Have you ever had a makeover?

Have you ever had a makeover? If so, did you go en femme or drab? If you'd like to tell us, how did it go for you? Was it was you expected? Did you enjoy the experience? What did you think of the results?

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  • No, and I'm not interested in getting a makeover
  • No, but I might like to get a makeover someday
  • No, but I definitely want to get a makeover or already have plans
  • Yes, with a friend/acquaintance/non-professional helping me, in drab
  • Yes, with a friend/acquaintance/non-professional helping me, en femme
  • Yes, at the makeup counter or another retail establishment, in drab
  • Yes, at the makeup counter or another retail establishment, en femme
  • Yes, at a place that specializes in makeovers for crossdressers/transgender people, in drab
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    • #253909
      Brittney Andrews
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      I’ve had full make-up done twice in 2019. I loved the result both times and the difference it made. The first time a special private friend “glammed me up” and I was being Brittney. The second time was at an Ulta Beauty store. I went to the appointment in drab. However after the make-over, I was attending a special semi-private event later that evening and changed into my female clothes back at my motel room.

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      Jennifer Swanson
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      Ive only been dressing for the past 6 months and my SO has been supportive and even helped me with dressing and makeup.  I scheduled a makeover at Ulta and went in in full dress.  I was treated wonderfully by the staff and many of them stopped by to say how great I looked.  I would encourage anyone to go in dressed into a salon.  I had the makeover that included makeup instruction which was very helpful.  My makeup picture is my mini portrait for this website.  The complete picture is in my gallery.  Makeovers make you feel so completely feminine.  You go girl!

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      Jammie Collins
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      I would love to have a makeover but have no idea where to go or who to call. Cincinnati may say thier LGBTQ they really arent.so if anyone wants to go with me and find a place id be happy to go plus i feel in numbers thanks

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        Bettylou Cox
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        My Ulta makeover was very satisfying; I was offered “glamorous” or “natural” looks, and I went with the latter. My next visit is going to be a lesson, so I can learn to properly do this myself.

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        Melissa Davis
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        Based on the experience of a number of people, I think yiu’d be treated well at Sephora.
        Good luck.

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      • #251371
        Tracee Vail
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        Jammie, i’m not at all familiar with the Cincinnati ‘scene’, but my advice is to google salon’s in your area that have makeover services (a lot of them don’t – just do hair & nails), and then email them to tell them that you’re looking for a makeover, tell them you are a CDer (or whatever description you feel is approprite), and let them know that you’d like to come in ‘en femme’ or not (whatever you feel comfortable with). Let them know you are NOT looking for a drag queen look, but just want to look as feminine as possible. Ask them to respond if they are willing and if they are not, then they will not hear from you again. Tell them that if they are willing, that you JAMMIE COLLINS will call them to set up an appointment. You will likely need to be willing to go in during regular business hours, but there might be an outside chance that they would do it after hours. Good luck. Tracee, xoxo

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      Caty Ryan
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      <p style=”text-align: center;”>‘THE MAKEOVER THAT NEVER MADE IT”</p>
      <p style=”text-align: center;”>Caty Ryan.</p>
      For quite some months I had been looking forward to the time when once more, my beloved would be absent for (this time around), four whole days…. And of course I planned a makeover from day 2 of her absence. Make up artist and “overnight to be Caty”, accommodation booked. (Cant come and go as Caty in the retirement village where I live. Too many  “unpaid security guards” looking out their windows).

      An added bonus was the fact that a long time interstate CD friend’s trip to Melbourne happily co-incided with the above dates. Having done my share of Caty shopping trips, the plan this time around was to “take a drive in the country” to a place called Daylesford, aka the LGBTI “capital” of regional Victoria.

      But sadly, in the end, it all went pear shaped. a/. My make up artist had a bad dose of the flu b/. I had a rotten night’s sleep the night before my booked makeover and was in no condition even to do the 90 min drive to Daylesford c/. As I feared, the weather turned out to be too hot, (26’c)  for “full coverage” Caty, (aka too much body hair to cover up), to even think about it even if she was wide awake.

      So I had to settle for a coffee in her room with Patricia on the Sunday afternoon. Same place I had booked, but of course could not now stay myself.

      BUT ALL WAS NOT LOST

      I had a lovely Caty afternoon and evening next day on the Monday  Fully made up dressed in my “corporate” black skirt, stockings and heels and white blouse with black trim. Slept with my forms on and next morning had a lovely “femme shower”, before jumping in the car and heading (in drab) to Daylesford for the day. Checked out the tourist bureau and accommodation centre and now have lots of “leads” on trans friendly accommodation up there. So that one day from autumn on next year, Caty will go up there for the night, (maybe even two nights!!) ….

      It’s also a lovely spot to take my beloved for a few days. Lots of interesting shops for her and plenty of my favorite Victorian wineries within driving distance for me  As the male me of course and ensure that Caty stays in a different place to the “happy couple”.

      Got back about 3pm and changed into my very “glam” in my blue off the shoulder evening gown. The good news is that even tho I’ve put on a kilo or two since I bought it four years ago, it still fits me. (I hasten to add with the aid of a bustier/torsolette….) The “back up”, (or should that be “front up”), is I did not attach my forms. Meaning if it was too tight, I could still get out of it without resorting to the “hacking scissors”. There’s something so very femme about being “constricted” from the ribs down. I had a corset ready if the torsolette did not work , but did not need it.

      Once  out of that  “rig”, I“slipped into “something more comfortable”, namely “number 2″ lacy Mother of the Bride ensemble. Did not need the torsolette for that….So I adhered my forms, had “dinner for one” and then back into my femme Pj’s again for my last night of Caty freedom. Was also  able to do Caty’s laundry for the week as well.  On the line overnight, instead of drying out in my storage unit, as per previous posts.

      So I guess in summary, “persistence pays”……..

      Happy dressing

      Caty

      NB  Blue evening gown and “MOB” photos are available via my CDH profile.

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    • #250857
      anne-marie
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      I’ve had several makeovers including at a couple of salons where I contacted them in advance explaining that i was a CDer wanting a makeover.  I went in either dressed androgynously, or en femme.  I have also had a couple of makeovers for photoshoots where the makeover (and hairstyling) was part of the photoshoot.  These were businesses that provide services for women who wanted a special photo for the special person in their life.  Again, i called in advance to explain myself, and went in en femme.  The best of these was absolutely fantastic – – it was the first time i was totally convinced that i could pass as a woman and i have never felt as feminine in all my life.

      Tracee

      The makeover & photoshoot thing you mentioned is one of my femme dreams and as such really inspiring to me

      It must have been an absolutely fantastic experience to look in the mirror and see the professionally made up you and then to see the photos of your femme self and to have them as a record of your adventure. Wow! Can’t say anything more just Wow!

      Thanx for posting this. You have really, really inspired me.

      Take care Tracee.

      Anne- Marie.

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      Hilarytights Kennington
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      Yes and it was sensational and I couldn’t stop looking at myself in the mirror. Just sitting and having my makeup put on sent my tummy so butterfly mad. Going through the nylon lingerie had me reeling with excitement. I chose all nylon underwear with a garter belt and stockings. Choosing a dress was omg and chose a little black number to go with my nearly black stockings. I forgot to mention that my lingerie was a red nylon set and oh so sexy. My hair was blonde and a bob style so striking and making me feel so wow I was nearly in tears . I have never experienced anything so mind blowing.

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      Tracee Vail
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      I’ve had several makeovers including at a couple of salons where I contacted them in advance explaining that i was a CDer wanting a makeover.  I went in either dressed androgynously, or en femme.  I have also had a couple of makeovers for photoshoots where the makeover (and hairstyling) was part of the photoshoot.  These were businesses that provide services for women who wanted a special photo for the special person in their life.  Again, i called in advance to explain myself, and went in en femme.  The best of these was absolutely fantastic – – it was the first time i was totally convinced that i could pass as a woman and i have never felt as feminine in all my life.

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      Jin Crocker
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      First time was my sister preparing me for our first double-date in college. She had fixed us up with two guys from her math class. We did dinner and a movie. He was holding my hand and trying to feel me up! He never did know that I was a boy until the next summer at a swim party when I had a wardrobe malfunction on the dive board!

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      anne-marie
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      Haven’t had a makeover yet but I would love to have one. Its actually been on my to-do list fkr several years and would love to be fully en-femme and have a photo shoot afterwards. That would just be the best.

      Take care girls.

      Anne-Marie.

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      Gigi Mathews
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      Not yet Stacy Ann. Actually my wife has located a MTF makeup professional in Toronto and asked me if that was something I would like to do. She said “it would probably be quite fun and we may learn from it”. I gladly accepted her offer. After the makeover if you wish to go out dressed and don’t have an outfit, you can rent one for the evening and drop it off in the morning. I think I will suggest that we do it for Valentines Day.

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      Patty Phose
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      I’ve had many makeovers. Most of them was at establishments specializing in catering to CD’s. It was usually with other CD’s and it was so much fun. A few times I went with other CD’s to a makeup counter. I was dressed fully fem and was quite nervous about it. Didn’t enjoy it as much.

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      megan b brooks
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      My wife now ex wife did my makeup one time for me. So it was like a makeover too me since that was the first time I had ever seen a woman looking back at me. It was awesome for me but not so good for my wife. She never did my makeup again but she did see me fully crossdressed a lot over the years after that. I learned too do my own makeup from watching her over the years we were married and trial and error.

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      Marianne
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      I had made my own makeup for many years and thought myself quite proficient by the time I went public in 2012. However l was intrigued, wanting to see how good I could look with a professional makeover, but did not really know how to get one. I had read about special places in US and UK, that did CD/TG makeovers and even helped with going out dressed for shopping, dining etcetera, but there doesn’t seem to be any such services in Sweden.

      For my 50th birthday, my relatives had joined together, presenting me with a gift card for a personal experience. The card was issued through an online company named LiveIt.se and their extensive catalogue contained everything from parachute jumping or driving a Ferrari or Lambourghini on a race track to romantic dinners or ghost hunts in medieval castles. I searched long and well, but nothing really stood out to me until l one day stumbled upon “Model for a day”! The description said you should bring at least two outfits and would be given a professional makeup in a style of your own choice and one hour in studio with a professional photographer. The package came in two sizes with either one photo to keep for $100 or ten photos for $160. You could also have the makeup artist help you with hair styling for an additional $50. The service was available in Stockholm and Gothenburg,  and was clearly aimed primarily at girls and young women with model dreams, but would they accept a 50 years old CD? Since the company providing the service wasn’t disclosed, I sent a request to the customer service at LiveIt. Only two days later, i got a message that they had done CDs before and l was welcome to book an appointment with Model House Stockholm, which I promptly did!

      On the day of the event, I took the train to Stocholm, travelling in drab, armed with a duffle bag containing five carefully picked outfits, two of whoch bought especially for the occasion. I also brought two wigs, a light brown synthetic one and a darker made of real hair. After check in at the reception desk, I  excused myself to the bathroom, there l changed into the dress that was my first choice for wearing, and then sat down in a chair, waiting for my time slot.

      As the makeup artist called me and asked what I had in mind, l answered that I wanted a natural female look to release the woman inside me and that she was free to choose what she thought would look best on me. We looked at the wigs and decided to go with the human hair as it could be appropriately styled and after that she went yo work. It was fascinating to see the result, slowly transforming the middle aged man to a younger beautiful woman. With the makeup ready, I was directed to another seat to have my hair styled into a lovely mass of waves and curles completing the picture of confident stylish woman.

      The photographer was equally skilled and professional. Together we looked through the putfits I had brought and though only two wer guaranteed, he thought we could managed four if l didn’t need to much time to change.

      We started with the dress l already had on, an blue on white leaf print with fitted bodice and a flared skirt ending mid calves, which I had chosen to wear with tan pantyhose and white court shoes with a mid heel. After that I changed into my favourite royal blue full lrngth sheat style lace gown, then yet another dress in blue and finally a black skirt and white blouse worn with black mid heel sandals. All the time I was directed to look thst way and this, standing or sitting with different back drops and furniture.

      An hour fly fast when you are enjoying yourself, and finally it was time to change back into the first dress and wait for the pictures to be processed and sorted. After some minutes I was asked to look them over and make my choices. I had decided to go woith the large package of ten photos, but soon realised it was very hard to choose with so many good looking pictures of me. After some discussion we settled on another $100 to recieve the full album of 142 photos on a compact disc, making the total cost of $310 somewhere inbetween the large Model-for-a-day package and their simplest Model Portfolio at $500.

      With everything sorted out and payed for, I asked if it would be ok to leave my bag for a stroll out in the city and was assured that was ok. Wandering through the streets, I could see people actually making notice of me, sometimes taking another look as if I was someone they ought to recognise. I went into a high end clothing store and checked through a few racks before finally returning to Model House Stockholm to remove my makeup and fetch my bag for the trip back home after a marvellous day.

      I have since that first time had two makeup lessons including partial makeovers at Make UP Store in the A6 mall in Jönköping and at a Beauty parlour named Creative Makeup By Her, in my home town Uppsala. I have also attended a half day evening class at a study center.

      If I am to do anything more in a professional style, it would be a full bridal experience, with a salon style makeover and hairdo and photographs taken both in studio and outdoors.

      Love you all my blessed friends.

      Marianne

      Marianne

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    • #248576
      JessicaCross Johnson
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      I had a girl who worked at Catherines help me one time and I looked ok, there is a place in Black Mountain that does it professionally and I am trying to get a session set up. They do things like move you into a complete passable fem so I’m waiting to get an appointment for them to work on me, I may stay that way for quite a while.

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      DeeAnn Hopings
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      Originally I had a couple of makeover sessions with a semi-retired makeup professional. She had been a makeup person for movies and theater companies. I was traveling to Atlanta on business a lot and she was just outside of town. I learned a lot about technique from her. That was in 2013 and 2015. In 2016 I had a makeover done by a MAC professional in preparation to going to a event. It turned out OK but later on when using the same shades in different lighting, I looked sort of grayed out (slightly cadaverish). My wife was the first to notice this. I talked to one of their online consultants and she hooked me up with some slightly warmer shades for concealer and foundation. That has worked well…

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        T.J. Byron
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        Dean Hopings:

        Hey kiddo…you look gorgeous…

        My wife IS A  WESTMORE’S OF HOLLYWOOD MAKEUP ARTIST. They have won many Academy Awards .

        She always checks me out before I leave home.

        I love my false eyelashes. For me,  eyes are important. I get,  & have always gotten FASCIALS.

        Later…Dr. T J.

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      zeezee Smith
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      Anne: Almost any of the major makeup companies are CD friendly. I had a very good experience with Sephora. Most of them want you to buy around $50 worth of product.

       

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      Anne Preuss
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      I have never had a professional makeover done.  Everything so far is self-taught thanks to YouTube.  But I intend to have a pro makeover done next year when my SO takes off for a long weekend with a couple of her girlfriends.

      I’m in the Milwaukee area and there is a place/business near me called TGMiss (www.tgmiss.com).  I might use them but they are very expensive.  Wondering if anyone in the Milwaukee or Chicago areas can recommend a place for makeovers whether it is TG/CD oriented or just a regular business that is TG friendly.

      I am currently having electrolysis done to face and neck.  By the time I have the makeover done (thinking April 2020), I should be close to 100% smooth and hair-free.  Now that will be wonderful to not have to worry about a close shave/5 o’clock shadow and hair appearing later in the day/evening after doing this.  Wondering how some of you other ladies have contended with this and if your pro makeovers gave you advice on how to deal with the hair/nubs.

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        Miranda Lebel
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        Anne,

        I cannot recommend other places. I have had a makeover at TGMiss and I couldn’t recommend it any higher. I realize that they are expensive, however for me it was a bargain. It is truly amazing how good you can look. It was the first time in my life where I could look at myself in the mirror or at a picture and adore how I look. It was life altering. Everyone who worked with me on the photo shoot were so accepting that the day felt completely natural for me. I wrote an article about my experience, for more details:

        https://www.crossdresserheaven.com/i-am-miranda/

        You can also see several photos from the makeover in my public photos.  Also, I wrote a testimonial on the TGMiss website. The website itself is a great resource as it has a section about posing that is fantastic.

        I think all girls should have at least one professionally done makeover. It is so much fun if you can fit into your budget

        If you would to ask any questions or chat about the experience please do so.

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      • #248373
        Bianca Everdene
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        Hope your wish comes true next year Anne. Electrolysis sounds like a good idea. Why don’t more do it ! Is it expensive?

        For me it’s just a really close shave with a new razor, moisturise and voila smooth, for a 1/2 day at least before any sign of hair. Long enough to my alter ego out to play🤣🤣🤣

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          Anne Preuss
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          Hi Bianca….for sure laser and electrolysis are expensive and many cannot afford it.  I’m fortunate that I am able to have it done.  I only wish I had decided to do this when I was younger.  Better late than never as they say.  Already a razor glides so easily across my cheeks and around my mouth with most hair gone.

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      Bianca Everdene
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      Hi Stacey

      Yes, kind of, by accident🤣

      I wanted to try Estée Lauder doublewear foundation, but it is expensive so wanted to make sure I got the right shade. I decided to go to a beauty counter, but was afraid I would be recognised so travelled to another city to guarantee anonymity. I stalked the Estee counter until there were no customers about them just went for it. I picked up one of the double wear bottles and a beautician approached with a smile and a ‘can I help?’.

      Trying to stay calm I said ‘I have heard great things about your doublewear foundation but want to make sure I get the right shade?’

      She said no problem and invited me behind the counter to a stool thankfully facing away from the shop floor and facing a wall of makeup.

      She then started the interrogation: ‘Is it for you?Will you be wearing it everyday?Do you wear fake tan?Are you wearing any make up at the moment?’ As we chatted I started to relax and felt she treated me as she would have treated a woman. She then pointed a machine at my face and voila I’m pure beige🤣🤣🤣I thanked her and went for my credit card when she said ‘would you like to see it on?’

      Cue pregnant pause.

      Then, trying not to show my excitement too much said ‘yes OK’

      She first applied a serum to my face then set about me with her brush. Showed me the result in her make up mirror, Bliss! Then she said ‘would you like me to put on some fixing powder, it helps the foundation last longer and increases the coverage?’ Yes please! Out came a different brush and she set to work again, heaven. Again our came the mirror, then ‘can I put some concealer under your eyes?’ Yes yes, then ‘can I put some bronzer on? You have great cheekbones and it will really make them pop’ yesyesyes. Then she said ‘would you like me to put on some lipstick?’ Ye mmmm have to walk through the shopping mall to get back to the car so had to stop there.

      I loved every second and learned lots. I know she was on commission but didn’t try any hard sell. I only went for the foundation, but got the powder as well, helps coverage, makes the foundation last longer, and as a kind of tip for her. I left the counter on cloud nine with a bag of freebies she gave me, including the lippy she was going to apply. She also gave me her number and told me to make an appointment as she has a colleague who can do wonderful things with eyes😃 She also said she has had other men at her counter for themselves. I have learned the biggest barriers are in our heads and if you just go for it nothing bad happens, indeed usually wonderful things happen.

      Hope this helps.

      love

      B

       

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      Tiff Any
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      Hi Stacy Ann , I go every quarter for a professional crossdressing makeover , it’s heavenly , incredibly fun & astounding what can be done.

      My wife and I agreed to the 4 per year , she’s well aware how fulfilling it is for me . I go during my work time & the cost doesn’t infringe upon our lives xx Tiff

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      Camryn Occasionnel
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      What Rozalyne Richards said is exactly my thoughts on the matter. I hope before it all ends for me, I’ll be able to find the courage to have that makeover I’ve longed dreamed of. I think a professional transformation studio, specializing in CD transformations, might be able get this old male wreck looking like a plain old lady! Which is more than I could ever hope for.

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      Roxy Smith
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      I’m glad you made this poll about “Have you ever had a makeover”.

      It hasn’t been a priority for me to wear make up, but I wouldn’t mind trying it.  I’ve mostly concentrated on the clothes side of dressing as a woman, and I’ve been very happy about that, but I know very few people in real life to help with with make up etc.

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      Rozalyne Richards
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      I’ve never had a makeover but I would love to have one as soon as possible x I think it’s part of the process of being a cross-dresser that you want to look as much like a woman as possible and not just like a man in drag, it’s one of my dreams to have a professional makeover with a professional photographer taking pictures of me as Roz xxxxx

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      Genivieve Bujold
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      I have had several makeovers, each time I was en femme and each time was a great learning experience. The girls who did my makeover were so nice and so helpful! My first time was at “C” cosmetics, I learned a lot about colors. That was quite a few years ago. My next one was at a Merle Norman studio.
      Lynn glammed me up like never before and showed me how to do my eye makeup prettier than I had ever done before and with false eyelashes! My last one was my favorite though, it was at a Sephora studio in a mall.
      I walked into the Mall en femme and strolled to the Sephora studio, had a wonderful time being made up. In anticipation All I had on for make up going in was a bit of mascara and some lipstick. Holly showed me a lot about contouring and when I left I felt beautiful. I was so happy and feeling so femme, I went shopping and tried on clothes in several shops in the mall. When I came home that day, I had two new dresses and three new bras all on sale!

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    • #247901
      Leslie
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      Yes I have gone 4 times to women who specialize in makeovers for CDs. Three of those occasions I have gone to the same person because she makes me feel so comfortable every time. She is like a good friend when she talks to me. I always have nice lingerie on and she helps me find a wig before she applies the makeup and nails. I am always amazed at how I look afterwards and the feeling is one of the best in the world. If you have never had a makeover do not hesitate to book one. You will feel so much better about being a CD and accepting yourself for who you are.

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    • #247868
      https://www.crossdresserheaven.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/woman-gray-1.jpgAnonymous
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      Yes.

      First two times it was years ago, and wouldn’t really think of those as real makeovers…

      Once at Glamour Shots. They were supposed to do my makeup but when I got there to my appointment, their makeup girl was out on her break, and since I was already made up, one of the ladies there just touched up my makeup.

      Second was visiting friends in MSP. I went with a stylist, and she did my hair (Really nicely!) but then same scenario, I was already made up and time was getting short before a support group meeting I was going to be attending, so again, just a touch-up.

      More recently, about 3 years ago, I did get a makeover at a place South of LAX. (Or was it from OAK?) at a TG specialized place. While she did a good job, I have to say that it wasn’t anything that I wouldn’t have been able to do myself. Kind of blah.

      Lastly, this past April. I wanted to have a Bridal photo session. Hired a pro-makeup artist to come and do my makeup. I explained her what I wanted, she was totally cool with it, she got started, during the conversation told me how her brother did drag, so she got it, no problem, worked some more, and then the reveal…. YIKES! She did a bridal-drag makeover! I wasn’t happy. That is not what I had asked her to do. I was so disappointed!

      So, not very lucky with makeovers myself… Hopefully there will be another one in my future, who knows? Maybe it will be worth it after the previous fiasco.

      Gaby

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    • #247641
      Sophie Underhill
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      I’ve had my makeup done a few times now.

      First was in Cardiff, Wales. I found a makeup artist on the internet who did makeup lessons in her flat. Mainly GGs but she specifically mentioned CDs on her website. She did one side of my face and I did the other. She was great but did slightly overcomplicate things for a beginner.

      Then a few weeks ago I went on business to California. I had quite a bit of spare time between meetings and I used that to dress. On three occasions I booked into ULTA to get my makeup done. Before my first appointment I emailed head office to check they were OK with a CD booking. They sent a nice email back essentially saying that they are in the business of making people look and feel beautiful and they don’t discriminate between different types of people.

      Each time I got my make up done they were great. One of the three rushed things a little but the other two went well over the official time. No awkwardness at all. I was just treated like a lady. From my point view the best bit of it was being able to interact with someone, whilst in fem mode just chatting naturally about girly things like clothes and makeup.

      I really recommend it. Go for it Stacy!

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    • #247635
      Bettylou Cox
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      My first makeover was recent, and the first time to show Bettylou’s “true” face. With it, I said goodbye to my shyness about presenting en femme or in a “mixed” wardrobe. I did like the result and will be back for more; but it was mostly my liberation event.

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    • #247628
      Alice Underwire
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      Hi Stacy,

      I answered  – other.  Let me explain.

      Many years ago I saw a newspaper advertisement for a makeover so I called to schedule a reservation.  It was being held in a local hotel/motel and the area beauty consultant had reserved several adjourning conference rooms.  I wanted to attend enfemme so I did.  Not knowing what to expect, I arrived early and asked at the reception desk where to go and was directed to a room and welcomed.  I was given a sample bag with some “goodies” and thanked her.  After about ten minutes four or five other women had arrived.  By now I was nervous but feeling rather giddy enjoying something women do.

      The demo was held by the Mary Kay regional manager and an associate.  No one seemed bothered that a cross dresser was in their midst enjoying being a Lady.  The next hour flew by as she covered face masks, eyes, lips and skin tone.  We got to use some of what was in the sample bag like the mask and astringent.

      She had some of the Mary Kay cosmetics brand cosmetics available and I ordered a few things including a fragrant apricot scent I rather liked.  There were refreshments too!  Her business card was included so one might contact her to reorder an item they wanted.

      Alice

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    • #247621
      Caty Ryan
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      My answer is yes and in a variety of locations over circa 30 years. ( Yes I am firmly in the “over 50’s” CDH group)

      1/. Dressing services. From earlier days in the UK, Canada and Australia through to currently here in Melbourne Victoria about six weeks ago.

      2/. Private rooms in serviced apartments with female make up artists whom I have come to know and treasure

      3/. Makeovers at these ladies premises and then “out into the wide wide world”.

      And another one coming up next week…. Think it’s time Caty went for a “day in the country”

      The “proof in  the pudding” is all photos in my public profile were taken after a professional makeover. I can do my own make up, but the “pro jobs” are best for my “public disguise” of the male me.

      Happy dressing

      Caty

       

       

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    • #247592
      Emily Alt
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      My first and only makeover was with a pro who focused on the trans/CD community. I was curious how I would look and had modest expectations.  What I got was a life changing experience.  I was stunned by how good I looked, and gained the confidence to spend the rest of the day in public.  With that makeover I found a new level of acceptance of myself, and a desire for many more experiences as a woman.  Funny what a little makeup can do.

      Emily

      • #247759
        Alison Anderson
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        Like Emily, it was a life changing experience.

        I had been a closet crossdresser my whole life.  I had seen photos of other people out in public and very much wanted to experience it at least once in my lifetime.  I had been sneaking to the curb early morning or late at night to get the garbage, going out in the back yard late at night, and even during a weekday afternoon.  But it was still pretty much hidden.

        I found a woman who runs a transformation salon from her home.  She would do makeovers, photos, wigs if necessary, clothing, the whole works.  One thing on the selection was to go out to eat.  I decided I wanted to experience going out in public, and going out to eat was a perfect way to do so.

        I had a single day when I saw a perfect storm of coincidences come together.  One daughter was in college (marching) band camp; one daughter was in a high school sleep-away marching band camp (and returning the next evening), and my son just left for college that morning.  My (now) ex was working the night shift, so went to bed in the early afternoon and woke up just before leaving for work.  I was able to book my makeover and trip out for that afternoon.

        The money for this session was collected for in coins I had saved up and cashed in.  I already had a separate bank account, so any charges would not be seen.  Having these coincidences line up again, or having enough money that didn’t impact anything were reasons I truly believed this would be a one time event.  I really didn’t know what to expect.

        I arrived in drab but brought some clothes with me.  Not only did I get a makeover, she taught me how to do makeup, and had me do little bits myself.  Done in the privacy of her home in a sun room studio she has made it less embarrassing for a first experience than in a store where someone might see me, or I would be getting makeup in drab.  There was no pressure to buy any cosmetics.  The experience was personalized, and not something generic.

        In addition, she gave me some foam breast forms (they were wearing out a bit, but still just gave them to me) along with a bra to keep.  Although we tried some wigs, I really wanted to go out with my own hair which was quite long.  She had some clip-on bangs that she used (and gave to me) to cover my forehead.  She loaned me a top that fit better and hid my tummy better than what I had brought.  We took some pictures and then went out to eat.  Nervous for only a few seconds getting out to her car, and getting out at the local diner, I quickly relaxed and just enjoyed a little while out.

        In retrospect, I don’t know how well I passed.  To a casual observer in the restaurant, I know I passed.  To the waitress, or to the Maitre d’ who asked how it was, I am now not so sure.  But I have learned over the years that passing sometimes means being accepted even if the other person knows you are not female.  And in that regard, I definitely passed.

        I mentioned at the beginning that this was life changing.  Because she taught me to do makeup, I have been able to go out many times since.  Within a few months I was going out regularly to parties she had at her home and met others in the TG community.  We had other events where we went out in public, be it stores, restaurants, or other events.  I have done things since that first makeover that I never would believe I would do.  Our relationship is more than a client relationship, she has become a friend.  I have had a few makeovers since that time, and still feel fantastic as she does it much better than I can.  But I have also had the confidence to go out on my own because of that first makeover, her support, and the support of others in the TG community.

         

    • #247567
      Helene Bock
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      When I started dressing again at 50 it was only in the “closet” without makeup, one day I decided to try a makeover in UK, but not sufficient to give me the confidence to go out in public… then the final and best was in Amsterdam as “he” also explained what he did; I felt so confident after the makeover that I went to a restaurant and later to a bar and have never stopped since. Now going almost anywhere, restaurants, shopping, theater, driving, etc and thoroughly enjoy it. When dressed now I am a “woman”!

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    • #247555
      T.J. Byron
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      I went to my local ( within walking distance) of my MARY KAYE DEALER , for my last ” makeover “.

      At 73, I have had several over the years and been getting facials for drcades.

      Totally recomend having both. Of course I always purchase products from that dealer. Also,  I return to them for future needs.

      Dr. T.J.

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    • #247548
      Amy Myers
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      I had a makeover a month ago, on my way to a dinner where I was meeting some other crossdressers, so I was well dressed, and went in a bit of makeup, as I had to go through a busy mall on my way there.

      The makeover was the highlight for me. The young woman who did me, was great, friendly, and explained what she was doing. I had asked for a very natural look, and that is what she did, and I honestly couldn’t believe how good I looked. The one thing I wish I’d done, was have her take a couple of pictures of me right afterward

      Amy

    • #247542
      J J Johnson
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      I was traveling through London and went to a crossdressing service. It was great fun. Went in drab, spent a couple hiurs en femme, and left with most of the make uo still on. I toned down the lipstick and eyeshadow. That evening I put on a skirt with black stockings, added a bolder lipstick and went to a play in Piccadilly Circus.  It was a great evening out. One of the photos from the session is on my page here.

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    • #247532
      Krista
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      My makeover experience was part of a workplace fundraiser.  Before retiring I was the CEO of an organization with almost 1000 staff.  My Executive Assistant set the whole thing up.  I raised over $1000 for charity if I would dress en femme and attend a luncheon with hundreds of staff.  I went to my Assistant’s hairdresser (who competed in drag contests) and he did a complete makeover.  Went in drab and came out fully en femme.  Attended the luncheon as promised.  Little did they know that I totally enjoyed the experience, so much so that I never changed back to drab after the luncheon.  Bit frightening at first but by the end of the day I was driving all over the city en femme and even attended a Chamber of Commerce meeting (photos on my profile page).  Hugs, Krista.

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      • #248353
        Anne Preuss
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        Krista…having read your story, I was compelled to go look at your picture.  There you are, in blue dress, walking into the COC meeting.  Wow, you look fabulous and so happy/confident with a radiant smile.  I’ll bet you had people, men and women, doing a double take.   “Whoa…that’s the CEO?”  That smile tells me you pegged out the elation meter.  So happy for you.

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    • #247529
      Denise Ray
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      I struggled with makeup for many years. Just decided I needed professional help. Did an internet search for makeup artists in my region and found a wonderful woman who does lessons and had a number of CD/Trans as clients. Went in drab but brought femme cloths to change into after the lesson.
      Wonderful experience, she was very helpful and supportive. Helped put together a shopping list of cosmetics and brushes. Dressed in full “Denise” mode, took a few photos and went shopping enfemme for the rest of the day. This was my first time in public and loved it.

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    • #247520
      Melissa Davis
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      In Massachsetts and probably elsewhere Sephora offers a free 90-minute session for the trans community.As advertised, it stops short of a makeover, but when I attended one we learned a lot about foundation and primer for the area around the eyes. Sephora charges $60 for a full makeover, which I plan to do soon, en femme and late in the afternoon when I’ll probably wear glasses and a bit of lipstick when I walk from the car to the store in the dusk.

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    • #247512
      Jenny Jones
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      This is a funny time for this to pop up, I was actually planning to go get a make-over this weekend. Was really excited, had it all planned out, and then I got sick and had to postpone. Not fun, but I still have the plans just gotta pick a new date.

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    • #247505
      patty williams
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      I have never had a make over but I would love so much to have one.

      It sounds wonderful.

      Patty

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      • #247650
        zeezee Smith
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        I had a great experience at Sephora.

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    • #247492
      melissa la quinta
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      Actually I’ve had makeovers twice, the first a couple of years ago before my first public outing as Melissa, and more recently on Halloween with my friends. Both times the “makeover” was limited to makeup (although the more recent time I also had a bit of help with wig). Both times, the result was fabulous. I can’t do my own very well, so it’s very special to have a girlfriend to help out, especially with eyes.

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