24 years old, just married, and freshly started my 4 year beauty therapy apprenticeship.  3 months in and suddenly I was unexpectedly homeless, alone and in a womens refuge due to domestic violence.  That was the start to my career into the beauty industry….not the fairytale you wish for!

I wasn’t letting go of my dream, so that was the start of the mountain I had to climb to get to where I am today.

Fast forward 16 years, I am a qualified Senior Paramedical Clinician, Trainer and Founder of the BellDonLaqua Group. I was always inspired by the true glamour of timeless classics such as Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and the like, I developed a real eye for luxurious style and an unrelenting passion for aesthetics.

With over 10 years continuously striving for excellence in the beauty/cosmetic industry, 2011 saw me dubbed as the “Lash Queen” of Double Bay working alongside celebrity Spray Tanner, Katrina Brown at the Bronzing Boutique.

Earlier career highlights include working as a Senior Brow Artist for Australia’s leading Eyebrow Artist, Sharon-Lee in Paddington, and was also the former NSW State Manager & Trainer for Love Those Lashes in Paddington, where I served the likes of Jennifer Hawkins, Delta Goodrem, Terry Biviano, Sandra Sully, Ruby Rose, Kelly Laundry, Kylie Speer, Rachel Finch, Karin Upton-Baker, Skye Leckie and Joh Bailey.

Although working closely with media and surrounded by the rich and famous, my passion was leading me towards teaching. 2013 I set out to change the landscape of beauty education, creating a new concept in how beauty education is delivered. Doing a 4 year apprenticeship whilst homeless ain’t for the faint hearted, so now I bring you Designer Beauty Education delivered Unit by Unit!

Welcome to BellDonLaqua Istituto!

Paola Troisi, Founder