Frequently Asked Questions
What is GLOSS?
GLOSS is a project started by Scarlett Sensi, in Hong Kong, that officially moved operations to the USA in 2021. It’s an international collective of open-minded makeup artists that beautify crossdressing clients, from head to toe, in the privacy of a secret safe space, called the Temple of Feminization.
Who is GLOSS for?
We specialize in male to female makeovers and exist to serve crossdressers and the beauticians who love dressing them up! Our clients range from CDs who have been dressing up for decades and comfortable being in public, to the timid guy who has never been fully dressed en femme. Our makeovers are suited to the MTF spectrum, including femboys, sissies, drag queens, trans folx, androgynous individuals, and women too. Anyone 18 years and older is welcome to enjoy our services.
What is the Temple of Feminization?
The Temple is a safe space dedicated to crossdressers and the beauticians who love dressing them up. It’s a beauty salon, a photography studio, a psychedelic dungeon, and an artistic work in progress. We provide the makeup, outfits, accessories, backdrops, photographers, and the right makeup artists to meet your needs. The original Temple, which was created on Lamma Island, HK, was forced to move overseas during the protests and now operates in Pawtucket, RI. The GLOSS Collective in HK still dresses clients up at a local hotel in Yau Ma Tei, but a new Collective is currently growing in Rhode Island.
What does GLOSS stand for?
GLOSS stands for ‘greater love of secret self’. Our aim is to make you feel beautiful, even in your most vulnerable state. We won’t force you, but we encourage all of our clients to be proud of what makes them unique.
Why choose GLOSS?
The Collective isn’t your average team of makeup artists, and the Temple isn’t your average beauty salon. Instead of going to a dressing studio, your options aren’t limited by one beautician. Whatever look you’re going for, whatever the vibe you want in your photography, whatever scene you’re trying to recreate, whatever your uncomfortable-to-explain kink may be, as long as there’s no physical contact involved, we probably have someone within our collective to accommodate you. We’re experienced in listening to the needs of our clients and making them feel comfortable, accepted, and especially beautiful. Go ahead and try to surprise us with your request. We bet you can’t!
When is the RI Temple open?
Our schedule is flexible, but we prefer to make appointments between the hours of 10am and 10pm. Weekdays and weekends work equally well for us.
What is your COVID protocol?
Prior to your appointment, the GLOSS staff will have every surface wiped down and sanitized. You are expected to enter the Temple wearing a mask.
Makeovers & Photography
How should I prepare for my appointment?
Make sure that you are clean, fresh, and ready to be feminized. For best results, we request that you shave your face as smoothly as possible. This means shaving with the grain and then shaving against the grain. If you wish to skip the latter step due to irritation or sensitive skin, that’s okay! We also would like it if you shaved your legs too but understand if you cannot. Though if you’ve never shaved your legs before, we recommend trying it at least once! With or without a makeover, it is extremely freeing to experience the feminine feeling of rubbing your smooth legs together, especially while wearing stockings.
What kind of camera do you use for shooting?
You have options! We have a professional Canon DSLR camera for boudoir-style shots. You’re welcome to bring your own memory card or purchase the memory card directly from the camera, or have the session photos sent to you directly via email, Google Docs, or DropBox. Alternatively, you’re welcome to hand us your smartphone for shooting photos also. Whatever you’re most comfortable with, we’re here to accommodate you.
How many photos can I expect from my photoshoot?
If we shoot with your smartphone, you may end up with hundreds of photos. If we shoot using our professional camera, you’ll end up with about 20-50 photos but of a much higher quality. You’re allowed to use both, if you want.
Who owns the photos from my session?
Every photo from your makeover is yours to keep. We don’t own them, you do! However, we’re more than happy to post any photos you want us to; just send them to us. We will never post your photos without prior consent. Most of our website and social media photos consist of Scarlett being feminized, as we believe it provides an ample example of what to expect during your time at the Temple.
Can I request a professional photographer for my photoshoot?
Yes! We are friends with a few local photographers, each with a different style of shooting. Every photographer we work with is open-minded and LGBT friendly, and we can even promise you a female photographer if you don’t feel comfortable being photographed by a male.
Do you offer FTM makeovers too?
Absolutely! We specialize in MTF makeovers, but we love helping anyone shapeshift. Email me at email@example.com and I’ll personally prepare a makeover and photoshoot to fit your needs.
Can my makeover include a pedicure?
Not all of our beauticians are as comfortable with clients’ feet as they are with hands. But ask us anyway when submitting your booking form and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. We encourage all of our clients to paint their toenails ahead of time, as they look better in open toed shoes. We love seeing bold colors on our clients. Own it, girl!
Is there sex involved?
Absolutely not! No prostituion or sexual acts will be allowed on the premises. While we’re catering to the ‘forced feminization’ fantasy, we leave sexual contact out of our offered services. We are a legitimate legally registered business, upholding state and federal laws, and we intend to keep it that way. Thanks for understanding.
Can I be slapped or spanked?
Unfortunately, we cannot physically impact you. This is due to legal reasons, as we do our best to avoid crossing any lines that could delegitimize our business in the eyes of the law. We can dominate you verbally, as much as you’d like. If it’s physical dominance you’re looking for, we suggest seeking a dominatrix.
Can I wear my chastity device?
Yes. You may lock yourself up for your makeover, but please never show us. We don’t want to see that.
Do you makeovers outside the Temple of Feminization?
Usually not but contact us anyway. We’ll see what we can do.
Can I bring my own clothes/shoes/wig/etc with me?
Absolutely! Whatever you’d like to wear and/or be photographed in, feel free to bring it.
Can I invite anyone to my makeover?
Contact us and we’ll figure it out. It ultimately depends on their involvement in your makeover, or if they’d like to be feminized as well. While COVID still plays a big part in everyday operation, we will allow one other person to attend your makeover session. We strongly encourage that this person already lives with you, as to not potentially harm another household.
Can I incorporate shibari into my photoshoot?
We love the creative aspect of incorporating other kinky mediums into crossdressing! The Collective includes a few local shibari professionals who would love to be involved in your makeover and photoshoot. Please request this specifically when booking.
Can we go outside while I’m dressed up?
Absolutely! We encourage our clients to experience going outside dressed en femme. We understand this can be a bit scary to most crossdressers, especially the shy ones. But once you conquer that fear, you’ll be proud of yourself and consequently more confident!
I’m so nervous. What if I’m quiet or awkward?
Don’t worry, we get it! We’ve been part of the international kink & crossdressing communities for years and understand how society views this way of life. We’re experienced in calming people down with vibes/music/jokes and are ready to take on any challenge. We are very open-minded and will never judge you for what you’re into.
What’s the difference between the ‘Glam & Go’ Package and the ‘Pro Makeover’ A La Carte service?
The Glam & Go Package is for CDs who bring their own outfit and would like to dress up at the Temple. They’d have a half hour to get their outfit on in private before we do their makeup and style their wig. The Pro Makeover service is simple a makeup application for those who will depart the Temple in the same outfit they arrived in, whether en femme or not.
Booking & Payment
How do I book an appointment?
Visit our Contact page and fill out the Booking Form.
Who will see my Booking Form once it’s submitted?
Your submitted booking form goes straight to Scarlett’s inbox. She will then reach out to the Collective to find the beautician best suited for your makeover.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, a 50% deposit is required upon any booking. Deposits are non refundable and must be paid within 24 hours of your appointment.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Venmo, CashApp, PayPal, and cash are all acceptable forms of payment.
What will I be billed as on my payment statement?
The charge will appear on your statement as Little Knife LLC or ‘LK LLC’.
Should I tip my beautician?
You are not expected to tip your beautician. However, if you are fully satisfied with the quality of your makeover, we will happily accept your tip as confirmation of a job well done. Our team puts in a lot of hard work making you beautiful, but we love doing it anyway.
How many days of advance notice do I need for my booking?
2 days. We need at least 48 hours of advance notice to make sure your ideal beautician is available on the date you’ve requested.
Can I change or cancel my appointment date?
Yes, as long as it’s not within 48 hours of your original booking day/time. If you need to cancel your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. Your deposit is non refundable but please at least give us the respect of letting us know you’re not coming; we’ll remember you for future bookings.
Can I book an overnight stay at the Temple?
Contact us and we’ll see what we can do.
Can I book multiple beauticians for the same session?
Yes you may! Mention this in your booking form and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What if I only want my makeup done and nothing else?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll discuss what kind of makeup you’re looking for. I could book you at the Temple or, for our more adventurous crossdressing clients, I could book you at a local salon in your area. We always vet salon owners to make sure they are open-minded enough to represent GLOSS.