Elite Hair And Make Up Academy is one of Victoria's leading schools offering short courses in makeup, hair and more. Elite is conveniently located in Melbourne’s CBD, with easy access from Southern Cross station. It is Victoria's #1 Make up school for offering job opportunities and work placement. Elite was founded by Academy Director Justine Poniris who is an award-winning educator and industry leader.

We are the Number #1 School for Work experience and Job placement for Makeup Counters and Freelance work.

Elite Hair & Make Up Academy teaches modern makeup techniques used currently in the industry. All courses are conducted by professional and highly trained makeup artists, and classes are limited in size to ensure that every student receives the highest level of attention and instruction.

So whether you are looking at becoming a professional makeup artist, want to learn how to apply your own makeup, or advance your skills we will work with you to ensure that you get the most out of our courses.

Elite students have graduated students working for Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Runways Shows, Photography Studios, Make-up Counters and running their own Freelance Bridal/Special Occasion businesses.




Award-Winning Academy Director & Educator

These courses have been developed by Justine Poniris, a professional hairdresser and makeup artist who has trained many successful makeup artists and hairstylists for:

  • TV
  • Fashion industry
  • MAC Cosmetics

Justine began her career over 25 years ago in Sydney and has worked on fashion week both in makeup and body painting in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.

Justine won Educator of the year in 2020. 

Justine was nominated for Educator of the year in 2021 for the Australian Makeup Industry Awards, along with Education Business of the year.

Justine has also:

  • Worked as the Head Makeup Artist for 30 Days of Fashion 2009
  • Worked at Channels 7 and 10
  • Worked on Theatrical productions including Mama Mia, Oliver, Lion King
  • Toured with Delta Goodrem
  • Worked on Princess Mary for a recent visit (hair and makeup)
  • Toured with The Young Divas (hair and makeup)
  • Been a makeup trainer for Victoria University
  • Been a makeup trainer for Chisholm and MAC cosmetics
  • Worked for MAC cosmetics for 8 years which included makeup for Melbourne and Sydney fashion week
  • Opened the MAC Pro Store in New Zealand
  • Worked at Fashion Week for Alana Hill, Tiger Lily, David Jones and Myer
  • Makeup and Hair director for David Jones Caulfield Cup
  • Personal Hairstylist and Makeup Artist for Joan Jett in 2019
  • Hair and Makeup Director for multiple Amazing Hair Campaigns
  • Finalist for the Makeup Artist Guild Awards 2018
  • Finalist for the Australian Beauty Industry Awards 2019 & 2020
  • Makeup Director for Paul Mitchell at Hair Expo 2019
  • Winner MAGAP Australian Educator Of The Year
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Snezana Dimitrijevic

Academy Manager

Snezana has over twenty years of experience in the management and administration business. Her roles include coordinating the training and delivery of the courses at Elite while managing the day-to-day operations of the business.


She spends her free time managing a charity which is her absolute favourite subject to talk about and to remind everyone that we all have the power to create a meaningful change.


Snezana enjoys spending time with her family, reading, shopping, traveling, talking, singing (off-key), and has a profound addiction to cleaning and organising.


Anita Karabajakian

Senior Makeup Artist / Educator / Student Liaison Coordinator

Anita trained at Elite Hair & Makeup Academy, completing the Elite Hair and Makeup course.  She has been working in the beauty industry for the past 3 years, building up her experience and acquiring new skills along the way. Her bright and enthusiastic personality together with her natural ability has made her the perfect fit for her role in the academy.

Anita manages the work experience for the students and coordinates Elite Services with the team. She also assists in teaching and training the students through their education and career pathway.

Anita's love for hair and makeup stems from her background in theatre. She recently completed a Bachelor of Arts Music Theatre course at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts.

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