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What it takes to be a beauty professional

Global, gratifying, and consistently growing, the beauty industry offers the glamorous allure of a jet setting lifestyle, entrepreneurship and rubbing shoulders with the fashionable elite.

But make no mistake beneath an image of effortless elegance and excitement some serious smarts and skills are at play.

At The French Beauty Academy our aim is to foster both professional skills and a lifelong commitment to client care as part of what we firmly believe is the privilege of service.

If you’re considering a career in this incredibly rewarding industry, here’s what it takes to be a beauty professional and embrace the privilege of client care.

A Qualification

An education and qualification in beauty is what will set you apart from the rest. Our SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy & CUA51015 Diploma of Screen Media is the required qualification if you’re aspiring to a career in the beauty industry. Whether you want to study full time or part time or even if you live in rural or remote location, we offer flexible learning options.


From the way you present yourself to how you communicate, the beauty industry requires absolute professionalism. You will need to be discreet, attentive to detail, and present yourself in the best light at all times.

People skills

This varied industry is one that will see you work with people from all walks of life on good and bad days. You’ll need to know how to read people, work as a team and appreciate it’s not only what you do but how you make people feel that will set you up for success.


Confidence is not arrogance. It is not necessarily loud or bold, but rather a quiet conviction in who you are and the skills you have. In the beauty industry this quiet confidence is a sought-after trait as people entrust their appearance and wellbeing to your skills and expertise.

Attention to detail

It’s the little things that add up when it comes to beauty and wellness – the tiny extras that allow your clients to feel beautiful inside and out. That requires attention to detail in addition to precision and skill, allowing you to build a reputation as a true professional who is consistent in client satisfaction and results.

Time management

Likelihood is your career in beauty will be governed by the clock and daily schedules of appointments. And the more successful you are, the more clients will demand a slice of your time. The ability to work to a schedule and manage your time will be imperative, in the knowledge each client deserves your complete, individual and uninterrupted attention.

A willingness to learn

The amazing thing about the beauty industry is that its constantly evolving! New trends, technology, methods is what drives this $500 billion dollar industry forward. Upskilling and learning new techniques and treatments will be a requirement if you want to stay at the forefront, along with a voracious passion to know what’s trending, what’s hot and what’s the next big thing!

Business management skills

Whether you work in a spa, freelance as a makeup artist or consult to the fashion industry, business skills will be required. In fact, even when you work for an established brand, these skills can be invaluable in making you an asset to an enterprise.

A genuine love of people

The beauty industry encompasses aesthetics and encapsulates wellbeing, but at its heart its an industry about people. The true art of a beauty therapist lies in making your clients feel good about themselves, whether that’s through makeup, massage or skin treatments.

Is this you?

If the above attributes are innate to your skillset and you’re looking to further explore your potential, a career in beauty awaits.

Ready to embark on an adventure? Find out about our courses here

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