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Elite Hair & Make Up is conveniently located in Melbourne’s CBD, it is Victoria's #1 Make-up School offering short courses in makeup artistry showcasing the skills and experience brought by Justine Poniris of Elite Hair & Makeup.

Elite Hair & Make Up Academy teaches modern make up 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.

Why choose Elite Makeup Academy?

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

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

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Justine Poniris - Owner of Elite Hair and Make-up Academy

(Professional Make Up Artist & Hairdresser)These courses have been developed by Justine Poniris, a professional hairdresser and makeup artist who has trained many successful make artists and hair stylists 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 was nominated for Educator of the year in 2018 for the MAGAP 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
  • Makeup Director for Paul Mitchell at Hair Expo 2019

Justine also runs her own freelance business for Melbourne Make-up Artists


Sarah Dinuccio - Assistant Manager

Sarah has over 15 years of experience in retail and visual merchandising. Before Elite, Sarah worked for major brands such as the Sussan Coporation and the Cotton on Group. Sarah has an extremely careful eye to detail and values organisation and careful planning above all else.

This year, Sarah decided to branch out into the beauty industry and undertook The Elite Hair and Makeup course, discovering her passion for both hair and makeup. Sarah now runs a side hustle called Mit-Ucci with her best friend Sindi where they both freelance hairstyling and makeup.

With the help of Elite, Sarah has now worked at runways and photo-shoots pursuing her passion for beauty.


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Fiona Trask - Marketing Coordinator

With a background in social media and lead generation, Fiona joined the Elite family at the start of this year. With a love of content creation and copywriting, Fiona has worked from start-ups to major corporate businesses such as Australia Post. She hopes to grow Elite, Paintbox Cosmetics and Bulk Lashes in both Australian and International markets.

Bianca Downward - Makeup Trainer

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.