Entry opens December 2014.
Learn about the 2015 Beacon entry process here.

Beacon provides the nationís most promising cosmetology students with education and opportunities to network with the industryís highest profile salon owners and stylists during PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas.


Professional Resume
The most crucial document for a young professional trying to get their foot in the door, your resume will hold high value in the judging process. Resumes are judged on quality and professionalism, not how much experience youíve had. Itís important to balance your creativity with professional presentation.

Letter of Recommendation
Submit a letter of recommendation from a school administrator (Instructor, Director, Career Counselor, etc.); telling judges why you are a good candidate for the Beacon program. As a new job seeker, having a professional reputation is an important asset.

Portfolio of Images
Submit three images, showcasing your talent in the career path you would like to follow (hair, nails, skin, etc.). We know students will be at varying levels in their schooling, so you may use mannequins or live models for this portion of the application process. This is an opportunity to start or add to your professional portfolio.

Professional Marketing Piece
Hereís your opportunity to be creative and tell future employers and clients who you are, what you can do and what your career goals are. Create a marketing piece to sell yourself as a future salon/spa professional or to sell an industry idea you are passionate about. Examples of promotional pieces include a website, brochure, storyboard, or a 30-second commercial. If your marketing piece is a commercial or website, simply submit the link. If you choose to make a brochure or flyer, save it as a Word document or PDF and upload the file. For any physical object, such as a storyboard, submit up to 3 images of your completed project.


To compete, you must be a student enrolled in an appropriate program (cosmetology, esthetics, nail technicians, etc.) in the U.S. or Canada between September 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015. Former Beacon winners are NOT eligible to re-apply.


A panel of top salon and spa owners, manufacturers and distributors from across the country will judge the entries and select the winning students. All entrants will be notified about their entry status via email by May 15, 2014. Check out Beacon on Facebook to share ideas and connect with other Beacon entrants.


PBA Members: $30
Non Members: $50

Your entry fee can be paid by credit card or check. If your school is paying for your entry, please download the School Payment Roster and mail the completed form with payment (checks made out to PBA), to: 15825 N. 71st Street, Suite 100 / Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

Beacon is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America's largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America.