8 Beauty Hacks to Make Getting Ready Easier and Less Expensive

Written by Katie Savior, associate campus director, financial aid director

There are dozens of tips, tricks and hacks out there to make the beauty process easier and less expensive. Here we have found the top beauty tips to make your mornings easier while going easy on your wallet!Wella Trend Vision 2014 051

1. Nobody wants their foundation to look too pale or (gasp!) too orange. Matching your foundation color to your neck, not your cheek, will ensure a much more natural color.

2. Clumpy or dried up mascara? No problem! Add a few drops of eye drops or contact solution to make your mascara like new.

3. Create your own tinted moisturizer for light, natural coverage by mixing a bit of concealer with your favorite facial moisturizer.

4. Have a favorite mascara wand? Don’t throw it away! Instead, wash it and reuse it with your new mascara, use it as an eyebrow brush, or spray with hairspray to help your eyebrows stay put.

5. To give your eyelashes a curl that will hold all day, hold a blow dryer to your lash curler for 3-5 seconds.

6. Crush up your broken eye shadow and mix with petroleum jelly to make a new lip gloss.

7. Looking for an easy way to exfoliate your lips? Use a toothbrush!

8. Brushing a little eye shadow on your part will make your hair look thicker instantly.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Partners with Operation Glass Slipper

Minnesota School of Cosmetology has paired up with Operation Glass Slipper again!

From Operation Glass Slipper’s website: Founded in 2006, Operation Glass Slipper is a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to providing prom gowns and accessories at no charge to high school girls throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin who would otherwise be unable to attend prom due to difficult financial or family circumstances. At our annual Princess Event in mid-March, over 1,000 girls are outfitted for prom with the help of hundreds of volunteer Fairy Godmothers. (From Operation Glass Slipper’s Website)

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is providing complimentary gift certificates for an updo or specialty style to all students that receive a dress at the Princess Event. We are also a drop off site year round for dresses and accessories.

What is Operation Glass Slipper looking for?

Prom and bridesmaids dresses (dresses do not need to be dry-cleaned)
Wedding gowns
Wedding veils
Flower girl dresses and shoes
Dressy shoes
Clutch bags/Purses
Strapless padded bras – bras in larger sizes (DD and up) can have straps/longline bras (any size)
Ring bearer pillows

They are especially in need of:
Smaller size (0-4) and plus size (18+) dresses
Shoes in small sizes (4-7) and larger sizes (11-13), and wider shoes in any size

This year’s Princess Event will be taking place March 14 and 15 at the Southdale Center in Edina.

Where Are They Now? 7 Questions for MSC Graduate Dominique Beard

Written by Jeff Bishop, career services coordinator

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates into the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field!

We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumni Dominique Beard who graduated in 2013. We love hearing graduate success stories!

Why did you choose MSC?

I chose MSC because I liked the versatility in the program, which was something I didn’t feel like I found in other schools. The educators have a wide range of knowledge and experience, and the environment was always very welcoming. As far as scheduling goes, there were multiple options that allowed me to complete the program in a timely manner and have a life outside of school. I was able to work part time and have time to spend with friends and family.

MSC-Plymouth alumna Dominique Beard

How did your education enhance your career path or change your career path?

My education enhanced my career path by giving me a foundation as a new stylist in a modern salon. I felt that after graduating I was able to adapt to different salon settings, which helped me find the best fit for me. The leadership team gave me realistic expectations of what working in the field would be like. For example, catering to certain types of clientele, different type of employment and job opportunities, and where your career could take you over time.

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?

I would tell students to consider all of their options, and to base your decisions from things that will benefit you, and where you would like to go in your career. I would say not to just live in the now, think about where you would like to see yourself within the next couple of years and have a vision. There are so many opportunities in the beauty industry—don’t settle for anything less than what you want. MSC definitely made me feel like part of a family and they want all of their students to be and feel fully prepared when they step out into their salons.

What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry?

As a stylist, I most enjoy getting to know my team and my guests. I draw my inspiration from people and things that surround me. I also enjoy learning things from the more experienced artists on my team. There are so many tips and tricks that you can learn from others, and it’s about finding different things and putting my own twist on them! I also love changing trends, and taking continuing education to stay current!

Where has your job taken you?

After graduating, I began working as a stylist at Juut Salonspa. In this time, I have completed the required advanced training program. Post training program, I was placed as a full-time stylist at the Juut St. Paul, one of seven locations. In my time working for this company, they have molded me into being a well-rounded stylist. They have pushed me to build a loyal clientele. I also learned to analyze different areas of my business, which has really allowed me to grow and expand out of my box. I was first introduced to this salon when I saw them at the MSC career fair. I never would have imagined myself working in an Aveda Concept Salon, but I’m grateful that my training from MSC gave me options.

What is your favorite memory of MSC?

My favorite memories from MSC were the potlucks. Whenever someone completed the program, we all got together had a big potluck! I always thought it was just so nice that we could all come together and celebrate and support each other!

What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school?

The education at MSC is great because they strive to produce well trained students. I think the most valuable information that I took away would be handling the business side of things. Along with having great technical skills, I really appreciated learning about all the behind the scenes, such as tracking your sales, productivity, how many guests are you retaining, and what areas you are lacking in. If you ever wanted to run your own business, or manage/own a salon, these things are equally important.

Where Are They Now? 7 Questions for MSC Graduate Amanda Cooler

Written by Jeff Bishop, career services coordinator

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates into the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field!

We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumni Amanda Cooler who graduated in 2013. We love hearing graduate success stories!

MSC-Plymouth alumna Amanda Cooler

What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology?

I didn’t quite have a career path before I started at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, since I started at MSC right out of high school. I knew I wanted to work with people, but for a while I wasn’t sure which career path would work best for me. I went through so many different types of career paths that let me work with people and none of them suited me. It wasn’t until I realized that I loved doing hair and helping people achieve the look they were hoping for that I knew—MSC was the path for me.

Why did you choose to attend MSC?

I first thought of MSC when my mom went to Minnesota School of Business. I knew a little bit about how they ran and that they were a great system. I saw the commercials on TV and decided that was where I wanted to go, but the Woodbury location was just a little too far from where I live. One day I was watching another commercial and they stated that they were opening a campus in Plymouth; while that was still a little far away from me, it was better and more doable. MSC was the one and only school I toured. and I just knew it was for me.

How did your education enhance or change your current career path?

When I started, I was in a mindset that I would only want to cut hair or only want to color hair. I thought I was going to specialize until I started learning, and I realized that I loved everything. I loved cutting and color, perming and styling—it wasn’t a one track career for me. I learned great techniques to help me with up-dos and now I love them. I share a passion with people that I never thought I would all thanks to the wonderful education I received while at MSC.

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?

It is a hard career—with long hours on your feet, and it can be very tolling on your body. As long as you walk into work each day with a mindset of how great it is, it is the greatest career you could choose. Cosmetology can be physically and emotionally hard, but at the end of the day, it’s all worth it.

Where has your job taken you?

I am currently working at Northern Pine Salon and Day Spa in Zimmerman, Minnesota. This position has given me an opportunity to be able to meet so many new people and learn so much more about our industry. I have the opportunity to further my education with classes and watching all my fellow stylists with their clients. This industry brings so many learning opportunities.

How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life?

MSC impacted my professional life a great deal because while I was there, the staff helped me understand some of the important keys to our profession. I know it is important to always be early, always have a professional attitude, and above all else, help each other strive for greatness.

What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school?

The most valuable information I acquired during my time was not to let anything change who you are. Things are going to be tough and seem scary sometimes, but when it comes down to it, all that matters is that you are proud of who you have become and where you are in your career. That is what is going to stand true through your entire life with anything you do.

Beauty Shows Offer the Latest in Cosmetology Trends

I am reminded of when I was in cosmetology school.  I wished that I had had a chance to get more while I was in school.  I was that student who loved his education but wanted and craved more.  I attended every event that was being held locally, but no one explained to me that there were beauty shows going on or that I could attend them as a student.  I became aware of these facts after leaving school that I could have–and should have–attended them. To prevent current cosmetology students from missing out on attending beauty shows and learning more about the industry, here are a few shows to put on your calendar:

America’s Beauty Show:  Chicago, March 9-11, 2013, McCormick Place. For more info go to www.AmericasBeautyShow.com

Orlando Beauty Event:  Orlando, FL, June 1-3, 2013, Orlando Convention Center.  For more info go to www.premiereorlandoshow.biz

IBS Las Vegas:  Las Vegas, NV, June 22-24, 2013, Las Vegas Convention Center.  For more info go to www.IBSlasvegas.com

Upon learning of the upcoming shows, one of our instructors at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, Shelia Biondo, says, “I find them exceptional because they help to keep you current and on point with new techniques and styles within our industry.  I sometimes feel, that while working in a salon, you don’t often get the chance to expand your horizons.  So by attending trade shows I can offer my clients more options, as well as keeping an eye on forward trends.”