What Does an Esthetician Do?

Cosmetologists and estheticians are commonly confused with one another. You should be aware that they are in fact two different professions and two different licenses in the state of California. However, there are some quirks about them.

A cosmetologist learns hair, makeup, skin care, nail care, and more. They often cover just the basics of everything but hair. Hair is their speciality! You can work as an esthetician as a cosmetologist, but most of the time it’s at a very basic level. Basic facials, certain types of waxes, and basic makeup application are all things they can provide to their clientele.

An esthetician dives deeper. Skin analysis, more complex skin care treatments, and more in-depth makeup artistry is often offered to estheticians in an esthetics program. With an esthetics license you are not legally allowed to practice cosmetology.

So that begs the question. What does an esthetician do?

Skin Care

This is the first thing that comes to mind when talking esthetics. Relaxing facials, facials that treat acne, and even facials that treat signs of aging are all types of services that an esthetician can learn and offer. In addition to facials, they can also provide skin exfoliation.

The next time you step into the spa and are looking for a relaxing treatment, know that it is likely being performed by a licensed esthetician!

  • Are you interested in learning more about the beauty industry?
    Get more information now!

  • * I agree to be contacted by a Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy admissions representative. Message and data rates apply.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Body Treatments

Estheticians are trained in providing skin treatments for the whole body! Body treatments are usually focused on the back and shoulders. Back facials are highly popular and are created for relaxation purposes or to treat skin conditions like body acne.

Another popular body treatment is known as a wrap. A body wrap is at treatment that goes on your back and then is left there to set in while a wrap is circled around it to lock in heat and make its effects more immediate and last longer.

Where can a career in esthetics take you? Click here to read about all the travel possibilities!

Makeup Application

Makeup artistry is something many estheticians love doing! Think about it, to create beautiful makeup art, you’ll want a healthy canvas to work with! That’s where skin care and makeup go hand in hand. Makeup application isn’t just limited to eyeshadows and lipsticks. You can learn specific types of makeup for all occasions! Bridal styles, runway looks, and even special effects makeup are covered.

hispanic model with beautiful makeup


Hair removal is a service that is in demand in So.Cal. Smooth legs are so in right now, and you can learn how to provide them! Waxing, tweezing, and hair removal in general are all taught in an esthetics program. With the recent rise in speciality service shops like waxing bars and brow bars, knowing how to wax has never had better job prospects!


In addition to providing services, an esthetician must be able to consult and advise their clients. Helping them build a skin care routine that is tailored to their skin and goals is a part of the job that goes home with the client! Makeup suggestions and product recommendations are two other things an esthetician can help their guests with.

What Do You Do?

What do you do at your job? Is it as fun as providing these types of services to people all day long? If you have a passion for skin care and are looking for a reason to pursue esthetics school, let this be your reason! Contact Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy today to learn more about our program!

Advanced Esthetics

Are you excited about the idea of working in a medi spa? We can’t blame you! Our local area in Orange County is home to plenty of them. If you want to learn more than the basics of skin care, check out our Advanced Esthetics program.