Director and Head Makeup Teacher
With my years of experience and industry reputation, I have established myself as a premier trainer. After completing my formal training with Napoleon in 2004, I then went on to work for Napoleon and freelanced as a wedding makeup artist.
I have had success within the industry creating fashion looks for countless red-carpet events. My work has also been featured in various magazines such as Vogue, Girlfriend Magazine and Melbourne Bridal and Fashion World. I won back to back Makeup Artist of the Year ABIA Awards (2013 and 2014).
I became inspired by my clients, so I started offering one-on-one makeup lessons. I was delighted by how good they felt and the messages I received on how I changed their lives. The demand for lessons grew significantly so this led me to open the Tamarua Beauty Academy (aka the TBA).
After doing several courses at the start and throughout my career and after years of experience teaching at many education facilities I noticed a gap in the makeup education industry. The way our courses are structured set our students up for success. Each intake our curriculum is updated, to ensure we are up-to-date and offer the best industry relevant education.
My trainers have years of industry relevant experience with practical and theoretical knowledge. We are dedicated to teaching and provide excellent insight to the realistic side of the job. To be able to pass on our years of experience, skills and knowledge to our clients and students and then to see them transition into and then succeed in the industry is a blessing. We love what we do.
Elesha has a wealth of experience as a qualified hairdresser of 20 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.
Recently Elesha came 4th in the ABIA Hair Stylist Victorian Bridal Awards 2019.
Thom started off at the TBA running makeup master classes. In 2016 Thom joined the TBA as a permanent member of the team teaching make up.
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 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 and within the TBA.
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.
Marguerite has been a nail technician for many 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 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.
Alfy is an experienced barber who has been styling men’s hair and beards for over 8 years.
He has worked with many major brands and prestige’s salons throughout New Zealand and Australia alongside some of the most renowned barbers.
From a young age, Alfy had an affinity for playing with clippers and admiring the work of barbers. His passion that started at a young age only made him work even harder to achieve success quickly. In 2016 he was awarded best original old school haircut.
At the Tamarua Beauty Academy, Alfy trains students to be industry ready and stand out above others whilst taking pride in their work.
Assistant Nail Teacher
Pamela G has been freelancing in the beauty industry for more than 8 years. Specifically, in nail technology/nail art, spray tanning and eyelash extensions.
She also comes from a very creative background. Creative in all forms and styles; she is known for her paintings, murals and now macramé wall hangings. She brings all of her creative drive and passion to everything she touches.
Pamela says, “my passion for art has no limits and with nails there really isn’t much you can’t do. I love that!”
Hairdressing / Barbering Teacher
Jorge has a wealth of experience in the education sector of hairdressing. In his early career, he was the Art Director/part owner of BIBA FOR HAIR in 6 salons around Melbourne where he managed, developed and trained staff and educators for many years.
He now works as an artistic director for Natulique Australia and USA and is the main educator for Natulique Latin America and operates his own salon – Jorge Viota Hairdressing in Lygon St, East Brunswick. He has also founded his own brand of men’s grooming products called Barberian.