Why Bellus Academy Estheticians are Experts in the Beauty and Wellness Industry

February 27th, 2014 by Amy Masini

large-1 Are you looking to become a Bellus Academy Esthetician?

Do you want to know what career options you have after your time at Bellus Academy?

Amanda Massie, Lead Esthetics Educator at Bellus Academy in Manhattan, dives into the many reasons why a Bellus Academy Esthetician is a leader in the beauty and wellness industry. Read about the benefits of becoming an Esthetician at Bellus Academy and the career opportunities available.


Bellus Academy exposes students to training for the following advanced treatments and therapies: Hydrafacial, Solitone, Microderm, Chemical Peels, Advanced Body treatments, Hair Removal, Basic and Advanced Airbrush Makeup Applications, Lash and Brow Tinting, FX Spray Tan, High Frequency, Galvanic, Mechanical Lymphatic Drainage, Aromatherapy Treatments, Derm Analysis, Advanced Murad Protocols, and much more.

In addition to these practices, Bellus Estheticians use highly reputable product lines such as Murad, M.U.D., Sun FX, Biotone, Edge Systems, H2T, and Chella, just to name a few. When students are exposed to top line products, they are setting themselves up to be more competitive in the industry.

Wellness Training

Students learn about the water principle, internal skincare, and Murad inclusive health and wellness. As a student, you go through a wellness training program that focuses on the water principle Dr. Murad created to get a more holistic sense of the skin processes. Students come away with knowledge about what is going on internally that effects skin externally.

All of the products and services that the students learn are practiced on each other. They are in a hands-on environment and have three months of classroom spa experience. As professionals, the Estheticians are able to more fully explain the treatments, as they have been through them before. The practice while in the classes is essential to refine performance skills and build confidence. The Bellus Academy Estheticians have everything they need for the real world after they leave.

Business Training

The Bellus Best in Business program is geared toward helping students to understanding business, personal, and marketing skills. Students focus on the importance of client retention, homecare, upselling, social media and other marketing strategies, on both the professional and personal level. Students learn goal-setting skills to manage these aspects of their personal and professional lives.

Career Opportunities

Bellus Academy Estheticians can have a range of opportunities after school. The following list is full of wonderful potential options for students: Spa Director/Manager, Med Spa and Wellness Center, Professional Esthetician, Spa Owner, Cosmetic Buyer, Manufacturer Representative, Professional Makeup Artist, Dermatologists’ Assistant, Beauty Advisor, Guest Artist/Demonstrator, Cruise Line, Beauty and Wellness Writer/Editor, Educator, State Board Spa Inspector, Film Studio’s, Modeling Agencies, and more!

Make-Up State of Mind at Bellus Academy

February 19th, 2014 by Amy Masini

large Are you a make-up artistry student or alumni?

Do you want to stay connected to the industry and continue to learn new skills?

Bellus Academy is rolling out Make-Up State of Mind, giving students and alumni an opportunity for continued education online. Learn about this amazing program started by Kristina-Monique Cortez and Sonia Tabor.

The History

MU State of Mind was created when Kristina and Sonia saw a need for a program to keep students connected to Bellus Academy. It is important to keep students and alumni connected to the industry while they head out into the field and become busy working. Kristina and Sonia wanted a new program to give students the opportunity to continuously grow. MU State of Mind works to be the connections for the disconnections of the generations.

 The Details

The Make-Up State of Mind program is for make-up alumni and present make-up students. For $125, you receive a one-year subscription, which includes a membership to The Powder Group. The program is also available in Spanish!

 The Benefits

As a part of the program, you have access to magazines with the latest news, innovations, summits, classes, and you obtain a great sense of how to be connected with make-up artists all around the world. This project helps to solidify students in the make-up industry and certifies them as members in the make-up family. It holds you up in the industry and gets you involved.

Involvement in this program can be seen as more valuable than having a business card, as it shows you taking an extra step in the world. The Powder Group does not partner up with just anyone, so a Bellus Academy student in this program stands out among the rest. The program will help you to become better known and provides constant education and access to exclusive events.

Kristina and Sonia are constantly seeing growth in this generation of make-up artists and students and watching them continue to learn from different avenues. YouTube is a great place to learn from other artists, so MU State of Mind aims to help students and alumni find which artists have the best techniques and skills to share. They can help make those connections to the right artists.

The love of the industry Kristina and Sonia have inspires them to continue to bring it back to education. With this program, Bellus alumni are given the opportunity to go back and watch videos, brush up on old skills, and pick up new ones.

The Passion

“MU State of Mind is “Where we bring the LOVE of MAKEUP ARTISTRY and the PASSION of EDUCATION together in our community”. We offer tutorials with an emphasis on the base of our student’s makeup education to keep them connected to the foundation of the art of makeup with current news, events and tutorials including guest artists.”

“We are the Connection to the Disconnection” between the generations of artists. As working artists we believe in having a full connection in continuing education and our vision is to keep our students and alumni connected as well. As educators in the makeup industry it is key to surround ourselves in a community that feeds our creativity, knowledge and passion with the fresh artists. We share our work in hope to support this community that we belong to. Follow our journey as we stay connected.

-MU State of Mind

Lindsey Washbourne of Bellus Academy Talks Pinterest

February 18th, 2014 by Amy Masini

LINDSEY Bellus Academy’s Lindsey Washbourne is making her statement in the world of beauty and wellness. Lindsey is an Inspiration Manager & Tier 3 Educator at Bellus Academy. She has recently begun writing a weekly blog for The G.O.O.D.S. Magazine, Beauty Pin of the Week, where she features a different top beauty pin from Pinterest. Look out for her posts each Monday to follow along with her as she keeps up on the top trends!

Spa and Wellness Events with Joanne Berry of Bellus Academy

February 13th, 2014 by Amy Masini

large Are you looking for the top networking events in the spa and wellness industry?

Do you want to find ways to continue to learn out about the latest and greatest innovations?


Bellus Academy’s Spa Director, Joanne Berry, has all of the information for students and alumni to find out about the top trade shows and events as well as why they are so important to attend.

Read up on the top shows and opportunities coming up in the spa and wellness world.

New Innovations

Joanne believes that trade shows are a perfect place for looking at new innovations in the spa and wellness industry. She encourages alumni to attend these events to be there to share what they are doing now as well as to look into other opportunities. They can find new skin and body care products, new equipment, and be able to serve clients at a higher level.

It is the perfect opportunity to learn about something you might not be aware of. If you are looking to learn something more specific about medicine for example, you can educate yourself watching the medical speakers and get clarity on whether or not it is right for you.


Joanne says these shows are all about networking and continuing to build your personal brand by attending year after year and making yourself known in the industry. It is a great platform for strengthening connections and building contacts. The shows are opportunities to put your name out there for jobs and opportunities in the spa and wellness world.

Different Types of Shows

It is important to know what type of show you are headed to. Some of these events are one day and others are over a weekend. At the shows, attendees can get access to the trade show floor where all of the booths are with the latest in products and industry innovations. Attendees can sit in on speaker sessions or be on the floor learning and exploring the booths. The floor is a great place to set up meetings with prospective employees or other individuals to partner with for future business opportunities.

Trade shows range from one to three days and they are normally hosted in convention centers. For more intimate and local community events, there are shorter events such as Spa Connection that will take place on March 6th for three hours for the Southern California community.

Spa Connection is just one example of the many shows that are available. Joanne points out that there is at least one show you can attend every month! The next big show for California students and alumni is the Vegas show. At least 100 students will attend from Bellus Academy.

Bellus Academy does a trip to Vegas with student rates available for participation. This show is a great one to attend especially for students looking for an opportunity to volunteer at a large-scale event, getting great exposure to spa directors. She advises students to go to Vegas every year for the next five years, and then work your way up to even larger shows.

Shows Coming Up

Joanne has been attending these events for many years and believes that if you are consistent in your attendance and participation, people come to know and respect you. You can become a part of the insider community and be seen as an industry leader.

Joanne recommends knowing about each and every event coming up! Take a look at the Day Spa Association Calendar as well as the quickly approaching Spa Connection event!

Bellus Academy Presents Come2Gether!

February 12th, 2014 by Amy Masini

1526875_10151881171567945_892701709_n Bellus Academy had an incredible time working with the Come2Gether event this weekend supporting Beauty Changes Lives! Check out the amazing photo album from the event on hairbranded to see the great work from the event. We all send out a huge thank you to all of the teams and skilled individuals who gave their time and  positive energy to make the Come2Gether event such a wonderful success.

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