Jamie Austin - Make-Up Artistes Business Profile
(featuring pictures of some of her clients "on
their first visit")
What is the name of your business
and where do you work?
My name is Jamie Austin I am a make-up
artiste and I work thru a store called Glamour Boutique located in Auburn,
Massachusetts in the U.S.A.
How friendly to TG customers
is your business?
Some make-up businesses just tolerate
TG customers. I primarily work with TG clients, and find them intelligent,
articulate, successful, driven, and most importantly friendly. Most
of my clients bond with me after a session,,, we are face to face for
hours at a time and they trust me to make them look gorgeous and hopefully
I can please them with the girl they want to be. It is a lot of fun
cause we share a good sense of humour. I try to attend most events in
the northeast and make a trip to Atlanta every fall to work on girls
at Southern Comfort.
Do you only serve the TG community
- if mixed together with genetic females, how does that work?
No, I also work on genetic females, my appointments are made in advance,
so there is really no interaction between TG and genetic females, however
I get a lot of couples and most wives are very interested in the transformation
process, Once in a while a wife may get a bit concerned cause the husband
looks a bit too good and the wife might feel a bit threatened, but if
I think this is happening I offer to also do her makeup for free to
ease her concern. Above all I try to ease the tension with some humour
and that works also..
How long have you been doing
About 7 yrs but I had some experience with models in my "younger days",
What arrangements do you make
to help TGs?
I work out of a converted carriage house
just down the road from the Glamour Boutique store,,, Parking is usually
plentiful, and the neighbours are aware of what i do in the carriage
house and are discrete and accepting, so there is no problem with my
clients coming and leaving as long as they are also discrete and do
not create a scene. If contacted by email I provide info on what I do
and provide a mobile/cell phone number where I can be reached for further
info and directions to the carriage house I work in. My hours are pretty
much flexible and I can accommodate most of my clients with very little
Are high street makeup products
suitable for TG people?
Yes, I use MAC for in house make-up and rotate sanitized brushes for
all clients... We also sell a line of makeup thru the Glamour Boutique
and soon I will offer products thru my website.
What special considerations
are required for TG make-up?
I feel I have an advantage over a lot
of TG make-up artists because I have had some modelling experience so
I have seen how these professional models are made up. (I use to date
a model and got to attend the modelling shoots. It was fun seeing my
average looking girlfriend turn into a gorgeous model). I also have
a good knowledge of how the difference in facial structure of a male
and female and I use contour and highlight to change a male face into
a female face,,, along with a few other "tricks" I use..
What special tricks of the trade
can be applied to TG make-up?
As I mentioned highlighting and contour are very important as well as
a good knowledge of facial bone structure... and how to use both of
these technique to create a female face,,, In fact I can do a female
face in less than 20 minutes however male faces take considerably longer.
I also use a facelift device to create an even more feminine look...
In fact most of my TG clients who use this device are barely recognizable
by most of their friends. Not to mention it can knock off about 10-20
yrs off a person's age.
Do you teach your customers
to do their own make-up?
I have taught a few select clients to do their own,,, however anyone
can do it,,, just not as well. I am toying with the idea of doing a
monthly make-up class soon.
Apart from "keep your appointments"
what major piece of advice would you give to TG readers?
Relax and have fun!.
What could TGs do to help you
provide a better service for them?
Write to me and tell me what you would
like me to do for you in a future session.