What’s Up at Atelier Esthetique

Meet Some of Our Recent Graduates

Congratulations to Diana Alvarez, Kathy Alicea, Homeira Alemo, Nakia Barrow, Taylor Rae Bowman, Alexandra Collinge, Jacqueline Eichner, Daniela Gomez, Theresa Lucretia Hoagland, Ariel Marrero, Pamela Schulman, Valerie Smith, Krystal Vigo.

Atelier Student Chanell Smith Wins Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship

For the second year in a row an Atelier Esthetique Institute student has won the Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship for Estheticians. In 2016 it was Elizabeth Taylor. This year 2017, it is Chanell Smith.

Chanell’s Beauty Changes Lives Essay & Inspiration Board

“As a current esthetic student, I want to best prepare myself once I leave school to be an amazing esthetician so that I may snag a position within the industry. This scholarship would allow me all the advantages of taking specialized classes, with my number one being a lash extension course.  This scholarship would be a blessing to me but more importantly, a blessing to my family. I spent 10 years working in the health industry seeking job security, but after being laid off twice and being placed in a situation where I could become homeless,  I decided that I must change my career.

The beauty industry has always been my passion but fear and doubt held me back. When I decided to start school, I was very worried about what would happen to my small family. I have a daughter who is 5, and a few months ago I adopted my niece who is 7 months.  My goal is to show them the importance of staying true to your passions and the liberation of being a business woman.

My “Inspiration Board” is based on my favorite things about being an esthetician and what keeps me motivated to be successful in this industry.”

Is Microneedling an Alternative to Lasers?

While lasers can work wonders for some skin types, it’s not the ideal treatment for everyone. Specifically, individuals with Fitzpatrick Types III to VI are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpig­mentation (PIH). This is where microneedling can provide patients a much-needed alternative.

“Microne­edling doesn’t pose risk of hyperpig­mentation for darker skin types making it a very valuable tool of improving skin texture for women of color,” said Masha Banar, inventor of MesoLyft and founder of Visage Sculpture, a Boston-based clinic specializing in nonsurgical facial shaping.

“Exposure to the sun after microneedling can pose some risk of hyperpig­mentation for any skin type, so you have to apply sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight for several days after the treatment.”

Source: SKIN.INC (full article here)

Learn more about the Microneedling course at Atelier Esthetique at this link.


News Release: Larger Classrooms & Improved Student Experience

News Release
September 18, 2017

Atelier Esthétique® Institute of Esthetics has moved to 226 West 26th Street, 5th fl., New York, NY 10001

Atelier Esthétique is pleased to announce we have moved to a new location in Manhattan.

  • Improved Student Experience
  • New Larger Classrooms
  • New Larger Student Lounge with Vending Machines
  • Refrigerator and Microwave
  • Resource Computers with Free Wifi
  • Easy Subway & Bus Access

Our new location is super easy to get to:

  • E and C Trains, stop at 23rd Street and Eight Avenue
  • #1 Train stop at 23rd and 28th Streets at Seventh Avenue
  • F and M train stops at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue
  • N and R trains stop at 28th Street and Broadway
  • Bus: M20 stops at 26th Street (runs downtown on Seventh and Uptown on Eighth)

Our new location is within walking distance to  New York City’s most iconic attractions, including: the Empire State Building, Times Square, Fashion Institute of Technology, Penn Station, Macy’s, Chelsea Park, New York Public Library, Pier 62, Highline, Museums and Restaurants and MORE…

Atelier Esthétique Institute of Esthetics

  • Educating Professional Estheticians since 1985
  • Nationally Accredited by NACCAS
  • Internationally Accredited by ITEC London

For more information contact the school at (212) 725-6130.

Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship

The Beauty Changes Lives | Murad | Esthetics Education Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for prospective and newer students at a qualifying AACS school to win a $2,250 scholarship towards their tuition, a Murad Skin Care Kit valued at $500.00, and an opportunity to be paired with a Murad Mentor.

Murad was founded in 1989 by Dr. Howard Murad, a board certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist, and Associate Professor at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. Murad offers people a path to youthful good health through science-based, clinically-proven skincare and healthcare products that have been developed as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health® system of care.

Five (5) scholarships will be awarded at $2,250.00 each to prospective and newer students.

Atelier Esthétique encourages everyone interested in a career in the skin care and spa industry to learn more about these scholarships and apply early!

Landon Chapman attended Atelier Esthétique and was a scholarship winner. So was another one of our students, Elizabeth Taylor.

You could be next!

Learn more at about the esthetics education scholarship program at this link: https://beautychangeslives.org/


Stand Out and Succeed in a Billion Dollar Beauty Industry

Published in Dermascope Magazine, June 2017

by Annette Hanson, founder and President of Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics

After graduating from beauty school, many people are left wondering: now what? They can do facials, waxing, and make-up treatments in their sleep; now they need a job!

Be ready to dazzle the interviewer on the day of the interview. Interviewees should show up prepared, dressed professionally, and leave the potential employer with such a great impression that he or she will already be planning their work schedule. Graduates should remember that they are looking for a career in a prestigious industry and they need to set themselves apart from the thousands of aestheticians lining up to get a job. There are five A’s candidates for a job need to have under their belt to set them apart from the rest: attitude, attendance, availability, appearance, and aspiration. If they can model themselves with these characteristics, success will ensue.


A smile goes a long way. Who wants to hire a Debbie Downer? The aesthetician’s job is to educate clients and make them feel good in their own skin. This business is all about customer service. If the graduate’s phone is constantly in their hand and they cannot devote 60 minutes of undivided attention to their client, the boss will go to the next graduate who can. No one wants to hire a diva or a princess. Spas are looking for teamwork, cooperation, and likability.


Is the graduate always running in at the last second, stressed, or do they give themselves enough time to come in early to prepare their room? Lateness will set them back, make them anxious, and destroy their day. Graduates will need to make sure their steamer works and that they have the appropriate products they need for the treatments that they are scheduled to perform.


During the job interview, if the graduate’s potential employer hands them a schedule that conflicts with their fitness routine, party plans, or sleep schedule, they should re-evaluate if they want that job because if they do, they better become available! It is better for graduates to say “yes” and figure out their life schedule later. They may not get that second chance.


Dress for success! Success means a polished look from head to toe. Good grooming and personal hygiene go a long way. A clean uniform, manicured nails, and neat hair is only the beginning. Graduates also need to practice good skin care habits and ensure they do what they are telling their clients to do! Talk the talk and walk the walk.


Recent skin care graduates can strive to be the boss and own their own business one day. That is great, but do they know how? They are much better off devoting themselves to a new job, getting promoted, and learning everything they can from their employer. If their goal is to create their own skin care line or open their own spa, they should remember that they must have ample savings behind them. No entrepreneur takes a salary check for a minimum of two years.

Professionals must always be 100% confident in their skills. Take continuing education courses or refresher courses, attend tradeshows, and read industry articles and magazines! Like every great industry professional out there, recent graduates need to keep up with new developments, products, services, and ways to provide great experiences. If they do not, there are others out there who will – and will win.

Annette Hanson is the founder of Atelier Esthétique® Institute, a New York State licensing esthetics school, postgraduate facility, and the first accredited internationally recognized U.S. member of the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC). The school first opened in New York City in 1985.

Her professional experience in skin care spans more than 30 years as an esthetician, body therapist, salon manager, educator, and spa consultant for some of the most prestigious spas and salons in the United States. Annette created two new treatment lines—Simple Solutions® with GHK Copper Peptide Technology and AquaSanté® Spa Products from France.

Applause from Our Graduates at Google Reviews

A heartfelt “Thank You” to all our past students who have taken the time and left great reviews of the school at Google.

Our goal has always been and continues to be “Excellence in Education, One Student At a Time.”




Perfect Make-Up (Infographic)

The Business of Waxing (published at Dermascope Magazine)

NOTE: This article appeared in Dermascope Magazine, February 2017, and was written by Annette Hanson, Founder and President of Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics.

Waxing is one of the most sought-after services in the beauty industry. There are specialized waxing facilities across the country to meet the growing demands.

Suitable for just about everyone, both young and old, women and men, are regularly booking waxing appointments because it has become a lifestyle and part of people’s grooming routine. The major benefit of waxing is the silky, smooth feeling that is often experienced for close to a month; it takes longer for the hair to grow back and it grows back finer with no razor stubble.

However, when done incorrectly, waxing can be a nightmare, causing anything from infections and ingrown hairs to blisters, burns, and even missing skin!

Clients no longer squeeze in a quick eyebrow wax after a manicure. Waxing is no longer a mere afterthought – it is a multimillion dollar industry. Appointments are now being made weeks in advance at top-notch centers that offer only waxing services. The shift to qualified, licensed wax experts who wear protective gloves and keep their rooms meticulously clean is the new norm. Waxing services survived the recession and are no longer reserved to one room in the back of a salon.

Stand-alone wax studios, which are equipped with multiple rooms and online booking, are an emerging phenomenon. How can professionals own a thriving business in waxing?

Take a look at European Wax Center, recognized as the fastest-growing company in the beauty services category, with now close to 580 centers nationwide.

Their concept was started in 2004 by two brothers – David and Joshua Coba – in a second generation, family-owned salon. They introduced a membership program, in which frequent clients would pay for a package fee of three or six services or a yearly fee to receive unlimited waxing services. Currently, European Wax Center has evolved to a multi-location corporate entity with elite features such as a centralized guest reservation center, its own formulated hard wax, and a licensed in-house education staff.

In order to open a business, professionals need a high-quality business plan and have a thorough understanding of the financial basics involved. They should also investigate their competitors in the area, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and be sure to speak to those already in the business.

Consider buying an established waxing hair removal business that has reliable revenue streams and loyal client bases. If the professional does their research, they will see that there are a number of waxing-only salons across the country.

Even though franchising is not right for every entrepreneur, many startup owners find that a franchise offers the resources and behind-the-scenes support they need to be on solid footing. There will be an initial franchise fee, which grants the professional the license to run a business under the company name.

The key to business success is dedication, extensive training, excellent customer service, and a great team.

Follow this link for more information about the 75-Hour New York State Waxing License course at Atelier Esthetique.

Annette Hanson
Founder and President
Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics

Atelier Esthetique is a New York State approved school for esthetician licensing, and advanced training in skin care, located in Manhattan, NYC. It offers a variety of classes and programs and is one of the most respected New York City beauty schools. Get the best training you can! Our graduates get jobs fast!






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