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Beauty Therapy

From hair, nail, and skin care to massage and make up, the beauty therapist offers a head to toe experience that improves quality of life.

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Why is this skill important?

A beauty therapist is an expert in offering specialist treatment services and advice for the care of skin and body, including massage and make-up. Beauty therapy also has an important therapeutic role beyond cosmetics in supporting an individual’s self-esteem and confidence. It may even help improve the effects of illness, and aid in recovery.

Beauty services and treatments relate to the face, body, feet, hands and nails. The beauty therapist works in relationship with clients on a 1:1 basis or as part of a team. The trained and experienced beauty therapist takes on a high level of personal responsibility and autonomy, from understanding client expectations to safeguarding the client’s health and wellbeing.  Every treatment matters and clients trust therapists to provide expert services and advice to make recognizable positive differences in their appearance.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Helping people
  • Being creative

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors give assigned clients manicures and pedicures, using both polish and nail art.

  • Next, competitors will give customised facial treatments and body massages.

  • Bridal or fantasy makeup is applied using a variety of makeup tools and face products.

  • Each Competitor will also show they have skills in hair removal and lash and brow tinting.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 765 Kaiya Swain United Kingdom
Silver 730 Yingying Liang China
Silver 728 CHAEYOUNG SHIN Korea
Bronze 727 Lily Campbell Australia
Bronze 726 Wai Yin Lau Hong Kong, China
Medallion for Excellence 724 Karishma Sunil Gupta India
Medallion for Excellence 721 TIEU JENG YEE Malaysia
Medallion for Excellence 721 HSIU-JUNG HO Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 720 Noémie BADEY France
Medallion for Excellence 714 Alina Trebnikova Russia
Medallion for Excellence 713 Yothin Sinwiapromarach Thailand
Medallion for Excellence 711 Valeria Melina Tschann Switzerland
Medallion for Excellence 706 Iida Haveri Finland
Medallion for Excellence 705 Ciara Daly Ireland
Medallion for Excellence 700 Si Si Ng Singapore
699 Johanna Volz Germany
698 Anne Matiowsky Canada
693 Beatrice Ejdemyr Sweden
691 Viktoria Dora Papp Hungary
687 Tarryn Brown South Africa
686 Yumiho Takahashi Japan
684 Taynan Nunes Brazil
683 Chi Kei Tai Macao, China
677 Indah Eges Wahyuni Indonesia
674 Shana Veltman Netherlands
666 Evi Thaler South Tyrol, Italy
662 Carina Larsen Norway
661 Karen REY Spain

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.