A Hodgepodge submission

Okay, I’ve heard lots of people asking lately, “How do I hide my beard shadow?”  I decided I would ask a pro because I also wanted to know.  It took a bit of courage, but I rang a local store where I’ve bought makeup from before. I’ll let you in on a secret – I already bought some items to help with this very issue. There is an article floating around on CDH that talked about it, but I wasn’t sure how to use it correctly. This is about me learning as much as possible and passing on that knowledge to you.

Okay…big disclaimer.  I’m not trained in any way. My makeup skills are akin to that of a bar room brawl between a panda and a raccoon… I’m getting better with practice; seems that’s the key.

First thing was to find a place that’s easy to deal with and understands the issues we face.  My store of choice is a makeup supplier for makeup artists (Minifies), they’re also open to the public and are awesome.  They deal with members of the Trans and CD community and are easy to talk with and fun to learn with (Thanks Christie – you rock!!)

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The products I used on the lesson day were Kryolan and Ben Nye; international products so they may be available wherever you are. If the products you purchase are different than you’ve been using, you should try them out on a small part of skin to make sure you won’t have a reaction to the them.

Okay, here we go…

Clean shaven, smooth as can be. Using a blade is probably better than an electric razor, but not 100% necessary. If your face gets a bit red from the shave, it’s better to let it settle before applying makeup.

Next, a primer for the face. I used a Kryolan HD micro primer, but any brand will do. This just sets the base for everything to build on. Concealing the beard shadow is the main purpose. This is usually a bluish tint but can vary.  For me, it is bluish, so I used Ben Nye “5 o Sharp” concealer.   Now this was a surprise because it’s quite orange. This is to offset the blue (opposites on the colour wheel cancel out.)   You can brush it on using a small brush or use your finger to dab it on – this warms the product, which makes it easier to apply. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! What we are after is a slight tint of orange or the colour you’ve used, not a bright orange face.

Our topcoat…kind of (we will add to this later). For the foundation, I used NB2 Kryolan Ultra Foundation. Make sure this is matched to your skin colour. A helpful staff member will make this easier, so be brave, it will save the hassle of buying multiple shades to get the right one. When applying the foundation, it’s important not to rub it over the beard cover area as you can mix the orange pigment with the foundation to create a weird colour that will then need to be covered…  You want your makeup to be light and as thin as possible so it doesn’t crack or peel off.

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Now last bit is to set the foundation. Depending on the foundation used, there are several setting options.  I used a translucent setting powder with a powder puff, but there are sprays that can do a similar job.

Let’s add some colour to our fabulously smooth, shadow free face. (see cover photo)

A bronzer adds warmth and a natural colour to give a natural look to the face, as well as to define the cheek bones. A dash of blusher adds a little more natural appearance. Depending on your face shape, be careful of adding too many contours. A face with deep defined contours can look very masculine; be wary of this when trying for your desired look.

Some Lippy, mascara, and colour to open the eyes, plus a little work on the eyebrows and you’re done.   Maybe the next part of this journey will take a look at the eyes.






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Sarah Daniels TG

Im a Wannabe writer. Short stories so far but I want more. Like everyone I think I have a novel in me somewhere, but not sure what it is yet. Have a few things on the slow boil and a couple of cold cases tucked away for another time.

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Michelle Liefde
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Michelle Liefde (@elbereth)
1 year ago

Thanks Sarah for the research and information. This is something that I am still looking for a better solution and your article wiill help.

Liz Taylor
Liz Taylor (@lucytaylor)
1 year ago

Hi all

I have recently looked at many you tube vids about this and contouring, if you get it right the power of make up can do wonders, but it is a process of trial and error, just type CD makeup or TG make up on you tube. Can even get vids on how to cover your eye brows and make them more high to achieve more space between eyes and brows. Have not tried any yet due to the lack of fresh (new) makeup, but will when I get the makeup I want.

All the best
Lucy Liz

Laura Lovett
1 year ago

Thanks for this, Sarah – very helpful, and timely.

I will definitely be using these tips on my next outing. Having reviewed my photos from the last outing, the 5 o’clock shadow must go. It does spoil the look!

Love Laura

Tiffany Alexis
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Tiffany Alexis (@tiffanyterrific)
1 year ago

Sarah, thank you. This is something I’ve been meaning to improve, and you just gave me some great tips, thus likely saving me a couple hours of internet researchyou rock!

Annette Cross
Annette Cross (@annettecross2)
1 year ago

Thanks Sarah, great article with a very helpful tips. By the way i think your prose is wonderful so keep it up follow your dream of be a writer.

Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones (@rhonda22)
1 year ago

Thank you Sarah ,
I walked among the Mugles last night when i went to the movies .
My make up was enough to pass .
When i use what i have learnt from you i will be holding my head up not looking down .
Huggs Rhonda .

Melissa Davis
Melissa Davis (@melissadavis)
1 year ago

Sarah, this practical information is very helpful. Crossdresser Heaven should be a great source of tips and experiences.

PY Marshall
PY Marshall (@py)
9 months ago

Many thanks for all the kind information.This will be a great help.

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