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Welcome to Born

Born is a makeup and styling studio specialising in trans beauty, confidence and self-esteem. Everyone is welcome, trans, cis or gender fluid. Along with all things makeup and beauty we also offer voice therapy to help you find your own voice and can find you that perfect outfit to suit your shape. All our team are trans or trans allies with an excellent track record in this field so you will feel completely at home and comfortable. The team have years of experience and have been carefully vetted so you can be assured of the very best service and techniques. Check out our services by clicking here.

We like to think of Born as modern, fresh and friendly organisation. The team are familiar with the most up-to-date looks so you will always feel your best. Be it an everyday look or perhaps something more daring for a special occasion. You may also find our mentoring service of interest, perfect for if you need a like-minded friend. We are here to help, support, talk and share our stories.

Meet Paul our Managing Director and lead makeup artist by clicking here or Check out some of our work in the gallery by clicking here.

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Karen Thornton Testimonial, 2017

I have visited Paul at Born three times up to now and every time has been a amazing experience. I go to Born for makeup and every time the results amaze me. Paul makes me feel welcome every time and will always try to help with any trans related issues I have. My partner has also met Paul when we had a photo-shoot done and she feels the same way. There is no doubt Born and Paul are a great asset to the trans community.

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Karen Thornton, 2017

Jamimie Peute Testimonial, 2017

I met Paul through his Style Director Grace Oni Smith after she did my first make over for a beauty pageant I was entered in. After the pageant for me personally things fell in to place and Paul is one of the main people who got me to where I am today. Since 2015 Paul has helped me find my feet as a trans woman, helped me with perfecting my make up so I feel confident always and of course there is the emotional support that Paul and his team delivers. I have been full time now since April 2016 and I don't think I would have gotten to this stage without his support. Friendship and cups of tea.

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Jamimie Peute, 2017

Catherine Hunt

I thought I would drop you a line following my makeup lesson last Friday. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning with you, and felt so good afterwards. I was out all afternoon with Paula shopping and felt exceptionally confident especially about how I looked. Many people in shops and a restaurant all addressed me in the feminine pronoun and never seemed to give it a second thought or have any uncertainty. That really bolstered my confidence. I really didn't want to take off the makeup to go to bed on Friday. Saturday I was back to Alistair and how disappointing it was!


A transsexual friend was amazed at how fantastic I looked in my photos taken on Friday. My main point of this email is to say thank you for your help, and for providing this wonderful service.

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Catherine Hunt, 2017

Shannon Elizabeth Maher Testimonial, 2017

I was very nervous before I went to Born. I was wondering what I would look like and if it would made a difference to how I view myself.  I've always felt ugly and I've never liked myself, the only times in my life when started to change was with my transition.  So when I looked at myself after Born made me over I just couldn't believe it and that suddenly flood of emotion. It just made the day so wonderful especially after getting to yourself late.  It didn't stop there either, I shown my friends on facebook and everyone was saying how wonderful I was looking, my mum's best friend even said how much I reminder her of my mum. I certainly think Born lives up to the name, about confidence building.  All of this and it was the first time I came, so yes I certainly at some point will come back.

Shannon Elizabeth Maher, 2017

Kim Lana Blackburn

Before going to Born being Trans was something to survive. I went to one of the Mad Trans Tea Party things they run; I was so nervous about it. I felt I already had confidence (I didn’t!) but thought I could maybe make friends. I met Paul and Grace and came home from there realising that being trans is something to celebrate.

For my birthday, my partner Charlie secretly booked me in with Born. I’m not exaggerating when I say that going to Born broke a curse. Since then my life has exploded with opportunities and new and interesting relationships. That’s the magic of confidence; It brings with it the ability to say yes to life. I’ve done loads of new things. I’ve been in the Big issue, I’m a trustee for Happy Valley Pride. I hated my voice but I’ve done a 2-hour radio show. I hated my body but I’ve done a photo shoot in basically my nightie which is about to be on the Cover of Label Magazine. Some of the other photos are in Exhibitions in London and Vermont which is in America n stuff. I’ve worked for Barnardo’s Young LGBT project supporting Trans kids. Ended up on a Channel 4 and I’m going be in a music video… oh and I started my own club night. All of which wouldn’t have happened without the support and encouragement of Born who made me feel like someone.

Kim Lana Blackburn

Kim Lana Blackburn, 2017

Sandie Myers Testimonial, 2017

After a long search to find a company that was trans friendly I came across Born, I wanted a fresh pair of eyes and to be who I am. I'd never met Paul Heaton or had dealings with his company before this I got in touch with Paul as I was after a makeover and my eye bows shaped dyed and also my lashes done. Paul was so helpful and could not do enough for me he and Born ensured my experience was a very positive one from that time I have been on courses run by Born and have taken away a gold mine of things I never knew before. Ive always found that if you ask Paul a question he gets back to you with an answer and count him and the members of The Born team as friends.

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Sandie Myers, 2017

Paula Defriez Testimonial, 2017

My wife and I had a makeover in 2016 by Paul in his studio and loved the results, so much so, they were used in a piece on the Born website. Paul made us feel really relaxed, and told us what to do make up wise so we knew what to do in the future. We could not fault the service, in fact I felt so confident, we went into Manchester city centre for some retail therapy and lunch. I would (and have) highly recommend Paul's services to other trans friends.

Paula Defriez, 2017

Melissa Orintas Testimonial, 2017

I'm trans and a client of Paul Heaton at Born who helps with my makeup for night's out, and he is also training me in the use of makeup. I really couldn't ask for anyone better. Paul is very professional in what he does and his expertise is second to none.

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Melissa Orintas, 2017

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