TRANSGENDER MAKEUP ARTIST
Christiane Dowling is a transgender friendly Makeup Artist and offers Makeovers for the Transgender, Gender Diverse and Cross-Dressing Community.
Christiane is Gender Inclusive and embraces diversity and individual uniqueness. All Makeup and Nail Services advertised are open to everyone, including Wedding Makeup & Special Occasion Makeup. We don’t discriminate based on gender, so prices for services are the same for everyone.
Makeup Lessons are also available in a private and comfortable environment which will help you feel relaxed and at ease while you learn.
Mastering makeup application is one of the key skills that transgender women and crossdressers can find the most challenging and yet, applied correctly it can make an incredible difference to your overall appearance and confidence. A poor application technique, choosing the wrong colours and shades for your skin tone and applying makeup too heavily are among the most common mistakes. Getting it wrong can be really harsh and unflattering on your complexion and will have the opposite effect, drawing attention in a negative way.
The cosmetics industry is colossal and with such a vast choice available, choosing the right makeup can be both daunting and overwhelming, so it’s very easy to make expensive mistakes. Christiane will advise you on products to suit your skin tone and complexion and also the correct application. Try to resist buying new makeup before your lesson, it’s important that you invest in the ones that are right for you. We are not affiliated to any one particular makeup brand, preferring to remain completely independent and with the freedom to choose the best products from across a wide range of companies.
We are constantly researching the market to keep abreast of new releases and select only the very best from both the UK and abroad. Typical brands include MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, Stila, NARS, Huda Beauty, Natasha Denona, Pat McGrath, Giorgio Armani, Bobbi Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Laura Mercier and Chanel, but the list is not exhaustive. You might not have heard of some of the names but rest assured that they are among the very best available.
In addition to the specialised training required, Christiane has an extensive range of premium brand makeup products which you will be able to try at your Makeup Lesson or your Makeover, to help you look as beautiful and feminine on the outside as you feel on the inside. It’s not just a case of applying makeup, it’s important that your Makeup Artist has the necessary skills and understands the specific anatomical differences between the male and female face and can teach you how to prepare, enhance and disguise to best effect.
“To all fellow X-dressers, TVs or TGs, do not hesitate for one millisecond when making your decision to be brave and try a professional make-over” – Farrah
Our clients come form all walks of life and are all ages, it’s never too late to learn. Many are transgender and fully living their true female life, some are still on their journey, whilst for others crossdressing is and will always remain private. Everyone’s path is different, but there is always a common end goal; to look beautiful and to feel good about yourself.
Everyone is treated as an individual and Christiane will take time to get to know you and understand what you are looking for from your male to female transformation, whether that be understated & natural or something more glamorous & dramatic. We feel fortunate that our work has allowed us to meet some incredible people.
It’s perfectly natural to feel nervous or a little unsure before your first visit, so if there’s anything that you would like to ask, please do message Christiane. All questions are relevant and important and it’s unlikely that we haven’t been asked before.
Some of the areas that you can choose to cover in a Makeup Lesson include:
• Hygiene & safety.
• Makeup brushes & tools and correct use.
• Selecting appropriate products & colours for your skin type and tone.
• Skin preparation.
• Foundation application & blending.
• Colour correction.
• Camouflage & skin correction.
• Highlight & contour.
• Blush application.
• Enhancing eyes & brows.
• Lipstick application.
• Specific skills & techniques.
• Turning daytime to evening.
• Feminising features.
• Application of False Lashes (a compulsory lash glue sensitivity test would be required in advance of the lesson if a lash demonstration is required).
Regardless of your skill level, master the art of beautiful flawless makeup, whether it’s natural or glamorous. Learn about the best products to use and the right brushes for applying makeup, as well as professional makeup techniques to help gain confidence and self-esteem.
- Strip lashes are an optional extra for Special Occasion Makeup & Makeup Lessons and subject to an additional charge depending on the brand & quality of the lashes chosen. A sensitivity patch test will be required at least 48 hours before application.
- A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking.
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INFORMATION & SUPPORT GROUPS
Amanda’s Transgender Journey
Read Amanda’s real life story, reflecting on her own transgender journey over the past 40 years and looking forward. Shared with her kind permission and in her own words. We’ll update Amanda’s blog as she shares new chapters with us.
Books that our clients have found useful or interesting
- He or She by Vicky Lee
- The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
- Pearls of Asia by Lee Geiger
- Alice in Genderland by Richard J Novic MD
- Workin’ It! by RuPaul
Surrey Transgender Support Group
Surrey Transgender Support (STS) is a self-guided, inclusive self-help and support group for transgender people and their families in Surrey and the surrounding areas. They are a safe space (both emotionally and venue-wise) for all individuals – young, old and everyone in between – at all stages of the transgender journey. Visit their website for more information and events.
Surrey Swans provides a place where trans people and their partners can meet socially.
Normally meeting on the last Sunday of each month unless that day falls in a bank holiday weekend. Please refer to their website, where dates for the full year are listed,
Outcrowd is a social safe space support group meeting at different locations across Surrey once a month to provide access to support and information on sexuality and gender identity. Outcrowd is also an opportunity to make new friends and connections.
The Beaumont Society
The Beaumont Society is a national self help body run by and for the transgender community.
Welcoming all transgender people and their partners, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed or colour and all varieties from the nervous newcomers to those who are experienced and confident in their preferred gender. Together with their sister organisations, since 1966, they have been at the forefront of supporting the transgender community, together with their partners and families, as well as advising and training on transgender issues.
If you need support, information for LGBT communities can be found on the Stonewall website.
Stonewall is the UK’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans charity (Charity Number 1101255). They are here to let all LGBT people, here and abroad, know that they are not alone and to help with any issues affecting LGBT people or their families.
Got a question? A problem? Need support? Whatever your situation they will do what they can to help or to point you in the right direction of someone who can.
Mermaids provides a helpline aimed at supporting transgender youth up to and including the age of 19, their families and professionals working with them. The helpline offers emotional support, a gateway to the parents and teens forums, information about current legislation and protections under the law, plus signposting to training and resources. Mermaids also has links to several adult support groups.
T-Vox offers comprehensive advice, information and support for transgender, intersex, genderqueer/non-binary, and gender questioning people; their friends; and their families.
If you’re having a difficult time, you can get in touch with The Samaritans about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels. You can find more information on their website at the link above.
“We’re here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what’s on your mind. We’ll never tell you what to do.
If you need advice or specialist support for a specific issue, we’ve put together a list of specialist organisations, including their contact details, which you may find helpful – The Samaritans”
What to do if you’re not feeling okay? The Samaritans can be called free, any time day or night, from any phone, on 116 123.