The Academy of Makeup recruits the very best Artists in the makeup industry to train our students. We enlist educators who are experts in all things makeup and are highly specialised in their chosen field, be it bridal, editorial, SPFX or film & TV. All trainers have extensive experience working in the makeup industry, with most still freelancing in their spare time.
Melbourne Academy of Makeup Trainier Bios
- Leonie Karagiannis
- Liz Sharp
- Janey Umback
- Bianca Downward
- Mallysa Neeland
- Effie Tzagarakis
- Evi Torzsok
- Ebony Kay
Leonie's career into the art of make up started 20 years ago as a student of performing arts where she fell in love with the creative process of designing and applying make up.
She immediately set out to carve her niche by gaining experience working with some of the worlds leading make companies where she worked and trained with amazing artists from all over the world.
Leonie has extensive experience in all facets of make up styles and techniques from fashion, editorial, advertising and body art.
Her portfolio consists of an abundance of runway shows as part of Melbourne's fashion week, catalogues, beauty editorials, TV personalities and recording artists.
Along with her fashion credentials, Leonie also runs a successful freelance bridal business, and has created hair and make up looks for beauty shoots, advertising and online catalogues.
Leonie's philosophy is to "be constantly evolving and building on her skills as an artist" and thoroughly enjoys imparting her industry knowledge, experience and skills to students at the Academy of Makeup. Leonie currently trains at the Melbourne Academy.
ABIA MAKE-UP ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017
Liz Sharp commenced her education in Art and Special Effects in 1996 gaining a Diploma of makeup for Film & TV from the Sydney 3-Arts Makeup Centre. Liz went onto study at the Australian National University School of Art achieving a Degree in Visual Arts. Liz Sharp also successfully completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and she has been teaching since 2006. Currently, along with Freelancing, she is part time studying her Masters in Contemporary Art @ RMIT Australia.
Liz has continued to gain experience in the creative industries throughout her career working with highly skilled and gifted Visual Artists, Directors, Photographers, Actors, Models. Not to mention top Mua, Hair & SPFX colleagues. Lizzie is known and well respected for her technical skills in colour, attention to detail and her concepts as a Visual Artist.
Her work as a creative director and make-up technician is regularly seen throughout the advertising film & tv industries. She is highly regarded in the make-up industry for her work in editorials, fashion films, music videos, film and television, special effects, theatre, body art and as a teacher and mentor to many in the industry.
She has a love of teaching and decided more to share her skills with others by becoming an educator of make-up & art. Liz provides a high standard of education to her students, teaching them not only how to perfect the application of make-up but to do this to a tight schedule and under pressure. She imparts knowledge on how to be a part of a strong team working as make-up assistant with the ultimate goal of eventually becoming a top make-up artist.
Because Liz's scope and love of art is so broad, her work also includes areas such as Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Retouching, Set design and Costume. A true all round Artist.
Liz is always open to a challenge and new ideas in the world of art and has not limited herself to one or two areas in her career as a technician or a visual artist
Originally from Canberra, Janey considers herself a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ within the makeup industry and has extensive experience in the fields of fashion, editorial, short film, catwalk and cosmetics retail.
A creative and extremely professional artist with over 13 years in the industry, Janey has worked both nationally and internationally, with stints living and working in Japan and the United Kingdom; where she was able to attend training workshops run by international artists including Jeanine Lobell (Stila), Terry De Gunzburg (YSL and By Terry) and Australia’s own Poppy King (Lipstick Queen).
Janey is extremely passionate about education and approaches her work with enthusiasm, dedication and a keen eye for detail.
When she’s not at the Academy, Janey can be found running a successful freelance business, specializing in fashion editorial and wedding services.
Past clients include: MBFWA, VAMFF, Space.NK (UK), All Around The World Records (UK), Bauer Media Group, AAP, Alpha 60, The Brownlow Medal, The Canberra Times, Future Music Festival and many more.
Growing up Bianca always had a love for the arts and anything girly so it was no surprise that she stepped straight into her makeup career at the early age of 17.
Fast forward almost 13 years later and she is successfully running her own freelance business whilst sharing her years of experience, knowledge, love and passion in the makeup industry with our Academy students.
After years of working in Melbourne she decided to pack up and travel the world, ending up in Vancouver Canada where she also educated our future generation of artists whilst successfully running her own freelance business.
Bianca has worked at both Sydney, Melbourne fashion week backstage at the Dyson hair road show and for various photographers and brands throughout the years.
Bianca believes you can and should never stop learning it’s how you grow as a person and an artist.
Melbourne based artist Mallysa Neeland took a lifelong obsession with transformation and used that to forge a highly successful career in the Make-up industry.
In the early years of her Make-up career, Mallysa gained valuable experience on film sets, theater, and the fast pased environment of Fashion Week in Melbourne and Sydney, she then took the chance to exercise her creativity whilst working on various photo shoots collaborating with different industry experts.
Eventually, Mallysa found her place in the industry and decided to focus her talent as a Make-up artist by specialising in bridal and glamour.
Mallysa went on to create a highly successful professional beauty service called The Blush Project along with her business partner, specialising in both Make-up and hair styling for brides who wanted something fresh and unique for their wedding day.
With over a decade worth of experience across all facets of the industry, Mallysa developed a love for helping new artists to acquire their own skillsets, resulting in Mallysa working in a number of teaching and mentoring roles.
Mallysa's wealth of make up knowledge and infectious personality ensures students are equipped with an environment that nurtures new learning and the technical skills required to blaze their own trail in the competitive world of make-up and beauty.
From humble beginnings, her career led to work on fashion and beauty editorials, advertising, bespoke weddings, cosmetic retail and backstage at shows including MSFW and VAMFF. Effie’s work has been featured in several Australian and International Publications.
With over a decade of experience, she now has the professional freedom to run her own freelance business. Having developed many working relationships with photographers in both commercial and bridal areas this allows her to thrive wholesomely within the Industry.
Effie stays abreast of current trends and has had the privilege of receiving training by International Cosmetic brands such as NARS, Hourglass, Ellis Faas, Stila just to name a few. As an Educator at the Academy of Makeup, sharing her experiences and Industry knowledge has become a passion for Effie, allowing her to grow and encourage her students to thrive as she did and become there own artist.
Evi learnt how to do pottery and clay art during her teenage years. It was during this time she became certain that she would like to work in a creative area. As she always loved the characters and monsters in film she decided that this would be the profession she would love to work in.
Evi moved to Paris to start her makeup artist studies and career. She finished her beauty studies at a well known makeup school in Paris and afterwards she was trained by the special effects makeup artist Jeremy B. Caravita.
During her time in Paris, Evi worked on many fashion shows, photo shoots and Television Shows. In addition she has worked with several modelling agencies in France such as Nathalie, Silentmodels, Marylin Agency.
When she returned to her home country, Hungary, she continued her fashion makeup work with modelling agencies, Hungarian designer brands and photographers.
Evi has worked as a makeup artist in several movies including The Pillars of the Earth, Hercules (2014) and many more. She's been living in Melbourne for over 3 years and during this time she built a successful bridal business. Continuing her fashion interest she has worked on the Melbourne Fashion Week. Evi is really passionate about colouration and sculpting. She loves creating beautiful makeup for a model just as much as she loves creating a special effects injury. She gains inspiration from watching movies and seeing world class makeup.
Now she is passing over her knowledge and experience at the Academy of Makeup in Melbourne.
Ebony commenced her makeup career in the arts and fashion industry. Combining her love and background in fine arts with the stage, Ebony worked on many runways shows and productions such as Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, the Australian Ballet and Melbourne Fringe Festival.
It was her love of creating characters that lead Ebony to explore the world of Special Effects and prosthetics, where she spent the next few years travelling back and forth to Los Angeles USA, for training and work in prosthetics, special effects and creature sculpting. In her Melbourne based prosthetics studio, Ebony has spent the last several years producing state of the art prosthetics and heading up the makeup department on various films.
Amongst her array of film credits, Ebony has worked on Universal Studio's Grinch Christmas, Halloween Horror Nights and Son of Monsterpolooza in Los Angeles USA.
Ebony was the winner of Kryolan Professional Cosmetics ‘Global Face Art’ Award sending her to Dubai in May 2014. She was awarded final five in the Dick Smith ‘Legends of Makeup’ Award, 2011, receiving a scholarship for specialised prosthetics training in Los Angeles USA, and also placed 2nd in the International Makeup Artist Trade Show Beauty/Fantasy Competition in 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
Ebony strongly believes that commitment, determination and passion is what sets artists apart in this industry and aims to instill this in all of her students.
Sydney Academy of Makeup Trainier Bios
- Kirsty Bremner
- Sofia Leigh
- Emma Smith
- Janeen Brown
- Leisa Puckeridge
- Amanda Rieck
- Dave Bowling
- Isobel Claire
Kirsty moved from New Zealand to Australia to study Make-up in 2002. She is currently the 2IC at AOM Sydney and loves her new role. She loves being able to pass on her skills and Knowledge to Students. She is always looking to do anything new creatively and is striving to be the best artist she can be.
Her previous experience includes being head make-up artist for a well-known Sydney Studio where she lead, taught and trained a team of 12 make-up artists. Moving on to London she worked as a Make-up co-ordinator for a busy Make-up store, where she worked with various brands like Chanel, YSL, Nars, Laura Mercier, By Terry, Chantecalle, Shu Umura, Ellis Fass and Lime Crime.
She now has her own freelance business in which she does Make-up and hair for a variety of clients. They include Network Ten, Brides, TV personalities, Advertising agencies, Events companies, numerous photography studios and photographers, and everyday people who want to look and feel amazing for an occasion. She has also done make-up for some of the cast of Neighbours, Home and away and Australian Idol. Magazines work includes Complete Melbourne wedding guide, Womans Day, CEOMagazine, Alchemist Magazine, Online french Fashion Magazine Kodd, Girl Power, Total Girl. Advertising champagnes include Sunbeam, Weight Watchers, Student flights, Twinrix, Oshka Black Jewellery.
International Hair and Makeup stylist - Sofia Leigh - began her career professionally in 2007 after completing her Diploma in Hair - Makeup and SFX styling; since then she has been fortunate enough to have worked alongside a number of diverse Media Groups - Networks and Publications.
Some of Sofia's major clients have included:
Tony and Guy Australia
X Factor Australia
Sydney Dance Company
Sofia has also had the pleasure of working with Australia’s top creative’s, these have included:
Martin Bray (Makeup artist)
Camilla and Marc (Fashion Designers)
Taryn Williams (CEO + Entrepreneur)
Rafael Bonachela (Artistic director)
Becca Gilmartin (Makeup artist)
Emma has worked as a Professional Make Up Artist for over 11 Years. During this time, she has worked extensively in the fashion industry, working on editorials shoots, fashion shows as well as commercial advertising, TV and film.
Emma moved from Ireland to Australia and has had some great opportunities since arriving here. Leading a team of makeup artist at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Sydney for the grand finale show “Bowie Wong” has been Emma’s highlight to date.
Emma has been teaching makeup for several years along with working as a freelance makeup artist.
Some celebrities and campaigns Emma has worked with are U2, The Counting Crows, Boni, Il Divo, Dizzy Rascal, Pierce Brosnan, Jerry Bruckheimer, Alex Zane (MTV), Eamon Sullivan, Hugo Boss, Guiness and Vodaphone to name a few. Emma is a full time trainer at our Sydney Academy.
Belfast born Janeen Brown began her career in Makeup Artistry at The Academy
of Makeup Sydney after relocating to Australia in 2007. With a career spanning over 10 years in the Fashion, Beauty, Advertising, Film, Theatre and Music industries, Janeen's body of work encompasses numerous Advertising campaigns, Short films, T.V.C's and Music videos together with key roles as Hair and Makeup Consultant and Designer to various theatre and
stage productions. Janeen's resume has an impressive client base across the
board. Alongside her work as a Makeup artist. Janeen lends her industry experience, skills and expertise as a regular contributor to a range of Print and Online media publications.
Some of Janeen’s Credits include: Westpac Bank, Harpers Bazaar China, Mercedes Benz Fashion week, Jets Swimwear, Katies Fashion, Good Health Magazine, The Beauty Hunter, Sony Music Australia, Masterchef, Wanted, Haunting Australia, and Belle Shakespeare Theatre.
Leisa has been working as a makeup artist for over 12 years.
During that time she has worked in many different areas within the industry such as bridal, photographic, fashion catwalk, theatre & film.
Leisa has a background in Fine Arts, studying drawing, painting and photography. She loves working with colour and has an eye for detail.
Working on fashion shows has definitely been a highlight for Leisa. Taking part in Sydney fashion week many times, doing makeup for designers such as Akira Isogawa, Leona Edmiston, Ksubi, Zambesi, Kirrily Johnston, Third Millenium and Alannah Hill to name a few.
Various projects Leisa has also worked on include: 'The Son of the Mask', feature film, Short films, 'Mimi' and 'Flowergirl', various industry hair shows, ARIA Music Awards, Marie Claire Awards, Client work such as Nike print Ads, Bodypainting events such as 'Deck of Cards' at the Art Gallery of NSW, and 'Naked Spin' at Sydney Mardi Gras.
Leisa continues to freelance in the industry and has been a trainer with the Academy of Makeup in Sydney for many years.
Amanda always had a liking to makeup and films, the more blood and gore the better. Her background is in beauty therapy for 17 years, but there was always something missing in that time. The makeup component was never enough. Eight years ago she studied at the Academy of Makeup in Brisbane. She then knew she made the right move. Holding a brush in her hand was her belonging.
Amanda’s background is in film and spfx. She has worked on many short films, which have been in film festivals around the world and won awards. Her biggest achievement was being a part of the makeup department for “Unbroken”, directed by Angelina Jolie.
Nowadays she freelances in her own business working in numerous glamour studios, talent agencies, photographers and private clients, also doing cosplay designs where her work is on display. Amanda spends her much of her spare time pushing her creative limits with moulding and sculpting various creature designs, which have been on display at the IMATS museum.
Dave has been creating props and special effects makeup for the past 10+ years for many major productions and events, such as FX Australia, Zoo Magazine, KIIS 106.5 FM, Vogue, Dead Islands RIPtide BETA launch, just to name a few. He is renowned for his signature zombie transformations as acclaimed Head Makeup artist at The Sydney Zombie Walk, from 2010 to 2015, His reputation is built on word of mouth and being extremely successful at his art work.
As a talented artist, Davie sees “Every day is as an opportunity for me to share my passion for my craft…"
Sydney born Makeup Artist, Isobel Claire takes a dynamic and fresh approach to every aspect of her work that really sets her apart from the crowd.
She was recently hand-picked and featured by the international publication i-D Magazine as ‘An Artist to Watch’. Creatively focused in the fashion and advertising industry, Isobel works on runway shows and Australian Fashion Week, and also making up her celebrity clients such as Victoria's Secret Super Model Erin Heatherton.
Isobel is frequently featured in print publications such as Yen Magazine and Belle Magazine, or simply working on major advertising jobs for her regular clients such as OneTeaspoon, Optus, Red Cross and RTA.
Isobel also channels her creativity into the music industry, working on film clips and promotional work for her clients RUFUS, Justice Crew and George Maple etc. She is currently represented by OneNinetyNine Agency.
Brisbane Academy of Makeup Trainier Bios
- Narelle Rudkin
- Dyan Acuesta
- Emma-Louise Downie
- Danielle Pedrina
- Ashley Stephens
- Alana Winter-Smith
- Billie Weston
Trained under the late Franklin Chaloner in 1993, Narelle is an accomplished makeup artist with experience in beauty, corporate, bridal, fashion and photographic makeup. She was one of the first to bring spray tanning and airbrushing services to Brisbane, and for many years worked within one of Australia’s most renowned modeling agencies where she applied makeup for a few of today’s world-famous models. Some of her previous clients also include B105, Fox Sports, Harpers Bazaar and Girlfriend.
Her role as an educator began in 1999 when she started working with the late Craig Hartley. It was through teaching that Narelle discovered the true value of her skill, and throughout her career she has utilized this to assist with community service programs such as Look Good Feel Better, Lifehouse and The Amira Project.
Narelle has become a strong advocate of using personal grooming and cosmetic services as tools for building positive assertiveness in women of all ages. It was this philosophy that led her further into training, and she has been overseeing the Academy of Makeup’s Brisbane campus since opening in 2007. Narelle’s role as Head Lecturer is supporting her students as they grow as artists and individuals, and she feels that she is rewarded with every graduate that enters the industry as a qualified professional.
Dyan has been involved with makeup for over 10 years. Her love for beauty started during her career in aviation, where she managed the Style & Image department for Etihad Airways.
She specialises in beauty and closely works with brides, photographers and commercial brands.
She has received training from internationally known brands such as Hourglass, Laura Mercier, Smashbox and By Terry to name a few.
Now based in Brisbane, she is a published makeup artist holding a Diploma in Screen and Media. Her works include print, TV and most recently Melbourne Fashion Week.
Emma-Louise is a sought-after makeup artist with over a decade of experience in music video, TV commercials/series, fashion, and live performance within Australia and internationally.
She started her career in music video where her fresh approach to the craft kept her busy working with artists such as Sarah Blasko, Ben Lee, Birds of Toyko, Megan Washington, The Grates, Tim Finn, The Living End, Little Birdy, Missy Higgins, The Sleepy Jackson, Powderfinger, Silverchair, and Wolfmother. In recent years, Emma-Louise has worked in television drama, and is frequently called upon for advertising campaigns where her credits include Coca Cola, Canon, Subway, Edun, Rodd and Gunn and Tim Tams.
Emma-Louise has also worked in live performance for Opera QLD, Kanye West performers, and as the official backstage makeup artist for Splendor in the Grass. Her makeup’s have been displayed in magazines such as Alpha, Cream, Culture, Oyster, Dirtty Glam Paris, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone and New Idea.
When her schedule allows, Emma-Louise takes classes at the Academy of Makeup in Brisbane where she has been training students since 2011 in basic beauty looks for screen through to high-end editorial looks and special effects.
Danielle is an adept makeup artist with an extensive portfolio containing everything from natural day makeup through to high fashion, fantasy and theatre looks. She first studied makeup in 1986 and has since built a long list of loyal celebrity clients and been awarded Makeup Artist Of The Year 3 times by the Australian Hairdressing Journal.
Danielle’s work has been published nationally and internationally in magazines, on billboards and on television, and she has also worked on large fashion events and runways for global brands such as Chanel.
Having worked for all major television networks in the past, Danielle is currently a makeup artist at Channel 7 where her clients include the 7 News QLD team. She regularly accompanies celebrities on publicity tours and has worked with the likes of Will Smith, Billy Zane, Magda Szubanski, Dead Letter Circus, The In-Betweeners, and UFC for Fox.
Danielle’s training background in makeup and deportment at modeling agencies led her to the Academy of Makeup in 2010 where she is a valued member of the Brisbane team.
Since graduating from the Academy of Makeup in 2012, Ashley has had extensive experience across all areas of the makeup industry. She was worked in managerial roles for some of the biggest cosmetic companies in Australia while maintaining a successful freelancing business.
Ashley specialises in beauty and fashion makeup, having years of experience working with numerous photographers through fashion shows and photoshoots. Her work has been featured in local fashion magazine Frock Paper Scissors, she has worked with local fashion designers such as Moreno Marcos, Suzii K, Soot and Petrol Boutique for launch shoots and shows, and has been a part of the team of experts running Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. She has years of experience working with models from THE.mgmt, Quemodels, and Tamblyn Model Management.
Even though Ashley’s experience and passion has always focused on the ‘glitz and glam’ side of the industry, her true love is special effects - the more blood and gore the better. Ashley is known for her realistic SPFX creations and she pushes the limits on what she can create, always using her creativity to its fullest.
As a past student of the Academy of Makeup, Ashley has excellent insight into the life of a makeup student and knows what it takes to succeed in the industry. She is passionate in the classroom and is full of tips and tricks to share with her students. She always tells them “Don't think outside of the box, eliminate the box!”
Alana is an internationally trained Makeup Artist and hair stylist. Her love for art and makeup started at a very early age, and in 2011, it blossomed into a career.
Originally from Perth, WA, Alana has progressed from retail cosmetic counters to living in the UK, where she worked and developed her craft, styling clients for photo shoots from a studio in the centre of London.
In 2016, Alana moved to Brisbane to continue building her freelance business and is now currently teaching and mentoring students in makeup artistry and hair styling techniques.
Alana has extensive experience working with TV personalities, recording artists, talented teams on movie sets, as well as enjoying the fast paced environments at Fashion shows.
Alana is inspired by helping people to feel empowered in their own skin and is driven to create looks which are sculpted to fit every individual.
First getting a taste for the industry in 1995, Billie is an established artist in all genres of makeup. She has worked in managerial, training and promotional roles for numerous luxury retail cosmetic brands and has directed makeup teams for shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and Rosemount Fashion Week.
Billie’s work has also been showcased on The Morning Show, and she was Kim and Khloe Kardashian’s personal makeup artist on their 2008 Australian publicity tour.
Billie has also made up the faces of Gyton Grantley, John Batchelor, Abbey Lee, Alexandra Agoston, Chrystal Copland, Kate Ritchie, Paulini and Kimberly Busteed, and her makeup has been published in Cleo Magazine, OK Magazine, Marie Claire, Style and the Australian Hairdressing Journal. In recent years, most of her work has been in music video and film and she was part of the makeup department for Kong: Skull Island and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Billie is known for incorporating effects and advanced prosthetics into high fashion and fantasy makeup’s, and as a trainer at the Academy of Makeup in Brisbane since 2013 she likes to inspire and encourage students to find their own creative flair.