What our clients have to say about Born
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
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 xxxRosy, 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 xxxCharlene-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
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 xLisa 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
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
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.
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
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