What our clients have to say about Born
A Perfect Afternoon with Paul
I have crossdressed since I was young but found it difficult in recent years after becoming a wheelchair user and needing support to express myself and explore this side of my personality.
After we spoke on the phone a few times, I agreed to meet Paul for the first time in a local hotel. I was really nervous about what it would be like but as soon as I got there and met Paul I felt so relaxed. We had a chat and he was so understanding of how I felt.
Then it was time for action!
When I sat in front of Paul (& his make up light!) I was so apprehensive because it was so long since anyone had seen Louise. But Paul got to work his magic and when I saw the end result I was so pleased with what he had achieved. When he first passed me the mirror, I was quite emotional. I looked and felt beautiful and like the lovely lady I’d always wanted to be.
We then had a chat and it felt so amazing just to be myself for a change all girly and made up. Paul then took some great photos for me as a souvenir of the afternoon.
I can’t wait to visit Paul again and next time I would like to push the boundaries even further with possibly a trip out somewhere in a dress.
Thank you Paul for your understanding and support and making me into the woman I want to be (if only for a few short hours!)
If you’re thinking of a makeover; go on treat yourself and contact Paul email@example.com
It was a beautiful day so relaxing I wore some of my new dress’s that was fun to see them in print. Paul is not only a gifted make up artist but a gifted photographer.
Thank you for a perfect day.
On the day of the event and makeover, when I first glanced at the mirror, after Paul had finished, it was Absolute Magic. I was instantly thrown back by whats possible. The patience & artistry of Paul is amazing and just a wonderful presence to be in.
I wore a constant smile that day which is still with me now. I’ve had many compliments from friends & work colleagues. It’s defiantly rejuvenated how I personally feel about myself and I’m thrilled to the moon and back to have had this experience.
Much love & thank you so much xxx
In the world of “it’s complicated” I have for far too long sat on the edge, looking in, wishing for and needing a guiding hand.
With Paul at Born not only have I found a way to step forward by gaining that illusive confidence, I feel, I have truly found a friend and beacon who just happens to be an extremely talented makeover artist.
Every time I enter Paul’s tranquil studio feeling world-worn, I leave uplifted with newly and extra installed confidence for my ongoing journey.
I cannot understate in the relatively short period of time I have known Paul and used the services of Born I have been presented with a whole new profound me, resulting in a positive effect on my whole outlook on life and my future Trans journey.
I visited Born as part of an amazing gift (full day – makeover, photoshoot and make up lesson) paid for by my very generous girlfriend. She chose the services of Paul because although she recognised there were many other makeover services on the market, uniquely Paul seemed to focus on the positivity and beauty of Trans (and bringing this out in us) as opposed to misinformed view of were all ‘highly sexualised’ which seems to be the dominant selling point for other providers within in the market. My Girlfriend was also impressed how timely and polite Paul was in his email communication (sadly others were not).
From my perspective, I feel in the time since my day with Paul my life has changed for the better, I have developed a real motivation to improve the way I look through the techniques and advice Paul has given me, I feel more confident about embracing my feminine persona, I also feel for the first time that I am beautiful and not a mismatched ugly freak which has caused me much personal anguish, stress, shame and denial over the years. Paul has been the impetus for this change.
I don’t feel it is necessary to talk in too much detail about Paul the makeup artist because the pictures of his exemplary work are there for you all to see. If you use these services you get Paul the person who is lovely, interesting and very accommodating, over the day we discussed many subjects… my overriding opinions of Paul is he is genuinely a nice guy who is a champion for the community. I told him that he could probably make way more money giving cis gender women makeovers. His response resonates with me “I know this but my heart is with and will always be with the Trans community”.
I will be using Paul again in the near future, mainly because I have every confidence in his abilities to help me develop as Lisa, a Trans Woman.
My deepest thanks from Claire and myself x
From arriving at his studio he made me very welcome and made me a cup of coffee. We had a little chat and he talked about what colours he thought would suit what I was wearing. Then he got to work. If only I could have seen what he was doing but he wanted it to be surprise. One thing I do remember is he did my eyes first followed by the foundation and contouring etc. I’ve always done it the other way round so need to change what I do. He also said that applying foundation with a good brush using a pressing motion instead of brushing it on is the best way to apply it.
Then came the reveal and I was so happy and excited with what he achieved. We took some lovely pics and I took selfies and they are my favorite pics from being out as a trans girl. I got many comments about how great I looked and it made me feel great.
I’d recommend any trans girls to use Paul’s services as you won’t regret it. I’ll certainly be seeing him again sometime in the future hopefully for makeup lessons too so I can learn how best to apply it to my face as I’m still not the most confident myself in that area.
Thanks Paul you made me very happy and keep up the great work.
Sonya Neil x
Easy to find (google maps) Paul escorted me through to his Studio in one of the best designed Gardens I’ve seen for a long time. Paul immediately put me at ease as we discussed the outfits I’d brought and looks that would suit the look I was trying to achieve.
He worked methodically away explaining the colour choices and reasoning behind the choices and gave me a few options as we went along. When the reveal came I was gobsmacked and hand on heart can say without reservation it was the best I had ever looked. Everything I could have hoped to achieve he managed, from the shape of my brows, the stunning eye makeup, to filling out my thin lips.
So onto the Photo shoot, I’m Chandler Bing when it comes to smiling in Photos but with Pauls gentle direction and feeling more at ease with him I was able to relax and even manage a smile. After a few outfit changes and truly feeling like a princess it was all over too soon. Not wanting to ruin a perfect makeover I decided to travel home in disguise of a Hat and Sunglasses. Once home I began to realise the full effort of Paul’s effort, everything had stayed in place and I was able to see the detail of his work.
Paul certainly achieved above and beyond everything I had dreamed of in a Makeover, boosting my confidence and showing me what is achievable. I can recommend Paul without any hesitation what so ever. I’m now trawling my Diary for dates so I can book in for lessons.
If you are nervous about taking the plunge, I know the first time anywhere new is daunting, don’t put it off you are in some of the most capable hands out there.
I booked on the Born Woolton Hall Location Shoot. This was the second Born Photoshoot I’d been on, having seen Paul separately for makeovers and a lesson previously. I knew a little more what to expect this time and enjoyed it hugely. The getting together with similar people in a different setting to normal is brilliant and gives you such an excellent experience.
Paul, and the style of all the team he assembled is relaxed, happy, helpful and they can’t do enough for you!
The makeup and whole experience of getting ready is brilliant. The skills of Paul and Vic clear to everyone. I do have difficulty with posing for photos but Dave and Nick are just so good at putting you at ease it is really something that you feel is working! And when you get the pictures back! Amazing! It’s such a great idea, a great day and so well worth doing in every way. A highlight of the year!
Separately, I think I’d like to say something about Paul: when I first saw Paul, I was rather shy and nervous in general. Somebody who wasn’t hugely confident but was good at hiding that nervousness.
On the surface, what Paul provides a makeup service. What he really provides you with is the tools to be confident and happy about yourself, the ability to go out in the world with confidence and that is really priceless. So much so that I really think that the day I walked into his salon for the first time was one of the most important days I’ve ever had.
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.
He provided a wonderful model for me to train on and Paul completed one side of her face and I then replicated the look on the other side of the models face.
I was really pleased with the results and learned a whole host of useful tips and tricks, as well as competing my trans awareness training. Paul also gave me some invaluable advice about how to move forward after I had completed my training and has also provided me with some great aftercare.
I would recommend Paul to anyone that is interested in learning makeup techniques whether this be for yourself or for application on someone else. I can wait to get started and put my training into action!
Thanks again Paul for a fabulous experience!
I glanced through the notes and they look to be comprehensive on what you showed me on the day – but as with everything I know it comes down to ‘practice, practice, practice!’
Paul’s nature is lovely with a very person centered manner that is complimented with very professional skills. I requested Paul help me find a look that he felt would compliment my face and I wasn’t disappointed. I can only describe Paul’s nature and skills as a bespoke service because without doubt it is something wonderfully special. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Born for the most amazing services afforded the trans community.