New York State Law: Pursuant to Article 27 of the GBL:
Section 400, Definitions:
6.) The practice of “esthetics” means providing for a fee, or any consideration or exchange, whether direct or indirect, services to enhance the appearance of the face, neck, arms, legs, and shoulders of a human being by the use of compounds or procedures including makeup, eyelashes, depilatories, tonics, lotions, waxes, sanding and tweezing, whether performed by manual, mechanical, chemical or electrical means and instruments but shall not include the practice of electrology.
Section 401, License Required:
1.) No person shall engage in the practice of nail specialty, waxing, natural hair styling, esthetics or cosmetology, as defined in §400 of this article, without having received a license to engage in such practice in the manner prescribed in this article. No person shall act as a trainee or perform any service as such unless he or she has obtained a certification of registration pursuant to this article.