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Discover techniques to enhance your natural features and express your unique self. Our personalised workshops provide a safe space for you to experiment with makeup. Whether you're exploring new gender expression, overcoming insecurities, or simply want to unleash your inner glamour. Our workshops take place on select dates in different places and online.

Who is it for?

- People looking for personal help with make-up routine or look, without beauty standards or judgement
- People looking for a safer space to learn about and find products
- Trans, queer, non-binary, gender-nonconforming and gender searching individuals (not exclusively)
- People looking to find joy and confidence in make-up, no matter the skill level or ability

What we offer:

- 1-hour make-up workshop, tailored to your skill level, ability and wishes.
- Personal shopping service to help find products that work best for you and what you want to achieve.
- A safer, joyful space to learn and play with make-up, without judgement.
- Step-by-step personalised guide of everything covered in workshop including extra tips and product list.
- Contact point to ask additional questions about self- and gender expression, including resources.

What you get out of this workshop:

- More knowledge and understanding of how make-up works for you
- A solid foundation to build and expand your own routine
- Custom-fit steps and product options that you can always fall back on
- More confidence in make-up skill and ability, therefore boosting overall confidence
- Point of contact for all your make-up and self-expression questions

Upcoming Workshop Dates

Here you'll find a list of all our upcoming workshop dates. You can also find each location's specific schedule by going to their individual pages linked below.

We also organise group make-up workshops, focused on community connection and gender affirming techniques.

“You can book a make-up workshop just about anywhere, but discovering your authentic self is better done at Sharmila's. From the moment I stepped into her workshop, I felt an immediate connection and warmth. Besides helping me forge and see the real me, she made me feel accepted and gave me a sense of belonging. I can't recommend her enough.”

– Liora ten Brinke

“I didn't have any experience with make-up yet, so I came to learn the basics. Sharmila explained me well how to apply the make-up. I liked that she let me apply it myself, instead of doing it for me, so I can also do it by myself at home. My wish was only a little bit of make-up, especially to cover my beard shadow. Maybe next time we can do some more.”

– Wouter Stap

About our founder

Hi! I am Sharmila.

I am a disabled trans woman from the Netherlands and have been a make-up artist since 2016. After working for years in retail for brands and meeting people looking for guidance in make-up, I felt there was a need for space without judgement, exclusion or feelings of unsafety in the beauty industry.

That’s why I decided to start teaching private make-up classes through my company VAIN Beauty, specifically for LGBTQIA+ and disabled individuals. Because I experienced firsthand what it was like to find my way in make-up without someone who understands why we wear make-up and need certain guidance or tools to wear make-up in a way that brings joy.

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