Woman with beautiful nails

One of the fastest way to tell if someone is just pretending at womanhood is to look at their hands. A woman’s hands are small, delicate, and well kept. In stark contrast to a man’s, which are usually large, rough and dirty. Even crossdressers often do no more than hastily slap on a coat of nail polish before walking out the door.

There’s not much we can do about the size and shape of our hands, but there is still a lot else we can do to enhance our femininity. There are two mistakes crossdressers often make with their hands and nails.

Crossdresser Hand Care

Firstly, your average transgendered girl doesn’t take care of her hands. If your hands are rough and calloused I’m talking to you. With a few changes you can dramatically improve the appearance of your hands. Start by moisturizing your hands regularly using a moisturizer such as Dove Nourishing Moisture Beauty Hand Cream. I moisturize my hands a few times a day when they start to feel dry. If you’re not able to keep a moisturizer with you during the day, moisturize once when you wake up (after showering), and once before you go to bed.

If your hands still feel rough you can use an exfoliating scrub a few times a week, such as this One Minute Manicure Spa Treatment. This will help remove any dead skin that has built up, and start to work on smoothing your calluses.


Now that you’re on the road to smooth and beautiful hands don’t waste all your effort in the yard this weekend. We all have chores that need to be done, and some of them involve heavy lifting and rough outdoor work. Don’t forget to wear gloves to preserve your feminine appearance!

Nail Polish and Cross Dressers

Nail polish has a seductive feminine allure for cross dressers. Many times this allure is satisfied by a quick dash of nail polish. It may feel good, but unless you’re well practiced your nails will look messy and distinctly unfeminine. Not all of us can create the salon-manicured look, but with practice and by following a few simple steps your nails can accentuate your female appearance.

Clean your nails: Water and soap work well 🙂
File your nails: Use a nail file to gently round your nails. This will take some practice to do with your off hand.
Apply basecoat: A basecoat (such as OPI Natural Nail Base Coat) will help nourish and strengthen your nails, and at the same time provide a smooth surface for the nail color to bond to.
Apply your favorite color nail polish: It’s best to apply two thin coats, rather than a single thick coat. Start from the center of your nail and work outwards.
Apply topcoat: A top coat will add shine to your nails, and prevent them from chipping. Stay away from 2-in-1 base coat and top coats, rather use a dedicated top coat such as OPI Rapidry Topcoat.  The base coat and top coat are designed to do separate things, and neither will be done well with a mixed formula.
Let your nails dry: Don’t rush it. Your nails will need at least 15 minutes before they’re dry enough for tasks like driving. Wait longer if you plan to wash dishes or change clothes otherwise you’ll smudge your nail polish.

Add some practice and patience and you’re well on your way to beautifully manicured hands without the salon cost!

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I’m passionate about creating a safe space for everyone in the transgender community to find laughter and friendship on their journey. I completed my physical transition in 2011 and through it I lost everything, and gained everything. I am blessed that I was forced to gaze inward and embark on the journey to discover and live my authentic self. My deepest wish is that all who wander here may find peace, happiness and freedom.

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Joanna Santos
Joanna Santos
14 years ago

Vanessa, I agree regarding whole heartedly regarding the moisturizing. Before going out I have begun applying cream to my hands and it makes a huge difference to their appearence. I also find that staying away from bright red polish is best if you have larger hands as I do – so I stick to pinkish or earth toned hues…Joanna

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones
14 years ago

Decent nail varnish remover is a good investment. There’s one – by Nailene (do you have that brand?) – which is in a pot. You dunk your finger and rub it on the plastic bristles inside. It’s much faster and more reliable than cotton wool and out-of-a-bottle remover. But… YMMV 🙂

Danielle Lisbeth
Danielle Lisbeth
8 years ago

OMG!! Hi Ladies. 🙂 I love my nails. I keep Emory boards everywhere!! I use a 7 step buffer as well. Here is why. One day, recently, I got up the nerve to accept who I am, and decided to pop into a store that caters to CDs and TGs. When I entered…as a male, I could see a slight trepidation on the store clerks face…as if embarrased. I was hoping for a smiling happy cute face, but got an odd looking smirk and hardly a warm welcome. Anyway, I completely understood, and set myself to help this person see… Read more »

Genivieve Bujold
Active Member
6 years ago

My toes are very unpretty! Can you get acrylic toenails at a salon?

Soibahn Noir
4 years ago

you can get press on nails for toes i recently saw those in one of the stores i frequent
i just wish i could find press on for my finger nails – really large hands have I

Soibahn Noir
4 years ago

i have to say, i kind of cheat on this one and get regular mani’s and pedi’s soooo much nicer when the salon does your nails and helps maintain them

Kristopher Wright
Kristopher Wright
2 years ago

Vanessa, I agree with you on feminizing the hands, and Nails to make them look good. I do all the steps you mentioned. You picking your favorite Nail Polish, can be tricky. You go to the Salon, or whatever you get your Nail Polish. There is a Selection to choose from. Unfortunately, you can get 2 – 3 of them, at one time. I personally love alot of Nail Polishes myself. I face this struggle, when pick them out.

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