Seahorse Shopping Guide -
Transformation Services, Make-up Artists & Hairdressers: 13 entries
Need help with learning how to apply makeup and dress like a woman? Plenty of help is at hand.
Transformation services are a great way to begin to find your way out of the closet in style. These women are experts in style and very supportive of cross-dressers.
Cross-dress with Class
Phone: 0450 898 959
"This is a newest transformation service in Sydney, set up in mid-2012, by Ophelia, a really up-beat bubbly woman who joined Seahorse as a member in 2011 with the primary aim of supporting some of cross-dressing friends. She describes herself as a "perfectionist" and will aim to have you looking the perfect woman. Ophelia purchased much of the stock from "Cross-dressing With Dignity" after it closed in early 2012. Ophelia is based at Coogee Beach and has an excellent understanding of cross-dressers and their needs. We believe that we can predict that you will have a great experience." - Christine.
"I visited Crossing With Class in September 2012, at Ophelia's invitation to check her set-up. It was very impressive! She has a large range of clothes, styles and sizes from everyday wear through to a wedding dress, and everything in between. She a killer range of shoes with amazing high stilettos. She has extensive makeup and even taught an old hand like me a few new tricks.
Ophelia is a teacher by profession and it shows in her ability to pass on information. This is a real fun learning experience.
The evening should always include a trip to one of the local restaurants in Coogee. You could be having your first ever fully dressed en-femme experience and then minutes later, you find your self in a restaurant as a woman in the company of the amazing Ophelia." - Christine.
Addendum (October 2014): Ophelia is now based in Melbourne, but visits Sydney from time to time and will still do transformations for existing and past clients.
Visit her website:
BonBon Beauté Makeup Artistry
Mobile: 0404 878 329
"Bridal & Special Occasions Make-up Artist servicing the NSW Central Coast, Sydney & Hunter Valley regions. BonBon Beauté Makeup Artistry is owned and operated by Candy Nahnsen, a new and aspiring professional makeup artist located on the NSW Central Coast."
"Candy has trained with The Mask Academy in Newcastle under the guidance of Jo Nelson and has always had a passion for make-up since she can remember."
"Candy is a mobile freelance make-up artist specialising in weddings and occasions. Candy loves having the opportunity to make her clients feels beautiful, appreciates that every client is different in their needs and always takes a professional approach to her work. Using a wide range of mainstream and affordable makeup brands, BonBon Beauté goes beyond expectations to ensure your event is memorable and flawless." - From the website.
"Candy attended a Seahorse Social meetings in 2013 & 2014 and did some make-over for members, who were very happy with the results." - Christine.
Mobile: 0409 877 456
Contact: Gayle Grainer
"You choose when and where and I'll be there - from cuts to colours, shampoos to streaks, foils to styles - I do it all. My mobile hairdressing service is answer for busy people that cant get to a salon, prefer the privacy of their home or work, and for those that want a "more personalised better than salon experience". Every time you book I commit to an unfailing consistent service as I have been in business for 15 years and always exceed my clients expectations. I travel to most of Sydney and surrounding suburbs 6 days a week - I even have a studio if you wanted to get out of the house! Sydney's premier mobile hair service is only a phone call away Ring Gayle to enquire or request an appointment via the on-line booking service." - from the website.
Gayle was recommended by Jill, one of our founding members, who has advised about Gayle's skill with styling wigs". - Christine.
Sharon White Agencies
PO Box 682
Melrose Park SA 5039
Phone: (08) 8277 8085 or 0412 183 151
"Sharon White Agencies offers exclusive, experienced and personalised Self Improvement courses in a proven workshop format or privately. Sharon a former lecturer, staff recruitment trainer, fashion model, cosmetician, health club fitness consultant, executive salesperson and merchandising hostess. She has been involved with the Modelling industry since 1991, lecturing adults, teenagers and children, both female and male. Encouraging, helping them individually to build self-esteem and confidence to improve overall grooming. Also all aspects of modelling and acting." (Extract from website)
"I met Sharon at a private Tgirl function in July 2009. She is delightful, funny and very helpful lady who was a great source of information, and had many useful tips for even us more experienced Tgirls" - Christine.
10 Argyle Place, The Rocks
NSW 2000 Australia
Phone +612 9247 4736
"This shop is a well-kept secret that I discovered in August 2013. They specialise in make-up artistry and hair-styling. Showface offers make-up and hair styling services for weddings, parties, entertainment, corporate functions, advertising campaigns, demonstrations, workshops and other special events."
"Members sometimes ask where can they get Kryolan Dermablend to hide one's beard shadow. Well, this is the place, but they so much more to discover there. They also run make-up classes." - Christine.
The Divine (Theatrical Supplies)
Mobile: 0429 059 760
142 Maitland Rd, Mayfield 2304
Contact: Kerran MacRae
"The Divine is one of Newcastle's newest LGBTIQA Safe Places and we offer theatrical outfitting, makeup, accessories and styling for EVERYONE from our wonderful local Drag Queens, a variety of performance and dance genres and costumers who want something a little different for their event!!
We are most definitely CD friendly and also offer a private after hours shopping experience Tuesday to Thursday nights by appointment. We also offer custom seamstressing, corsetry, wig styling and amazing headpieces!!
Our little shop of divinity is the first of its kind in Newcastle and Divine has put everything she has into bringing this dream to life." - Email.
FiFi's Salon de Beate'
Phone: 08 8255 9561
Mobile: 0427 065 921
Based in Adelaide
Contact: Yvonne Fiona
"I'm Yvonne Fiona from Adelaide, a fully qualified Beautician with a Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Make up.
I know from my own experience as cross-dresser how I can help you get the total femme look, not just makeup, but body shaping and deportment also. My service not only provides dressing and makeover services, but also all your beauty requirements, including facials, waxing, manicures and nails. I can provide advice on wigs, forms, padding, corsetry and importantly setting up a plan of how to do your own makeup, especially getting that natural or no make up makeup look easily and economically. If your interested, email me and we can discuss your needs." - Email from Yvonne Fiona.
"While I have never met Fiona in real life, we know each other very well on-line and she is one of those occasional people with whom I have really clicked. We have similar backgrounds and strong ideas about how one should go about looking as realistically like a woman as possible.
Fiona was mentored by Sharon White (see below). I have met and was impressed by Sharon when I met her in 2009." - Christine.
311 High St Maitland NSW 2320
Phone: (02) 4933 6931
"Ralf is a regular attendee at the Tuggerah Restaurant nights. He is a very experienced hairdressers and is very comfortable with T-girls. He is very expert with styling wigs as well." - Christine.
Danielle Murrihy Hair & Make-up Artist
Phone: 0414 506 830
Danielle is a very experienced makeup artist who has recently moved to Sydney from Melbourne, where she had a lot of experience doing makeup for trans clients, including Seahorse Victoria members. - Christine.
"Danielle Murrihy is a qualified hairdresser and make up artist originally from Melbourne. In January of 2013 Danielle moved to Sydney with her husband and twin boys.
Danielle is a reliable, efficient and fun person to work with and she brings years of experience and a quick problem solving attitude to each job she undertakes.
Whether it be Avant-Garde to clean beauty, each look is carefully created.
Danielle has had her work nationally and internationally published in many bridal and hair and beauty magazines.
She was part of the make up team on X Factor 2013 and is currently working on two TV pilots.
In 2014 she will be teaching hairstyling courses.
Please contact her for her rates for:
- Hair Styling
- Professional Grooming
- Photo Shoots
- Television and commercials
Danielle is always looking for new ideas and inspiration." - from the website
Country Indulgence Beauty Treatments
Mobile Service on the Central Coast
0431 303 147 or (02) 4978 1198
"Marsha runs a great mobile make-up and beauty service on the Central Coast. She'll turn up anywhere - well, almost! I had a couple of make-over by Marsha - one for the Musicians Black and While Ball at Terrigal and the other for the Knave Christmas Party at The Entrance - both were excellent! Haven't laughed so much for years!" - Jan.
Leanne's Beauty & Nails
54 Excelsior St, Merrylands
02 9637 3955
"I have a beauty salon near Parramatta I have a few cross dresser customers. I just thought you might have members who are interested. My shop phone number is 02 9637 3955. I also have a lady who does laser." - Email from Leanne.
"I have had one customer from your site who returns and is happy with my services, thankyou." - Email from Leanne.
Paddington Concept Store,
74 Oxford St,
Paddington NSW 2021
02 9331 1702
"Napoleon's is a leading Australian (and International) provider of make-up products and services. They have numerous outlets in metropolitan and major shopping centres. They do make-overs and provide make-up lessons and training." - Jan.
"The students fron the Napolean Perdis Makeup Academy have attended two of social meetings and have also done makeovers for the Ball in 2011. I have received many positive comments about their work and advice." - Christine.
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