Top 5 Male to Female Makeup Mistakes to Avoid (And What to Do Instead!)

Top 5 Male to Female Makeup Mistakes to Avoid (And What to Do Instead!)

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Top 5 Male to Female Makeup Mistakes to Avoid (And What to Do Instead!)

Makeup can have an amazing impact on your appearance – IF you apply it correctly.

Unfortunately, this is a skill that many crossdressers and transgender women tell me they struggle with.

You deserve to be your most beautiful feminine self. The first step to achieving this is to avoid some common male to female makeup mistakes. 

In this blog post, I’ll share the mistakes you need to avoid… and what to do instead!

1. Wearing Too Much Makeup

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Wearing too much makeup is an easy mistake to make.

The purpose of makeup is to bring out your best features while downplaying your so-called “flaws.”

When you overdo it, you end up accentuating EVERYTHING. It’s unflattering and attracts the wrong kind of attention.

Rule #1 is to use a light touch when applying your makeup.

2. Applying Full Coverage Foundation on Your Entire Face

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Even if you have problem areas you want to hide, there’s no reason to cover your entire face with a thick foundation. Heavy foundation makes it look like you are wearing a mask, which is not a flattering look.

Instead, use full coverage makeup where you need it (like on the beard area) and apply a lighter foundation everywhere else.

3. Using Poor Makeup Application Technique

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When it comes to makeup, technique matters. Some common examples of poor makeup application technique include:

  • Clumpy mascara
  • Mismatched foundation
  • Harsh lip liner
  • Overdrawn eyebrows
  • Cakey concealer

If your makeup skills are lacking, look for makeup tutorials on YouTube. Or, for more specialized guidance, check out Makeup Magic: The Ultimate Male to Female Makeup Program.

Either way, the REAL secret is practice, practice, and more practice!

4. Not Selecting The Right Makeup Shades

colorful makeup shades

Choosing the right makeup shades is just as important as your makeup application technique.

In fact, the wrong colors can give you a harsh and masculinized appearance faster than anything else.

The most important thing to consider is your natural coloring. For example:

  • People with lighter hair and skin look best in low intensity colors (like soft brown, blue, pink, coral, etc.).
  • People with darker hair and skin look best in high intensity colors (like deep brown, black, blue, red, etc.).
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Candis Cayne – Low intensity colors
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Janet Mock – High intensity colors

Besides your natural coloring, you should also consider the occasion and time of day when choosing your makeup colors. Everybody looks better in higher intensity makeup at night when the lights are low.

And last but not least, your makeup colors should harmonize with the color of your clothes.

5. Not Taking Good Care of Your Skin

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Your face is literally the canvas for your makeup. If you have dry, rough skin, it WILL show through.

Also keep in mind that male skin tends to be rougher than female skin (due to lower estrogen levels). That means good skin care is critical.

Care for your skin by using a gentle cleanser, moisturizing daily, using sunscreen, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep.

Ready to learn more?

Check out my previous article, How to Feminize Your Face Without Surgery, for more male to female makeup tips and techniques.

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Or download The Makeup Magic Program to learn all the essential makeup skills every crossdresser and transgender woman should know. 

Get instant access to 10 easy-to-follow video tutorials taught by a professional makeup artist Chris Scott.

As always, I’d love to hear from you! Do you struggle with makeup or have you mastered this skill? Please share in the comments below!



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