Shellie was once asked "what would you say to people who poke fun at your make-up style?"
Her reply: "I'd say, 'It's my face and I can put what I like on it, thank you.' We're flamboyant and we love to look mad. If people don't like it they shouldn't look."
The band's multicoloured image had to go, however. "We felt smothered by all that make-up," said Shellie, "and I dyed my hair so much it frazzled and fell out." But the Alisha's Attic-inspired trend for bindis and body glitter remained. "We did create a bit of fashion trauma, didn't we?" laughed Karen. "But we ran away before anyone could catch us."
With the eye glitter and dramatic make-up vanishing on the "Illumina" promotional outings, the girls had a more natural, less theatrical look. Was this a personal decision or influenced by Mercury Records? "Oh God no! They don't tell us how to look, thank God!" So why a drastic image change? "It just got to the stage where we couldn't be bothered with all the make-up. It's always nice to have a change - as this album's more open, more acoustic on the image front, we thought why not?"