This is a practical text explaining the basic techniques for applying cosmetic and manicure products, coupled with the relevant scientific background to enable students fully to understand the reasons for cosmetic treatments and their effects. Topics covered include the structure of the skin and nails, the composition and correct useage of cosmetic products and a description of common techniques for the application of skin and nail cosmetics. The emphasis is on the safe use of products and equipment, the importance of hygiene in the salon and development of good communication skills and a professional working attitude. This text is designed for students studying cosmetic make-up and manicure for CGLI exams, the certificate of pre-vocational education or certificates awarded by private beauty schools. It is also suitable for cosmetic courses and project work in secondary schools. At the end of each chapter there is a selection of exam-type questions which are designed to reinforce important points and aid revision.