We are now enrolling day and night students. Call: 801-616-2339 Email: [email protected]


We are now enrolling day and night students. Call: 801-616-2339 Email: [email protected]

We are now enrolling day and night students. Call: 801-616-2339 Email: [email protected]

Basic Esthetics or Master Esthetics?

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If you have a passion for skincare and beauty, you’ve probably considered going to esthetics school. Now the next big question would be, do I choose basic or master esthetics? Although basic esthetics and master esthetics are similar, they have different skill sets and career paths. Both can be great options and you can’t go wrong with choosing either.

What is esthetics?

First, let’s dive into what esthetics is. Esthetics provides preventative care for the skin. It gives the skin an improvement in appearance, tone, and texture. This can come from many different treatments and could be in the form of facials, waxing, makeup, and more.

One reason we love the beauty industry is that the need for estheticians is on the rise at an 11% growth rate over the next 10 years. There’s also always a new treatment or technique to learn, which makes it an exciting industry to be a part of. We’re going to dive into the difference between both basic and master esthetics so you can make the right decision for yourself.

Basic Esthetics

Our basic esthetics program is 600 hours, which can be completed in as little as 4.5 months. The time frame in which you graduate is dependent on if you choose a full-time or part-time schedule. To help our students thrive in our program, we break it up into levels, beginning with orientation. Our students begin hands-on learning right off the bat so they can start building their own clientele right out of orientation.


An esthetician is someone who works with clients in making them feel better about their skin. In our basic esthetics course, you’ll learn about all things skincare.

  • Facial treatments
  • Hair removal methods
  • Manicuring and Pedicuring
  • Makeup application
  • Spray tanning
  • Hot stone treatments
  • Eyebrow shaping & tinting
  • Aroma Therapy
  • Acne, Comedogenicity & Extracting
  • And more!


With so many skills learned, where you take yourself after you graduate is completely up to you. A great place to start when thinking of a potential career is to look at what’s more important to you. Do you want flexible scheduling, and financial stability, or do you want to move up in a company? Here are some potential careers when it comes to a basic esthetician:

  • Skincare specialist
  • Makeup artist
  • Wax Specialist
  • Facialist
  • Eyelash and Brow Specialist
  • Spa Esthetician/Manager/Owner
  • Esthetics School Instructor
  • And more!

Master Esthetics

Training in master esthetics gives our graduates an edge in the beauty industry. As they are considered skincare experts, they’ll have an advantage. Our program is 1200 hours and can be completed in as little as 8.5 months. We offer both part-time and full-time schedules in hopes that our students will be able to still pursue their dreams if they have a tight schedule.


Our master esthetics program builds on the foundation learned in the basic esthetics program. On top of everything you learned in our basic esthetics program, you’ll learn these additional skills:

  • Advanced extractions
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Micro-needling
  • Advanced Makeup Application
  • Advanced Waxing
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Skin Treatments
  • And more!


There are plenty of career paths available to master estheticians. With a license in master esthetics, you can work in the following fields:

  • Plastic surgeons
  • Dermatologists
  • Laser Practitioners
  • Medical Spas
  • Specialist Clinics

If you see yourself enjoying working in these environments, then we encourage you to take our master esthetics program. Because you’ll have all the knowledge of a basic esthetician plus a master esthetician, it is very likely that you will have more job opportunities.

Why Mandalyn Academy

Esthetics is a fast-growing industry and whether you choose basic or master esthetics, you’ll still be pursuing your passions. At Mandalyn Academy, we provide you with the tools for success. Our passionate and experienced instructors work with our student’s best interests in mind. With an environment that is constantly cheering you on, you will develop confidence in yourself and your abilities. At Mandalyn Academy, you’ll learn the latest beauty procedures and techniques and work with the latest equipment and products. We truly have a desire for our students to succeed.

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Are you ready to start learning how you can begin your career in the beauty industry? Our team would be happy to help you answer any questions you have about Mandalyn Academy. Contact us for more information on getting started in pursuing your dreams!

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