COVERING THAT BEARD
Beards – God’s curse to cross-dressers. Many of us can’t afford or can’t have electrolysis or laser treatments to remove our beards. But don’t worry because cosmetics can help.
STEP ONE – Obtain the closest shave possible. Start with a freshly washed face, and then moisturize. Next, using a multi-blade (or a good electric razor if you prefer), shave using downward strokes then shave using upward strokes afterward. Repeat the upward strokes two to three times to get the closest shave possible. Pay special attention to your chin and the area just above your lip, around and on the edge of the lip and under your nose. Having a styptic pencil handy is good idea until you get used to shaving this closely, a styptic pencil will stop any bleeding from cuts. I can’t stress enough the importance of shaving very, very closely.
STEP TWO – With a pair of cuticle scissors, carefully trim all nose and ear hairs. Many cross dressers forget this, and even after you makeup is removed, having no visible nose or ear hair is just a good practice to get into. Remington even makes electric shavers designed just for this purpose.
Now look at your face very carefully in a mirror. You are looking for stray hairs on your nose and between your eyebrows. A tweezer will remove them quite easily.
I will talk more about plucking eyebrows in a later article.
You must remember that all store bought makeup, foundations and concealers are manufactured and designed with a woman’s face in mind and will never cover medium to heavy beards, and will cover light beards only for a very short period of time, so here’s what I suggest.
STEP THREE – Start by applying a small amount of moisturizer all over your face and neck and give it a minute to absorb. Reapply. I recommend that you use THE FANTASY GIRL professional Pink Goo. In addition to helping conceal the beard shadow in person, it hides it in photos as well. Camera flashes will definitely show heavy shadowed beards under most makeup. Apply the Pink Goo to the beard and mustache areas using a “patting” motion. You don’t need to apply very much, just a light coat over the beard and mustache area will take the “shadow” out of the beard. After the Pink Goo is applied, wait a few minutes until it dries. Next, using a dry cosmetic sponge, or your fingertips, pat on the beard cover over the beard and mustache area. After it sits a minute apply another thin coat if needed.
STEP FOUR – Next we apply the foundation, I use a cream foundation, it comes in many shades, is inexpensive, and covers very well without having that “shiny” look that many others have. Here at The Fantasy Girl salon we use a private label cream based foundation. They go on lightly, and are easy to use and look great. Using a cosmetic sponge, begin blotting the foundation over your face. Use a patting method, to ensure even coverage. Make sure you evenly blend all over, including the eyelid, eyebrow, and ear areas. What you are doing here is creating an even skin tone all over you face. Our cream foundations are perfect matches for our beard covers. You do not need very much, usually the residue on the sponge after doing the beard area will be enough to cover the eye, upper cheek and the area just under the jaw line. Most people can usually end the cream foundation coverage just under the jaw line. Going lower risks getting makeup all over your clothing, which is expensive and difficult to clean.
STEP FIVE – Apply a loose powder, which will set and smooth out the foundation. Our loose powder is the perfect tone for setting our foundation crème. I use a powder puff to apply the powder. Some people prefer placing a small amount of powder onto their palm, then dipping a powder brush into the powder and pressing the brush onto the face. The key is to actually push the powder firmly into the crème foundation and face, melding the two. This allows the foundation to set properly and slow down the process of your skin absorbing the cosmetics. Once again, use sparingly, too much powder looks terrible, and will make any lines on your face more pronounced. Take the powder puff and place in jar of powder, remove and tap lightly to shake of excess powder. Then pat the powder puff all over your face, starting at the top and moving downward. Be sure to use a “patting” motion – do not rub your face with the puff, as this will cause streaking of the foundation. Leave the loose powder on your face for 3-5 minutes to allow it to “set”. With a large powder brush, using a downward motion starting at your forehead and finishing at the base of your neck, brush any excess powder from your face. You can use 2 or more tones of foundation to create contours on the face. Use a darker tone on the jaw line and sides of the nose, and a lighter tone on the cheekbone and eye areas.
This Tip provided by Sofie Taylor The Fantasy Girl Salon, north of the Boston area.