Director and Head Makeup Trainer – Maggie Tamarua
Originating from humble beginnings doing my own make up as a TV presenter, it’s taught me the importance and difference a skilled make up and beauty professional can make. Obtaining my formal training through Napoleon Perdis , I then went on to work for Napoleon for a further 6 years.
My skills as a makeup artist have not being limited to bridal parties. I have had success within the industry creating glamorous fashion looks for countless red carpet events such as The Brownlow Awards and The Logie Awards. My work has been featured in various magazines such as Girlfriend Magazine, Melbourne Bridal and Fashion World to name a few.
Hairstyling Teacher – Elesha Eddy
Elesha has a wealth of experience as a qualified hairdresser of 17 years. She has worked in high profile salons including Edward Beale (Toorak, Carlton and Hawthorn), is the previous owner of Raymond B Hair, Point Cook and is currently the National Technical Advisor for Natulique Organic Colour. She has also travelled to London, Barcelona and Sydney for Haircare Australia, with whom she work for seven years, as a Platform Artist and up-style educator to present at various hair expos.
Elesha took out the 2010 Victorian Lakme Colourist of the year and was runner-up in the national category of the same year.
Her work has been published in FHM, Cosmopolitan Bride, InStyle and various other hair magazines.
Makeup Teacher – Thom Grey
Thom started off at the TBA running makeup master classes. In 2016 Thom will join Maggie as a permanent teacher.
Thom started his makeup journey in Auckland New Zealand back in 2005 with Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown and Napoleon Perdis before securing his dream job with MAC cosmetics in 2007. In 2010 he moved to Melbourne where he continued working for MAC. Earlier this year Thom and Fellow MAC artist Briony Phipps established B+T MakeupDesign which has been a great success.
Maggie and Thom offer a wealth of experience, skill, knowledge and industry connections and look forward to sharing this with you.
Eyelash Extension Teacher – Virginia Garay
Virginia is a Master Eyelash Extension Specialist with over 12 years’ experience.
She began lashing at a time where eyelash extensions were mostly unknown. From humble beginnings of lashing family and friends in her home salon she quickly amassed a thriving client list and now operates her own successful eyelash extension business from a premier beauty salon in Laverton.
Virginia is passionate about eyelash extensions and of raising standards and promoting safe and hygienic practices within the industry.
She is highly skilled and certified in Classic, Volume and Hybrid applications and keeps herself educated, up-to-date knowledgeable on all things lashes and supports the industry by teaching best practices.
Virginia has an extensive training and assessment background and has developed practical and efficient techniques to teaching the art of eyelash extensions, she is excited about sharing her successful methods with you.
Nail Teacher – Marguerite Hickey
Marguerite has been a nail technician for a number of years and in addition to her expertise in all aspects and techniques of the nail industry, she is a Master in the Acrylic and Polygel methods.
Marguerite is so passionate about her work, she loves to be able to express herself and help others express their own style through the nails she creates. Being bold and creative and doesn’t limit herself to society norms, she is always pushing the boundaries of trends and experimenting outside the box.
She has experience in both high end salon environments and as a sole trader / freelancer and has serviced clients in every area from everyday regular clients to bridal parties, models and celebrities.
Assistant Hair Teacher – Cassandra Jennings
Cassandra is a freelance hair and makeup artist with over 10 years experience providing services to the Melbourne and surrounding suburbs.
Cassandra has been published in Photogenic magazine for hair, and has an extensive background in the customer service industry.
We are pleased to have Cassandra part of the Academy as our Assistant Hairstylist teacher where she excels at helping our students reach their full potential.
Assistant Makeup Teacher & Administration Manager – Chantelle Taylor
Chantelle is a freelance hair and makeup artist with over 3 years experience providing services to the Melbourne and surrounding suburbs.
Chantelle freelances mainly within the bridal and special occasion industry and has recently been published in Hunter Creative Magazine.
Chantelle has an extensive background in customer service and business administration. In conjunction with her assisting duties, Chantelle is also the TBA’s Administration Manager.