Six women arrived at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus salon on the afternoon of Saturday, April 12, eager to learn some beauty tips, tricks and techniques from the students. They are participating in a hands-on class as part of the Wayzata community education program, where they have the opportunity to see what it is like in the life of a cosmetology professional. This is the third class the school has done of this kind, offering beauty advice to members of the community.
“We’ve paired each participant with some of our top students to help with skincare, hair and makeup,” explains MSC instructor Nikki Klenk on what is to come during the exciting day ahead. “We’re here to pamper them today.”
The first part of the class was spent giving each of the women a virtual makeover. Photos were taken of each participant with the iPad and then uploaded to an app with makeover software. The Mary Kay app they used allowed for the women to visualize what different hair styles, colors, cuts and makeup looks would look like on them before trying it out for real. The students consulted one-on-one with their partners about which styles looked best, and once they decided their favorite looks, it was time to try them out.
“It’s really fun to be able to see different hairstyles all at one time and compare colors and lengths,” says participant Mary on her experience with the virtual makeover. “That was my favorite part.”
They started by learning some skincare techniques. The students removed all the participants’ makeup and explained the importance of a moisturized face. They used lotion with beneficial ingredients including seaweed and applied hot towels to the skin.
Next, half the women started with makeup while the other started with hair. With a clean face and freshly washed hair, the students started from scratch with their respective participants. As they showed the women how to achieve the looks shown in their virtual makeovers, they offered little tidbits of advice along the way. The participants were also able to ask questions about how to achieve certain styles and which products and tools to use. The students demonstrated how to blow dry for volume, create waves and control frizz, as well as apply makeup to go from day to night looks.
“I had a lot of fun! I learned lots of tips and tricks, and I like learning new ideas for my hair and makeup,” says participant Lisa. “I’d do it again.”
Each participant not only walked away with some new ideas and techniques to try at home, but they also received a gift bag that included salon products and a printed photo of their virtual makeover results.
To learn more about Minnesota School of Cosmetology visit www.msccollege.edu.