Meet the experts


Make-up artists

Nicola Burford
One of Australia’s top artists, Nicola Burford has more than 15 years experience in the international make-up industry, creating looks for celebrities including Fergie, Dita Von Teese, and Mischa Barton. Nicola was the first ever make-up director for the Sydney Dance Company and during a decade-long association with MAC created sell-out lipstick shades in collaboration with designers Ksubi and Morrissey. Now a freelance artist, Nicola continues to expand her experience, striving to perfect the expression of her art.
Contact Nicola via her website.

Victoria Baron
Having spent the past four years behind the scenes of fashion shoots, Victoria sure knows a trick or two for faking flawless. An expert at translating looks from the catwalk to the sidewalk, she’s  a genius at giving trends a personal touch and getting glamorous on the spot. The two products Victoria couldn’t live without: suncream and a wear-everywhere golden illuminiser.   

Cassandra Rae Ferguson
All the best beauty smarts come with experience, and Cassandra sure has done the time. A Sydney-based make-up artist with more than eight years of experience in the Sydney and Perth fashion, television, film and bridal industries, Cassandra  has also done the rounds as a sought-after freelance make-up artist, providing a professional, high quality, on-the-spot service to glam girls in need. A specialist in bridal make-up, Cassandra has had her handiwork featured in Bride To Be magazine.
Find out more about Cassandra on her website.

Yolanda Lukowski
You might not know it, but you’ve probably already seen Yolanda’s magic mascara wand at work. One of the nation’s hottest session make-up artists, Yolanda has created looks for magazines such as Cleo, Cosmo and New Woman, perfected models for advertising campaigns like Alpha Romeo, Vodafone and Sony, prettied up stars backstage at the ARIAs and made-up famous faces like Lily Allen, Isabel Lucas, Indiana Evans and Josh Pyke. A mine for clever tips, tricks and foolproof techniques, Yolanda is bh’s go-to girl for instant glam.
Check out Yolanda’s portfolio at

Danielle Robinson
In 2007, Danielle won the Australian Bridal Directory Customer Service Award and it’s not hard to see why. With a reputation for excellent service, an eye for perfection and outstanding attention to detail, brides in Brisbane book her and her team out months in advance. She was trained by Napoleon Perdis and now heads a team of elite make up artists and hair stylists in Brisbane and specialises in bridal make up.
See her portfolio at

Nicole Groch
Nicole is one of the best make-up artists around for creating stunning, natural and glowing looks. Proof? She’s worked with Kylie Minogue, Tina Arena, Ricky Martin, Vanessa Amorosi and Kate Ceberano, as well magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Rollin Stone, Cream, Sydney Bride and Melbourne Bride.
Have a look at her portfolio at

Michelle Crofts
Loads of experience doing make up for magazine shoots? Tick. Fashion shoots and modelling agencies as well? Tick and tick. Michelle’s done all of these, and she’s even created her own cosmetics line, “Harlotte.” This Napoleon Makeup Academy graduate loves all aspects of beauty and makeup, but her passion is bridal make up.
See more of her at

After 20 years in the business, Petrina knows exactly what she’s doing when it comes to make up. Her resume speaks for itself – training with Estee Lauder, Avon and Ella Bache; working with Cleo, Dolly and Who Weekly; and working on photo shoots for Revlon, Qantas and Vodaphone. She also trains industry artists and operates her own hair and make up studio in Sydney.
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Jay Jay Rauwenhoff
Jay Jay Rauwenhoff is one of the most influential young hair and make-up artists in Australia. She is renowned for her high profile global experience working across fashion and beauty publications. She also has an impressive following of A-list Australian fans such as Sophie Monk, Jodhi Meares, Erica Packer, Megan Gale and Olivia Newton-John. Rauwenhoff  has launched her first boutique make-up school in Sydney, putting her 20 years experience in the industry into practice and teaching her students the tricks of the trade.
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Stacey Tsardoulias
Stacey has been working in the make-up industry for over seven years. With a passion for making people look and feel their most beautiful, Stacey also has a love for creativity and delights in helping others develop artistic flair in the area of make-up. Stacey has a wealth of experience in the industry, including fashion and catwalk, PR and press events, stage shows, editorial, bridal and has worked with celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Annalise Braakensiek, and other Australian TV identities. It’s her passion for make-up, her high level of artistic skill, and creative ability that have given her the opportunity to represent Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Australia as the Head Artist.


Caterina DiBiase
The undisputed queen of hairdressing, Caterina currently wears the crown as both the Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year and the Australian Hair Fashion Awards Hairdresser of the Year. And it’s not just Australia that’s been dazzled by her snipping and styling prowess; Caterina was named one of the top 10 hairdressers in the world at the Next Look Awards in Italy in 2004. Melbournians are lucky enough to have her Heading Out salons in their own backyards, but she’s sharing her secrets for chic, sleek locks with the rest of us in beautyheaven too. Phew.
Visit Heading Out Hair & Beauty Day Spas at

Alan Coban
One of the country’s leading salon and session stylists for the past 20 years, Alan Coban has had his fair share of glamour. But we love Alan because his philosophy is a simple, pedicured-feet-on-the-ground one: A great haircut is all about the individual, not just what’s in fashion, so don’t enslave yourself to short-lived trends. Alan believes in a personalised approach to highlight unique beauty and make every girl feel like a goddess, not just a carbon copy from the catwalk. And he’s got some of the most clever haircare and styling tricks you’ll ever hear up his sleeve.
Find Alan Coban salons at

Dario Cotroneo
Some people might call Dario’s passion for creating the perfect ‘do slightly obsessive, but he prefers to call it an “uncompromising attention to detail”. And his legions of well tressed fans worship him for it. With a client sheet that reads like a celebrity roll call, Dario has created looks for Cosmopolitan, Shop Til You Drop and Harper’s Bazaar and for TV campaigns for Westfield, Bonds and Madison magazine. He has also sculpted haute hair for Christian Dior. If you’re in the know, you already know where to find Dario’s luxury Sydney salon.
Otherwise, visit Dario at

Toby Mellis
Trained at the Toni & Guy Academy in London (it’s like Harvard for hairdressers), with 13 years experience working in Sydney and abroad, Toby is a true internationalist. Want to know what’s hot in the style capitals of the world before the trends take off here? Covet the secret tricks behind the sexiest looks of the season? Need no-nonsense advice on products and how to use them at home? Toby’s your on-call expert.
Toby Mellis is the creative director at Mantelpiece for Hair in Crows Nest, Sydney, 02 9439 8338

Brad Ngata
If you’ve ever been bewildered by the hairdresser-as-celebrity phenomenon, you’ve clearly never met Brad Ngata. Two-time Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year, voted Sydney’s Best Hairdresser by SMH readers in 2003 and 2004 and one of the Sunday Telegraph‘s 100 most influential trend-makers, Brad is the man that starlets, It girls and fashionistas go to for a look like no other. With an almost eerie intuition for what will look amazing on anyone, Brad’s the master of tiny tweaks that transform your look, instant glamour and the full on makeovers that turn girls next door into glamazons. But this superstar snipper isn’t about ego. As his motto goes, when you’re in Brad’s hands, “You’re the star, sweetheart!”
Visit Brad at

Belinda Jeffery
Jeffery is one of Australia’s most sought-after expert colourists and 2009 marks her third year as Clairol’s Nice’n Easy ambassador. As well as an ongoing contract with Channel V, Jeffery has worked on a number of blockbuster films and TVCs including Moulin Rouge, Herbal Essences and Westfield. Regular clientele to her luxurious Double Bay salon include Jennifer Hawkins, Megan Gale, Miranda Kerr, Cate Blanchett and Baz Luhrmann.

Heath Massi
Massi is currently working as the expert for V05, specialising in how to manage short hair styles. He has been working in the Sydney hairdressing industry for five years and is highly sought after for creating hair looks for fashion shoots in magazines such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Madison and Shop Til You Drop. He has worked on celebrities including Kate Bosworth, Chloe Sevigny, Kristy Hinze, Lara Bingle, Jodi Gordon, Miranda Kerr and Isabel Lucas.

Skin specialists

Dr Janet Knight
Dr Knight began her academic career completing a Bachelor of Science degree from UNSW, then went on to gain her MB;BS with Honours from UNSW. After a successful career in general practice, that spanned over 20 years, she developed an interest in cosmetic medicine. In 2005 Dr Knight undertook further cosmetic medicine training in the United States, returning to develop her clinic, Intelligent Aging, which offers a range of laser and cosmetic injectables. In 2009 she successfully graduated from the University of Queensland with a Masters of Medicine, Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine, which has increased her skill base when treating sun-damaged skin.
Find out more about the CPSA or locate a doctor near you at

Matty Samaei 

Matty’s mother identified a problem when she discovered her three-year-old daughter on the bathroom floor covered in cleansers, toners and moisturisers. From that day on Matty had very little interest in toys and dolls – unless she could make them over or smear them in moisturiser! Nowadays, Matty Samaei is a qualified cosmetic nurse practitioner with more than ten years experience under her belt and she’s also the flawless face behind Karma Medispa in Sydney. And as such she sure knows a thing or two about beauty and how to make the best of what good ‘ol Mother Nature has granted you. Perhaps you’ve seen her sharing her beauty know-how on-screen? Matty’s the beauty expert for Channel 7’s The Morning Show. A whiz on a wide range of beauty matters from Botox and brow tints to wrinkle reduction and waxing, Matty’s your go-to gal for beauty advice. 

Dr Garry Cussell 
Beauty technology moves so fast and we’re so swamped by options that it’s tough for a girl to know what many treatments are all about, let alone which might be best for her. That’s why bh keeps Dr Garry Cussell of the Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia on call. A cosmetic physician clued up on all aspects of cosmetic medicine and aesthetic facial therapy, Dr Cussell knows the ins and outs of everything from hair removal and scar repair to skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, anti-cellulite action and acne zapping. Not to mention pretty much everything in between. A firm believer that non-surgical cosmetic therapies are the ideal way to preserve our looks for the future, Dr Cussell is also a true lab coat – scientifically researched treatments are his stock in trade.
Visit for more information. 

Dr Geoffrey Heber
Dr Heber earned a medical degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales in 1980 and obtained an MBA from the University of Sydney in 1990. A Fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, a member of both the Australian Medical Association and NSW Cosmetic Surgery Credentialing Committee, and the founder/Vice President of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australia (CPSA – NSW/ACT Division), Dr Heber is one of Australia’s leading authorities on skin care and health. He is also the Principal of Heber Davis, a multi-disciplinary practice specialising in non-surgical cosmetic medicine, and the creator of the Ultraceuticals skincare brand.

Emma Hobson
As Education Manager (Asia, Australia and NZ) at the International Dermal Institute (IDI), Emma Hobson is a skincare and bodycare specialist with training in both Western and Eastern approaches to skin health and wellbeing. A respected speaker at international skincare congresses and conferences, Emma has been interviewed on television programmes such as Good Medicine and in magazines such as New Woman, Cleo and Vogue. The IDI provides postgraduate education and internationally-recognised diplomas for skincare professionals. IDI also develops Dermalogica skincare products.
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Dr Michael Elstein
A practising physician at the Sanctuary of Health Medispa in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Dr Elstein specialises in anti-ageing medicine, allergy testing, counselling and psychotherapy, nutritional and dietary therapy, sexual health and weightloss. A Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine, Dr Elstein is the CEO of the Neozest vitamin company and also the author of Eternal Health and You Have the Power – Why Didn’t My Doctor Tell Me About This?
Find out more about Dr Elstein at and sign up for his newsletter at

Dr Michelle Hunt
A Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, a medical college responsible for the training and professional development of medical practitioners in the speciality of dermatology, Dr Hunt is qualified to offer expert advice on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin, nail and hair diseases and skin cancers. 

Will Evans
Our natural beauty guru. Will is a specialist cosmetic chemist who has committed his career to researching and developing cosmetics and toiletries that are authentically natural and totally safe. He is an expert on the efficacy and function of botanical and organic ingredients. Will is also the man behind the A’kin and Al’chemy beauty brands. 

Dental care 

Dr Angelo Lazaris
Dr Lazaris studied at the University of Sydney, where he earned his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree with Honours in 1991. Now a member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and specialising in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and complex restorative dentistry, Dr Lazaris believes that dentistry is a combination of art and science and has performed dental procedures for Channel 9’s Body Work  and Mornings with Kerri-Anne as well as Fox8’s Australia’s Next Top Model.
Visit Dr Lazaris at

Dr Jeffery Albert
Having worked in the field for 22 years, Dr Albert’s passion lies in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He studied at Sydney University, leaving with a degree in Dental Surgery and in 1994 he was one of the first people to be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry. Teeth and smiles have always been a passion of Dr Albert, and his fascination for dentistry is fuelled by the fact that he can improve a person’s quality of life by changing their teeth. Over the past two decades he’s treated thousands of patients and in 1998 he founded Sydney Dental Professionals. He is a member of several international dental associations and was recently awarded a Fellowship by the International congress of Oral Implantologists.
Vist Dr Albert at

Dental Care Network
Dental Care Network is a group of leading dental practitioners across Australia who are dedicated to providing premium service and high quality dental care. Dental Care Network has had dental experts transform the smiles of contestants on 10 Years Younger in 10 Days. For more information, check out

Eye care

Dr Laura Reale
Laura Reale has been an accomplished practicing optometrist in the Sydney area for more than 16 years. Laura attended the University of New South Wales, from which she graduated with Honours, and soon after established her own successful optometry practice, Lifestyle Optical. A current member of the Optometry Association Australia, Laura utilises the latest technologies and visual research to continue her ongoing education and expertise in optometry. Laura can assist professionals with clarity and visual comfort while spending long hours on computers, is a professional contact lens fitter and also practices general optometry. Dr Reale practices at Lifestyle Optical, Shop RLG 18  at The Galeries Victoria, 500 George St, Sydney. Ph: 02 9283 0900.


Lori Levin
As an accredited Fitness Professional and contributing Holistic Lifestyle & Fitness Expert, Lori Levin walks and talks women’s wellness. By understanding the connection between mind and body, and its relationship to strength, weight & stress management, ageing and healing, Lori helps us empower ourselves to make the right choices each day that count. For more information, check out Lori’s website at

Susie Prichard-Casey
In 2006, UK-native Susie left celebrity haunts like London’s The Life Centre for sunny Sydney. Half her baggage allowance must have been taken up by qualifications. Certified in advanced massage therapy since 1991, Susie is qualified to practice remedial and pregnancy massage as well as reflexology. Taking an integrative approach to wellbeing and health, Susie also has skills ranging from sports and spinal rehabilitation to Thai massage (she was trained in Northern Thailand), pregnancy care (she worked with a paediatric cranial osteopath for eight years) and La Stone therapy. Most recently, Susie trained in Shirodhara and Pratima Raichur techniques.
Susie operates at Stone Soul in Balmain, NSW, 02 9555 1102. 


Douglas Schoon
One of the world’s leading authorities on nail structure, health and care, Douglas Schoon, Vice President of Science & Technology at Creative Nail Design, heads up arguably the world’s most advanced research lab in the field. He’s the author of many books and training programmes and, with a Masters in chemistry to his credit, is also an expert on chemical safety. But while Schoon sure knows his way around a science lab, he also knows all there is to know about common nail problems. Want to know how to stop that persistent splitting? Wondering whether that polish is safe to use while pregnant? Need to know the best technique for an indestructible mani? This is your guy.


Wendy Loupos
Affectionately referred to as ‘the tanning guru’ by beauty editors, Wendy Loupos introduced spray tanning to Australia in 1999 through her company Fantasy Tan Australia. In the decade since, Wendy has honed her skills, being actively involved in the research and development of the award winning Australian SOL spray tanning solutions range, including a revolutionary botanical quick tan which utilises biotanning – a unique plant extract that effectively enhances the skin’s natural defences against sun damage.  Today she supplies spray tanning products to over 1200 salons and has joined the Beauty Heaven expert panel to answer any questions you may have about spray tanning.

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