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Baroness Annual
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(@nickicd)
Estimable Member     Texas, United States of America
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I have been crossdressing for over 50 years.. OMG where has the time gone! I’m mostly closeted but I always try to look my best. Anyways, I thought I would share a couple of my hacks from over the years and I’m sure everyone has their favorite hacks. Lest face it as crossdressers we had to be pretty resourceful especially before my wife knew and certainly before Amazon.

 

My first hack is reusing my Thigh high stockings. I only wear Leggs everyday thigh highs. They stay up really good. My hack is whenever I get a run I keep them and use them to make a wig cap. I tie them off real tight and snip off the rest with scissors. They work better than any store bought wig cap and last forever. I always comb my hair back and spray it with Aussie instant freeze hair spray and while it’s still wet from the spray I apply the wig cap. The cap stays on until I’m ready to take it off and my wig just fits so much better.

 

My second hack is I have almost quit using shaving cream. Almost. To get my closest shave I always shave in the shower so my beard is super soft and wash my face real good then dry it off. I then apply a generous amount of cheap Suave hair conditioner to my beard area and let it sit while I take care of washing up. The conditioner makes my beard super soft and much easier to shave. I then wash my face with soap, dry it and apply the conditioner again giving it just as couple minutes to work then apply a small amount of Edge sensitive skin unscented shaving cream over top of the conditioner and shave against the grain. This makes my face very smooth and a lot of times I don’t wear any foundation. It sound like a lot of work but it only takes a few minutes of extra time and I use a shower mirror that I bought from Amazon that fills with warm shower water and never fogs.

 

My last hack is my shapewear hack. I always wear two types of padded shapewear. I wear one that has padded hips and is slightly longer than the padded butt shapewear. All were purchased from Amazon.  I wear a non-padded one piece shapewear over that and forms. I always start off with a pair of tight panties or a gaff. All my undergarments including my pantyhose are highly modified for ease of using the bathroom so I don’t have to pull several layers down to urinate. I carefully cut the crotch out of everything and have never had a problem with any of them including the pantyhose fraying or running. A lot of times I wear thigh highs instead of pantyhose.

 

I know everyone has their own hacks but I hope these can help someone out. Let’s face it girls, we have to be creative and a girl has to do what a girl must do. I love looking as fem as possible. 

Have fun and be girly!

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Ambassador
(@ellyd22)
Joined: 11 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 2920

@nickicd 

Thanks Nicki 🙂

I'm hoping this post is going to trigger an avalanche of similar hacks.

*Ellie sits expectantly in front of the screen with notebook poised and a bowl of cheese puffs at the ready*

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Hostess
(@ab123)
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Famed Member     Surrey, United Kingdom
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@ellyd22 Did you know that if you cut a cheese puff in half they make great nipples.....

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(@ellyd22)
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@ab123 

It works best if you use a dab of Primula cheese spread to hold them in place.

The added bonus is that you'll always have a tasty snack close to hand should hunger pangs strike while you're out and about 🙂

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(@caroline2k)
Joined: 1 year ago

Honorable Member     Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Posts: 315

@ellyd22 I was intrigued by the notion of 'nipple pasties', so I had to try.

Unfortunately, I found that my favourite cheese and onion pasties from Greggs were too big and made my boobs look like big, greasy squares, and no amount of Angel perfume disguised the aroma of baked savouries.

Maybe I should try the more traditional Cornish pasty for a better shape and less flaky pastry? Your thoughts would be appreciated 🤔😉

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(@ellyd22)
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@caroline2k 

Greggs do offer a more discreet 'specialist' range of baked savoury goods but they're only available through the dark web.

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(@caroline2k)
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Lady
(@annaredhead)
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Reputable Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Posts: 174

@caroline2k I was just wondering if a pasty would work. And I live in Cornwall.

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(@caroline2k)
Joined: 1 year ago

Honorable Member     Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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@annaredhead It's your duty Anna, as a member of this forum to try them out.

I'm going to try the St. Agatha's Breast cakes, what with summer coming and lighter, non-knitwear tops being an option 😀

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Lady
(@leainvancouver)
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Honorable Member     Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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@caroline2k I would go more for a strawberry tartlette with a dab of wiped cream! 😉

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(@caroline2k)
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Honorable Member     Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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@leainvancouver That sounds like a good idea, Lea, but there are too many exposed parts.

I'm not disapproving in any way, but it's definitely for more of a 'glamour' look rather than practical streetwear 😉😁

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Hostess
(@ab123)
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Famed Member     Surrey, United Kingdom
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@ellyd22 If you feel emboldened you could use larger Hoola Hoops...

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(@emilyalt)
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@nickicd 

Estradiol and long hair work really well for me!

/EA

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Lady
(@amydoll)
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Estimable Member     Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Posts: 58

@nickicd Thanks Nicki, I tried the conditioner trick last night and it worked really well!

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Baroness Annual
(@nickicd)
Joined: 3 years ago

Estimable Member     Texas, United States of America
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@amydoll I'm so glad it worked well for you.

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Lady
(@leainvancouver)
Joined: 5 months ago

Honorable Member     Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 307

@nickicd Hi Nicki, th3se aren’t exclusively CD hacks, I’m sure many girls use these. 

For stronger, whiter nails apply toothpaste to nails each day for a week for 5 minutes 

To reduce appearance of stretch marks, mix coconut oil and aloe vera
apply daily for 3 months

To reduce redness of a pimple
apply toothpaste, leave for 5 minutes and wash off

To remove a Hickey, apply ice or cold

To remove dark circles under eyes
Grate cucumber and banana. Freeze and apply cubes to eyes

For dry or cakey mascara, add a few drops of lens solution to mascara, shake and and use. 

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Duchess
(@kristacrawford1967)
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Estimable Member     Sacramento, California, United States of America
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@leainvancouver I’m definitely trying toothpaste on my nails. I have lovely hard nails, but sometimes they yellow very slightly.

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Lady
(@leainvancouver)
Joined: 5 months ago

Honorable Member     Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 307

@kristacrawford1967 I’ve tried it Krista. If you try it for a week you’ll have nice white nails. It’s kind of awkward having toothpaste on our nails but it’s not bad if you’re sitting still.

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Lady
(@leainvancouver)
Joined: 5 months ago

Honorable Member     Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 307

@nickicd I though of another great hack. I often wear a leotard that snaps at the crotch. If it’s tight enough, and mine certainly are, you can use it to tuck your bits in. I find it works well and it’s quick to adjust if things come away.

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 Kate
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(@kayo)
Estimable Member     San Francisco, California, United States of America
Joined: 4 years ago

Hi Nikki, thanks for posting your clever ideas. I’ve looked on Amazon before for hip and butt pads. So many to choose from! Curious which ones you found that worked well for you.

Kate

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Baroness Annual
(@nickicd)
Joined: 3 years ago

Estimable Member     Texas, United States of America
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@kayo I like the Pop Closets brand off of Amazon and I also have one by Vendau from Amazon. Both are realy good and my butt pads are from Love My Bubbles web site, Retro diamond highrise

 

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(@melodeescarlet)
Noble Member     Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Joined: 10 months ago

I get 2 wig caps with each wig I get - at this point they're nearly Tribbles. lol I did read the conditioner hack somewhere and use it often in hotels. I also remove every gusset because I can't be bothered with redoing all that once I've got the nails on LOL

I don't think I have any hacks of my own. 🤔 Uh...I use lipstick as blush? Though possibly that just indicates I'm a 'makeup hack' rather than being an actual hack lol

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Lady
(@annaredhead)
Reputable Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Joined: 2 months ago

I keep my real hair pretty short which makes wearing a wig more comfortable

 

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(@dianas1960)
Estimable Member     South Central, Indiana, United States of America
Joined: 9 years ago

I have been dressing almost 50 years as well.  I am a bit overweight but gifted with a "rocking ass" per my wife.  However I have no hips and a big gut.  My solution is I first use a Selene gaff.  This gives me the shape at the crotch that I want.  I use dresstech big girl hip pads with a tummy control shapewear to keep them up.  This has an open crotch design for bathroom access.  I then use a tummy control underwire camisol.  Between the camisol and tummy control thigh high shorts my belly is somewhat in control.  When I wear a dress I wear tights  in an opaque light suntan.  I do not shave my legs but do keep them trimmed fairly short and have found that these hide my leg hair pretty well.  I also keep my arm hair trimmed as well.  I am in a DADT situation and my wife does not know that I go out to my knowledge.  I do however try to go out at least once per month.

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(@caroline2k)
Honorable Member     Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Joined: 1 year ago

+1 for the hair conditioner for shaving hack. I use this and find that not only is the beard hair (ugh!) easier to remove, but my skin feels softer and smoother as a result.

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Lady
(@leainvancouver)
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Honorable Member     Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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@caroline2k That’s a great tip Caroline!  I tried it this morning and it’s much better than shaving cream. I’ve had to use this truck when travelling with shaving cream but I’ll toss the cream and stick with conditioner.

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(@caroline2k)
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Honorable Member     Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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@leainvancouver I'm pleased it works for you Lea 🙂

 

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Lady
(@kat9476)
Eminent Member     Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Joined: 3 years ago

I’ll play……here are some random ones.

Pantyhose- layer multiple pairs over each other to cover leg hair (if you can’t shave) .

if you would like a toeless look to show off that awesome pedi- cut an opening in the hosiery for the big toe , leave a bit of material next to it and then cut another hole to the outside of the first for the other toes. Then take a bic lighter and singe the cut openings so they don’t run . You can how have a silky leg look with open toe heels/boots(works best with higher denier hose/tights)

If you wear hip and butt pads, try a pair of high waist thigh slimming Spanx to smooth the pad edges out-you can then layer hose/tights over them for a seamless leg look. 

nail polish- hands or feet. Dip the brush and start at the center rear of each nail brushing toward the tip of the nail. Then paint the edges of each nail. Follow up with clear. If your pedi is a bit sloppy- after it is completely dry . Massage some hair conditioner with your fingers all around the edges of the toenail in the shower and the excess polish will wash off the edges of the skin. 

try chapstick under your lipstick for smooth fuller lips. Smile when applying blush-this pushes the apples of your cheeks out-gently apply blush on the apples and fan up/out with your brush. 

natural looking cleavage- layer a bra one band size and two cup sizes smaller than you wear under your bra, this will push the extra skin you may have front and center. Take a small eye brush and trace the inside arcs of your new cleaveage with some eyeshadow a few shades darker than your skin tone and smudge up the lines into your chest area. Then apply some light eyeshadow into the top of the center clef of the cleaveage to add depth. 

 

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Baroness Annual
(@nickicd)
Joined: 3 years ago

Estimable Member     Texas, United States of America
Posts: 63

@kat9476 thats some great ideas. Us girls have to be resourceful.

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Baroness Annual
(@finallyfiona)
Joined: 5 months ago

Noble Member     Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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@kat9476 

Posted by: @kat9476

natural looking cleavage- layer a bra one band size and two cup sizes smaller than you wear under your bra, this will push the extra skin you may have front and center. Take a small eye brush and trace the inside arcs of your new cleaveage with some eyeshadow a few shades darker than your skin tone and smudge up the lines into your chest area. Then apply some light eyeshadow into the top of the center clef of the cleaveage to add depth. 

It works!  This is what I managed to create starting from not very much at all.  Thank you for posting this tip, I'm a rather happy girl today 🙂

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Lady
(@amydoll)
Joined: 3 months ago

Estimable Member     Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Posts: 58

@finallyfiona Just looked at your photo, and wow, you're not kidding!  A top tip and a great outcome- think I'll be out bra shopping this weekend!

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Lady
(@annaredhead)
Joined: 2 months ago

Reputable Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Posts: 174

@finallyfiona I'll be giving this a try

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Lady
(@leainvancouver)
Honorable Member     Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Joined: 5 months ago

I discovered a great hack quite by accident. I bought a tight, elasticized camisole that hugs tight but I noticed it does cover my boobs like my other camisoles, rather it scoops below my breasts. I realized I could pull up the extra tissue under it and voila, I’m an A cup!  I actually have breasts!  It’s a start but an unexpected pleasure without needing my silicone. 

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Lady
(@amydoll)
Estimable Member     Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Joined: 3 months ago

With so many great tips, its hard to follow with anything as good a some of the other hacks but here is one that's worth knowing for anyone who doesn't know already.  If you're wearing something tight on your lower half and need to tuck but don't own a gaff, its super cheap and easy to make a DIY version of a gaff.  All you need to do is cut the elastic out of an old pair of boxers, and cut the upper portion of a sock at the heel to make a tube.  Thread the tube half way along the elastic, put your legs either side into the elastic, tuck back and voila!  An instant gaff without the need to fork out for a genuine one.  I picked this up when searching around online, so am sure there will be some guides with pictures if your search on google, and honestly it does such a good job that I wonder why I'd ever pay for a real one!

Amy X

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Lady
(@harriette)
Famed Member     Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Joined: 1 year ago

I have tried the tube sock / elastic gaff and I wasn't all that impressed. It did work, though.

I handcrafted my own gaff, instead.

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 Lea
Lady
(@lea-jhene)
Noble Member     California, United States of America
Joined: 8 years ago

We are truly a creative group 🙂 I guess it's a survival need for many of us who hid for so long.

My favorite hacks:

Wearing two bras at once for a bold, defined look.

Wearing a dress with the back zipper left open (because the dress is a tad too small) and covering with a cardigan.

Pantyhose under skinny jeans to stay warm in really cold months.

Double pairs of pantyhose for a shiny, hair hiding look.

Moisturizing hands and feet to avoid tearing nylons when putting them on.

Using a cute dress as a top by tucking it into a pair of jeans or folding the bottom inwards.

Wearing a bra with the straps tucked into the cups when I didn't have a strapless bra.

Using men's bikini briefs before I bought panties.

Wearing women's flip flops on guy outfits. No one would suspect, other than the brand.

Wearing knee highs with ballet flats to smoothen out how my feet look.

Using hair ties to cinch oversize tops in the back.

Using safety pins to pin a low cleavage dress or top to reduce the exposure.

Wearing a jumpsuit or dress with a nice top over for a new look.

 

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