Alison makeover

Alison is a talented lady from London, who runs Obsidian Dream designs. She came over to my studio in Ipswich and booked a makeover photoshoot for her birthday :)

On Alison’s eyebrows I used MAC “Stud” brow pencil, and MAC studio concealer in nw15 as highlight.

On her eyes I used MAC forest green eyeshadow all over the eyelid on top of Limecrime eyeshadow helper. then I

added MAC reflects pearl on top for shimmer and MAC pink pearl pigment on top. I drew some feathery lines with Maybelline’s gel eyeliner and finished up with Amazing Shine Eyelashes.

To emphasize Alison’s cheekbones I used NARS Laguna bronzer. Lips were lined with MAC burgundy lipliner and MAC rebel lipstick.

Hair was crimped with crimping irons by Babyliss professional, and backcombed. That’s all, I hope you like it!

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Marianne & Nicolas Makeover

Here’s the second makeover from my stay in Paris!

Marianne contacted me on Facebook enquiring about shooting with her boyfriend, and it sure was not a problem, he even helped me pinning Marianne’s hair up while I was curling it up!

Couple makeovers cost the same if the second person doesn’t need much doing as it’s the case with men, so yeah, couple makeovers are very much welcome, please enquiry.

The products used on Marianne are very similar if not exactly the same as the makeover below so refer to that post for product information.

As Marianne has very curly hair, I recurled it loosely with the GHD’s, that way it was easier to create vintage waves, I assume since her hair is curly already that the style will last better too!

Since everyone is asking on facebook, her tights are by Chantal Thomass.

I hope you like these shots, I think they look fantastic and they make a really cute couple :)

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Paris Makeovers: Carole

If you follow me on Facebook, you will know I recently went to Paris! and a few lucky ladies got makeovers booked in. Thanks to the help of Stephane Roy (who is a very talented photographer and you should book him up if you are over in Paris), who let me use his studio space to do this while I was there modelling, I had an incredible time! you can see some pictures from my trip here.

If you missed me this time, I have plans to come back at some point soon! So do drop me a line if you are interested in a makeover either in Paris, or here, in Ipswich (1.20h from Central London).

First up on my blog is the beautiful Carole. She brought up clothing from Monster Ladies and Sophisticated Lady Accessories.

Products used:

FACE: Mac studio cream, MAC pro full coverage foundation (buffed in lightly). NARS Laguna bronzer + Nars Orgasm blush, set with Laura Mercier invisible powder.

EYES: MAC spiked brow pencil, Urban Decay Naked Palette, Maybelline black gel eyeliner and Amazing Shine human hair eyelashes.

Lips: Illamasqua pencil in “feisty”, MAC Russian red matte lipstick and Makeup Forever lab shine red glittery gloss that Carole brought in!

Hair was curled in with GHD’s and pincurls, and I used Regis “get it pressed” heat protection spray, that smells yummy and has a light hold, great for curls!

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Makeovers are back! Iberian Black Arts relocated to Ipswich (Suffolk)

Iberian Black arts recently relocated to Ipswich (Suffolk), now it’s all set up and in order, makeovers are back!

Makeover photoshoots are cheaper than regular private shoots, as the requirement is to have a natural shot taken on the day, before hair & makeup and appear on my blog.

What you get is a 2 hour photoshoot, at my studio in Ipswich town centre for £250 instead of the full rate (£310), including tailored hair and makeup, as well as 4 retouched images of your choice ready for print.

If you want to book in a shoot, and look as stunning as my clients above, make sure to drop me a line to


Makeover shoot with Kaori

Kaori is the designer behind Kaori’s Latex dreams, I asked her to model for me about a year ago for Kiss Me Deadly lingerie, for the spies and super villains collection, since I knew she is stunning!

She booked a makeover in to get some beautiful pictures of herself, and on them she is also wearing some of her exclusive designs.

Please visit her website linked here to see more of her work and commission her for an amazing latex outfit!

Styling wise, Kaori wanted the classic 40′s look, and I think it suits her amazingly well, if you would like to find out any information on products used, leave a comment, I did pretty much cover all the steps in previous makeover shoots.

In other news, I will be relocating to Ipswich in less than 4 weeks, and I will only take makeover shoot bookings in Colchester within the next 2 weeks at 20% off, if you are interested in booking a slot (I won’t be doing many!) please email me at, otherwise you might have to travel a little bit further and wait a tiny bit longer until I am all set up and ready again.

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Makeover shoot with Nicola

Nicola is a lovely young girl from Norway that came last week for a makeover shoot.

She was after some nice boudoir/pinup style pictures of herself, so for this, I made some mini victory rolls on her, and added some kanekalon hair for a little “something”.

She is wearing some of my favourite flowers by Sophisticated Lady Accessories to finish the look.

 I am a bit of  a freak when it comes to making sure eyebrows match the hair, so I used an Inglot fuchsia pink eyeshadow (very pigmented!) on her brows.

As her hair colour is already quite bold, I kept the eyeshadow neutral, with my trusty Urban Decay “Naked” palette. Some eyeliner and Amazing shine eyelashes and voila! here’s a gorgeous pinup girl.

Nicola is very pale, so on her skin I used MAC full coverage foundation in w1 buffed in with a Sigma flat kabuki brush, and concealer by Collection 2000 (which is amazing quality, and also cheap!) on blemishes.

Nars Laguna bronzer to contour, and MAC syrup lipstick to finish it off.

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Royal Black Couture – My custom Brides of Dracula inspired corset

For the longest time, I had a well kept box, full of beaded lace, silk, tulle, and lace remnants, hoping one day, to have the corset of my dreams come to life. Finding a designer that would be up for the task and do something like I had in mind was not easy, when I heard in conversation that Royal Black Couture & Corsetry was experienced in theatre costume design, and that she offered to make me a corset, my eyes sparkled and soon enough I brought in the box, which she took away to Austria to experiment with.

I have a little obsession since very young with the Brides of Dracula of Francis ford coppola film, one of my favourite movies, I learnt that their garments were stained with tea and aged with stones to look ancient, and I wanted this for my corset. Royal Black did this, and so much more, she deconstructed the beading in some of the lace and added it on top, added organza, that she hand aged, and sewn the tulle, creating a draped broken skirt illusion. After all I wanted this garment to look like I been buried in it, and it came out absolutely perfect.

Other sources of inspiration came from Miss Havisham and Corpse Bride.

Chances are, that I will probably never get married, so I decided this will be my burial costume when the time comes.

I don’t get the chance these days to create images for myself, and selfishly, I made these to my own desire, I couldn’t bring myself to stain this beautiful piece so the blood was added in photoshop afterwards, I wanted a paint/mixed media look, and that’s why it doesn’t look that real or slimy. I wanted to have it a splatter feel to it.

Embellishments apart, the construction of the corset is also flawless, it fits to perfection and gives me more curves than I ever had, in every way. I completely recommend Royal Black Couture and Corsetry to make the outfit of your dreams. And she makes costumes for males too!

The head piece, I made myself using a small deer skull, painted the antlers with gold, and covered it in pearls. I also used the left over tulle for the veil.

Royal Black has just launched their new website, where I am also on the cover!, go check it out because it’s full of amazing work.

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Makeover with Laura Fox

Laura is a friend of the Kiss Me Deadly competition winner Sebrina, who I shot a few months back. As a surprise, Sebrina and Laura’s mum bought her a makeover shoot for her birthday, and here are the results, doesn’t she look fantastic?

Laura went for the classic Dita Von Teese look. Lots of eyeliner and a bright red lip.

The corset pictured on the right is by Playful Promises. As a reminder, anyone booking a shoot with me, will get a 25% off Voucher to shop with Playful Promises online.

You can get the corset here, it looks so nice, I might have to cave in myself too, and get one :)

On the pictures below Laura is also wearing the beautiful plum longline vargas girdle by Kiss Me Deadly, which you can get here.

Kiss Me Deadly also offers a discount to makeover clients of 15% off.

If you would like some lovely pictures of yourself or a loved one, feel free to drop me an email to, and I will answer you shortly! :)



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Makeover shoot with Law Mantis

Law Mantis is a model from Kingston upon Hull, and she came all the way here last monday for a makeover shoot!

Law wanted some nice pictures of herself sporting her rock chic look. And for that, I curled and backcombed her hip length hair. But I ended using some bump-its on the crown to lift some volume, as it weighted a fair bit!

Law has big blue eyes so to emphasize that I used a mix of warm golds and sparkly black eyeshadow, as well as false eyelashes.

You can find Law Mantis on the web in the following links:

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Creations by Liv Free

I taken a like to photograph designers and their own creations.

Liv Free came over the other day to model some classic 50′s  hats for Kitty Hats, and in exchange, I photographed her with some of her stunning designs.

Liv is also a model as well as makeup artist, but on these pictures I did the hair and makeup as well.

Liv’s creations are right up my street and we used them in a couple of photoshoots for Kiss Me Deadly (the pirates theme, and also, still to be published, a Maleficent theme!).

Visit her Etsy here.

The lace shrug worn in the pictures below is by Metamorph.

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