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... Read More

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 3 weeks 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 1 week ago

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

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#3 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 3 weeks ago

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

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#4 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 3 weeks ago

I was sure this was a painting

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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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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?!? 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 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... Read More

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 3 weeks ago

And then THIS!