Our Trainers



Bec Cochrane

Bec has a wide range of industry experience from
retail cosmetic makeup, to professional freelance
artist for television, photographyand fashion.

She also specialises in Airbrushing and Special
Effects Makeup.



Sharon Nicholson
Training Manager

Sharon's background in make up, hair, choreography
and event management enables her to co-ordinate,
plan and prepare the academy curriculum and classes.
She actively oversees the trainers and students and still
freelances for photographic shoots and weddings.


Marie Puccini
Student Liaison Officer

Since Marie completed a Diploma of Makeup she
has  specialised in Wedding makeup & hair styling
and  oversees the wedding agency artists. Marie also
freelanced for Channel 10 News and continues to work
in photographic fashion and wedding industry.


Corrie Emery
Training Coordinator

Mould maker specialist with credits on Star Wars
Episode III "Revenge of the Sith", Farscape TV
Series Season 4 & Ghost Rider. Corrie works
closely with the Diploma and Advanced Diploma
Students with their casting and moulding techniques
as well as freelancing in the Film and TV Industries.



Kat-Arena Lean
Training Coordinator

Kat has been a pro makeup artist in Bridal, Fashion and
Photographic Hair & Makeup for many years. She is obsessed
with makeup and has a background in arts & business. Kat has
a strong desire to past her passion onto students in the classroom

Eileen Coombe
Assistant Coordinator

Eileen has been in the Hair and Makeup Industry for over nine
years working primarily in the Film and Television industry. Over
that period she has worked on numerous Feature Films, many
award winning Short Films/ Web series, Television shows most
recently including “Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures” and “Danger 5,
series 2”, Live Television, Commercials, Photographic, Fashion
events, Retail and Weddings/Formals.

Along with her extensive Makeup experience she is also a fully
qualified Hair Dresser. Eileen is now applying her passion and
knowledge to Media Makeup students and continues to work
as a Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist.

 image courtesy of Megan MacDonald Photography


 Jess Bailey

Industry Specialist

After being in the industry gaining valuable experience
as a makeup artist and hairstylist, she travelled overseas
where Jess worked for Bella Makeup Studio and as a
trainer at LA Makeup Academy. Since her return Jess is
offering her skills to Media Makeup students and continues
to work as a freelance artist.



Leigh Madden
Industry Specialist

Leigh has over 20 years experience creating special makeup
effects. From working on short film productions plus feature
film and TV. Leigh has many cross over skills relating
to the industry such as Prosthetics, Animatronics, Prop
making, Mould making and specialised makeup effect
techniques. Most recent productions include the Wolf Creek
TV series, BOAR feature film, The Pack Feature film and
Wastelander Panda: Exile TV series.

Kristina Persichini-Graziano
Industry Specialist

Kristina has over 10 years experience working as a makeup
artist and hair stylist in various facets of the industry.  Beginning
her career working in retail cosmetics as Product Specialist for MAC,
Kristina has since worked on various TV and film productions
including Danger 5 Series 1 & Series 2, Rabbit and Boy in the Trees.

Kristina has travelled overseas and interstate to work on prestigious
fashion events including Wella Trend Vision, Australian Bridal Fashion
Week and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. She has also had
her work published in magazines including Culture, Teo, Fault, Linger
and Facon. Kristina hopes to share her experiences with future industry
artists to assist in their development and success in their chosen path.


Dina Giaccio
Industry Specialist

From bridal, fashion to fantasy, Dina Giaccio has been
creating makeup designs for over 25 years. Dina's love
for makeup in theatre is evident with her 7 years as one
of the senior makeup artists for the South Australian
Opera, and has worked with the State Theatre
Company working on musical's including “Jersey’s Boys”,
“Jesus Christ Super Star” and The Australian Ballet,
“Romeo and Juliet” creating the special effects.

Dina has also been runner up for The Australian Bridal
Industry Awards in 2010 and 2011.