ESI Student Food and Toiletry Pantry

Nice to see you again!

The ESI blog page is dedicated to bringing you the latest news and activities that are happening within the four walls of the school!

With that being said, The Elaine Sterling Institute is excited to launch the ESI Student Food and Toiletry Pantry. The Student Pantry is designed to meet the immediate food and hygienic needs of our students on campus by providing a variety of non-perishable food items and basic necessities to students. The pantry is located in the Admissions Building and will operate during class hours! We are asking for donations from the general public, our students, and staff members. ESI would like to thank everyone in advanced for any donations and support as we build up The Student Pantry! LETS GO ESI DIAMONDS!

Here is a list of the sort of items we will be collecting:



  • Cans of Tuna*
  • Cans of Chicken*
  • Canned Stew
  • Canned Chili
  • Hash
  • Pork and Beans
  • Soups
  • Spaghetti Sauce*
  • Kidney Beans
  • Peanut Butter*

Canned Vegetables

  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Instant Potatoes


  • Canned Fruits
  • Fruit Cups
  • Dried Fruits
  • Jelly
  • Raisins
  • Juice Boxes


  • Rice*
  • Pasta*
  • Macaroni and Cheese*
  • Crackers
  • Cans of Ravioli/SpaghettiO’s*
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Boxed Meals*


  • Boxes of Cereal*
  • Instant Oatmeal (individual packets) *
  • Cereal Bars
  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Pop Tarts
  • Muffin Mix

On the Go/Snacks

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Salsa
  • Pringles
  • Cookies
  • Granola Bars*
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Easy Mac*
  • Microwaveable Non-Frozen Meals*

Basic Necessities

  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
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Continue Your Education with ITEC



Want to get back into the esthetics industry? Feeling a little dusty and need a confidence booster? Looking to take your career to new heights?

The Elaine Sterling Institute is the only beauty school in the state of GA that is ITEC Certified. Our 2 Day Prep Class will get your skills back on track, boost your confidence and have ITEC qualifications are the best way to jump start your career in the beauty industry. Recognized in over 35 countries worldwide; an ITEC qualification will help you wherever you choose to work. International recognition.

And some more great news!

Our next class is swiftly approaching:

Day 1 Sunday March 12th 10-4pm

Day 2 Sunday April 9th 10-4pm


Sunday May 7th

Practical and written 9am-4pm

For more information or to place your name on the interest list please email our director of events and placement, Reg at Hope to see you there!

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Makeup by our Esthetician Students

Our Pro Artistry Makeup section of our Esthetician Program allows students to learn Fantasy, Evening, Day, Runway, and much more!

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Focus on the Field: Special Guests & Trips

The esthetic industry is as diverse a field as it is rewarding. Once you become a licensed esthetician, you have the ability to pursue many different career opportunities that suit your particular interests.  Thinking about becoming makeup artist that uses cosmetics to create special effects on movie sets? Or perhaps you want to focus on hair removal and become to go-to authority on waxing and other forms of epilation. At the Elaine Sterling Institute, the possibilities for success are endless.

ESI students regularly visit businesses in the industry for field trips as part of the curriculum. Past locations include European Wax Center, Natural Body Spa and Institut’ DERMed. Students are able to learn practical knowledge and skills from guest speakers who frequent the school. These industry experts come from a variety of different specialties and backgrounds and include plastic surgeons, celebrity makeup artists, and spa business owners. One example includes renowned Make-Up and Special Effects Artist Travis Pates, who has worked on blockbusters like the Hunger Games series. (Travis is pictured here with our Founder, Admissions Director and a student).

We believe that field trips and instruction from guest speakers inspire provides students with unique learning opportunities and inspiration in selecting their career path. At ESI, our ultimate goal is to create the next generation of industry innovators.

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How to Write a Good Resume


A good resume allows for a confident career search. Here are 4 tips that will help you stand out to employers:

Begin with a capabilities summary

In this short introductory summary, identify what attributes you will deliver to an employer and express your passion for the industry. Whether it be exemplary customer service, experience with advanced technology, or extensive knowledge of cosmetic ingredients, employers are looking for driven individuals with superior skills.

Tailor your resume to the business

Employers receive hundreds of resumes every day, so it is important that yours stands out and does not feel formulaic. Before you write your resume, spend some time researching your potential employer. For example, if they are they a Med Spa see what kinds of machines they use. Then be sure to highlight your knowledge and experience with the same or similar technology.

Outline your professional experience and career accomplishments

Even if you have never been employed by a spa or other industry setting, your clinic days at ESI provides you with plenty of professional experience. Quantify your practical experience to your advantage. For instance stating “Performed approximately 150 basic and advanced facial treatments on clients” sounds a lot better than simply “Performed facials.”

Limit your resume to one page

As previously stated, employers receive numerous resumes from prospective hires. The last thing they want to do is read through multiple pages of what could have been a one-page document. Don’t let long-winded wording or typos rule yours out for consideration!  Your resume should be clearly formatted, concisely worded and be free from any grammatical errors.


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New Year, New Career!

Are you ready to embark on the incredible journey of esthetic education? Becoming a licensed esthetician means becoming a part of the multi-billion dollar beauty industry that provides professionals and clients with incredible rewards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of skincare specialists is projected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024. This projected growth rate is faster than the average for all other occupations. As many people want to reduce the appearance of aging by addressing and correcting skincare concerns, the esthetician is the trusted solution.

The Elaine Sterling Institute uses a multifaceted, adaptive and innovative approach to the dynamic nature of the skincare industry.  Our licensed, expert educators are passionate about providing you with the knowledge and hands-on skills that will support your success. ESI is equipped with the latest and most advanced esthetic machinery that will prepare you for employment in any setting, be it a dermatologist’s office, medical, or day spa. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to provide clients with the highest standard of service through facial and body treatments, skincare technology and professionalism. Call (404) 256-5228 or email to set up an appointment with Stacy Marcum, our Director of Admissions, to tour the facility and take the first steps toward a successful career!


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Some moisturizing tips…

Written by: Sonia Conerly

When applying your moisturizer, it is important to use a quality product, and therefore, a little will definitely go a long way.   You want to be gentle and not rub too vigorously, (especially, if your skin is more on the sensitive side, or you have Rosacea).

You can apply a dab of moisturizer down the t-zone, along the cheekbones, the jawline, and don’t forget about your neck.  Then work it into the skin using your fingertips, in soft, outward circles, until the product has absorbed into the skin.

The eyes need special care as well and when applying your eye cream, it is best to use your ring finger to gently dab the product under the eyes until it is gone.

Happy moisturizing!!!

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Now Presenting… Stacy Marcum

Our new director of admissions and placement.

We are excited to have Stacy Marcum as our new director of admissions. We sat down with Stacy and asked him some questions so everyone could get to know him a little better.

How long have you worked in the spa industry? I have been working in the spa industry for 15 years. 

What is your brief career history? I started as a spa director at Spa Sydell, then spa manager at L’auberge du Lac casino resort, Spa Director at WTS International and was Manager of the Year in 2011.  I have been Regional Director for Innovative Spa Management and most recently District Manager for XpresSpa overseeing 20 spas throughout the Southeast.

What do you bring to the ESI staff? I bring passion, industry knowledge, coaching and mentoring skills, and an epic beard!

What do you think makes a successful beauty industry professional?  Passion, selflessness, a working knowledge of ones craft, and flexibility. 

What is something that we should know about you, unrelated to work?  I travel to the Miss USA pageant every year and am very involved in the pageant community

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Smoking and its effects on skin

Cigarette Smoke contains more than 4000 toxins, many of which are absorbed directly into the blood stream and are taken by the blood right into the structure of your skin. This will reduce how the skin will regenerate itself.  Smoking causes the blood vessels at the top of the skin to constrict, this in turn reduces the oxygen level in the blood that causes the blood to thick and reduce the levels of collagen in the skin.

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