Here’s a little story about my very first trip to a make-up store as a male.

I slowly walked past the store I wanted to enter. It was a high-end makeup store full of people, so I kept going to the food court and had a coffee and relaxed for a little bit hoping the place would be much less crowded on my next attempt to enter the shop. After finishing my coffee, I went back to the store. It was still full of people. Just because it’s a Saturday afternoon and the mall was packed full of shoppers, doesn’t mean the store I wanted to enter had to be busy! This time, I made a quick pass by the shop and turned around and headed back to the coffee shop for another coffee. Fortunately, I like coffee.

There I sat with coffee in hand again. Well not really in hand but rather in a paper cup. I was feeling sorry for myself for not having the backbone to go into the store, be it busy or not. I started thinking about what I could say to one of the salesgirls when old chicken little me finally got the balls up to enter the store. “Hi,” I could say to the salesperson. “I’m here to pick up some stuff for my wife.” Wrong. The salesgirl would see through that fabrication in an instant. So I thought, “Hi, I’m here to pick up some makeup for my girlfriend. Her birthday is coming up next week.” Double wrong. I’m sure they’ve heard that one at least a million times and I’d blow that cover story the instant they asked me what type and color makeup she wore. “I know,” I said to myself. “I’ll tell her the truth and hope she doesn’t laugh me out of the store.” Ha-ha, like I’m going to say that. Yeah, like I’m going to tell here right from the get to that I’m a cross dresser and I’m in there to get some help purchasing makeup for myself! Then, in the middle of a brainstorm, the little idea light flashed on, and I had it. “My wife’s birthday is coming up,” which is not stretching that little fabrication too much, “and I would like to look around.” An oldy but a goody but still not sure if I was going to use that line either.

By this time, my coffee was cold, but I finished it anyway. Inspired by the power of my last thought, I got up and made my way to the store for the third and final time. Heaven forbid someone I know would be in that makeup store or see me entering the makeup store from the main hallway of the mall!

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There I was, standing a few feet away from the store, looking in and seeing a crowd of people still in there. “It’s now or never,” I said to myself, adding, “You can do this,” so I finally got my courage up and just walked right in and immediately froze in my tracks.

Talk about a different environment! There had to be at least a gazillion different products on display. The store must have been extra warm as my face felt like it was on fire. I felt embarrassed to be in that store by myself without my wife. Especially while in there shopping for makeup for myself instead of makeup for my cross dressing self!  I’d wager my face was so red that it would have made a firetruck look pale! Then the nightmare hit me. One of the salesgirls, early ’20s I would guess, walked right up to me and said, “Hi there I’m April, can I help you find something you’re looking for?” I am embarrassed to say I must have looked like the proverbial deer in headlights and was still a shade or two of red as I said absolutely nothing! After I started to breathe again, I realized that a vocal exchange of information was required at this point, so I replied in a shakingly timid voice, “Hi.” I’m sure a glass broke somewhere as I said that single word in such a high voice.

April, who was just as sweet as she could be started asking me a few questions, most of which I could not answer as this makeup stuff was all so new to me. I think she realized rather quickly who I was in the store shopping for. April had a warm, friendly smile on her face and said to follow her and let’s get started with some foundation makeup for you. Within a matter of minutes, she had me so relaxed that I was sitting up in one of their chairs as she was applying some samples of makeup to my face! People were passing by in the mall corridor right by the window and plenty of shoppers were still in the store. But by this point in time, I didn’t care. It was just full speed ahead with my makeup artist named April who really knew what she was talking about and doing!

    Nobody paid the slightest bit of attention to a guy sitting in a chair having makeup applied! Absolutely nobody! It was just as if a girl was sitting in that chair having makeup applied!

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And that is just the message I’m trying to drive home today in this article. Nobody cares in today’s world if a guy is in a makeup shop shopping for makeup! And if somebody does look at you funny or says something a little weird or inconsiderate, don’t be angry or embarrassed. Just be relaxed and comfortable in your own skin. We are living our lives to the fullest, while anyone that would comment negatively or rudely is living a sheltered and most likely dull life. Perhaps that’s the way they want to live. We want to be free and explore our feminine sides and feelings and be open to express ourselves freely these days!

So, when it comes time to starting your journey into the wide world of makeup, don’t be nervous or scared on your first visit to a makeup shop dressed as a male shopping for your own makeup. Walk right in like there like you own the place and enjoy the pampering you’re going to receive from the salesgirls. After today, I’m absolutely positive there are friendly, helpful, and extremely polite salespeople like April working in all these makeup stores who help cross dressers out on a more than regular basis. So just relax! Trust me, you’re not the first cross dresser they’ve helped find just the right makeup for you and you’re definitely not going to be the last as well!

There is one thing to remember. Have lots of money or a credit card or two if you’re going into a high-end makeup store as this one because you’re probably going to need it! I came out with a pre-makeup moisturizer, a foundation, and a filler for my lines and ended up spending over a hundred bucks!

Was it worth it? Absolutely. Was the product top quality? Yes. Will I go there again? You bet I will thanks to the way I was welcomed and treated by April!

So next time you’re about to enter a makeup store such as Sephora or Ulta dressed as a guy and shopping for makeup for yourself as a cross dresser, just walk right in like you own the joint and look forward to being attended to and pampered by the salesgirls in that store. And don’t be shy about telling them you’re a cross dresser! Those girls help several cross dressers each week. Some admit to being a cross dresser and some don’t. I suggest you go right ahead and tell them up front what the truth is about yourself and you’ll feel much more comfortable right after that very first sentence of truth! Trust me on this one!

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  • Have you ever gone into a makeup store dressed as a guy looking for makeup for yourself and if so, how did you feel the very first time you did just that?
  • How did the salesgirl treat you after you broke the news to her about you being a cross dresser and you were looking for help finding specific types of makeup you needed for yourself?
  • Were you as anxious and worried as I was on your first time entering a makeup store dressed as a male looking for assistance for makeup advice and products for yourself as a cross dresser?

Thanks for taking the time to read my article and please take the time if you’d like to respond in any of my questions posed above!

Sincerely, Kendra Carter

 

 

 

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    Jenny Neille
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    2 years ago

    My first experience also started off scary and ended wonderfully. I came in dressed but with only lipstick on. I has large glasses to help hide my face. I grabbed a map of the mall and held it up as I was walking. I had an appointment for a full make over. I may not have been shaking but it felt like it. I was sure people were staring at me.The openly gay representative at the store was just absolutely wonderful. I was handled with great care. When I I left, I was So happy ! (I smile everytime I… Read more »

    Tammy Josephine
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    2 years ago
    Reply to  Kendra Carter

    im right there,trying to get the courage up,knowing nobody really cares,but im still so nervous,i hope your story will help me

    Amy Myers
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    2 years ago

    My experience very much mirrors yours. My first visit to a high end cosmetic store was just in for a few minutes then out, and was able to avoid all of the sale girls too! Then another time they were so friendly and helpful, that I booked a makeover, and it was wonderful, which I wrote up for CDH. Lately I went into our local drugstore, which has an extensive line of cosmetics, and when I a 20 something sales woman asked if I needed help, I said I’m looking for foundation. She sat me on a chair and then… Read more »

    Leonara
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    2 years ago
    Reply to  Amy Myers

    Thank you Amy for sharing your experience.. It is a great
    inspiration for us girls, especially me…I need the proper color
    of Foundation and eye makeup..again you provided a great question to start my makeup experience.. I love this website
    because we get so much sharing from the ladies
    Leonara

    Leonara
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    2 years ago
    Reply to  Kendra Carter

    Thank you Kendra

    Jennifer Patrick
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    2 years ago

    Hi Kendra. Great article and so appropriate. I found myself in your situation about a year ago. I went into Sephora and the salesgirl treated me so well I could hardly believe it. She did the same thing, sat me down and applied some foundation to find the right colour for me. I ended up buying the foundation and some lipsticks. It was a great experience and yes very nerve wracking at the time, but she made me feel comfortable. I confessed I was shopping for myself and she seemed to light up when I told her. I think a… Read more »

    Leonara
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    2 years ago

    Jennifer,
    Thank you for telling us shy girls about your favorable experience.. That is why I love this website.. The ladies are
    so willing to share .. Leonara

    Dawnie Saxton
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    2 years ago

    Such a positive story, Kendra!!! It IS True that many (if not most ) Cosmetics stores do accept us more than they did in the past. Places like Ulta, Sephora, and MAC regularly cater to CD/TG Girls. It’s good business, and literally a lifeline to old style Retailers. Places like MAC often do public makeovers of male customers asa sales tool.. They will show potential customers a makeover of a guy, and end the session with the question to the crowd—“If we can make this guy look this good, Imagine what we can do for you!!” It does take a… Read more »

    Robin Snow
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    2 years ago

    Hi Kendra, I absolutely love your article. I have to say when I finally accepted myself as a crossdresser I made a conscience decision to own up to the fact I was shopping for myself. I shop in drab. Each time upon entering a store the SA will say can I help you. My first reaction is to say “I’m shopping for myself.” I’ve found the more experienced SAs treat you like one of the girls. The lesser experienced SAs may seem a little surprised at first but are still respectful and helpful. I had so much built up anxiety… Read more »

    Alicia C
    Active Member
    2 years ago

    I”m planning to do a make over some time soon. Having bought make up in places like walgreens or walmart in M mode, there is one way to work past your nerves – you are a makeup artist buying supplies for your kit. Otherwise I prefer to buy cosmetics in G mode now, not that is should matter. I guess getting out in daytime in local public places is testiment to how far I’ve come in being relaxed at being me, which ever one I decide to be that day 🙂

    Prudence
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    2 years ago

    Hey Kendra. Thanks for sharing that. It will help others feel more confident, and realize they can do it also. I know exactly how you felt. But the nerves soon turn to happiness. And a Beautiful Girl walks out of the store!! Congrats on your make over. Hugs Pru

    Bettylou Cox
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    Bettylou Cox
    2 years ago

    My first time in the makeup store for myself was only about 5 months ago, and was a little less scary than you described; but only because I had come from a bra fitting, where I had to say the words “I’m a crossdrresser and I need help” for the first time. This made it much less stressful to ask about makeovers and lessons. The result was an appointment for a makeover the following week, and when I entered the store (Ulta), it was also my debut as Bettylou, in full-femme dress. The SA was very friendly, helpful, and made… Read more »

    Stephanie Flowers
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    2 years ago

    Thankyou for such a wonderful story. I’m planning my first visit soon and your words are very encouraging. Getting over the nervous and good things will happen.
    Stephanie..

    Genevieve "Genie" Bergman

    Kendra, I went into a Sephora store last weekend for the first time. I wasn’t as scared as you, but nerves were firing all through my body. If I could add one thing to the readers of your story – most high-end makeup stores (and even some Walgreens in my experience) have a make-up section for males. That means it is not a “girls only” club anymore. You can go into a store en masc and not worry about being out of place. There is a place for you in those stores whether fully en femme or en masc or… Read more »

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