Professional Nail and Make-up Training in London
At Nina Lewis Beauty Academy we offer a wide range of training courses in nails and make-up, including
VTCT Level 2 & 3 Nail Technology.
We also offer editorial nail artist bookings and have a team dedicated for events and contractual services.
Joining one of our courses you will be treated to expert tuition in a fun and engaging teaching style.
Our groups are small - maximum of 4 to allow everyone to learn equally, fairly in a fun, engaging environment.
LETS NAIL THIS!
"I believe that students learn in different ways.
My aim is to support and provide a rich and varied learning environment, which allows all to develop their skills and abilities to their full potential."
I began my career in the nail and make-up industry studying in North London.
I initially started in the Harrods Hair and Beauty Department as a nail technician servicing all nail treatments. I was then headhunted by Charles Worthington to work in his flagship store Goodge Street London as a nail specialist for Jessica nails. This role included intensive training by Jessica herself.
I departed Charles Worthington to pursue a career in the music and television industry working with Simon Cowell and Syco Productions, ITV and Sony BMG.
In later years, I was yet again headhunted by The Joy Goodman Agency as an editorial nail specialist. I went on to work on advertising and editorial campaigns.
To name a few, Harrods Magazine, Vogue magazine, The Body Shop, Swarovski, Legally Blonde, Strictly Come Dancing, Rimmel, Escarda and Avon.
I was also the nail specialist on BBC Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
I have always felt passionate about transferring my skills and experience to others so in 2009 began studying towards a diploma to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
I qualified in 2011 and have taught in various FE colleges and private sectors.
I am also a qualified assessor.
One of my achievements includes mentoring a student who went on to win the regional and national World Skill Competition, she is now a manager in COWSHED Spas.
I have worked in various further education colleges in Central London as a hair, nails and media make-up lecturer and I am considered to be a master in my field.
In 2019, I achieved 1st place in the internationally renowned Great Scratch Shootout competition and featured in various editions of Scratch Magazine.
In 2020, I was interviewed by Scratch magazine to discuss this achievement as well as my background.
2019 winner of The Great Scratch Shoot Out, Nina Lewis, shares her thoughts on the importance of competitions…
What are your thoughts on industry competitions? Why are they so important?
I believe you need tenacity when entering competitions. I also think they are a great way of learning from your mistakes if you do not get the results you anticipated. It is also a great way to find like-minded people.
If you do not win, do not be disheartened. Go back with a positive attitude, mind set and approach, understanding why you did not win before.
Competitions are important as they keep standards high with participants and judges. Everyone should engage in CPD no matter what your status is.
How did it feel to win The Great Scratch Shoot Out 2019?
It felt like it was the icing on the cake and was a great accolade for all the hard work and dedication I have put into all areas of my industry.
I encourage others to enter to experience the feeling of support from the Scratch family and to be more of a recognisable figure in the industry. Plus, it’s an honour to be published in a world-renowned nail magazine.
How has the competition aided your career?
The competition has enabled me to have a larger and more recognisable presence throughout the UK regarding my training facility. It has allowed people to get to know who is behind Nina Lewis Training.