Take heart fellow crossdressers – genetic girls make mistakes with makeup as well! Sally did a good job listing the 12 makeup mistakes to avoid, and if you read nothing else in this article you should take heed of these words from Jessica Liebeskind, a New York City makeup artist:
“Makeup is a wonderful tool to enhance your look, but used correctly, it should never look fake or like you’re wearing a mask.”
I’ll take a gander through some of the mistakes, and share my thoughts on how these makeup mistakes apply to the crossdressers among us as well.
Wearing too much (or too little) makeup
I don’t know about you girls, but I’ve never been accused of wearing too little makeup 🙂 I think a major problem crossdressers face is wanting to hide their face behind a mask of makeup. Whether it’s stubble to be covered over, or just an over exuberance with the newly discovered paint jars we need to be careful to tone down our makeup. Remember, you with makeup should be you, only better.
Using the wrong color foundation
I think we’d all like to get this one right. For crossdressers though it can be tough to walk up to a makeup counter and start trying different shades. If you’re nervous of doing this at the makeup counter in a department store try asking your hair stylist. Often hair dressers are trained in cosmetics as well and can help you select the right shade. You might also feel more comfortable going to a beauty school to be color matched, where the atmosphere is decidedly more liberal.
If you’re still weary of these, try buying three shades of foundation, one the color you think matches, and a darker and lighter shade. See which matches best at home but keep the others. Your skin will get lighter during the sunless winter months, and sport a golden bronze tan during summer so you can put those other shades to good use.
Crossdressers not caring for their skin
I can’t say enough about this – Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I’ve seen many girls who would pass tremendously well if only they had dipped into the moisturizers more liberally when they were younger. Your face is the first thing most people will see, so treat it with care and love. What about the crossdressers who haven’t taken care of their skin? There is still hope – there are many innovative new facial treatments from dermabrasion to laser resurfacing that will roll back the years. As with any procedure you need to carefully evaluate the risks and speak with a qualified dermatologist.
Crossdresser Party last night and the makeup is still on?
Yikes! Don’t go to bed with your makeup on! Your average crossdresser probably never got good advice from your mother to remove your makeup before going to bed. Now you have no excuse – just do it hon.
Sally has a few more tips to share – good luck, and look fabulous!
P.S. Still flummoxed by makeup technique? Discover the makeup secrets of Hollywood stars and go from drab to fab
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