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The practice of "esthetics" means providing for a fee, or any consideration or exchange, whether direct or indirect, services to enhance the appearance of the face, neck, arms, legs, and shoulders of a human being by the use of compounds or procedures including makeup, eyelashes, depilatories, tonics, lotions, waxes, sanding and tweezing, whether performed by manual, mechanical, chemical or electrical means and instruments but shall not include the practice of electrology. It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Appearance Enhancement Law. (pdf)

“How do I renew my license?”
Appearance Enhancement and Barber licenses must be
renewed online through the NY License Center.
Quick Online Renewal Instruction Flyer (pdf)

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License Center Quick Online Application Instruction Flyer (pdf)

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Applicant User Guide for the License Center (doc)

License Center Amendments Guide (English), (Spanish/Español), (Korean/한국어), (Chinese/中文) (doc)

NY Licensing Center Claiming Record(s) Guide (English), (Spanish/Español), (Korean/한국어), (Chinese/中文) (doc)

NYS Licensing Center Renewal Guide(English) , (Spanish/Español), (Korean/한국어), (Chinese/中文) (doc)

NYS Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee

Esthetics Endorsement List Under a policy of endorsement, a state with higher educational requirements can accept licensees from a state with lesser standards by mandating experience to make up for the education deficiencies.

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LICENSE LAW pdf It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Appearance Enhancement License Law. For instance, owners of an appearance enhancement shop shall conspicuously post a sign (pdf) at the entrance of the business indicating that the business and individual operators are licensed by the New York State Department of State and that rules and regulations governing the business and practices are available for review upon request.