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About Esthetics

The 600-hour program at Skyline College is designed to prepare students for the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology licensure exam. Classes in theoretical and practical instruction ensure that graduating students are ready for their exams and a successful career in a spa. Students will graduate with a basic understanding of the chemistry of the skin along with the products used in its care, the application of make-up and the removal of superfluous hair. The program is open to both men and women.

Classes are taught with a combination of teaching styles and methods, including the following:

  • PowerPoint slides and classroom lecture
  • Milady’s Standard Esthetics text and workbooks
  • Live demonstrations
  • Guest speakers
  • Hands-on practice
  • Written and practical exams

Our faculty and staff use their experience in spas to illustrate and inform their careers as teachers. We encourage students to use critical thinking skills to complement the theory and practice of esthetics.

First Semester

Students learn the basics of sanitation and client care while practicing skills on mannequins and each other. The following subjects are studied and practiced in depth:

  • Skin analysis and skin types
  • Client consultation and safety
  • Cosmetic chemistry and the pH scale
  • Chemical peels and exfoliation according to the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
  • Makeup application
  • Waxing for the face and body

Second Semester

Students practice their skills on live models in a spa setting. As students approach their test date at the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology they complete numerous timed drills in preparation for the exam. A Mock State Board exam is given to students in the last weeks of their instruction to simulate their exam experience and score. Skyline College is proud to announce that 100% of students pass the practical exams and 75% pass written exams on the first try.

Career Opportunities

After receiving the Esthetician License, job opportunities include but are not limited to:

  1. Owning your business
  2. Working for a physician
  3. Working for a manufacturer
  4. Becoming an educator
  5. Working as a makeup artist
  6. Consulting

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 5:45pm to 10pm; Saturday, 8am to 4:30pm

Where: Skyline College, Cosmetology Department, Lower Level

Course Length: 2 semesters

Enrollment: Fall semester (August)

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