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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 paul@born.uk.com

Louise x

Louise, 2019

I’ve been living as a trans woman for a few years but i’ve always felt that my makeup skills were quite lacking, so when I saw the chance to win a makeup lesson with Born I thought i’d try my luck. I knew of Paul by reputation and several of my friends spoke highly of him, so I was very pleased indeed when I won.
Paul was a lovely guy and I really enjoyed meeting him. He was patient and encouraging, and the techniques he demonstrated were very easy to follow and emulate.  I wanted to achieve a look that was pretty and feminine without being too bold, as I spend far more time out with my kids nowadays than I do in bars and nightclubs.  The look Paul created was perfect for me, and I looked so much better than i’d ever thought possible.
I still need lots of practice to really get the techniques down flawlessly, but the skills I learned during the lesson have already upped my makeup game considerably, and even my 10 minute “pop to the shops” routine has been dramatically improved.
My afternoon with Paul was fun, productive and very inspiring, and i’ve gained so much more confidence in myself as a result.
Emma Casey, 2018

As a Transwoman, who has been to several dressing services in London, I have to say I have found a friend and a fantastic trans supporter in Paul at Born. What a wonderful organisation Paul has created. Everything a girl could want in one place. I contacted Paul and he took care of my hair, my brows, my ear piercing, my nails and most of all performed a fantastic makeover on me. He is flexible on location and makes you feel at ease, makes you feel like your true self and makes you look like you hope in your dreams. I enjoyed our chat, and as I said I made a friend who I know will look after me going forward. I immediately signed up for a makeup lesson, but I don’t think this will mean I no longer use Paul’s services, after all a girl wants to dazzle some times!  Amber Edwards, 2017

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.

  Catherine Hunt, 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

I visited Paul’s studio, Born, for a professional makeover a few months ago on the recommendation of a good friend. I had already met with Paul socially so was instantly at ease when I arrived. The new studio was very impressive and I had a wonderful time during the makeover. I was preparing myself for a special night out so I wanted to look my best, Paul’s talents certainly saw to that. Alison Paulette, 2017

I met Paul with nervous anticipation, that went as soon as he opened the door and I was led down the garden path to his studio, what a beautiful location. Paul very quickly discussed what I was looking for and started his craftsmanship explained what he was doing and why with the makeup he was so exacting, nothing was too much trouble. I was left to get dressed in my first of many changes. Paul advised with some of the clothes that would photograph well.

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.

Rosy xxx Rosy, 2017

I had wanted to book in with Paul for a while as I’d seen work on some girls & was wowed. So I decided to book in at Born for an event I was attending. I’m very used to doing my own thing and trying to improve upon it but recently I’ve been losing faith in myself. I do believe in the idea of being positive and that true beauty is deep inside a person not just their makeup, this for me personally, looking in the mirror, wasn’t working.

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 Charlene-Fayth Nathaniella Croft, 2018

Having visited other studios episodically I was never really at ease, nor completely at ease with whom I was and whom ultimately, I wanted to be.

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. Trish White, 2017

Having visited Paul previously for a make over and being totally amazed by the transformation, I was really keen to return for a make-up lesson to help familiarise myself with some of the techniques and application.
I am so glad I went back this second time. Paul carefully explains amongst other things brushes and uses, make-up types and products. We then went on to discuss the type of look I was trying to go for and which colour palette might best achieve this.
We then started the make over with Paul doing one half of the face, with me replicating on the other side.  It was clearly a very engaging session, in a relaxed environment as I let my cup of tea go cold, and I ‘never’ waste a good cuppa 😊. 
Being able to do the lesson in Paul’s private purpose-built studio meant, there was excellent lighting and everything to hand.
I found the session very informative and provided with follow up notes and product list. No question is considered silly, so ask as many questions as you need, to ensure you get the most out of your time. 
I would definitely recommend the session for anyone looking to achieve a more feminine effect through the use of enhanced make-up application.
Regards Jaime x
Jaime, 2018

I recently had the good fortune to win the Born raffle. The prize being a make-up lesson with Paul.

Paul has done a makeover for me in the past, so it’s interesting to compare the makeover experience with the makeup lesson one. Obviously the focus of the lesson is to learn various techniques, whereas the makeover is just about the end result.

We had a brief chat about the look I was hoping to achieve, and what areas I’d like to focus on, and then set about with the lesson. I learned various techniques, some of which I now apply to my everyday makeup, while others I’ll likely save for special occasions. As part of the process, Paul applied makeup to one side of my face, and I had to follow his actions and achieve the same look on the other side. It’s a very effective method of learning, and means that any lapses in concentration (and I did have one or two) are quickly highlighted and addressed.

Paul followed-up a couple of days later with a detailed account of the make-up application process, including the various brands and shades that we’d used. Reading through it, it jogged my memory of the bits I’d forgotten, perfectly.

An excellent experience that I’d thoroughly recommend. And the end results (half done by my own hand) were as good as any makeover. I so often see girls who feel trapped in a makeover loop because they don’t feel their own skills are up to scratch. My advice? Book a makeup lesson rather than a makeover every once in a while. It’ll make a world of difference on the days when you can’t fit a makeover into your schedule, and it’ll save you a load of money in the long run.

Nicole x
Nicole Thornber, 2019

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

Lisa Sweet, 2018

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 mums 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

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.  Jamimie Peute, 2017

We met Paul at Born a few months back as I was wanting some pictures taken and then I was invited to spend the day along with my wife for a makeup and photo shoot. What can we say it was the best day ever. We felt so relaxed on meeting Paul. It was as if we had known him for  years and the service, we can only say, was first class we only wish we could keep him all for ourselves as his makeup skills are amazing. Charlotte Flanigan, 2017

I wanted to take a bit of time to tell you what a positive impact yesterday had on me. I loved the makeup and the photo shoot and the photos, but it also really set me up for the rest of the day with a good mood and self confidence. 
I really hope I can afford to come back to Born sometime before too long! 
Thanks again, Mattie
Mattie Davies, 2018

Such a great day, Paul is such a perfectionist with his makeup and it looked great. It was great that my mum could come too and he made us feel both at ease from the get go, very professional and also very warm and welcoming. Jo Palmer, 2018

I had the opportunity to visit the lovely Paul Heaton from Born who provides a wonderful selection of services from makeup, makeup tutorials, photo-shoots and a variety of other things via the Born website.

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
Sonya Neil, 2018

After many unsuccessful “Makeovers” provided by dubiously qualified providers I came across an article in The Telegraph  ‘The UK’s first transgender confidence consultancy’ Born. Researching further and been impressed with their website and ethos I touch the plunge and booked in for a Makeover and Photo shoot as a Birthday treat with Paul.
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. Bobbie Leeds, 2018

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.

Georgina Watson, 2019

After 15+ years hiding away I decided to pick up where I’d left off back in 2003, sadly time had not been kind, and my makeup skills were also severely lacking. I searched for some help, and as luck would have it found Paul almost by accident.
I am so glad that I did, Paul has been wonderful. Taking me step by step through all the things I needed to achieve the look I wanted. It has been such a confidence booster working with Paul, I honestly don’t think I’d have been able to go full time without his help!
I highly recommend Born and cannot thank Paul enough for all the help and support!


Sarah Kemsing, 2018

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, 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. Karen Thornton, 2017

I’m trans and a client of Paul Heaton’s 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. Melissa Orintas, 2017

I have visited Born on several occasions for help with makeup and beauty. They give an excellent service. The makeup was modern and fresh and I felt like the look was designed just for me. The Born team made me feel totally at home and relaxed. I left with my head held high ready to tackle anything the world could throw at me. I am a regular visitor to Born and always will be. Abi Carr, 2017

I recently attended a one to one lesson in feminization training and trans awareness with Paul Heaton. It was a brilliant experience! Paul is a fabulous, patient teacher and takes the times to explain things in a way which you understand. He answered all my questions and as someone that is relatively new to learning about the trans community, he never made me feel judged about some of my questions or lack of knowledge.

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! Victoria Marley, 2018

Makeup Artiest

It was wonderful to get the hands-on lesson and loved the results of the look Paul demonstrated. I learned a lot and thanks for all the tips you gave along the way on technique, tools, products and colour especially having it personalised for my own individual situation and desired look. There is a lot to learn and hopefully I find the time to practice what you showed me.

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!’ Sandra, 2018

My first visit to Born. I was until today a makeover virgin. I have never had anyone do my makeup other than myself. I am lacking in self confidence and making my way to Born my anxiety levels where quite extreme… but from the moment I met Paul I was greeted with such warmth and an incredible smile my anxiety melted away.

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. Maddy Smith, 2018

A lovely testimonial from a recent Born client. Sadly no pictures as this person wants to keep them private 🙂
“A visit to Paul always delivers an inner peace and an outer beauty. He combines the understanding of a counsellor with an artist’s eye and a technician’s skills. The outcome is a sense of calm and personal validation that is durable.
The first time I visited Paul was to gain a richer understanding of how I might look with a professional’s touch. He immediately placed me at ease, asked just the right number of questions to gain an understanding of what I was seeking and quietly got to work in his lovely studio. I was delighted with the look he achieved, with the photos he took and his gentle manner which transformed mild initial nerves into confidence.
Throughout, Paul’s communications have been supportive, comprehensive, discreet and swift.
Having just returned from a second makeover and photoshoot, I can add that Paul is also consistent. Almost two years later his nature is just as wonderful and his eye just as good. Most importantly, his business continues to promote the community in all the right ways.
Many thanks, Paul. I’ll be returning soon.” Sapphi #transgender
Sapphi, 2018

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