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Sian Ryan MUA

Posts: 45

Wellingborough, England, United Kingdom

I need some advice.

I have a photographer get in touch with me about doing a makeup for a client. Its a transgender client who wants to have a makeover & shoot with the results on how they will look after the op.

I want to turn it down but not sure how to word it as I dont want to offend the client or seem 'rude'.

the reason is I dont feel 100% confident and feel like I lack experience and would hate the client to hate what I do and result in them feeling uncomfortable afterwards.

not sure if I have quite worded this right or explained well enough, I am greatful they have chose me but not sure how to approach my concerns on my lack on experience.

Jan 27 13 12:22 pm Link

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Denise

Posts: 1924

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Just be honest and say you haven't done this type of makeup before and don't feel qualified to do it on your own. Do you know a local artist to whom you could refer the job? Then ask if you could assist so you can gain the experience.

Jan 27 13 12:43 pm Link

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Mary

Posts: 7169

Coronado, California, US

Honesty is normally the easiest and most effective way to answer any question or request.

Jan 27 13 10:38 pm Link

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Cynna Stylz MUA

Posts: 217

New York, New York, US

The truth is what it is. Recently a photographer wanted me to do a look on the fly. Ten seconds later I was looking at an iPad attempting to recreate this look. It seemed simple but I know my hands. I stopped myself, turned around and told them that this isn't my forte and the tools I had were inadequate. Then they fully explained that they were intrigued by this concept style and just wanted to try it. I did my best, I increased my confidence and I too became intrigued by this concept. Now I will practice on anyone who will let me.

Jan 27 13 11:07 pm Link

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Christy Yarbrough

Posts: 42

Huntsville, Alabama, US

I agree that honesty is the right thing.

But stop and think about what a great learning experience you are giving away.

Doing make-up for a Transgender client is no different then doing make up for any client.  If you come across any differences they can be addressed in the same ways as applying make-up to a born female.  Ask for head shots and plan your color pallet ahead of time.  Remember less is more and don't over do any thing.   Ask questions and if you have concerns talk about them with the client-- just like any other job. 

You could make a difference in a person life that is going through a hard time already. And make a difference to the photo shoot and the out come. 

Search your heart and if you truly don't feel like you can do a good job; then let them know. But if you are having second thoughts because of "any" other reasons-- then I would ask you approach it as a professional and open your heart.  This is a client that needs you.  It will be a rewarding shoot. 

I have done shoots for transgender clients and it has always payed me two fold. 

All my best smile

Jan 27 13 11:57 pm Link

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Makeup Hair by Dani B

Posts: 770

Los Angeles, California, US

Christy Yarbrough  wrote:
I agree that honesty is the right thing.

But stop and think about what a great learning experience you are giving away.

Doing make-up for a Transgender client is no different then doing make up for any client.  If you come across any differences they can be addressed in the same ways as applying make-up to a born female.  Ask for head shots and plan your color pallet ahead of time.  Remember less is more and don't over do any thing.   Ask questions and if you have concerns talk about them with the client-- just like any other job. 

You could make a difference in a person life that is going through a hard time already. And make a difference to the photo shoot and the out come. 

Search your heart and if you truly don't feel like you can do a good job; then let them know. But if you are having second thoughts because of "any" other reasons-- then I would ask you approach it as a professional and open your heart.  This is a client that needs you.  It will be a rewarding shoot. 

I have done shoots for transgender clients and it has always payed me two fold. 

All my best smile

This is flat out WRONG. I have had many, many clients in the various stages of transitioning. There are many different issues that can come into play involving skin, bone structure, hair, etc. with TG clients that do not exist with clients  who are being made up as the gender they were biologically born because of hormones or just the particular stage they are at in their transition. There are special skills and techniques that are employed with beard cover, contouring, eyebrow covering, etc. that are not used on an everyday basis by your average artist who does commercial work or bridal, for example. So unless you can perform these with confidence, do not accept this job. As Mary said above, be honest, it's always the best policy.

Jan 28 13 12:35 pm Link