Teachers With Vision
Áine is principal of Younique Aesthetics Academy and has been an educator in the beauty and aesthetic industry since 2000.
As a former regional lead of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) in Northern Ireland and a member of the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), Aine is forefront in leading the way for aesthetic practitioners to be able to provide proof of their abilities.
She collaborated with other clinical practitioners, industry bodies and educationalists over the past year to design the new professional initiative “MAP-IQ Ltd”. This bespoke assessment platform offers a fast-track, all online, level 7 Diploma in clinical aesthetic injectable treatments to experienced practitioners who do not have a regulated qualification to evidence their competence.
Aine achieved an MSc in cosmetic Medicine (Dist), as well as a PGCE in Medical Education (Dist), adding to her portfolio of qualifications including Level 7 in Clinical Anatomy and Complication Management (MATA).
As one of the first aesthetic medicine practitioners in Northern Ireland, Aine regularly demonstrates her expertise across the UK and Ireland by offering training, mentorship, shadowing and one-to-one tutoring. She regularly carries out workshops for MERZ products as a MERZ innovation partner (MIP) demonstrating best techniques and practices.
Aine was credentialed in 2021 with Advanced Level Nurse Practitioner (ALNP), which allows nurses to gain formal recognition of their level of expertise and skill in their clinical practice.
Aine has a busy clinical practice, which is supported by clinical and skin therapists, as well as sales, digital marketing and HR staff.
Believing passionately in the power of education to expand human potential, transform lives, and shape new visions, Áine continually expands her own knowledge to ensure that education is delivered from the latest evidence base and that learners can be assured that the academy is delivering the best training in professional qualifications.
Catherine has vast experience in the beauty industry. She qualified in 2007, from Younique Beauty College achieving CIBTAC, ITEC and CIDESCO qualifications at level 2, 3 and 4 in beauty therapy, electrolysis and spa treatments.
She began her career as a junior therapist then progressed on to work in the renowned 5 star Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast, as a spa therapist. She worked for 5 years at the Carrickdale and Canal Court hotels respectively, as a senior therapist, progressing on to Head Therapist, and then Spa Manager.
Catherine continued to study and completed holistic courses like Indian Head Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Reiki and she qualified as a baby massage instructor. She then progressed on to complete her teaching and lecturing diplomas.
Catherine taught in colleges in Ireland for 2 years before moving to London to join the renowned Ray Cochrane Beauty School (RCBS), where she was employed as education manager, improving standardised practices and processes within the school, and as a tutor. She taught VTCT, CIBTAC and CIDESCO qualifications at RCBS for 6 years. As well as teaching in London, she also studied further to become an assessor, internal quality assurer (IQA) and she qualified in Level 4 and 5 advanced aesthetic therapies namely, Chemical Skin Peels, Mesotherapy, Microneedling, LASER and IPL.
She returned to Northern Ireland and joined the Younique Aesthetics Academy teaching our non-clinical aesthetics qualifications.
Roisin began her journey in the beauty industry over 30 years ago. Along with both her sisters she developed the very successful Younique group comprising of a beauty salon, aesthetics clinic and training academy. Starting out as a therapist, Roisin developed her skills, moving with the current trends and is now qualified in advanced therapies like Micro-pigmentation, Microneedling and Chemical Skin Peels. Her passion has allowed her to pass on this knowledge, including business management, to potential students in the academy.
“I feel that with this industry always changing and progressing it’s important to continue your training and learning so you remain at the forefront of your career.”
After completing her initial Beauty Therapy training in Dublin, Bernadine joined the Younique group going on to develop the aesthetics clinic and training academy. Over 20 years ago she saw the potential benefits that moving into medical treatments with in the salon would bring to her clients, so introduced and then specialised in IPL as well as advanced therapies such as Chemical Skin Peels, Microneedling, Radiofrequency and Microdermabrasion.
“I thrive on achieving healthy and radiant skin for my clients. When you apply your knowledge and skills to drive superior results and create a lasting and positive impact on how they look and feel, there is an immense sense of satisfaction and reward.”