Manuao has been involved in theatre for more than 30 years as a performer, director, choreographer, backstage crew and a makeup artist. Theatre was his introduction to the makeup world.
According to Manuao, makeup had only played a part-time role in his life until 2014, which was when he decided to take a break from his career in event styling and management to become a fully qualified make-up artist. Upon completing his Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin Care and his Diploma of Specialist Make-Up Services, he worked for Napoleon Perdis before moving into a role as a Lecturer.
Manuao still performs and has maintains strong ties within the theatre industry in Perth which allows him to provide unique work experiences for his students in shows such as We Will Rock You, Cats, Kinky Boots and Jesus Christ Superstar in venues around WA such as His Majesties Theatre, The Regal, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Limelight Theatre and The Quarry Amphitheatre.
“I love makeup! Whether it be beauty, fantasy, high fashion or special effect. Its all about creating or enhancing character and Airbrush application is a firm favourite of mine. I enjoy attending masterclasses and networking with other creative people. Makeup is an ever-evolving world and it’s exciting to be on the journey and being a part of it.”
Manuao joined TrainSmart Australia in 2016 as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Screen and Media. He is not only passionate about the artistry of makeup, but also teaching and mentoring people that want to be part of this exciting industry.