Profession manicurist

Manicurists provide fingernail care. They clean, cut and shape the nails, remove cuticles and apply polish. Manicurists apply artificial fingernails and other decorative items on nails. They advice on nail and hand care and sell specialised products.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Cosmetics

    The various types of substances used to enhance the appearance of the human body.

  • Skin types

    The different skin types, such as dry, normal, oily, and sensitive.

  • Cosmetic manicure

    Various elements of a manicure, such as the cutting and shaping of toe- or fingernails, removing excess callouses and cuticle around nails, and applying a protective or decorative coat of nail polish.

  • Cosmetics industry

    Suppliers, products and brands in the cosmetic industry.

  • Cosmetic skin treatment

    The aesthetic care of the skin, such as facials, including exfoliation, facial masks, peels, steam, and extraction.

Skills

  • Apply nail polish

    Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover or swabs, clean customers' nails and apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brushes.

  • Maintain customer service

    Keep the highest possible customer service and make sure that the customer service is at all times performed in a professional way. Help customers or participants feel at ease and support special requirements.

  • Decorate nails

    Use artificial nails, piercings, ornaments, or customised designs to decorate customers' nails.

  • Maintain equipment

    Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.

  • Advise customers on usage of cosmetics

    Provide advice to customers on how to apply various cosmetic products such as lotions, powders, nail polish or creams.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Sterilise working environment

    Make sure all working equipment, jewellery and skin is made sterile, before performing skin treatment or body modifications such as tattooing or piercing, to prevent infections or the transfer of diseases.

  • Conform to cosmetics regulatory requirements

    Ensure conformance to regulatory requirements applied in personal care products such as cosmetics, fragrances and toiletry.

  • Treat nails

    Wrap nails to repair them or make them stronger and more resilient. Soften, trim or push back nail cuticles and provide treatment to people who bite their nails.

  • Shape nails

    Shape nails by cutting and smoothening the ends of the nails, with the use of files, scissors or emery boards.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

Optional knowledge and skills

monitor stock level keep personal administration show social competences maintain relationship with suppliers administer appointments give massages use hair removal techniques manage a small-to-medium business manufacture cosmetics process payments test make-up maintain professional administration sell cosmetics issue sales invoices recommend cosmetics to customers offer cosmetic beauty advice perform body piercings comply with legislation related to health care order supplies