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6 Steps to Becoming a Master Esthetician

Posted by Nima | March 2, 2022

You may want to become a master esthetician if you like practicing skincare methods or helping people solve their issues. Clients of Master estheticians may benefit from enhanced self-esteem, better health conditions, and healthy skincare practices. We’ll discuss what a master esthetician is, what their duties are, and how to become one in this article.

What is a master esthetician?

An expert skincare professional is referred to as a master esthetician. Esthetics, sometimes known as aesthetics, is a branch of cosmetology that focuses on caring for human hair, nails, and skin. Estheticians assist their clients in enhancing the appearance or health of their skin.

Master estheticians receive more training hours, learn additional skincare procedures, and have licenses that allow them to provide a broader range of aesthetic treatments than traditional estheticians. Many career alternatives exist for aesthetician master’s degree holders, including dermatologists, advanced spa service professionals, laser specialists or plastic surgeons.

What does a master esthetician do?

To maintain their consumers healthy, master estheticians utilize a variety of safety and sanitary measures. To deliver high-quality skincare services tailored to each client’s needs, master estheticians employ their knowledge of anatomy, skin disorders, cosmetic chemicals, and other related issues. The duties of a master esthetician may differ depending on their chosen profession, location, and work environment, but they might include the following:

  • Facial cleansings, for example, are one of the most basic and regular skincare treatments
  • Removing tattoos
  • Giving clients with expert pedicure treatments, such as the use of electric nail files or treating nail fungus
  • Using chemical peel techniques and tools, such as Jessner or chemicals
  • Performing facial or scalp massages
  • Using advanced aromatherapy skills to aid with skin cell regeneration in a customer
  • Helping patients heal from plastic surgery
  • Performing microdermabrasion, or the removal of the top layer of skin to minimize scars or improve skin appearance, is a popular beauty treatment
  • Removing body hair through waxing or with laser technologies
  • Exfoliating, or using various methods to help a client’s skin shed, such as dry or ultrasonic vibration
  • Applying mud or seaweed body wraps
  • Massaging clients with the goal of lymphatic drainage, meaning the elimination of waste from human tissues
  • Therapies using radiofrequency radiation, intense pulsed light, gemstones or other advanced therapies are available

How to become a master esthetician

Here are the six stages to follow in order to become an expert esthetician:

1. Check the requirements for your state

Check the state licensing requirements for the specialty you wish to practice master esthetics in. Requirements for estheticians vary by jurisdiction. Only a few states provide master esthetician licenses, while all fifty states have standard esthetician licenses. The following states offer master esthetician credentials in addition to Washington, D.C.’s capital:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Virginia

Some jurisdictions issue advanced or expanded esthetician licenses in lieu of master esthetician certificates. Many states offer specialized training for certain master esthetics procedures, such as tattoo removal or microdermabrasion. Esthetician license upgrades are possible after successful completion of these training programs.

2. Decide on your career path

Select how you want to become a professional esthetician. Some aspiring master estheticians choose to first apprentice, obtain their license, and acquire work experience as a conventional esthetician before pursuing the path of becoming an expert practitioner. Estheticians are required to complete their standard and master esthetician training simultaneously, then apply for their master or advanced esthetician license as soon after as possible.

3. Complete your esthetics training

Receive training in both master esthetician and standard esthetician skills. The number of required training hours for master estheticians varies by state; check with your state’s Board of Cosmetic Specialty Education to verify the amount of training necessary.

Esthetics training focuses on both theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills that estheticians require. The courses you take during your esthetician training are determined by a variety of factors, including whether you’re getting both the basic and expert level of esthetician education at the same time. Esthetics programs may cover topics such as:

  • Advanced massage techniques
  • Skin disorders
  • Medical charts
  • Chemical peel methods
  • Biochemistry
  • Ingredients in skincare products and their health benefits
  • Hair removal
  • Advanced facial treatments, such as hydrating, pore-cleansing and ultrasound facial treatments
  • Anatomy, including muscles, nerves, cells and veins
  • Hormones
  • Plastic surgeries
  • Hygiene, sanitation and disinfection practices
  • Skin aging signs and techniques
  • Care methods for different types of skin, such as dry or oily
  • Immune systems
  • Therapy techniques that use technology, such as lasers or LED lights
  • Health care laws
  • Medical terms
  • Advanced manicures and pedicures
  • Chemistry
  • Histology, or the study of small human tissues
  • Care techniques for clients before and after surgeries

Even if your state does not offer a master esthetician license, you may wish to obtain one. A master esthetics course or certificate on your CV might assist you get better jobs, such as those with greater pay and more experienced colleagues. Check out NIMA’s Master Aesthetics Licensure Course here.

4. Find an esthetician apprenticeship

In some states, master estheticians must first finish apprenticeships before obtaining their license. Apprenticeships may sometimes take the place of portion or all of your esthetics education. The state board of cosmetology must have approved your apprentice master.

5. Take the test

Complete the tests necessary for master or advanced esthetician licenses. Both a written and a practical examination are administered to aspiring master estheticians. The written and practical portions of the examination require test-takers to demonstrate both scientific knowledge and technical skills regarding master esthetics. Candidates must show several skills on a person or mannequin during the practical assessments. On the practical examination, future master estheticians must not only exhibit their hands-on skills but also demonstrate an understanding of recognized safety and sanitary practices.

6. Apply for your license

After you’ve completed the licensing requirements and submitted your master or advanced licensure application, it’s time to get started. The following is a list of the necessary documentation, paperwork, and costs for master estheticians in each state. In certain situations, such as this one, some jurisdictions may need an official from your master aesthetician training program to confirm that you met all of the educational requirements.

Job outlook and salary for master estheticians

Although there is no national wage data available for master estheticians, the average pay in the field as a whole is known. The typical wage of all estheticians in the United States is $36,953 per year by 2021. Esthetician salaries vary based on factors like years of expertise, location, and aesthetician speciality. It’s also critical to remember that master estheticians’ wages might be considerably greater, since they may work in plastic surgery clinics, dermatology offices, or other medical facilities.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment prospects for all skincare specialists will increase by 17% from 2019 to 2029. This is faster than many other occupations. For several reasons, the BLS expects that employment in skincare experts will rise for several reasons:

  • Raised demand for services: Customers increasingly desire services only available from skincare experts, such as facials, according to the BLS.
  • Growing market needs for skincare: According to the BLS, many sorts of potential customers now demand skincare treatments. While women have historically been the clientele of a skincare practitioner, men are now seeking professional skincare treatments as well.
  • New beauty salons and spas: The American Beauty Association (ABA) reports that the number of spas and beauty salons in the United States is increasing. This implies that there may be more work for skincare practitioners, including skilled ones.

Skills for master estheticians

For their regular interactions with clients, master estheticians need interpersonal skills. Estheticians must have a wide range of talents and skills in order to successfully perform their trade. To assist with the treatment of clients or improve their health, master estheticians need more technical expertise and abilities. Consider acquiring the following talents if you want to become a master esthetician:

Manual dexterity

Manual dexterity is a measure of one’s hand coordination. To give high-quality services and protect their clients, master estheticians require excellent manual dexterity. For example, a master esthetician may need to give massages that assist patients feel better while being cautious of safety precautions and regulations.

Problem-solving abilities

Clients come to master estheticians with a variety of skincare concerns and problems. A master esthetician must correctly pinpoint or diagnose a client’s specific problem. After that, the master esthetician is in charge of developing and putting in place a plan to address their client’s issue or problem.

Sales abilities

Estheticians may work in beauty spas, health clinics, or massage parlors. These workplaces might demand that their staff assist customers in finding and purchasing services. Estheticians in this kind of workplace or a comparable setting must practice their sales abilities, such as negotiating, delivering sales pitches, or demonstrating their services.

Scientific and medical knowledge

A master esthetician must be well-versed in the science of skincare. Estheticians who have attained mastery levels are familiar with both external skin features, such as dryness level, and internal skin processes, such as hormones. A master esthetician should be familiar with medical aspects and treatments related to skincare. A master esthetician must understand how various chemicals present in beauty products interact with different skin types or diseases.

Organizational skills

A master esthetician may have up to 20 or more appointments with various clients and administer a variety of skincare treatments each day. Manage your time effectively so that you can devote each client and treatment to the attention it requires.


A master esthetician must pay close attention to each client’s skincare want, symptoms, and concerns. The assessment and treatment choices are then communicated clearly to the client by a master esthetician based on the client’s requirements.

A master esthetician must also be able to interpret a client’s body language. For example, if a client’s body tenses up during an advanced therapy approach, a master esthetician should detect it and inquire whether the client wants them to change or terminate the process.

What is the work environment like for master estheticians?

The work environment of a master esthetician varies based on a variety of factors, including their chosen career path. Master estheticians may work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Beauty spas
  • Dermatology offices
  • Health or fitness centers
  • Medical spas
  • Cruise ships
  • Hotels
  • Plastic surgery clinics
  • Tattoo removal facilities
  • Salons
  • Alternative health shops
  • Massage clinics or parlors
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Specialty clinics
  • Resorts

Some master estheticians choose to work as contractors or establish their own company. Self-employed master estheticians may outsource certain or all of their services to a client’s home.

What is the difference between a master esthetician and a medical esthetician?

A medical esthetician is a type of expert esthetician. Medical estheticians work in health-related settings such as clinics or rehabilitation centers. The medical esthetician licensure requirements in the state you live in are determined by your state’s Board of Medical Estheticians, but they are often comparable to those for master or advanced esthetician licenses.

How long does master or advanced esthetician training take?

The duration of a master esthetician education program is determined by the standards in your state. For master esthetician licenses, states usually need 600 training hours. This training might take between four and 12 months to finish. Because these states demand more specialist skills rather than the total master esthetician degree, they typically ask trainees to complete less formal programs. Continue reading about becoming a medical aesthetician.