Cuccio Education

Liz Richards
Head of Education

Liz has been in the nail industry for 18 years. She joined Cuccio Europe a decade ago and in this time has been an educator, a salon sales rep and salon sales manager before being given the role of Head of Education in March 2019. Liz works closely with Marilyn Garcia, Cuccio’s global director of education to ensure the success of our education programme here in the UK. Liz is responsible for education recruitment, amassing training materials and delivering them to the sales team, educators and customers. Liz has a vast knowledge of our full range of products making her our go-to technical guru.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Liz’s favourite product is Cuccio Pro UV/LED Builder Gel in a Bottle – “The product
is so quick and easy to use, I can create a full set of beautiful nail enhancements in just 40 minutes with very little product cost means I have more time for more clients and make more money from each service. Client’s love the product because of its versatility to create many different types of nails and it soaks off in just 20 minutes.”
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Autumn/ Winter – Quilty as Charged from the Tapestry collection
Spring/Summer – See it all in Montreal from the core collection
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Wow, so many to choose from! I would have to say the 3 days I worked
alongside Marilyn Garcia to present our global education summit in Costa Rica last year and on return to the UK being promoted to Head of Education, was a great sense of achievement.

Cuccio Educators

Locations

Sara Elliot
Kent

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
I’ve been doing nails now for 22 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
3 years.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
The Cuccio Veneer range. I use it all the time. It’s hard wearing and my clients love it.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Space cadet is always a popular choice.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
I get a lot of joy from seeing my students get on with their new careers. I feel proud when I hear how they are doing. Whether it’s getting a job in a salon or setting up a mobile or home based salon. It feels great to know I’ve had a part in their journey.

Naomi Mogg
Hertfordshire

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
26 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
24 years.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Cuccio Naturale Anti-Oxidant Grapeseed Oil – I use this regularly.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Cover Me Up is a favourite at the moment.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
I love my role as an Elite Educator as I get to travel to some beautiful countries and meet like-minded techs!

Nina Lewis
North London

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
29 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
11 years.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
The Cuccio Colour Lacquer range – that’s my thing! That’s all I wear, I love it.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
All of them! But if I had to choose, I love a good red – Pompeii It Forward is one of my favourites.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
I’d have to say winning the Scratch Shoot Out was a definite highlight! It also meant that I’ve won an award and been featured in the magazine multiple times!

Carlie Viera-Riddell
Bagshot, Surrey

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
19 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
Around 9 years.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Veneer Range or the Milk & Honey Naturale Collection.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Pink Champagne every time!
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Being able to offer Cuccio Education from my home studio is just perfect for me.

Eira Thomas
Weston Super Mare

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
19 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
8 years.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
T3 LED/UV Controlled Levelling Thick Viscosity Gel – it’s brilliant. There’s never any lifting, it gives a beautiful natural finish, easy to file and easy to build because of its thickness.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
I Left My Heart in San Francisco – we use this so much in salons because you can have it as a really natural finish or build easily for more colour. It’s also a perfect French Base.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Being recognised by Cuccio for being one of the top two educators running the most courses last year. Education is key to quality and understanding your products and it was an honour to welcome so many talented techs to the industry, many of which now have successful businesses.

Georgina Rivers
Reading

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
17 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
I joined Team Cuccio in Spring 2019.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
The Veneer range. Such a vast array of colours, amazing coverage with long lasting results and chip free wear, I would use nothing else in my salon! The design and shape of the bottle makes it so easy to hold and work with, and the simple classy design looks lovely in the salon.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
A Kiss in Paris – who doesn’t love a classic red? Especially when it’s named after the most romantic city in the world!
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
It’s an ongoing highlight – and the reason I became an educator. Teaching allows me to pass on my passion for the industry and the knowledge I’ve gained throughout my career. I love nothing more than taking a student under my wing and teaching them a set of skills to enable them to progress in life, empower them, and make a good income. A career in nails comes with endless possibilities, complimenting time at home with children, earning some extra money as a mobile tech or even owning your own salon. It all starts with the first step of education, and there are so many courses on offer at Cuccio to help students reach their goals. I feel lucky to be in a position to educate and support students to reach their full potential.

Emma Johnson
Nottingham

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
26 years
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
9 years now
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
The Cuccio Coloured Acrylic Powders because I just love sculpting with them!
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
A Kiss in Paris
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Just being able to share my knowledge with my students and being able to watch them progress is amazing.

Kelly Smith
Stratford-upon-Avon

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
I have been a nail tech for nearly 30 years. I started out as a nail tech, then qualified as a hairdresser and owned a successful hair and beauty business for nearly 15 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
2 years now
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Peel It! I think it is an amazing and innovative product, making a gel manicure completely peelable with no damage to the natural nail.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Costa Rican Sunset.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Simply the pleasure I get from nurturing each of my students from arriving on the first morning of their course knowing nothing, through to birthing their own businesses. It’s very rewarding.

Rebecca Downham
Derby

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
Been in the industry 13 years, and doing nails for 10 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
2 and a half years
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
This is such a hard question as I have a few! But it would have to be the Veneer range, the application is so easy and the colour collection we have is forever growing, and it lasts so well! My clients love it.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Pink Champagne! I love to wear this shade for any season and you just can’t beat a good nude.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
I think the seminar with Marilyn in September, all of us educators coming together supporting each other was just amazing. We learnt from the best, the knowledge Marilyn shared was just another level – we shared so many techniques, tips and guiding each other through the applications, it really showed me what a strong team I’m in.

Victoria Howarth
West Midlands

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
Over 20 years, teaching in total for nearly 10.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
Joined Team Cuccio in Summer 2019.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Apple Cuticle Remover, it melts the cuticle away without any effort.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Agent of Change. It’s so vibrant and gives me happy holiday vibes when I wear it!
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Attending the European Education Summit ran by Marilyn because she’s absolutely brilliant!

Rachael Rowley
Stoke on Trent

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
7 years, I began working on a Spa Reception whilst I trained to do nails, before moving into all areas of beauty.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
Just over a year.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Intense Hydrating Treatment cream is an amazing product and does work for anyone struggling with dry/hard skin areas. The whole Naturale range is full of gorgeous smells and textures, and just gives the best results.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Nude-A-Tude or A Kiss in Paris.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
When I became an educator because you just become friends with other Cuccio Educators all over the world.

Carla Miller
Leeds

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
17 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
2 years.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Everything Pom & Fig! I love the whole range, it smells delish. I have it all at home as well as my salon!
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
A Kiss in Paris – you can’t beat a sexy red!
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Writing the Cuccio Nail Art Course & having it featured in Scratch Magazine!

Shelly Brown
Lancashire

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
17 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
2 years.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Brush on Builder Gel, the strength and longevity is first class.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
A Kiss in Paris. 
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Appearing in Scratch magazine with Marilyn and all of our fantastic team!

Tanya Farnham
North West

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
15 years in the industry, 12 for nails specifically.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
2 years
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
The Powder Polish range – strong, lasting results and so many colours to choose from – spoilt for choice!
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Count Me In & A Kiss in Paris are my faves.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
My page in Scratch Magazine!

Gaynor Jolliffe
North West - Manchester

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
10 years
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
Around 18 months.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Brush on Builder Gel – because it’s fast, it’s strong, the versatility of the product is amazing! I can take that one bottle and give added strength for gel polish, extend a broken nail, created a full set, infill any other brand or product for a walk in client. Service times have been reduced in the salon due to the speed of use with it. And it’s a soak off – perfect!
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Heart & Seoul.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Attending the European Education Summit, meeting the European Distributors and meeting/being taught by Marilyn Garcia.

Michelle Ellam
Hessle, Hull

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
22 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
8 years.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
The Bronze Shimmer Butter – it makes your skin feel beautiful, it smells beautiful and gives an amazing bronze sheen!
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
A Kiss in Paris.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Just being an educator is amazing. I love learning new skills when the team get together, and I love all the Cuccio range – I use all the products in my salon!

Nisveta Subasic
Edinburgh

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
15 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
7 years.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Brush on Builder Gel – amazing!
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Agent of Change – such a beautiful bright purple.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
My promotion to Elite Educator.

Michelle Ogilby
Northern Ireland

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
12 years in the industry, specifically a nail tech for 10.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
Joined Team Cuccio in Summer 2019.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Brush on Builder Gel – it’s my go to product in the salon! It’s so versatile and gives my clients a strong and durable nail. The clarity is perfect for encapsulation too. I highly recommend it!
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
I Left My Heart in San Francisco – it’s a simple soft opaque pink with great coverage.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
Attending the European Education Summit. Learning new skills and techniques from across the world was fantastic. Attending the summit gave me the opportunity to try new and daring ‘out of the box’ nail shapes that I’d never tried before. Meeting colleagues from across Europe was great too and it was nice to know that no matter what country we are from we are all taught the same way.

Leah Tosh
Northern Ireland

How many years have you been in the nail industry?
4 years.
How long have you been a Cuccio Educator for?
Joined Team Cuccio in Summer 2019.
What’s your favourite Cuccio product?
Naturale Bronze Shimmer Butter – I absolutely love this product as it’s perfect for that soft shimmer glow. It also smells amazing which draws me to it more.
What’s your go-to Cuccio shade?
Rolling Stone? It’s a very distinctive shade but also has that little bit of sparkle.
What would you say is your Cuccio career highlight?
The European Education Summit which was held back in October 2019, where I got to meet the head of global education, Marilyn García, and getting to try out some new techniques for different products!

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