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She Began Experimenting With Makeup When She Was 14, Now She Use It To Create These Dark Characters

Her name is Joyce Spakman, and she is a professional make-up artist and a self-taught stylist.

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

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Church-Inspired

Model: Roebie

Make-up/ styling by Joyce Spakman

Joyce was asked to bodypaint at an event in the Netherlands. A few months before the event she went on a city trip to Budapest and she really liked the goth churches. She took it as an inspiration for this project. Joyce actually wanted to make some gargoyles on the shoulders but she 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 her mobile phone at the event.

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Pearls

Model: Ciara Pennasilico

Photographer: Josefien Hoekstra

Styling and make-up by Joyce Spakman

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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 she needed a pretty model and a great photographer.

Clown

Model: Chiara Pennasilico

Photo/ make-up/ styling by Joyce Spakman

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

Virginie Ropars’ Doll

Model/ make-up/ styling/ photo by Joyce Spakman

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. Joyce took the photo in her living room with an amateur equipment.

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Flower Fairy

Model: Sterre Verhoeve

Make-up/ styling/ photo by Joyce Spakman

Something totally different from what Joyce normally do.

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Oxidized

Model: Estrella Dewi

Photographer: Sanne Van Bergenhenegouwen

Make-up/ styling by Joyce Spakman

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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.

Wendigo

Photographer: Laura Sheridan

Model/ make-up and styling by Joyce Spakman

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This piece she 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, she won the contest in the Netherlands.

Church

Model: Spooky

Photographer: Laura Sheridan

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Styling and make-up by Joyce Spakman

Teal

Model: Sterre Verhoeve

Make-up and styling by Joyce Spakman

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

Crimson Peak

Model/ make-up/ styling/ photo by Joyce Spakman

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

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Medusa

Photographer: Laura Marijn

Model/ make-up/ styling by Joyce Spakman

This is one of her 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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Time Traveller

Model/ make-up/ styling/ photo by Joyce Spakman

This was a design she made for this year’s NYX Squad awards. She didn’t win but she had so much fun creating this look. It took some time to build this whole costume and setting. She was given 3 weeks to deliver the picture. In the beginning, Joyce couldn’t find the perfect frame for me to use as a background. She visited a lot of thrift shops! She got all the clock parts from a watchmaker. Her dad made the background out of wood and added the frame. But Joyce  still needed the painting… So she 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, she also have medals, an hourglass in her hand, clock arrows on her nails and binoculars on the corset!

Penumbra

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Model: Maki

Photographer: Laura Sheridan

Make-up and styling by Joyce Spakman

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

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Fairytale

Model/ photo/ styling/ make-up by Joyce Spakman

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

Spider

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Photography: Michiel Fischer

Model: Zoe Spakman

Make-up and styling by Joyce Spakman

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

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Moth

Photo/ model/ styling and make-up by Joyce Spakman

In the second round of the NYX Squad awards the theme was phobias. Joyce really like moths and she find them beautiful. This is why she chose them. She 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 her living room. If you look closely you can see the wings on the nails as well.

Alice In Wonderland

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Model: Debbie

Bodypaint/ styling by Joyce Spakman

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

Asia

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Photography: Josefien Hoekstra

Model/ Make-up/ styling by Joyce Spakman

This was a picture Joyce made for the first round of the NYX Squad awards 2017. The theme was the color explosion. In the beginning, she wanted to do something with Indian colors and powders, but soon the costume turned out to involve many more Asian cultures. She 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 she doesn’t sell this piece.

Pastel Love

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Photographer: Josefien Hoekstra

Model/ make-up/ styling by Joyce Spakman

This was the final round of the NYX Squad awards 2017 where all the NYX beauty advisors from Europe competed. Unfortunately, Joyce didn’t win but she 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.

Predator

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Model: Sophie Spakman

Photographer: Daniel Chorup

Special effects make-up and styling by Joyce Spakman

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

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Bodypainting For A Concert

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

Pearl Headdress

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

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Editorial Grunge

Photographer: Josefien Hoekstra

Model/ make-up/ styling by Joyce Spakman

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

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Halloween

Model/ make-up/ photo by Joyce Spakman

Joyce took this photo for Halloween in 2017. Sometimes she create ‘quick’ makeup looks without any styling. She has to update her Instagram feed occasionally and the making of all details for photos can take too much time. The lashes are made out of paper.

Mad Max

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Model: Liora

Photo/ styling and make-up by Joyce Spakman

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

Halloween

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Model/ make-up/ photo by Joyce Spakman

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

Cathedral

Photography: Josefien Hoekstra

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Model/ make-up and styling by Joyce Spakman

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

Clownesque

Male model: Bas Frisher

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Female model/ photo/ make-up/ styling by Joyce Spakman

The male model in this picture is Joyce’s boyfriend. She is so glad that he is okay with her doing make-up on him and he agrees to be a guinea pig for every experiment she comes up with.

Scary Clown

Model/ make-up/ styling/ photo by Joyce Spakman

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

Dominator

Model: Jady Henkel

Styling/ make-up by Joyce Spakman

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Every year  Joyce 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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