A More Feminine Face
Techniques and Tips
by Ms. Chrissie
Editor-in-Chief of Reluctant Press
It isn't only crossdressers who have problems
like beard shadow: For centuries, women have had to hide excess facial hair
and - sadly - bruises and similar dark marks, by using makeup.
The steps involved are actually fairly simple,
but you must follow them carefully. You must also practice
them regularly. Applying makeup is just like everything else in that practice makes perfect.
To begin with, you will need to accumulate the
following supplies. I'm going to be brand-specific because I want you to
get the right thing, but what you do with the information is up to you.
Finally, a disclaimer and warning: If you haven't tried cosmetics before, there is a
very small chance you might be allergic to some of these products. Use them
at your own risk. Likewise, if you get caught by someone you didn't want
to know about this, that is your problem too. I'm just passing along information
from a real makeup artist for you to do with as you will. For those of you
afraid to go to a makeup counter, there are several makeup sites online,
although the selection tends to be limited and heavily weighted towards the most
expensive products. Sites include drugstore.com
Here's what you'll need:
- Concealer. I recommend DermaBlend, which normally can be found
at JC Penny
stores (their official outlet), The Bon, or at better cosmetic stores everywhere.
If you don't find it in your local store (or you are worried about buying
makeup at a counter), go to dermablend.com
- they just recently added online ordering as an option. Dermablend comes in "Chroma"
numbers -- Chroma 1 is a
light rosy beige, Chroma 1.25 is a
medium beige. The series then starts again through the "yellow"
beiges: Chroma 2 is called "True Beige." The Chroma 3
series would cover moderately dark ethnic persons and those with olive
complexions. The Chroma 4 series covers darker skin tones.
- Cheap RED Lipstick. You won't be using this on your lips. A good
one is "Wet And Wild" in the shade "535A." You can see the displays of
Wet and Wild lipsticks in little racks at the ends of cosmetic aisles in
most drug stores. The reason you want to pick a cheap brand is because you want
to avoid one with a lot of moisturizer or other surfactants that might keep
the surface wet or greasy looking. You'll see why in a minute...
- Foundation. I have a few choices you might want to consider:
- Almay Moisture Tint Sports Formula. This only comes in two shades ("Light"
will work for most of you) but it has the advantage of being sweat-proof.
Scrubs off with soap and water. This is the one I use most. You can
order this item online by clicking here
- Revlon ColorStay. This stuff really has staying power. Once it
dries (in about 60 seconds) it won't come off till you scrub it off with
- Max Factor Lasting Performance. This is fairly opaque and tends to
stay on well.
- Revlon's Ultimate II Ultimate Coverage. This is the most opaque of
all the items in this list and is recommended for problem faces.
- Loose Face Powder. Almay Loose powder, Coty "Translucent Medium" or L'Oreal "Translucide"
will work for most of you.
Be sure to pick up a good powder brush, too! :)
- Max Factor "Pan Stik." Some of you will need this. We will use
this if you have a serious problem with dark facial hair shadows even after
- A nice Lipstick (this one is for your lips).
Once you have assembled your supplies, we can
There you have it! You now know how to make
yourself more beautiful, and more feminine!
This is the "bare-bones" of getting a feminine-appearing face. If you don't get it right
the first time just remember that you will get better with practice. It
will work once you get the hang of it. - Ms. Chrissie
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