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      Bridgette VonSmirff
      Registered On: October 18, 2020
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      If I can get this link to work, this is a good starting point

      Hopefully I didn’t hose that up. At any rate Stef Sanjati has some really good videos for trans and cds.


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    • #481493
      Wendy Swift
      Registered On: May 11, 2020
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      Like yourself, I dressed for a long time with no make up.  Big reason was I hid Wendy from my wife, and I couldn’t have make up remnants for her to see.

      Now that I have come out to her, I started dabbling in make up and now have progressed to something decent.  I’ve not mastered make up but I feel I’ve come a long way since I first started.

      My regime mirrors Samantha’s, but in different order.  One thing I do add is beard cover, as my moustache, even after a good shave, will develop the 5 o’clock shadow.  Worst part is, the hairs are like copper wire thick.

      I use nyx colour corrector, mehron beard cover, annabelle colour corrector, and derma colour to cover up my stubble.

      At first I did use mascara, but I now use false eye lashes.  And to top it all off, I use a set powder and spray to keep the make up on my face.

      I started out using just the mehron beard cover, and looked like a clown because the beard cover just covers up the beard, so my skin colour and the beard cover colour did not match at all.  I knew nothing about blending or matching skin tone.  Eventually I picked up on foundation, making skin colour, … and stopped looking like a clown and more feminine.

      It was a slow progression, watching youtube vids, reading make up articles, gathering and putting together all the info and putting it into practice.  I made mistakes, but learn from the mistakes.

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      Robyn Drake
      Registered On: March 19, 2019
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      Practice, practice, practice. Dont be afraid to do everything wrong, it all washes off. There are about a bazillion YouTube videos, and roughly as many books and magazine articles. Throw yourself into it. Learn from GGs. Give yourself the time, space and forgiveness you need to make a lot of mistakes. Learn from them and move on.

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      Emerald Verdant
      Registered On: March 22, 2021
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      I haven’t started makeup yet, but have been looking. This site has some good tips specifically for CD and TG.


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      Laura Lovett
      Registered On: March 26, 2020
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      Hi Stephanie

      I started with foundation, mascara and lipstick.

      It took a good while to learn how to get a good coverage with the foundation, to use brushes to keep it even and so on.

      The mascara – you’d think that would be easy, but getting the right amount of product on the applicator so you don’t end up with clumps, and getting the bottom lashes coated as well as the top lashes gave me a few hours of entertainment!

      Then lips.

      Where to start?

      So many techniques, but developing a steady hand and a good eye for a symmetrical shape, with even coverage and sharp smudge free lines was a challenge for me!

      I eventually found that drawing the shape with a lip pencil first helped tremendously – but it took a while to find a good pencil for me.

      Then you’ll want to do eyeliner and shadow – techniques like a crease and smoky eye, to get some primer under the foundation to lessen the blemishes, the black arts of contouring and so on…

      But face, lips and eyes are where I started – KISS!


      Love Laura

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      Samantha Roarke
      Registered On: April 17, 2019
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      Samantha’s Easy 10 Step Make-up Routine

      People have ask me how do I apply my make-up and what products do I use when I apply it. So here is the easy 10 step process of MY makeup application routine, I know everyone has their own way, and I may be applying my makeup 100% wrong, but once again this is what works for ME. I will do my best to explain all MY steps, and the products/brushes I use in the best detail that I can.

      Face Prep: I wash my face really well, and shave with a fresh sharp razor. We want a fresh clean oil free platform to work with. So lets begin the show!

      Step 1: Start with a basic pore filling primer. I just use my finger to apply the pore filler around/on my nose, forehead and cheeks. Pretty much anywhere my pores are huge is where I apply the pore filler!  (Product: Maybelline: Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer)

      Step 2: False Lashes. I glue my false eyelashes on at this time, this allows me to fumble around with them and not mess up my makeup. Use a small amount of lash adhesive on the false lashes, wait about 30-60 seconds then apply them to you eyelids. Sometimes I’ll use the back of a small brush to push the false lashes into place on my eyelid. (Product: MAC: 33 Ingenue lashes, Kiss: Ever EZ Lash Adhesive)

      Step 3: Foundation. Apply the foundation with a basic egg shaped Sponge Blender. The foundation should be applied lightly all over the face and applied thicker around the beard area of my face. Concealer is also applied lightly under eyes and heavy around the beard area. Make sure that the products blend well, you don’t want to have streaks on your face.  (Product: MAC: Full Coverage Foundation NC35, MAC: Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer NC25, Basic Egg Sponge Blender)

      Step 4: Powder and bronze. I Lightly dust loose powder all over my face and neck with a large powder brush. Then I add bronzer to the outer edges of my face using a contour brush. Don’t go crazy this is just to contour a little bit. (Product: MAC Studio Finish Face Powder, Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, Brushes: Tweezerman iQ Powder Brush, Urban Studio kabuki contour brush)

      Step 5: Blush. Smile and very lightly apply on the “apples” of your cheeks. Don’t put too much or you’ll look like a clown. I sometimes will just finish with one to two light brushes on the nose too. (Product: MAC Mineralize Blush, Brush: Tweezerman iQ Blush Brush)

      Step 6: Eye brows. I draw a nice arch for each brow with a small sharp angle brush using dark powder, then go back with a light brown to blend the two colors. (Product: WetNWild Ultimate Brow Kit, Brush: MAC 263)

      Step 7: Eye shadows! I love them, I use three different brushes when I apply eye shadow, one brush for each shade. I start with a dark shade of eye shadow on the main part of the eyelid. Then apply a darker shade than the first one used in the crease of the eyelid. After this I use a light shade on the brow bone area. Next, I layer and blend the shades to get the colors to my liking. Last, I use a small brush with a  touch of pure white in the inner corner of my eyes this just makes the eyes “pop” Don’t believe me? Try it! (Product: MAC Pro Eye Shadow (Pro Palette Refill Pans, Brushes: MAC 239/219/224)

      Step 8: Eye liner. I start by pulling the outer corner of my eye with my finger then draw a small width line on each I use a liquid liner. I only do the top lid, do the bottom if you like, I do not. (Product: Clinique: Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeliner Pen)

      Step 9: Mascara. I use light strokes and not too much mascara on the wand, I don’t want clumps on my lashes. Just coat the lashes, top and bottom, remember it’s not a race, take your time. I sometimes will do the blink trick to apply: hold the wand close to the underside of the lashes and then just slowly blink your eye.  I use two different products, both work well. (Product: MAC: In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara/ Clinique: High Impact Mascara)

      Step 10: Lipstick is last and ALWAYS is for me. Start at the bottom lip apply to the middle blot then reapply blot again. Fill in the missing areas. Make sure you don’t go all the way to the corner of the mouth or you look like the Joker. I match colors depending on the outfits. I use a few different products (Product: MAC Liquid lips, and standard MAC lip stick)

      Double check everything, you may want to add a little powder here and there, but looking in the mirror….You’re amazing!

      Aftermath: So we NEVER sleep in our makeup ladies….EVER!
      Removal, I start with removing the fake lashes first. Next, make-up removal wipes to remove the bulk of it. After that, I use round cotton pads with miceller water. Once everything is pretty much gone I finish with “take the day off” to totally remove the makeup. Now that you have all that makeup off, use a nice face cream to protect that pretty face of yours.  (Product: Neutrogena: Ultra-Soft Makeup Remover Wipes for Waterproof Makeup/Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water/ Clinique: Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips)

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      • #479030
        Clara Cross
        Registered On: December 7, 2020
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        Samantha, thank you. That is so thorough and very helpful.  I wouldn’t know where to begin shopping at the cosmetics counter.

        One small detail you may have overlooked though. You didn’t mention that it really helps to have such a pretty canvas to begin with. Your starting point is a whole lot nicer to look at than mine ; )

        best, Clara


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          Samantha Roarke
          Registered On: April 17, 2019
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          Flattery will get you….everywhere! Thanks sweets! But just remember beauty is in the eye of the beer holder! MAC, Ulta, walmart everyone sells makeup!




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    • #478938
      Lili Becoming
      Registered On: April 13, 2019
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      My advice is to “just do it”, while there are videos that can help, I think practice is the key to getting a look that strikes you when you see it in a mirror. Find a look that you want to imitate, and choose makeup that will help you in that direction. Subtle, or flamboyant, etc.

      Alternately, if available, a professional transforming your face, can be an experience that will not be forgotten.

      Start with the area of the face that strikes you the most, lipstick, or eye shadow, and build from there.

      I think makeup, and my first wig, were the most transforming items, for me personally.


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    • #478871
      Regine Rich
      Registered On: October 9, 2020
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      Hi, and welcome, Stephanie
      There are hundreds of videos on makeup, for various skin tones, eye colour, facial features etc. You need only search makeup for beginners, and start weeding through them, lol.
      best of luck, girl
      Hugs, Regi👩💕

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