Category: makeovers

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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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 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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Betty Hobcraft for Betty Blue’s Loungerie

This is probably one of my favourite makeovers to date! Here’s Betty, the designer behind Betty Blue’s Loungerie. She makes wonderful loungewear so you don’t have to loose the glamour while at home. I recently shot for her this fabulous robe.

Betty is so extremely talented, having graduated in contour fashion not long ago, she already started her own business, and from what I been seeing, she is heading for success!

It was only a couple of years ago when we did a photoshoot inspired in Alfred Hitchcock with her final collection.

Although you can’t tell, this is her first modeling shoot, and she was absolutely great at it, as she already practiced a good range of poses, and that always helps.

She also brought in all the furniture and fabrics/throws/pillows you see on these shots. As well as making all that she is wearing here (I believe will be available to buy soon! so why don’t you add her facebook page to your “likes” and keep yourself posted?

We did a classic wavey hairstyle and 50′s eyeliner makeup to go with her new loungewear range.

I am really pleased how these pictures came out, I hope you love them too! Check out Betty’s Blog for updates on her doings.

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A different kind of makeover… Dee’s transformation

Dee was one of the first customers approaching me for my makeover shoot deal.

I wanted to wait a little while in showing it, since my targeted customer is the female gender, and Dee is effectively a guy.

Since I like a challenge, while it’s quite a different kind of makeover, we booked it in, he wanted to feel more comfortable dressing up and find what suits him as a female.

I was pleased to hear that on the same night he got approached by a photographer already for a shoot after seeing the styling I did on him, so I might have started something for him there ;)

I used 2 shades of MAC full coverage foundation on the skin, as well as contouring.

We went for bright blue and navy blue eyeshadow, which, even though I recommend going for opposite shades on eyes to make them stand out, blue, does make blue eyes pop too. And bright red lipstick, with Illamasqua pencil and Sleek pout paints.

I defined the eyebrows with a mixture of red and brown eyeshadows to match the hair.

Thankfully Dee also has long hair so that was easy, curled it and styled it into a burlesque look, to go with the outfits he brought with him, including a What Katie Did corset, and bustle, and a classic black dress. Continue reading

Makeover with Catherine from Kiss Me Deadly

Catherine is the brains behind the femme fatale Kiss Me Deadly lingerie brand, we have been working together on all the imagery for 6 years, and, in the last few, she’s been helping me do the photoshoots for all the new collections (since when I model for my own work, I always got to have an assistant to press the button and make things a bit easier). Finally, the roles have changed for once, and she came to my studio to have her picture taken last week for the lingerie trade magazines and take part on my little blog.

Catherine has got the longest hair I ever worked with! which apparently was cut before the shoot… so after a little while and a hundred pins, I managed to make her hair curly, and last for the whole shoot.

On the left picture, Catherine is wearing the Amelie bra, which is becoming quite popular, and a new harness thingie (no name for it yet!) that will be available soon in both ivory and black at Kiss Me Deadly. I love how it looks like lingerie as outerwear without being explicit.

The hair flower is by Sophisticated Lady Accessories, who make truly stunning pinup hair clips at a very reasonable price, I can’t wait to stock up for more, since they really finish the look.

Posing in a plain studio backdrop isn’t easy I tell you, so Catherine was most pleased when I offered a knife as a prop! As after all, we are femme fatales, a weapon is always at hand! So you been warned. :)

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Makeover shoot with Helena

Last week, I did a makeover shoot with Helena, who came to visit the UK all the way from California.

Helena approached me after I posted about my shoot offer (still a couple of slots left!) and booked the shoot to match with her trip. Pictured on the right she is wearing a corset by What Katie Did, along with a satin set from Fairygothmother.

I forgot to take the natural prior shot (silly me!) so she was kind to take a snap with her camera for the blog.

We discussed beforehand about doing a bright eye look, to match the gorgeous Pin-up Girl Clothing skirt in turquoise blue that she is wearing on the next pictures.

For this I used a Kryolan pressed blue eyeshadow as a base, Makeup forever “72″ on the crease, and Nars “China Blue” on top.

I am quite obsessed with eyebrows and I thought that strong brows would go well with these colours. I filled them with MAC “Stud” since Helena has black hair.

I mixed a couple of shades of MAC Studio Fix Fluid to get the perfect match for her complexion, and I contoured with La Femme blush in “Soft Beige”. La Femme blushes are incredibly pigmented so a little goes a looong way.

MAC’s Lip gelee was then applied on lips, with spice lipliner. (I was going to check out the exact shade but I noticed they don’t make them anymore!).

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Makeover shoot with Lady Lucie

Last friday I had the stunning 6’2′ and perfectly formed amazon Lady Lucie for a make-over photoshoot at my studio. Lucie is a extremely talented latex designer from London who runs Lady Lucie Latex.

I made her website design and I modeled for her in the past and I have to say her designs are absolutely amazing, and they pull you in all the right places, her clothing is also super reasonably priced and she excels in made to measure both corsets and latex couture, owning a few of her pieces myself.

This was the first time we met in person after being in touch for such a long time, and it makes me glad that I finally had the opportunity to photograph her.

Lucie is wearing a couple of her designs that will soon be available on her site.

We went for a clean classy look for this shoot, with Veronica Lake style hair (with a twist, since Lucie has a shaved undercut), strong eyebrows done with a mix of Anastasia of Beverly Hills eyebrow powder and MAC brow pencil “Stud”.

I used Urban Decay‘s most famous Naked palette (I just got this and it’s worth all the hype it’s got!) on the eyes, as well as corner lashes, finishing with a bright red lip with Illamasqua’s strumpet liner, and Sleek pin-up.

To achieve this and most wavey hairstyles, hair was curled with GHD‘s and then set in pincurls (making sure they are all in the same direction) with a lot of hairspray, I find this the most effective way to make curls last if you don’t have a lot of time. The Style is then brushed into shape.

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Kiss Me Deadly Make-Over Competition shoot

Remember that make-over shoot competition from Kiss Me Deadly back in November?

Finally we found a winner! Sebrina Wareham from Bristol, and the shoot took place last Monday at my little studio, where all the Kiss Me Deadly magic happens.

Sebrina is originally from Canada, and only 24 years old! I think she really embraced the new look and you’ll agree it looks stunning on her!

On this picture she is wearing the Kiss Me Deadly Jolie set, that was part of the 7 deadly sins collection.

She is also wearing a hair flower from Sophisticated Lady Accessories. If you book a shoot with me, they will give you a £3 voucher you can use towards one of her gorgeous flowers, they really finish up the pin-up look!

Sebrina already has beautiful defined eyes, so to emphasize that I used a mix of warm golds and brown eyeshadows from MAC over a paint pot. Then instead the typical sharp eyeliner I lined them with a black eyeshadow from Sleek (it’s one of the blackest most pigmented eyeshadows I seen!).

On the skin I used MAC Pro full coverage foundation (a little goes a long way! giving a flawless look) and contoured with Nars Laguna bronzer and a rosey flush of pink mineralize blush.

I used MAC brick lip liner and Sleek paint pout in pin-up (you can read more about the sleek pout paints on my beauty blog).

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