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

  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • 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.

Skills

  • Identify customer's needs

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

  • 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.

  • Maintain equipment

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

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • Conform to cosmetics regulatory requirements

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shape nails

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Decorate nails

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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