As both a performer and costume designer, makeup and hair styling have always gone hand in hand with either discipline for me. 

 Working for years as a costume designer in theatre or film, I have more often than not extended my role to include designing both makeup and hair for the actors. My skills in Pin-Up makeup and hairstyling began while performing in the Melbourne burlesque scene, refined from the guidance of Hi Ball burlesque troupe, and from photographer Paula Delley, with whose pin-up workshops I assisted on. The last few years has seen me perform for both Peaches and Amanda Palmer alongside performer Agent Cleave, together concepting highly elaborate makeup and hair designs. While living in New York City, my Looks for hostings at clubs and parties always rely on intricate and detailed designs and I'm working on a weekly basis means I'm evolving and creating new designs constantly.

With any kind of performance or photoshoots, I've always preferred to do my own makeup and hair, from highly stylised theatrical, to pin-up, to horror/grotesque. As a dancer, performer and designer it is not just my clothing, but my hair and makeup aesthetic that make up an important part of my communication and identity. Equally important to me onstage performing, as in my everyday life.


Bohemian Masquerade Ball

Bohemian Masquerade Ball

Red sequins and blood makeup, and giant mohawk, for performance at White Trash, BERLIN

Red sequins and blood makeup, and giant mohawk, for performance at White Trash, BERLIN

At Vandam, NYC. Jess' makeup by Jess Daly, Kiss' makeup by Kiss!

Makeup and hair for Lonely Hearts Club, Berlin. Glitter lips, blood tear, and red embroidered floral applique.

Futuritic goth makeup and giant mohawk for photoshoot by Theresa Harrsion

V Dentatas perform at 'Smut' book launch, Melbourne. Gold body makeup by Jess Daly & Sian Reid,  gold wigs by Jess Daly

Unwearables fashion show, Melbourne 2009. Costume & jewellery Jonny Kirk, Makeup and hair Jess Daly

Albino Marie-Antoinette, DADA PARTY Melbourne (2009?)


Death metal glam, "Glossy" art party performance, London 2011

Goth/metal glam hair & makeup, Cleave & Daly perform at KINGSIZE, Berlin 2011

Feather mohawk, Cleave & Daly perform at KINGSIZE, Berlin 2011

Goth grotesque! Peforming with PEACHES at Webster Hall, NYC 2011

Death metal dance installation, Cleave & Daly, Berlin 2011

Out and about with no eyebrows in NYC, 2011

Braided and feathered mohawk, NYC 2011
"Cleave & Daly" performing for Peaches DJ show, Lovebox Festival, London 2011

Vampire hair & makeup. Yup, its me! circa 2008...

V Dentatas (Jess Daly & Sian Reid) Photo by Jonny Kirk. Makeup design by Jess Daly


Photo by Santiago Felipe, NYC 2011

Chez Zand, on my way to ON TOP at Le Bain, New York 2011

 Matteo Gallace Photography, Hair & makeup Jess Daly

The Aphrodisiac Orgy, Madame Brussels 2011

Heading out in Melbourne. And yes, its ALL my own hair.

 Makeup for "Mr Nice Guy Vegan Cupcakes" Promo

I spun my hand at makeup artistry for local company Mister Nice Guy Vegan Cupcakes new promo cards. Classic pin-up style makeup, with full glittered red lips for little more disco.
A pleasurable job considering the model was bodacious burlesque bombshell Miss Evie Red (Evie and I performed together at "Metropolis" at Red Bennies this year) And despite the fact I'm a raving carnivore and also quite enjoy diary, I can safely say they were super yummy and I'm still pondering how they tasted so fat-tastic and chocolatey without the aid of an animal...

Out and about at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC 2011
2007 Photoshoot by Peter Coulsen for HiBall Burlesque promotion. Hair by Jess Daly, makeup by the makeup artsist on the day (forgive my forgetting it was so long ago)

Showgirl hair & makeup for TNL Fantasy party

1960s beehive

V Dentatas. Jess Daly and Sian Reid. Photo by Andrea H Kwang 2007

Queen of Hearts 2007
Makeup and hair Jess Daly, Zip dress by Jonny Kirk

V Dentatas (Jess Daly & Sian Reid) promotional shoot. Hair, makeup & costumes Jess Daly. Photo by Jonny Kirk

V Dentatas shoot by Paula Delley. Makeup Jess Daly

V Dentatas Sian Reid & Jess Daly, about to go onstage Golden Plains Festival 2010. Hair design Jess Daly