Updated: May 31st, 2024

Creativity manifests itself differently in everyone. Some people paint, some write. Some do needlepoint or build bird houses. And some embrace fashion, hair and makeup.

Often, creative outlets turn into hobbies or side hustles to a corporate job. But if you’re lucky enough to have a talent for hair, skin and nails, you can manifest your creativity into a fulfilling career.

Launch Yourself

Doing hair and makeup for friends is great, but if you’re serious about a career in beauty, your first stop should be a comprehensive cosmetology program to get your degree.

Rizzieri Aveda School was the first cosmetology school established in New Jersey in 1924 (then known as Rizzieri). With a dedicated team of instructors, we have an 86 percent completion rate, 69 percent placement rate and 99 percent licensure rate.

Our program incorporates 1,200 hours of extensive, hands-on learning to provide a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. It includes hair cutting, color, texture services, nail care, skin care, makeup application, waxing, retail knowledge, business development and how to engage/retain clients.


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Find Your Passion, Success Will Follow

Once you’re in our program, you can explore all aspects of beauty including men’s grooming, extensions and wigs, lashes, makeup and more. This exposure to specialized services will give you a taste of everything beauty has to offer, helping guide you into the right beauty career.

Were you under the impression working in a salon is the only option after cosmetology school? Wrong!

In addition to hairstylist, career paths in beauty include:

  • platform artist
  • beauty vlogger
  • bridal hair and makeup
  • beauty brand influencer
  • editorial stylist
  • skin care specialist
  • makeup artist
  • lash specialist
  • nail tech
  • brand consultant
  • salon owner/manager
  • state board member/examiner
  • educator

At Rizzieri, we’ll give you the professional development and personal branding skills you need to enter any career as a polished pro.

Ready to Specialize?

But maybe you already know the path you want to take and are ready to hone in on your passion. Rizzieri has you covered. Below are our specialized programs that will put you on the path to a successful career in your chosen area of beauty:

Nail Technician and Manicurist Certification Courses: This program covers manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, wraps, nail tips, nail repair, waxing, polish removal, and sanitation/sterilization.

Pursue a career or specialize as a nail tech, manicurist/pedicurist, editorial nail artist or waxing specialist once you’ve completed this course.


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Makeup Designory Program: Rizzieri is a MUD partner school and offers Level I MUD Makeup Certification with the option of further MUD certifications upon graduation.

After you earn your cosmetology degree, you can get your Level II and Level III MUD Makeup Certification at MUD campuses in New York or Los Angeles.

Barber Program: Men’s hair styling your jam? Our barber program will give you the skills to become a well-rounded barber with a focus on strong foundational skills that allow you to adapt to any new trend or technique.

Skin Care and Esthetician Program: Our hands-on skin care program provides a complete understanding of skin, spa and wellness. It includes skin, facials, makeup application, waxing, retail, and more.

We also offer a HydraFacial certification and dive into skin analysis, customized facials, and aromatherapy. Become an expert in your field, giving you a competitive edge, so you can work at the spa of your dreams.


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Lash Technician Certification: The hot market of lashes continues to grow. Tap into extra revenue and get certified in the art of lash extensions. We cover lash anatomy, health and sanitation guidelines, application and after-care practices.

Tailor Made

Whether you’re just launching your career, looking to specialize, or want advanced education, Rizzieri has a program for you. We offer part-time options for working professionals and teacher training scholarships as well.

Click here to learn more about our programs.

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