ABOUT CONCEPT

Our experience, qualifications and complex set of skills ensure we will always be at the forefront of our industry. This is what sets us apart in the Canberra market.

The concept behind our studio began during our very own Laina’s wedding reception. Whilst celebrating her special day a group of talented makeup artists & brow technicians discussed their dream of launching a business that would set the standard in Canberra.

As Canberra’s first & only independent makeup & brow studio Concept offers all makeup & brow services including: bridal, school formal and special occasion makeup; makeup training master classes; brow shaping & colouring; eyelash lifting; & eyebrow feathering.

We also stock some of the best Australian & international makeup and brow brands.

About Concept

Our experience, qualifications and complex set of skills ensure we will always be at the forefront of our industry. This is what sets us apart in the Canberra market.

The concept behind our studio began during our very own Laina’s wedding reception. Whilst celebrating her special day a group of talented makeup artists & brow technicians discussed their dream of launching a business that would set the standard in Canberra.

As Canberra’s first & only independent makeup & brow studio Concept offers all makeup & brow services including: bridal, school formal and special occasion makeup; makeup training master classes; brow shaping & colouring; eyelash lifting; & eyebrow feathering.

We also stock some of the best Australian & international makeup and brow brands.

Meet the Concept Team

We know that the Concept team is special!

Each member of our four person team is a qualified Makeup Artist (MUA) and Brow Artist. Two team members are Tattoo Artists and three are Beauty Therapists.

We have a total of over 40 years of combined experience behind us, so we know what we are doing.

We are a team of perfectionists that pride ourselves in delivering incredible results for every client. Concept provides consistent, high quality services and results every time.

Meet the Team

We know that the Concept team is special!

Each member of our four person team is a qualified Makeup Artist (MUA) and Brow Artist. Two team members are Tattoo Artists and three are Beauty Therapists.

We have a total of over 40 years of combined experience behind us, so we know what we are doing.

We are a team of perfectionists that pride ourselves in delivering incredible results for every client. Concept provides consistent, high quality services and results every time.

Karen Mathias

Karen is a pioneer of the makeup and brow industry in Canberra. She has applied her 15 years of experience and knowledge to become one of Concept’s leading makeup and brow artists.

Graduating from Beauty Therapy in 2003, Karen previously owned her first successful beauty studio before deciding to add a Diploma in Makeup to her qualifications in 2009. She has been a freelance MUA and proud brow artist since then. In the last 18 months she has qualified in semi-permanent tattooing eyebrow feathering technique and most recently in eyelash lifts.

Karen was appointed as the inaugural Director of Makeup for Canberra’s leading fashion event – FASHFEST – in 2013 & 2014.

Karen is passionate about training. As well as conducting Concept’s courses, Karen taught the Certificate IV course at the Canberra Makeup Academy (CMA); Theatrical Makeup at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Arts (CADA); Makeup for Actors on the Small Stage; and personal use workshops through M Artistry.

Karen has worked on more than 14 films throughout NSW and ACT, plus commercial productions including: TV advertising; news broadcast; photographic shoots; music videos; and private media productions.

Finally, one of Karen’s key passions (apart from pug dogs) has been establishing a creative hub for MUAs in Canberra. She hopes that Concept will give these creative talents somewhere to meet and celebrate everything makeup within the region.

Laina Davidson-Parker

Concept’s fabulous Laina manages our creative Concept studio day-to-day.

Laina is a qualified beauty therapist and brow technician with over 15 years experience and she is one of Concept’s key brow stylists. She is a product knowledge queen who keeps up-to-date on all new industry trends.

Laina trained in Beauty, Fashion & Photography and Special Effects & Film over a decade ago in her home town of Liverpool, UK, before focusing her career in Makeup Artistry approximately 8 years ago.

Prior to working at Concept she worked as a MUA & Beauty Therapist on cruise ships, hotels, salons, day spas as well as managing top-end makeup retail outlets in Canberra.

In addition to working on clients for weddings, special events, TV & commercial jobs she has worked on fashion shows, photo shoots and was a FASHFEST Team Leader in both 2013 & 2014.

Laina is not only extremely talented but has an eye for detail. If you ever need information on the best products for you, Laina is the person you should be talking to.

Concept is so happy that Laina decided to bring her Liverpudlian skills to Canberra.

Jill Vuibureta

With masses of experience, Jill has worked her makeup magic across the many facets of makeup artistry. 

Jill’s interest in makeup started as a child, when her mum was the local Avon lady in the ’70s. Jill would spend hours testing out all the samples in the makeup kit. Later Jill worked for Mac Cosmetics on the Pro Team for 17 years. 

With over 20 years experience, Jill’s portfolio reads like a who’s who! Here are just some examples:

Fashion: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2000 – 2017, Dianne Von Furstenburg, Romance Was Born, Leona Edmiston, Lisa Ho, Collette Dinnigan, Carla Zampatti, Alex Perry, Jason Brunsdon, Wayne Cooper, Zampatti, Ginger & Smart, Aje, Alice McCall, Anna & Boy, Beck & Bridge, Ellery, Ksubi, Life With Bird, Cartel, Nicola Finetti, Zimmerman, Bless’d Are The Meek, Sass & Bide, Camilla And Marc and Allanah Hill.

TV: X Factor, The Voice, Australia’s Got Talent, Australia’s Next Top Model, The Arias, MTV Music Awards.

Celebrities, Actors & Musicians: Miranda Kerr, Lara Bingle, Ruby Rose, Shanina Sheik, Brian Brown, Rachel Ward, Sophie Low, Anna McGahan, Kate Peck, Jimmy Barnes, Kate Noonan, James Blundel, Prinnie Stevens, Justice Crew, Christine Agulera, Kayne West and Missy Elliot.

Press: The Weekend Australian (front cover), Nine to Five Magazine (front cover), Urban Magazine and Harpers Bazar Fashion spread plus many look books for various fashion houses.

Jill’s portfolio is a testament to her talent, and her passion for makeup! If you want your makeup done by this amazing lady book your appointment now!

Lisa Planinac

Lisa is a treasured member of the Concept team. In addition to working for a local community organisation Lisa is passionate and skilled in the art of both makeup and brows.

Lisa trained as a Makeup Artist in 2009 at the Canberra Makeup Academy and has been working for the last 8 years as a Freelance Makeup Artist throughout Canberra and its surrounds.

After completing a brow-sculpting course Lisa is now considered one of Concepts brow queens and is focused on creating perfect brows every time.

As well as working in makeup and brows Lisa is one of Concept’s key training people. She is knowledgeable, patient and thorough when it comes to sharing what she knows. In addition to her training role at Concept she has previously taught a Makeup Personal Use course at the Canberra Makeup Academy (CMA).

Lisa is passionate about her job and if she had to choose she would say that she particularly loves brow sculpting and working on special occasion and formal makeups.

Within the team Lisa is known and respected in her love for succulents and being an incredibly supportive team member.

Katrina Loricchiella

Katrina is a treasured member of the Concept team, specialising in cosmetic tattooing.

Katrina is our talented cosmetic tattoo artist. She worked as a make-up artist for nearly 10 years, but says she has always been obsessed with eyebrows! So she decided to use her skills to embark on a career in semipermanent make-up!

She studied in Sydney and graduated with flying colours, she quickly realised this was her true passion.

Katrina is certified in Microblading/feather stroke technique which is the art of creating hairstrokes with a manual tool to simulate your natural hair growth. She has a good eye for detail, and can recommend a brow shape to compliment your face.

Keen to further her skills she has also completed a course in the nano needle/hair stoke technique which is done using a digital tattoo machine. She also offers the incredibly popular ombré shading technique, which can be done alone or Katrina’s favourite “Combo brows” which is done in combination with Microblading/hairstrokes and is perfect for adding a little more definition! Katrina is committed to continue learning and is always keeping up to date with the latest courses, techniques and products to offer the best results for her clients.

 

Loren Gilbert

Loren is a treasured member of the Concept team, specialising in makeup, eyebrows and lashes.

From a young age Loren has had a passion for both makeup and beauty. Loren decided to pursue this dream and completed a diploma so she could make her dream a reality.

Loren’s portfolio includes such exciting opportunities such as Fash Fest, plus being published in Leiden Magazine. Today, Loren’s focus and main passion is bridal, beauty makeup and brow shaping.

Loren is thrilled to be a part of the Concept team and to continue to develop her passion for all things beauty and to excel in all she does.

Book now to see what Loren can do for you.

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