Pay R399 for a Back to Basics course at Helia-D International, valued at R800 (save 50%)

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  • Save 50% on a Back to Basics course
  • Choose from Hands and Feet, Basic on-site Massage, Makeup Techniques or Basic Skincare
  • Courses run for two evenings from 17:30 to 20:30; or Saturday from 9:00 to 15:00
  • Certificate of attendance on completion of course
  • Experienced instructors
  • Learn basic principles and techniques
  • Awesome new skills

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They say that breathing, the ability to do basic algebra and proper unicorn-riding technique are skills that people are born with. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the ability to apply mascara without poking yourself in the eye or keeping your feet looking good in flip flops without weekly trips to the salon. Teach yourself everything you need to know with a Back to Basics course at Helia-D International for R399.

Though the hokey-pokey dropped out of fashion and nowadays it’s mostly used for keeping pre-school kids coordinated, it’s still important to put your best hand and foot forward; shaking it all about is optional. While you could make monthly bookings for a mani/pedi, it’s so much more satisfying and less expensive to be able to do it yourself at home. The Hands and Feet course teaches all the correct and professional techniques for using equipment and products as well as how to take care of the nails and skin of your hands and feet. Knowing that sandpaper is not an appropriate filing device and how to avoid those irritating stains when your remove your nail-polish is an important addition to any grooming repertoire. Not only do the qualified instructors give you proper guidelines for homecare, they’ll also teach you techniques for hand and foot massage and the correct techniques for shaping and filing the nails, as well as the different shapes and types of nails.

Perhaps your hands and feet are just naturally fabulous, or your mani/pedi provider is actually your best friend and your bi-monthly sessions are more bonding than anything. The Basic on-site Massage teaches some basic techniques for giving a back and neck massage. Whether it’s just a skill you’ve been interested in picking up or you’re looking for a surprise for your significant other, the short course teaches basic movements and muscle manipulations to get you started. Learn all about the history of massage and its benefits and complications as well as some tips on posture and hand fitness; anyone who’s ever given a massage knows that it’s more tiring on the hands than a three-day Playstation marathon.

The Makeup Techniques course is more for personal use than anything, though it could come in handy the next time your friend has a hot date and didn’t get enough sleep the night before. Not only will they teach you some corrective techniques for obscuring that under-eye luggage, they’ll also give you guidelines on enhancing your natural features based on facial features, skin colours and colour codes. With a run-down on basic terminology and products, you no longer have to be frightened of the forest of brushes in a makeup kit or whip out your confused face when someone asks you to hand them the  retractable sable lip brush. Providing tips on professional application, colour coding and some common application mistakes, it’s perfect whether you’re looking for better way to apply eyeliner or a way to kick start your career in cosmetic espionage.

While makeup might be fun, not taking it off at night can cause some major dermis difficulties. The Basic Skincare course will not only teach you that, but some other basic skincare principles and ways to delay the signs of aging. Of course, your type of skincare depends on the type of skin you have, and the friendly instructors will help you through skincare basics and contra-indications, cleansing, toning and moisturising, as well as shaping your brows; everything you need to keep your face looking fresher than a basket full of freshly-pressed laundry, from masks to what’s a better exfoliator than beach-sand.

After the courses, you’ll receive a Certificate of Attendance to Back to Basics Finishing School. What you do with it is up to you; mount it on the mantelpiece or just show it off to your friends along with your new skills

Well-groomed Fact: The world’s first Grooming and Beauty School was in a small village in Spain and was created to help the local girls maintain their fresh looks when they travelled to other towns selling grapes.

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