The UK Nails Industry: A Breakdown For 2020 [New Research]

The United Kingdom’s nails and beauty industry is one of the fastest growing and most optimistic-looking branches of all UK business. Now, new comparative research of several government databases, including Nomisweb and the ONS, along with Indeed’s database, Payscale and others, is beginning to shed some light on just what shape the industry, exactly, is in.

Here is what the current data shows for the nails and beauty industry in 2020.

There is no better place than the West Midlands to be a nails technician.

Astonishingly, a cluster of locations all in the Birmingham and Black Country areas have shown to have some of the highest earning potentials in the entire country — beating even London by quite some distance.

That is not to say London isn’t a great place to start work in nails and beauty. For example, the earning power in Covent Garden is almost 128% the national average. Other great places include Shoreditch (38% above the national average); Hackney, and Kensington & Chelsea (which both boasted numbers of pay higher than 33% the national average).

But nail technicians in Kidderminster, Nuneaton and Tamworth all took home — according to Indeed’s database — more than 160% of the national average. Aside from these two clusters of high-pay hotspots, there were a few other areas that proved to be great opportunities for nail technicians. That is Cambridge (145% more), and to a lesser degree Cardiff, Newcastle, Southampton, and Clifton (which all took home more than 20% the national average).

Removing these extremely high-earning outliers from the equation, based on average hourly pay, it is actually Welsh nail technicians overall who earn the most, pocketing about £9.04 an hour. Which is more than England (£8.81), Scotland (£8.44) and Northern Ireland at £8.34.

Most employed nail technicians have a Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology.

According to the UK government’s National Aims report for 2018/19, just over half of all qualified nail technicians have the Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology qualification. The second most popular was the Level 3 RQF Diploma in Nail Technology, and coming in third was the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services.

The report also highlighted that the overwhelming majority of nail technicians went to college to obtain their qualifications (97%), and that only 3% took the apprenticeship route.

The industry is almost 50/50 split between freelancers and salon workers.

The government’s Nomisweb data has revealed that there are only slightly more freelance workers in nails and beauty than salon-based workers. And what’s more, these two demographics are themselves almost 50/50 split between full-time and part-time workers.

That means that approximately half of all salon-based workers work full-time, and part-time. The same goes for freelance workers. Half of them work on a full-time basis, and the other half work part-time hours.

Furthermore, a study by Simply Business found the West Midlands to be the “freelance” hotspot of the UK. Could being a freelance nail technician in the West Midlands be the key to ultimate success in the United Kingdom? Further research in this area is needed for a precise conclusion to be drawn.

The industry is full of new talent, with an established experience base.

Given how quickly the industry is expanding, it is probably no surprise to learn that a good percentage of its workers are in the “entry level” or “early career” stage. In fact, that is exactly what Payscale discovered. Around 7.4% of nail technicians described themselves as entry level when polled, with 52% referring to themselves as at early career level. This stood up to a healthy 25% that referred to themselves in the “mild career” bracket, with an additional “experienced” class of 16%.

Given current growth trends in nails and beauty, it is most likely that these percentages will remain relatively static for the coming years, before starting to swing towards “mild career” and more.

The industry still has some challenges — and opportunities — that lie ahead.

Things are looking really optimistic for the nails and beauty industry, but there’s no harm in being cautious. Now that there are more nail technicians than ever before, the challenge to nail technicians comes from within. Nail technicians will have to work harder than ever before to beat the competition, and attract; impress and keep clients. This may require more training, qualifications, a willingness to adapt, and greater networking skills.

Another problem is that, at the start of 2020, the industry is still heavily female-dominated. And yet, at the managerial level, the men are still overrepresented. Going forward, the industry needs to look at itself and ask what can be done to encourage more male partnerships, and also to increase the number of female working managers.

But, with 2020 set to be the year that the male-beauty industry finally enters into the mainstream, we might not have to wait so long for those changes to come about.

— This guest article was written by Neil Wright of Future In Beauty, an organisation that runs nail technician courses and eyelash extension training courses all over the UK.

7 Hollywood Beauty Tricks You Can Do at Home

It’s no surprise that the glitz and glamour of Hollywood often dress the stars in an incredible style. Not only does the movie business employee legions of talented makeup artists and hairstylists, but it also often sees the talent themselves play and experiment with different approaches to hairdressing or makeup.

Of course, some of these are either too costly for anyone to try (such as Marlene Dietrich using real gold dust in her wigs to give them a true sparkle on camera) or wouldn’t be recommended by physicians (just like Fannie Ward’s insistence on hanging upside down for half an hour every day to continuously look young) but many Hollywood tips from across the decades can still provide you with some seriously stylish looks.

Kohl Makeup explores their favorite tips, spoken from the luscious lips of some of Hollywood’s finest.

1. Experiment with Different Lipsticks & Glosses

Gene London, known as a Marilyn Monroe expert, often stated that the infamous beauty
idol tried mixing and matching up to five different lipsticks and glosses to create the perfect shade of red. She’d often contour her lips using different shades, utilizing darker reds on the outer corners and lighter shades closer to the middle of her lips. This shading effect could also work wonders for you!

2. Minty Fresh Makeover

Noon likes having bags under their eyes, and they can seem like adding insult to injury if they appear after a bad night’s sleep. This is why the great Italian icon, Sophia Loren, would always advocate and encourage crushing mint leaves into a paste and applying it underneath her eyes. This natural alternative to the likes of expensive eye creams was certainly effective, if her look is to be believed, and will easily serve as a cheaper option compared to many face creams on the market!

3. Frame the Face

Many people often forget that Jeremy Renner, best known as Marvel’s Hawkeye, used to be a makeup artist, and so he has often provided wise words during interviews for great looks. His best tip? “Brows. Lashes. Lips. Frame the face, it’s simple; it’s five minutes.” Simple indeed; by focusing on these three areas you can cut down on time applying makeup in general and making the most of your natural beauty.

4. Beauty is in the Eye(Lashes) of the Beholder

Few gazes have stood the test of time as well as the legendary beauty, Audrey Hepburn, and this tip was one of the reasons why her eyes always seemed so vivid and attention-grabbing. After applying mascara she would, one by one, separate her lashes by using a thin needle. This might be a little daunting, having a needle so close to your eye, so utilizing an eye comb can work just as well.

5. Cheekbones? Who Needs Them with Blushes

Many people are blessed with beautiful cheekbones, but other than opting for risky elective surgery it’s easy to simply create the illusion of depth with some simple makeup tools; blush. Grace Kelly, well known for being the alluring leads in Hitch cox films, would frequently blend two different shades of blush to create a multi-layered look that, as well as being easier than applying multiple shades of foundation, really gave her a classic cheekbone look.

6. Glossy Eyes with Simply Jelly

Glossy eyelids have been the rage for almost a century, yet Greta Garbo, one of the black & white pictures’ favorite beauties, had a trick that could create an alluring look every single time. Her trick? Simply using petroleum jelly. By dabbing this on before dusting on her eyeshadow, Garbo could become the very definition of sultry & seductive.

7. Water, Water, Everywhere

Finally, we have an exceptionally simple tip for keeping complexion looking refreshing, firm and beautiful. Joan Crawford, the iconic star of stage & screen, insisted that simply splashing her face 25 times with cold water would be one of the greatest methods she had for keeping a youthful look.

The Wedding MC

Wedding MC: The Key Person At The Wedding Reception

Dear Wedding MC,

Welcome to WeddingMC.org – your premier online source for information for the Wedding Master of Ceremonies.
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Not only will you be responsible for ensuring the wedding reception runs smoothly, you’ll also be responsible for making sure the guests are entertained and having a fun time during the reception.

That’s why it’s important that as the Master of Ceremonies you know what’s involved in your duties.
Wedding MC Duties

Thousands of dollars are spent on the reception to celebrate the bride and groom’s marriage.
As emcee you’ll have one of the most important duties at the reception.
The Wedding Master of Ceremonies is a key person at the reception because the success – or failure – of the reception rests primarily on the shoulders of the MC.

Since you’ll oversee the events of the reception by following your wedding agenda, it’s important that you know what’s involved in your Wedding MC Duties.

Your duties will range from making announcements and introducing people who will be making wedding speeches…to entertaining the guests and making sure everyone – including the bride and groom – experience an event they’ll remember for years to come.
It’s a lot to keep track of. And a huge responsibility.

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Special Section For The Beautiful Bride And The Mother of the Bride

If you’re the bride visiting here today, congratulations on your upcoming marriage!
Your wedding should be a celebration of one of the most important days of your life.
And it should be FUN.

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If you’re the Mother of the Bride, chances are you’re helping with planning your daughter’s wedding.
The reception will be a major event after the ceremony takes place.

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Weddings: Background

Weddings are usually formal ceremonies in which two people exchange wedding vows and are united in marriage by an official.
The ceremony is usually preceded by wedding music.

Weddings can be formal or informal and can involve a wedding planner who assists with planning and organizing the events.
Depending upon the formality and customs or religion of the couple, special clothing is worn.Weddings can take place in churches, synagogues, temples, parks, courthouses, private residences, and numerous other locations.There are different types of weddings ranging from a civil wedding…destination wedding…and same sex wedding…to a white wedding…military wedding…or even a double wedding.

Different countries and religions have special customs and traditions that are followed at weddings.
Wedding MC: Your Role At The Reception

Marriage ceremonies are usually followed by a reception.
The reception is organized by the planners who appoint a Master of Ceremonies to oversee the proceedings.
The Wedding MC has many duties to perform at the wedding reception which are explained in detail in How To Be A FUN Wedding MC.