Who will be my trainers?
At the TBA we believe that to be the best, you have to learn from the best. All TBA trainers are experienced makeup artists active in their own specialist field within the Film, Fashion, TV & Theatre industry and are currently industry active. Our trainers are fully qualified in all areas of makeup and each specialise in their chosen fields, which is why we believe that having a different trainer for specialised topics will give our students an overall advantage when learning industry tricks and techniques.
How old do I have to be to study?
All applicants must have completed Year 10 (or equivalent) and be 16 years or older in order to apply to study at the TBA.
Where are you located?
Our studio is located in Point Cook, Victoria.
Do I need to bring a model?
  • Models are required from week 3 for Beginner Makeup Students
  • Models are required each week for Advanced Makeup Students
  • Models are required from week 4 for Hair students
How do I enrol?

It’s easy to enrol in any of our courses. All you need to do is visit www.tamaruabeautyacademy.com.au and complete an online enrolment form. A non-refundable deposit is also required to secure your position.

Is my deposit refundable?

All course deposits are non-refundable. This includes course fees paid in full (in one lump sum). The deposit amount is non-refundable if you withdraw from the course before the first class. If you withdraw after the first class, all payments made are non-refundable as we are not able to place another student in your place after the course has started.

10% discount only applies to cash payments made in full.

Are there payment plans available?

Yes! With TBA, you can choose among the following payment options:

Full payment up front (*10% off via cash payments only)

Accelerated payments: Payment plan available

A non-refundable deposit of $450.00 must be paid in order to guarantee your place on any of our hair and makeup courses. You are then required to make 3 payments of $300.00 (total $1350.00). All students paying via payment plan must have finalised and paid in full 7 days prior to course commencement. Fees must be paid in full prior to the start of your course. If you enrol for a course less than 4 weeks before the course start date, you must pay all fees 7 days prior to the commencement of that course.

*All students that pay in full receive a 10% discount** All deposits and course payments are non-refundable or transferable

For more information on fees and payment options for each course, please visit the website

What’s included in the fees?

Each student will receive a copy of “TBA artist” manual by Maggie Tamarua, which is referred to throughout the course. The fees also cover all products and materials used during the course, as well as specialist equipment and tools. Unlike other courses, we provide all necessary make-up and appliances used by professional make-up artists – that’s you – for the duration of the course. The TBA stocks many high end, luxury and professional brands for you to use during your course.

All Makeup and Hair courses include a professional PHOTO SHOOT during the final week to help our students build a strong portfolio. You will receive a professionally edited high resolution image as part of your assessment. These images are an integral part of building your body of work that will enable you to book clients.

You will receive ongoing support via a private forum, master classes and bonus photoshoots.

Do I need a license to work as a makeup or hair artist?

Many jurisdictions do not require a working makeup or hair artist to be licensed. However, some areas do require a makeup artist license or cosmetology license. TBA does not qualify its students for this type of licensing. It’s your responsibility to make yourself fully aware of the working requirements and government regulations in your area before starting professional work.

If your jurisdiction has no licensing requirements, a certificate such as that offered by TBA is sufficient proof of professional training. Our courses are well known and have helped countless graduates secure careers in the makeup industry. Clients and creative agencies who are hiring a makeup artist will look at your portfolio of work, past experience, appearance and professionalism.

Which brands do you use and recommend?

We use a variety of brands that are used in the beauty industry. Our teachers demo brands in classes that they know, trust and use in their professional kits such as:

  • Kryolan
  • Inglot
  • MAC
  • Nars
  • Temptu
  • Model Rock
  • Makeup forever
  • Becca
  • Hourglass
  • Tarte
  • Too Faced
  • The Balm
  • Sugar Pill
  • Face of Australia

Hair Care: 

  • MUK
How many students are in each class?

Our class sizes are kept small, intimate and friendly. This allows you to receive individual tuition and ensures we maintain the high standard of makeup training for which TBA is renowned. You’ll be in classes with approximately 8-12 students.

What happens if I miss a class? Do I still get my certificate?

If you are sick or absent for a class, you can make it up within the next intake by watching demo and replicating look offsite and sending a picture through to your trainer or if we have a spot available you can attend class. Your certificate will not be issued till all missed classes are made up.

You can book a one on one lesson at an extra cost. If you miss more than 3 classes, you will have to pay $100 for each class you need to re-sit and you may be required to produce a medical certificate.

Do I receive a certificate after completing the course?

A certificate will be issued to students who successfully complete a course.

Do you have open days? Can I come and see the Academy?

We encourage all applicants to visit TBA to see the studio and to attend an informal interview. We believe this is important as it gives you the opportunity to ask questions, and find out more about the courses we offer. We can also ensure that you’ve chosen the course that is best for you. Please contact us via the website to make an appointment.

Can I get VET Fee Help or government funding?

Since we are a private training organisation, we do not directly offer any VET-fee help. We do however offer payment plan options.

Will I be able to receive discounts toward makeup products as a student or graduate?

Yes, TBA students and graduates are eligible to receive 10% discounts from a variety of cosmetic brands that are stocked at the Academy.

What standard of English is needed?

All students must be able to speak and understand English.

Will you help me get work after the course?

We pride ourselves on our commitment to the future careers of our students and offer support via our private forum and in class to prepare you for the next step.

We will be talking to you throughout the course, but your priority will be learning as much as you can from our experienced trainers. We also love hearing about all of the experience you’re getting and helping you towards the next stage of your career regardless of the stage you’re at in your career.

When you are starting out in the industry you should be prepared to start by doing unpaid work or Trade for Prints (TFP), if necessary, as this is how most makeup artists continue their development, network and build contacts.

Most professional makeup artists will advise future makeup artists to do whatever work (paid or unpaid) is offered, assisting seasoned artists and actively seeking trades because you never know where a contact may be made and they just might be your next booking

What Brush Set do you have available for students to purchase?

Good quality brushes make all the difference in makeup application. Everyone from the most skilled makeup artist to the woman who wears only the basics can benefit from using the right tools.

Attached is the current school brush Set. RRP $260 Student Price $180. These brushes have been handpicked by Maggie for their durability and ability to perform for beginners and will serve you well as you grow as an artist