was when I was introduced to liquid eyeliner during high school. I was amazed at how well it could define your eyes and I became obsessed. I would practice applying eyeliner on myself for hours and it would be the only piece of makeup I would wear. At that time, YouTube makeup tutorials were on the rise and I was obsessed with watching them and practicing the looks on myself. It was then I found my passion for makeup.
Soon after graduating school, I decided to pursue my own freelance makeup artistry business, where I was performing makeup applications for special events, photo shoots and even doing 1:1 lessons with people to teach them how to perform a full face of makeup with my techniques. My love for beauty stemmed from my love and passion for makeup.
I pursued a Bachelor of Nursing Degree after I finished school. During what was supposed to be my last year of my degree, I decided to go part time & extend my university study to pursue a diploma of beauty on the side. I had taught myself how to do makeup through YouTube, but I really wanted to learn more and get a certification behind what I was doing. I did a lot of research into all the beauty education providers in my area. I found that I really resonated with the values of The French Beauty Academy. Not only is their education curriculum considered highly in the industry, but they care and nurture the self development of their students.
The French beautifully developed a Dual Diploma that integrated not only high quality theoretical and hands on education, but they also focused on developing their student’s self development. I loved integrating service to the community into my studies at The French. From providing head massages for health care workers in the hospital, to raising money for local charities, I learnt a lot about giving back to the community and how it feeds the betterment and growth of your soul.
I absolutely loved my whole experience of my time studying at The French. From the moment I had my first walk through of the facility, I felt welcomed and at home. Everyone including the students and educators got a long so well. As a student, I felt supported throughout the whole course not only by my friends, but also by my educators and staff at The French.
The French prepares you for a life as a professional beauty therapist as you are given the highest quality theoretical and hands on training. I believe that the amount of hands on practice that you get with every service that you learn was amazing and really made me confident with what I was doing out in the industry. The French also provides an opportunity to have a feel of how it is like to work in a beauty salon environment in the ‘Student Salon’ where you as a student are placed in a salon environment, performing services for paying clients where they give you feedback to promote your growth and experience as a beauty therapist. The curriculum offered at The French also allows for self love, self, discovery and self growth. Through this program, I believe that it moulds you as an individual and professional to embody virtues such as kindness, care, love, charity and respect which are highly regarded in the industry.
All the staff at The French are the beating heart of the academy. They are all knowledgable, talented, passionate and friendly individuals. They are all very caring and nurturing and will be by your side to help you at any given moment. This is something I cherished and appreciated as a student. I didn’t only see them as highly knowledgable and talented individuals, but also as my friends. We were all pretty much a family by the end of the course.
My favourite subject at the French was specialised facials. I loved learning about the science behind the skin, product formulations and how to prescribe a skincare routine. I also loved the slow paced facial services where you provide a relaxing and therapeutic experience for clients, which not only make your clients feel good, but you feel rewarded too for being able to provide that experience.
One particular lesson that I learnt is to always have the concept of service as a foundation of my life. No matter whether it be providing a therapeutic facial for someone, or serving my community. Nothing feeds the betterment of your soul more than good deeds.
I was still pursuing my degree in Nursing by the time I finished at The French. I graduated university a couple months after graduating The French, and went straight into working at a GP clinic and studying cosmetic injectables. A few months after studying cosmetic injectables, I applied for several jobs and I was able to get a job through a laser clinic. I worked there for a year, and they provided me with a wealth of education, experience and support which made me confident in my career and grew my passion. I now work at a prestigious Cosmetic Clinic called ‘Inigo Cosmetic’ in the heart of James Street in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
I believe that not only the prestigious theoretical curriculum gave me a great understanding about treatments and services, but the amount of hands on training and experience that I got throughout my course was highly regarded when I was being hired. I also believe that having the self discovery and service aspect of the curriculum was also highly sought for when I was being hired. Businesses want employees who will display virtues such as respect, kindness, and trustworthiness in their workplaces.
The French graduates are perceived very highly out in the industry. Due to The French’s unparalleled prestigious education curriculum, you will definitely be considered above all others.
I love the comfortable and friendly environment here at Inigo. One memorable moment that I have are seeing my educators from The French come and see me for treatments! It’s so rewarding.
A day in my life looks like starting the day with getting breakfast with some of my besties from work. We then set up the clinic ready for the day. I perform treatments such as cosmetic injectables & dermal therapies with the highest quality products and machines available in Australia. I work with the most amazing, talented and knowledgable individuals. I love what I do so much.
The beauty industry is constantly growing and improving. Being in the non-surgical cosmetic field, there are continuous advancements in products, equipment, technologies and studies that make it so exciting to learn new things. You can only wonder what advancements there is to come in the future!
My advice before doing anything is to always do your research. It doesn’t necessarily have to be only online research, but research through exploring and experiencing your love & passions in life. Love & passion are qualities that will keep you going through life. This is something I did before I got into the beauty industry & the cosmetic injectables industry: experience a facial, getting your makeup done, get a massage, get injectables and put yourself in your therapist’s shoes. How does it make you feel when you imagine yourself in their shoes doing what they are doing? Once you find something you love and are passionate about, take that and create a life centred around it and you will have endless happiness. Take every opportunity to learn that you can get, and always keep learning and improving your skills.
My goal in my career is to always keep learning and improving my knowledge and skills. My ultimate goal would be to own my own clinic one day.
SCENT: Who is Elijah – ‘Nomad’
LIPSTICK: Hourglass – Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm – ‘Trace’
BOOK: How to win friends & influence people
BEST KEPT SECRET: SPF is the best anti-ageing cream.
CITY: Gold Coast, Australia (home is where my heart belongs)
BEAUTY MUSE: Honestly, there is no one person who influences me as a beauty muse. Any strong, independent, beautiful, confident women who I see are not afraid to be themselves, influences me to do the same. Every person is beautiful in their own way.
SONG: Anything Alina Baraz
QUOTE: “Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always time”
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