Instead of using the pusher you could always use an orangewood stick and wrap some cotton wool around the end dip it into a bit of water to stay on the end of the stick and push your cuticles back that way.
Just get lots of practice in and do wedding , proms and day and evening makeup and put them all in a portfolio so you can show your clients i did 4 weddings last year and i get to do all the proms as well and its all been word of mouth best of luck
Hiya i dont want to sound harsh but they should not have recommended you when you havnt done your training.
When a client comes to you or enquires about a makeover you need to know what you are doing.
I would keep a portfolio of before and after then you can show clients what you can do when you...
You also need to cure the white longer 2 mins i normally do. Also when you have applied the first layer i normally wipe the sticky layer off then apply my white so the white smile line doesnt run i use nsi too.
I would stick with your social service job for the min and still carry on with your beauty,You havnt been going that long and still are building up your clientell, the best advertising is word of mouth.