Let me introduce myself first. My name is Joyce Spakman, and I am a professional make-up artist and a self-taught stylist.

I began experimenting with makeup when I was 14 years old. It all started with some small designs and doodles on my arm. I didn't even know make-up education existed but when I was in high school one of my teachers told me about it and I immediately knew what I wanted to do in the future.

When I was 18 years old I started a theatre make-up studies in Amsterdam that took 3 years. These were the best 3 years of my life! I loved working with make-up every day and every year I noticed a big progress in my own make-up works.

At that time, I also started working on my handmade headdresses and Miss G Designs was a great inspiration for me. At school, I wanted to complete my characters with some cool styling. So I started with headdresses from cheap materials that would still look good on camera. I really liked the creativity involved and the more I did it, the more I wanted to experiment with it.

On my third year of studies, I started organizing workshops: first, make-up workshops, and later - headdress workshops as well.

Fast forward 12 years I work as a freelance make-up artist. I love working at events and festivals. I also have a lot of masterclasses and workshops here in the Netherlands. Now I have my own workshop space and some people call me a hoarder because of the number of materials I have. I spend hours on eBay (I think a lot of people can relate!). The one thing I still love doing the most is creating the whole character, from styling to make-up. Although, these kinds of projects could take up to 2 months.

All the pictures below show my designs created from scratch. I really hope you like my work.

Some of these pieces are available for buying at my Etsy shop. I also make custom items.

More info: Instagram | Etsy

#1

Church-Inspired

Church-Inspired

Model: Roebie

Make-up/ styling/ photo by me

I was asked to bodypaint at an event in the Netherlands. A few months before the event I went on a city trip to Budapest and I really liked the goth churches. I took it as an inspiration for this project. I actually wanted to make some gargoyles on the shoulders but I didn't have enough time to implement this idea. Deadlines are the worst! If you look closely, you will notice that the headdress actually has fragments of stained glass. This picture was taken with my mobile phone at the event.

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Kelly Horrigan 10 months ago

Stunning - The attention to detail is fantastic

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#2

Oxidized

Oxidized

Model: Estrella Dewi

Photographer: Sanne Van Bergenhenegouwen

Make-up/ styling by me

This headdress took quite some time to make. It is huge, and also pretty heavy (it is as heavy as it looks). The corset is also handmade from plastic. This makeup look took about 2.5 hours. Luckily the model was very patient. I really love Sanne's photography work. She really turns it into a piece of art.

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Nervous Chaos 9 months ago

When I first saw this I honestly thought it was a statue of medusa.

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#3

Pearls

Pearls

Model: Ciara Pennasilico

Photographer: Josefien Hoekstra

Styling and make-up by me

This piece of styling took the longest to make. All the pearls and stones you see are hand sewn on the headdress and the corset. This took me about a year to finish. That is why I needed a pretty model and a great photographer. Josefien is one of my favorite photographers to work with.

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Marina Rios 10 months ago

I was sure this was a painting

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#4

Virginie Ropars' Doll

Virginie Ropars' Doll

Model/ make-up/ styling/ photo by me.

This creature is inspired by one of the dolls of Virginie Ropars. If you haven't heard about her works yet, you should check it out. The skull is hand-sculpted. This is actually a one-piece headdress with the dreads attached. I took the photo in my living room with an amateur equipment.

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Kelly Horrigan 10 months ago

Killing it - each one keeps outdoing the previous!!!

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#5

Flower Fairy

Flower Fairy

Model: Sterre Verhoeve

Make-up/ styling/ photo by me

Something totally different from what I normally do.

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Kelly Horrigan 10 months ago

I could see her in a dark fairytale

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#6

Wendigo

Wendigo

Photographer: Laura Sheridan

Model/ make-up and styling by me

This piece I made for the NYX Squad awards. It was inspired by the demon Wendigo. I work at the NYX store in Amsterdam and this brand hosts a contest every year. Employees can't participate in this contest so they made one for the beauty advisors as well. With this picture, I won the contest in the Netherlands.

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Annie Hu 10 months ago

Anyone reminded of hela from thor? Well, this can be her child.

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#7

Clown

Clown

Model: Chiara Pennasilico

Photo/ make-up/ styling by me

Chiara's eyes are closed in this photo. I drew new eyes on her own eyes because I wanted them to look a lot bigger.

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Ashley Say Wha?!? 10 months ago

I can't believe you drew those eyes! They look 100% real!! Your work is truly incredible! I'm looking through them all a second time cause they are so beautiful and executed beyond incredibly well! Just. Wow!!!!!

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#8

Church

Church

Model: Spooky

Photographer: Laura Sheridan

Styling and make-up by me

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#9

Teal

Teal

Model: Sterre Verhoeve

Make-up and styling by me

This is by far my favorite color combo: teal and red. I absolutely love it. Sterre has the most fairy-like face. I did the photoshoot in my living room.

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Shelby Robbins 10 months ago

I am in LOVE with this one. Everything you do is absolutely amazing and stunning, but this one really speaks to me. I adore it, so awesome.

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#10

Asia

Asia

Photography: Josefien Hoekstra

Model/ Make-up/ styling by me

This was a picture I made for the first round of the NYX Squad awards 2017. The theme was the color explosion. In the beginning, I wanted to do something with Indian colors and powders, but soon the costume turned out to involve many more Asian cultures. I took a lot of inspiration from Bali, Indonesia. The headdress is actually very ugly in the back. It's made out of a cheap material since it had to be done in 3 days. That's why I do not sell this piece.

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Haley Wiens 9 months ago

super super cool

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#11

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

Model/ make-up/ styling/ photo by me.

I was very inspired by the movie called "Crimson Peak", so I decided to create a character with my own spin on it. I handmade a headdress which is attached on the back of the head. It took hours to arrange the rhinestones by hand but I really like the outcome. My sweet boyfriend and my sister helped to take this picture. This photo was taken in my living room. The background is actually a wall.

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Kelly Horrigan 10 months ago

And then THIS!

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#12

Time Traveller

Time Traveller

Model/ make-up/ styling/ photo by me.

This was a design I made for this year's NYX Squad awards. I didn't win but I had so much fun creating this look. It took some time to build this whole costume and setting. I was given 3 weeks to deliver the picture. In the beginning, I couldn't find the perfect frame for me to use as a background. I visited a lot of thrift shops! I got all the clock parts from a watchmaker. My dad made the background out of wood and added the frame. But I still needed the painting... So I had to make the whole costume. The headdress is inspired by the clock arrows and the costume itself has a steampunk vibe to it. If you look closely, I also have medals, an hourglass in my hand, clock arrows on my nails and binoculars on the corset!

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Chloe Drury 10 months ago

those eyes though!!! anyone reminded of alice in wonderland?

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#13

Medusa

Medusa

Photographer: Laura Marijn

Model/ make-up/ styling by me

This is one of my favorite big projects. All the snakes' heads are hand-sculpted, one by one. The background you see in this picture isn't even edited. It was made by the photographer and me.

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Ashley Say Wha?!? 10 months ago

Wow! This is soooo good! That head piece is perfectly Medusa and I'm so impressed that you made those snake heads! My goodness woman, what can you not do!?! ;)

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#14

Fairytale

Fairytale

Model/ photo/ styling/ make-up by me.

This image is inspired by the artist Dustin Bailard who one of my biggest inspirations right now. I made the background from a big piece of fabric, roses, moss, and a tree bark. I used the baking flour as a whitewash.

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Kelly Horrigan 10 months ago

her face is mesmerizing

#15

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland

Model: Debbie

Bodypaint/ styling by me

I was asked to bodypaint at the event in Birmingham, so I traveled there. This costume stressed me out. Books on the shoulders almost caused my parents' house to burn down. The nipple pasties took me hours to perfect. Moreover, I had to take this costume on the plane along with all my make-up and personal belongings.

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Anna Lourie 9 months ago

"down the rabbit hole" got a new context for me o:

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#16

Spider

Spider

Photography: Michiel Fischer

Model: Zoe Spakman

Make-up and styling by me

I attended a one-week SFX make-up course by SFX make-up artist Bruce Fuller. This was the outcome. I molded, sculpted and painted this prosthetic. The model is my little sister.

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Adam James 10 months ago

looks like a predator/human hybrad

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#17

Pastel Love

Pastel Love

Photographer: Josefien Hoekstra

Model/ make-up/ styling by me

This was the final round of the NYX Squad awards 2017 where all the NYX beauty advisors from Europe competed. Unfortunately, I didn't win but I had an awesome time creating this. This look is totally out of my comfort zone. The carousel is totally handmade. I spent hours cutting all the cardboard and painting it.

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yikes 10 months ago

my favorite!

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#18

Moth

Moth

Photo/ model/ styling and make-up by me.

In the second round of the NYX Squad awards the theme was phobias. Personally, I really like moths and I find them beautiful. This is why I chose them. I wanted it to be a bit scary, but still beautiful. All these moths are hand drawn and glued to an iron wire to make them look as if they are flying. This picture was taken in my living room. If you look closely you can see the wings on the nails as well.

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Karen Dyer 10 months ago

Silence of the Lambs

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#19

Penumbra

Penumbra

Model: Maki

Photographer: Laura Sheridan

Make-up and styling by me

I tavelled to Antwerp to work with this amazing photographer on this shoot.

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Anna Lourie 9 months ago

I love the chaos star! it is really stunning :)

#20

Mad Max

Mad Max

Model: Liora

Photo/ styling and make-up by me

This picture took quite some time to create. My dad got me a drywall to paint a backdrop. It took me about 2 days to paint the background for this picture because I wanted to add a lot of texture.

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#21

Dominator

Dominator

Model: Jady Henkel

Styling/ make-up by me

Every year I am asked to do the styling and make-up for 1 character during the biggest hardcore festival in the Netherlands "Dominator". This year, the theme was torture devices. This photo was taken with my phone.

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#22

Halloween

Halloween

Model/ make-up/ photo by me.

I love painting something that makes the face look totally different. If you look closely you can actually see my mouth.

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#23

Predator

Predator

Model: Sophie Spakman

Photographer: Daniel Chorup

Special effects make-up and styling by me

This one was a big project. It was made for my final exam in my makeup school. The whole costume is handmade from scratch. It was my first time working with worbla (thermoplastic). I also made the silicone baby alien. I had a funny incident with it. I used this costume for IMATS London (a big makeup competition). So I had to take this costume on a plane. Because I was still stressed out after my exam as this was only 1 week apart, I forgot to take off the nerf gun from the shoulder. And you can't take any fake weapons on board. The customs guy told me to throw it away, so I did. But of course, I also had the alien baby in my carry on luggage. I had to tell the customs guy that I have a baby alien in my suitcase, after telling I had a gun and a big knife (on the leg armor). This guy looked at me like I was a freak. Finally, I could bring the knife and the baby alien with me, but it took me 1.5 hours to get through customs.

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Kelly Horrigan 10 months ago

can't even comment anymore- you are amazing

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#24

Cathedral

Cathedral

Photography: Josefien Hoekstra

Model/ make-up and styling by me

I love this colorful image by Josefien. This was the day I shaved half of my eyebrows. It had to be done for this makeup look because eyebrows had to be higher. I made the corset and the headdress for this look. Nails were made in the style of stained glass to match the costume.

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#25

Bodypainting For A Concert

Bodypainting For A Concert

This is the behind the scenes of one of my biggest paid projects. I had to style 4 women with wigs, skirts, shoulder pieces, and pasties.

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Chloe Drury 10 months ago

the violins are creative but that must be uncomfortable....

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#26

Halloween

Halloween

Model/ make-up/ photo by me.

I took this photo for Halloween in 2017. Sometimes I create 'quick' makeup looks without any styling. I have to update my Instagram feed occasionally and the making of all details for photos can take too much time. The lashes are made out of paper.

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#27

Pearl Headdress

Pearl Headdress

The quality is not great. My sister took this picture with her phone. But it still shows how big this headdress really is, and how many pearls I'd sewn onto this piece.

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Kelly Horrigan 10 months ago

Thank you for the stories on all of the pictures :)

#28

Scary Clown

Scary Clown

Model/ make-up/ styling/ photo by me.

This makeup look was inspired by a clown's morphsuit!

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#29

Editorial Grunge

Editorial Grunge

Photographer: Josefien Hoekstra

Model/ make-up/ styling by me

This picture is inspired by the grunge queen herself, Gina Harisson. It may look a bit different than a normal editorial picture, but I personally really like when a picture has it's own style and when it's different. Fun fact: this picture was made while I was sitting on the toilet.

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Nervous Chaos 9 months ago

The level of aesthetic on these all...

#30

Clownesque

Clownesque

Male model: Bas Frisher

Female model/ photo/ make-up/ styling by me

The male model in this picture is my boyfriend. I'm so glad that he is okay with me doing make-up on him and he agrees to be a guinea pig for every experiment I come up with.

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