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Makeup Tutorial For Trans Women

Hey loves! I’m about eight months into my hormone replacement therapy journey, and for the longest time I’ve been searching for the right makeup look. For months I wore full face makeup with eyeliner and lipstick on the daily (and that is totally fine for you to do as well) but it got to a point where I dreaded getting ready every morning. It wasn’t good for my skin and sometimes it did the opposite of what I intended it to do, for I kept getting misgendered. So I learned to start doing less; I feel better about my skin, and I am able to pass much easier. And although I know for some of you passing is not a concern, I am aware that for others passing is a matter of safety and security.

So let’s get into this makeup look!

First things first, priming is very important!! Now I know from paying hormones and other things I have to do financially, I have a pretty tight budget. However, through the help of the internet and some makeup YouTubers, I’ve discovered this very cheap primer. It’s NIVEA for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm ($5). It works like magic, and it is cheap! The glycerin in the formula helps your makeup stay on all day long. Also, I shave my face right before doing my makeup, therefore an after shave balm really helps. You’ll kill two birds with one stone!

Next up, I like to color correct my five o’ clock shadow, which is mainly my upper lip and chin area. I use Wet n’ Wild MegaLast Lipstick Just Peachy ($1.50). Because my facial hair has a blue-ish undertone, I am using an orangey/peachy color before my foundation to cancel it out. I apply and blend it out with my middle finger.

I like to let it sit for a bit, so to save time, I move on to concealing/highlighting/priming- all with one product! And that is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Neutralizer ($7). I apply it on the bridge of my nose for a subtle highlight, under my eyes for brightening, and on my eyelids for priming the eye makeup!

So once I look like I belong in The Lion King, I use a damp Drugstore Beauty Blender ($4), and blend it all out with patting motions. Be gentle, but really work in the products.

Viola! So now we move onto foundation! I used to wear liquid foundation every day, but I found that it was drying and too cakey for a daily look, so I moved on to bb creams! An lawddddddd, they work wonders! It’s light and breathable, yet is buildable and can cover up problem areas, such as the peachy orange color concealer I use. My current favorite is Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation, 90 Honey Beige ($9). I apply it with my fingers all over my face except for the color corrected areas. I will get to that after with a different application!

I learned that it is not necessarily what brand of makeup you use that makes you look incredible, but the techniques and the brushes are what will do you wonders! So for the bb cream I am using E.L.F’s Powder Brush ($3), which is meant for dry products, but the density and surface of the brush makes for a perfect buffing brush. So blend that in!

Now all you are left with is your upper lip area and chin area that has the peachy tone lipstick on it. So what I do is I take more of that bb cream, and put it on my middle finger, and apply a generous amount on top of the areas. Afterwards, I use the bottom part of my beauty blender and pat that in, making sure to blend out the edges so I’m left with one unison color for my foundation.

Yay! Foundation is all complete! Now because there is quite the thick layer on my upper lip and chin area, I need to set it so it does not move or smudge throughout the day. So what I do is I use Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, Naturally Neutral ($5) with my beauty blender, and pat a generous amount on my chin and upper lip. This is called baking, where you let the powder cook the makeup and set it really well.

Can’t forget about the rest of the face! So what I do is I take a little amount of that loose powder and apply it mostly on the highlighted areas, such as the under eyes, and the bridge of my nose. But this time, I use a little bit and blend it in really well. Because the deweyness of the bb cream is lovely, and you don’t want to take that away!

While I bake, I like to move on to the eyes. I start with highlighting beneath the brow, with Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer, Classic Nude ($8). I take the top pinkish highlight color with my ring finger and apply that under my brows for a nice shimmery highlight.

Next, I move on to the eyeshadow, which will actually be the bronzer that I use. I like to keep the eyes simple and nude neutral, for a more natural look. I bought Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer, Bikini Contest ($3) bronzer at the dollar store, and it is by far one of my favorite bronzers to date! I will apply it with E.L.F.’s Eyeshadow “C” Brush ($3) and pack it on my eyelids. After, I use E.L.F.’s Blending Brush ($3) and blend out the edges to smoke out the eyeshadow.

Next, I highlight the tip of my nose, inner corner of my eyes, and cheekbones with ColourPop’s Glo Up Highlighter ($8), all with my ring finger. It has a more thick powder consistency, and I find using my finger to be the easiest method.

The reasoning for highlighting is that because we have concealed, applied foundation, and powdered our face, adding shimmer brings back a glow to the face. Also… highlighters are so pretty! 

So the next step is to dust off the powder on the chin and upper lip with a very light and fluffy brush.

Now, I move on to contouring/bronzing. I like to use one single product to do the job. Contouring and then bronzing is too much work, and I’m not going for a night time party look, therefore a warm and bronze glow will do the job, if done strategically. I use E.L.F.’s Complexion Brush ($3) and the bronzer earlier and work it right above the natural hollow of my cheekbones, and blend it in in circular motions, whilst blending in the highlight on the cheek too, to make one uniform look.

Don’t forget the forehead, sides of the nose, jawline, and down the neck. I also blend some on the upper lip and chin because the powder earlier can make the areas look slightly ashy. Blend, blend, blend! Very important!

For my eyebrows, I like to use Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara ($6) because it darkens my brows, and the waterproof formula keeps it in place. Eyebrows frame your face, they are very important, so experiment to see what works best for you!

You can honestly end right here, but I like to do mascara. I find that applying mascara on my eyelashes helps feminize my eyes. Take a looksie!

As you can see, simply curling them makes a big difference. Now let’s apply the mascara! My favorite is L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara, Waterproof Blackest Black ($6). Unfortunately, my genetics did not bless me with the best eyelashes, but this mascara knocked me off the park and gives me length I never thought I could have! Look at the difference in the two eyes.

I focus the mascara mostly on the outer corner because it almost gives it a darker smokey/gradient eye look. Now do the same for the other eye and we’re almost done!

For the lips, I like to line them with Rimmel 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner Pencil, Café Au Lait ($3), and fill them in with CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lip Stick, Sultry ($2)

Because I’m going for a more naturalistic look, I like to make the lips more matte. Here’s the trick: You take a tissue paper, put it over your lips, and use a fluffy brush and a loose powder and lightly brush it over my lips for a matte effect.

AND YOU’RE DONE!!

Now finish up getting ready, and live your life!

You can either add more, or take it all off. At the end of the day, your makeup is your own art, so go with whatever you are most comfortable with!

.• ♡┊ Puerile, treacherous GLEE creeps upon the facial features of her ( deceitfully ) angelic visage, dressing the porcelain of her complexion with alluring brush strokes of amusement & mischievous intentions at the same time ; underneath the artificial light of the room, she seems to shine — Just like a flurry of dancing flames, (im)patiently waiting to scorch & devour the unlucky moth that dared to come far too close. Dainty fingers leisurely furl around a stray bundle of velveteen hair, twirling it before straightening it yet again ; all of sudden, to maintain a proper composure has become much too arduous even for someone who has been thoroughly trained in the art of apathy & stoicism.
You cannot break something that is already BROKEN, ❜ literally PURRS the Gisaeng, momentarily keeping her gaze anchored to the aforementioned tress of hair. So, what do you plan to do ? ❜  //  @lifeinblack ❤  

Blue

Shaggy hair in wisps covering black frames
Behind which everything was under lock and key
Dark long lashes drenched in painful memories
Slumped shoulders clocked in ebony
Marks as your toes pushed down into the ground
The brightest shade of blue peeked out, hopeful
What drew me to you was the adolescent cliche

Now those wisps are suffocating curls radiating in product
Ghostly complexion emphasised with paint brushes
Shoulders pushed back in colour
Firm steps placed down with a click
The blue now luminates those frames
Everyone is drawn to your deviance

An empty canyon that I turned into the storage point for everything in my life
A fortress built to keep me secure from judgement and feel my true self
At least that’s what I claimed and convinced myself

Those walls we built together had bricks shuffle in and out of place every so often
After multiple attempts to build them back up, I had people telling me to abandon it all
How could I abandon something that had be at beck and call, unquestionably?

I pleaded and presented the case for everyone to see the halo I saw
Failing to realise they were blue flames consuming your very being
Cold, but enough to burn me


- @sayingsandhummings

BEAUTY DECODED: THE BEST BRUSHES FOR CONTOURING

We break down the tools of the trade.

We can all agree contouring is having a moment. With all the tutorials out there, anyone can achieve this look seen all over the runways. In fact, contouring is a lot like fashion: Even the most gorgeous fabric can’t become a dress without the proper stitching and tailoring. Choosing the right brushes is key to creating your look, and it’s important to note that some are made better for specific areas. Here are a few of our favorite contouring tools that make this technique easier (and quicker!). KATE HELFRICH, SEPHORA COLLECTION SENIOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

THE AREA: Cheekbones.
THE BRUSH: Tarte The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush.
THE REASON: This brush works double duty on your sculpting effect. The shorter, denser side contours under cheekbones, while the angled side helps buff away harsh lines.

THE AREA: Jaw.
THE BRUSH: BECCA The One Perfecting Brush.
THE REASON: This large multitasking brush can be used with creams and powders, making it the go-to brush for defining the jawline.

THE AREA: Eyes or nose.
THE BRUSH: Hourglass Crease Brush.
THE REASON: This medium-sized eye shadow brush is perfect for applying product to the contour of the eye. It also fits in the small creases on the nose, which can help give the area dimension.

THE AREA: All over.
THE BRUSH: SEPHORA COLLECTION Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set.
THE REASON: This professionally inspired complexion and contour brush set includes all the tools you need to sculpt your cheekbones, forehead, and nose. Bonus: This kit also comes with a Sephora PRO Team tutorial to guide you through the process.

SHOP OUR CONTOURING BUYING GUIDE AT SEPHORA>

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Brushes are not necessary for this look, all you really need are a lipstick, a liner, some concealer and a dream.


Products:

Eos Lip Balm (the mint one)

Hard Candy Glamouflage concealer, applied with E.L.F. Pro Concealer Brush

E.L.F. HD Powder for setting concealer and lightly mattifying lips, applied with E.L.F. Studio Complexion Brush

Maybelline NY Liner in color 55 Wine

Maybelline NY Color Sensational Lipstick in Summer Sunset, applied with E.L.F. Small Angled Brush

Colors blended with E.L.F. Studio Small Angled Brush

Sorry about the dumb art, I made this on my phone.

According to BECCA Style Director Kerry Cole, an artist is only as good as her tools—make that tool. “I was an art major in college and always had one big brush that I gravitated towards because I was able to use it in so many different ways,” she says. “BECCA The One Perfecting Brush is reminiscent of this ‘perfect’ art brush.” Here, she explains why this multitasking complexion brush is all you need to create the perfect base. RENEE TRILIVAS

THE INSPIRATION
“As a makeup artist, I am used to many brushes, but they can be intimidating, not to mention time-consuming, for the average person,” says Cole. “I wondered, ‘Would it be possible to have just one brush that did it all?’ We wanted something unique, but extremely functional—something that truly takes the guesswork out of brushwork.”

THE NAME
“We wanted a name worthy of the brush and one that communicates all the different techniques you can do with this amazing tool. Calling this ‘The One’ is a bold statement, and one we were willing to make, because we truly believe it is the one brush you need for a perfected complexion.”

THE USES
“It can function as 10 different brushes: foundation, concealer, stippling, powder, blush, contour, bronzer, kabuki, fan, as well as a makeup sponge. Traveling with it is ideal—leave your bouquet of brushes at home, because all you need is The One. The brush can also be used to apply primer, self-tanner, and sunscreen. We’ve even had clients tell us it applies body bronzers perfectly.”

THE BRISTLES
“We chose a high-quality goat hair for its non-porous properties and flexibility—it’s very strong, but extremely soft. The hair allows product to sit on top of bristles rather than absorb it; it picks up just the right amount for a seamless airbrushed application. You never waste or lose product! Each hair is glued into the base of the brush for bendable but firm bristles that are free of dye, so they will not lose shape or softness over time. It’s also naturally antimicrobial.”

THE DENSITY
“The hairs are densely packed in a 3.5-inch horizontal design—(18 grams in bristle weight compared to 12 grams in average brushes!)—for effortless and even coverage on smaller or larger surface areas. The flat edges fit the linear contours of your face and the rounded corners are for more targeted, precise application. The curved corners are also ideal for blending product.”

THE HANDLE
“The handle was designed to fit comfortably in your hand and give you complete control. The weight of the brush is in the bristles, not in the handle; this ensures quick and moveable strokes and is easy to grip.”

THE TIP-OFF
“To prolong the life of your brush, gently wash bristles in lukewarm water with a brush cleanser every two weeks. Just remember to never submerge the brush in water, to avoid tugging or squeezing bristles, and to lay it flat to dry. Shedding is completely normal with a natural hair brush—you’ve got thousands more so don’t worry if you lose a few!”

SHOP BECCA THE ONE PERFECTING BRUSH ▸

Airport Kisses (oneshot)

TITLE: Airport Kisses
CHAPTER NUMBER/ONE SHOT: oneshot
AUTHOR: nakedchrisevans
WHICH TOM/CHARACTER: Actor Tom
GENRE: fluff
FIC SUMMARY: OC greets Tom at the airport after being separated for 3 months
RATING: T
AUTHORS NOTES/WARNINGS: Based off my dreams I had of Tom last night. One of the most real dreams I had.

5 hours.

5 hours of waiting was kid’s play compared to the 3 months that I have missed him.

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So as I promised here is my usual foundation & concealer routine! I’m including all products I use on my face when I do my makeup posts (because honestly it’s all about the eye makeup to me lol) like blush, bronzer, and highlight. I know I use a lot of products lol - including three primers! But I’m just not a simple girl when it comes to makeup tbh.

I can tell you this is going to be hella long so I’m going to put a read more but for mobile users lmao I’m so sorry!

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