Author: Pedro Santos
It's no secret that makeup is a huge part of transgender women's lives. We, humans, are social creatures by nature. Our faces are often the only thing that people see for months on end, from the time we wake up until we go to sleep.
Makeup and facial hair are important parts of an MTF individual's appearance. There are many different ways to achieve the desired look, and the following subsections will provide some tips and advice on the subject.
This can make it even more important to make sure your makeup routine is as flawless as possible! So whether you're looking for new ways to flatter yourself or just want some inspiration on what products work best for you, here are some of my favorite mtf makeup things every trans women should have in her collection:
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Concealer is used to hide blemishes and dark circles, as well as make your eyes look more awake. If you have a lot of spots on your face or if you have dark circles under your eyes, concealer can be applied under the eyes to make them appear brighter. You can also use concealer on other areas of your face such as the forehead to give it some extra contouring.
The concealer has numerous uses besides hiding flaws in photos! It can also be used to sculpt cheekbones by blending out any creases or lines that might show through makeup application in real life (a little bit goes a long way).
If you want fuller lips without having them look unnatural or overdone, then try applying some lip gloss over top of the concealer before applying lipstick—the gloss will give off shine while still looking natural enough for regular wear!
If you’re a makeup lover, chances are you already know that primer is one of the most important products in your kit. It helps a good foundation and other products go on smoother and last longer without causing creasing or settling into lines. There are tons of primers available—some with SPF, some designed for dry skin types. If you are looking for an excellent mineral primer with SPF check out the Ze Nourish Mineral Primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen.
Primers also help keep your face looking fresh all day long: even if you don't wear any other makeup after applying primer, it will still make sure your face looks vibrant and natural like it did when you first applied it!
A makeup sponge is a tool used to apply makeup. They come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. While there are many types of sponges available for purchase online or at your local drugstore, the most common ones are:
- Cotton swabs (either individually or pre-packaged)
- Plastic sponges with plastic handles may be more durable than their cotton counterparts; however, they may not be as absorbent because they are made from plastic instead of natural fibers like cotton balls/sponges
- Sponge brushes made out of hair that can be used either wet or dry depending on what type of look you're going for
Many trans women have difficulty finding a good foundation is crucial to your makeup routine. You’ll want to find something that matches your skin tone and will help you achieve the look you want.
When applying foundation, start by smoothing it over your face with an upward motion. Afterward, blend the product into the areas of your face where there are irregularities (such as blemishes) or large pores.
Next, apply concealer on top of any dark spots or redness around your eyes; this can also help brighten up those areas if needed! Finally, finish off by adding bronzer if needed to accentuate features like cheekbones or lips—and then use lipstick as a finishing touch!
Setting spray is a must for all makeup lovers. It helps to set your makeup, making it last longer and preventing it from smudging throughout the day. It can also help with oil control, which many male to female know how important it is when we're trying to look our best—especially if you have an oily complexion!
Setting sprays come in different types: powder-based ones that leave a shine-free finish on top of your foundation or tinted liquid formulas that contain ingredients like primer fluid (which are great for layering over another liquid foundation).
Transparent powders are a must-have for trans women. It's not just for setting your foundation, it can also be used to set concealer, eyeshadow and lipstick. Transparent powders come in many different shades and formulas for different skin tones, so you'll have plenty of options to choose from!
The transparent powder is especially helpful when you're using liquid foundations because they tend to dry out quickly throughout the day if they get too much moisture on them—but with this product, you won't need to worry about that! Your makeup will stay in place all day long without having any unwanted creases or wrinkles showing up anywhere on your face (which happens sometimes with other products).
Bronzer is a must-have for many trans women, but it can be tricky to get just the right shade. There are many brands of bronzer on the market. Some have shimmer, others don't. Some have a lot of red in them, and some don't at all (this is why I like Makeup Geek's Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder).
The first step in applying your bronzer is choosing an appropriate color: bronze, brick, or tan. If you want something more greenish and less orangey than bronze but not quite as much as brick then consider going with a tan instead!
Your next step will be finding out how much product (and what kind) you should use so that your face doesn't look too dark or heavy while still giving off that sunkissed glow everyone wants during summertime months like June through August when temperatures go up around here which means we need more sunscreen protection too!
Highlighter is a must-have for any male to female individual. It can help you accentuate your best features and give you a natural glow. There are many highlighters on the market, so finding the right one for you may take some trial and error.
The first step in applying your highlighter is to find the right shade. You'll want something that's close to your skin tone but slightly lighter. The next step is to decide how much product you want to use. If you're going for a natural look, start with a small amount and build up from there. If you're looking for a more dramatic effect, you can use more product.
When applying a highlighter, start by lightly dusting it over the areas of your face that you want to accentuate. Then, use a foundation brush or your fingers to blend it in. Be sure to blend well so that there are no harsh lines.
A contour palette is a must-have for any transitioning female. Contouring is a makeup technique that helps to create the illusion of more-defined facial features, such as cheekbones and jawline. It's commonly used to enhance the eyes and lips, but it can also be used to minimize large pores or dark circles under your eyes.
When contouring your face, you're basically painting on color in every direction from where the light hits against what's naturally occurring (i.e., "yourself"). To do this correctly, start by choosing two colors that complement each other well—you want them to look like one color rather than two different ones blended together into one palette.
For example: if you have fair skin with blue eyes and freckles around them, then using a brownish-purple shade would work great!
When it comes to makeup options male to female individuals, an eyebrow kit is a must-have. Eyebrow kits, or "brow kits," are all the rage among transgender women. They're an easy way to keep your eyebrows looking good, especially if you're new to makeup and don't have much experience with it.
An eyebrow kit should contain at least 4 pieces of makeup:
- An angled brush (to fill in sparse areas)
- A spoolie (for blending)
- An eyebrow pencil (for filling in)
- False lashes - if you wear them!
Eyeliner is an eye makeup item that can make you look more awake. Eyeliner helps your eyes look bigger and helps you create a cat eye or winged eye. It also helps you create a thick line on your upper eyelids to help accentuate your eyes.
There are different types of eyeliner: pencil, gel, liquid and powder. Pencil is the most common type and it's easy to use. Gel and liquid eyeliner can be tricky to use, but they offer a more dramatic look. Powder eyeliner is the most difficult to use, but it gives the most natural look.
When applying eyeliner, start with a thin line and build up to the thickness that you want. If you're using pencil eyeliner, be sure to sharpen it before each use. If you're using gel or liquid eyeliner, apply it to the back of your hand before applying it to your eyes so that you can control the amount of product that you're using.
All people, regardless of gender identity, can benefit from using mascara. It's not just for looks; it also helps your eyes look bigger and more awake, which makes you appear more confident.
The best way to apply mascara is by first brushing up the root of your lashes with an old toothbrush or other brush that has been run through warm water before using it on your lashes (the warmth will help make them easier to apply).
Next, coat each eyelash with mascara—you'll want to focus on applying some at the ends of each lash so that it doesn't pool in one spot at the bottom of your eye like glue! Finally, go over any missed spots with another coat of product if necessary.
Eyeshadow is a must have for any trans woman. It can be used to create a variety of looks, from natural to dramatic. You can use it as an eye shadow, or you can use it on your eyelids and brow bone. Eye shadow will help you enhance your eyes and give them an overall look that is more polished than just using mascara alone would do.
Eyeshadow also comes in different colors so if you don’t like neutrals then there are plenty of colors available for you!
Lipstick and Gloss
Lipstick and gloss are two different things. Lipstick is lip color, while gloss is more of a shine. Glosses tend to be sheer and less pigmented than regular lipstick, but they're also more moisturizing.
Lipsticks are generally more matte than glosses; they have no shimmer or sparkle in them at all! They'll give you that perfect natural look that's just right for everyday wear. If you want something with some shine, then go for the glistening goodness of a glossy finish instead—but make sure it doesn't feel too sticky on your lips!
Nail polish is one of the most versatile MTF makeup products out there. It can add a touch of color, shape and style to your nails and help you feel more confident in your own skin.
With nail polish comes several benefits:
- It's easy to apply (you don't have to worry about getting it in the wrong place). This makes it perfect for beginners who want something simple but effective.
- You can change how you look every time! There are so many different kinds of colors available now that there will always be something new for everyone else at any given moment."
These items can help you achieve your makeup goals.
Makeup is a great way to express yourself, and it can also be a lot of fun! If you want to feel more confident in your own skin, then makeup can be a great tool for achieving this. The right makeup can help you feel comfortable and look natural. So choose wisely!
When choosing products or tools for MTF-to-FTM transitioners or any other trans person—whether they're pre-op or post-op—you should consider what type of application method would work best for them (i.e., liquid/cream vs powder).
Makeup in general can be a challenge, but with these 15 products and some practice, you’ll be on your way to looking like a pro in no time! Just remember to have fun with it and be creative. After all, makeup is all about expression!
Now that you know the basics, it's time to get out there and experiment! Find what works best for you and have fun with it. There are no rules when it comes to makeup, so don't be afraid to try something new.
Pedro Santos is a professional fitness coach, founder, and CEO of ENBYNYC, He is committed to creating a safe and welcoming space for trans people and amplifying their voices. To learn more about him visit his bio.