I’m excited to share this guest post from Jecca Blac – a UK based, gender-free makeup brand that celebrates all makeup wearers.
In this post, the Jecca Blac team gives recommendations on how to prep your skin and apply makeup to conceal and cover a beard shadow.
Prep Your Skin
Before applying beard cover makeup onto the face, it’s important to properly prep your skin.
Step 1. Shave the face
Make sure that you have wet shaved all over. If you have ingrown hairs, be sure to treat them.
You need to make sure that you are exfoliating often and moisturizing your face twice a day to avoid ingrown hairs.
Step 2. Apply moisturizer
After you have shaved, ensure the area is completely dry. Apply your moisturizer with your fingertips all over the face. Use a moisturizer that suits your skin type, whether that be oily, combination, or dry.
Apply Makeup To Cover the Beard Shadow
Arm yourself with a makeup brush
We recommend arming yourself with the right makeup tools. A round foundation brush will be perfect to cover your beard shadow.
Step 1. Apply primer
Before applying makeup, we always recommend applying a primer. A primer is used to make the makeup products last longer and this is important when covering and concealing a beard shadow.
Step 2. Apply color corrector
A color corrector is used to correct the undertones of the skin. This is the first step before applying concealer.
One of the hardest parts about covering a beard shadow is trying to cover the shadow color. The key is to use a color corrector with a pink/peachy undertone to counteract the blue-ish tinge left behind after shaving.
The Jecca Blac Correct & Conceal Palette includes a color corrector specifically created for this purpose.
With a round foundation brush, apply a small amount of color corrector to the area and blend well. Keep doing this until your beard shadow starts fading, leaving a neutral tone in its place.
With a round foundation brush, apply a small amount of color corrector to the area and blend well. Keep doing this until your beard shadow starts fading, leaving almost a neutral tone in its place.
Step 3. Apply concealer
After the color corrector, it’s time to apply concealer. Look for a medium coverage cream concealer in a shade that matches your skin tone.
You can use the same makeup brush or a clean one if you prefer. As before, apply a little bit of product at a time and blend well before adding more. You want your beard shadow area to blend perfectly with the rest of your face.
As you can see in the video below, it’s easy to obtain flawless coverage by following these steps. This demo features the Jecca Blac Correct & Conceal Palette, but these techniques apply to any products.
Step 4. Finish the rest of your base makeup
You can use concealer all over the base, which is often used as an alternative to foundation. However, if you prefer to use foundation, it should be applied after the concealer.
Step 5. Apply powder to set your makeup
To make sure your perfect base stays put, apply a powder on top of the base. If you need extra coverage, use a foundation powder. For lighter coverage, use a translucent powder.
To Pack In Your Bag
We would also recommend taking your concealer and powder for retouches throughout the day/night. Use your foundation brush to apply touch ups on top of your makeup.
The palette made for covering beard shadow
Jecca Blac’s Correct & Conceal Palette was born out of the lack of a product that could cover beard shadow. Thanks to its creamy texture, the Correct & Conceal Palette is perfect for layering, and its 6 different shades make it easy for everyone to use.
Shop the Correct & Conceal Palette here.
Shop the Blur & Matte Primer here.
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From Lucille: I hope you found this article helpful! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you struggle with beard shadow? Have you found any solutions that work for you? Please share in the comments below!
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well..i tried every tutorial there is on how to cover the shadow…since laser and electrolysis is not an option for me since they are so expensive in Indonesia so i got to try to find best way without it. i tried using correcting concealer (local indonesian brand Make Over) , i even try one tutorial using lisptick as base cover (this pic i use deep red localmaybelline lipstick for base cover) layer with concealer and powder before foundation, i think this the best i ever achieve so far, but my upper lips feel soooo heavy….lol
I seemed to have kicked the problem of beard shadow using this similar method.
1. Nyx Shine Kill Primer or Angel Veil. I’ve learned not to skimp on primer.
2. Peach colour corrector ( getting harder to find peach so brands change but the best so far have been Elf, Rimmel Peach CC & Primer, these are both liquid ones which I do prefer recently I have bought the Nyx colour correcting pallette).
3. I actually have been skipping concealer and gojng right to a liquid foundation I currently use Nyx for a slightly more affordable option I recommend Maybelline Fit as they go in sale frequently for under 10$.
4. Loose powder i use anything from translucent, light & banana powder the brand’s I use are: Maybelline Fit Light, Revolution Banana Powder Light , Rimmel Perfect Match translucent powder & most recent as it was on discount rack was Catrice Translucent powder which is amazing.
5. I put on a small amount of pressed powder foundation, again brands change, I am poor so I can’t always afford high end which for me is Nyx, lol. My fave is Maybelline Super stay or Fit when on sale, have used Millani but that can get pricey. Rimmel I’m not a huge fan anymore of the liquid or powder foundations, but I do like their loose Perfect Match powder.
6. After the pressed powder i continue on with the rest of my make up blush , eyes and lips. But the final step for me which is most important for myself is a setting spray. I won’t leave my house without having it with me or without having putting it on. Best brand so far I’ve used is Nyx Matte Spray however for touch ups I love the Rimmel setting spray and primer. So yes you can use as a primer too, but it’s refreshing it’s got a bit if a citrusy feel to it. So it kind a perks you up a bit.
So that is what works for me
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I’m lucky, no beard shadow. That’s due to fair hair to start, then getting more fair (dare I say white) in time. But I have a few things to pass on. A bunch of us were told by a pro, that a color called Mellow Yellow is good at hiding the shadow. Another, is that an electric shaver can leave tiny metal particles which look like beard shadow. The good thing about that is that it washes off, something to try, and see if it helps.
Of course you could have a full beard under a mask and it might not show, but that somehow doesn’t sound right, does it?
Happy glamor, Ladies
i like to shave butt i dont now how i stay smooth.have i have to shave evry day?it includes hole body.i wanna be smooth evryware.u have to do all 4 not see beard enimore,just shave or wax is not good?
Hi Stefanie Hormones have helped me a lot and I’m having laser treatments. It works very well and shaving becomes easier. Sending you love
please give mi tips.
I’m sorry I said that it was really without thinking I ha e been going through a lot of stuff. Anyway laser helps so much. I do t believ anyone has to take hormones it’s just my personal thing. I Have only been a year and a few months.
i not do hormones butt thanks.
I am happy with the continued evolution of finding the right products.
You’re beautiful, truly!
When I was younger I had much more testosterone than I needed. I was a hairy guy with a very coarse beard shadow and I was a dark brown almost black hair color brunette. I could get a good close shave before I went to work but by the end of the work day 9 hours later I had a heavy dark and coarse beard stubble.
Now many years later I take a testosterone blocker (spironolactone) and taking estrogen and progesterone supplements, and being on an estrogen regimen (diet with supplements) the main hormone controlling my body is estrogen, and other female hormones. Progesterone is the next most prevalent hormone in my body and that is good cuz progesterone has a lot to do with breast development and also the inner female plumbing.
My breasts (I refer to them as my boobs or girls) are a natural firm C cup, no inserts or fillers of any sort and I think maybe I can thank progesterone for that.
Also I tuck to make me appear as a woman in the groin by pushing my testicles up inside my body and gluing my penis back between my legs and that gives me the look of a woman including the female gap at the juncture of my thighs where they come out from my torso. What happens now is that when I undo my tuck once a week to do some maintenance on my self made vulva is my testicles no longer drop back down as they used to and stay up inside me. Of course having a vulva like this I have to sit or squat like a female to go tinkle (pee). My testicles staying in place might be cuz of the progesterone forming a growth around them.
I got a little carried away with the description of my body changes. My purpose was to mention what my HRT has done to help eliminate and reduce my body and facial hair, which it has greatly.
Back when I was more or less a cross dresser and a part time woman, I learned a secret from other transvestites, cross dressers and professional performing drag queens, to use clown white makeup as a beard cover. I used the clown white like I was taught and covered my throat and beard area on my face with it. This is step 1 to applying my makeup. Next is my foundation over it and then rose blush on my cheek bones, eye shadow, eye liner on the bottom lid cuz I wear false lashes on the top lid and then put on my lipstick which is the same shade of red as my nails.
Years ago I did take professional makeup lessons and was told by the lady teaching me that clown white was an excellent beard cover. I have bought it in compact form and also tube form like a toothpaste tube.
Not to hijack,but what kind of glue last that long wow!
It is called Dermabond and it is a surgical adhesive. Surgeons have been using it to close incisions and wounds. I re-do my tuck about every 5 days but I have heard of it holding wounds closed for up to at least 7 days. I know a woman that had hip replacement surgery and they used that to close her incision. You can find it on the internet.
I am so happy for you. And I know that hormones help. I don’t think white works at all though. I tried some theatrical makeups like that and didn’t get a good effect at all. Specifically
Ben Nye and Kryolin. The bases are so thick. But I am glad it is working for you
Thanks for the response. The clown white works well for me as a beard cover. As I said I put that on first and then my skin tone foundation over it. What I did forget to mention is that once my face is on I do use a translucent powder to cover and seal things.
There is also a product called ‘Magic Shave’ that one can use in place of a razor. It is like ‘Nair’ or ‘Neet’ but for the face.
I ordered a correct & conceal set from Jecca Blac last month, but haven’t had the opportunity to test it yet (due to that ugly virus, I haven’t dolled up since last February). My expectations are high, though…
Sorry to hear you have had to put your femme time on hold during the pandemic, hopefully you can get back to it again soon. I have been fortunate to have more opportunity since the first of this virus outbreak due to stay at home recommendations and have taken the time to try some makeup apps. This pic is my face and features enhanced by selecting products the app offers over my own products. Give it a try if you have time and may Cynthia return very soon.
Cynthia, I don’ t think I ‘ ve Ever seen a better face…just beautiful.Lady.
You could teach the course. Carry on with what you are doing and post more pics.
At 74 in October, I have been out in public since the 1960’s, in my 20’s.
I hope you enjoy the product and please let us know if you need any help 🙂
Thanks for offering assistance, but I’ve watched Jessica’s video, so I think I’ll manage. Just need to get me one of those flat brushes. Can’t wait to test it!
In my experience, Laser is HUGE. If you have beard shadow, it’s because the hairs are dark, and these are the ones that are vulnerable to laser. My beard shadow was gone in a couple of months.
Laser won’t be permanent. But it’s still well, well worth it for the confidence, particularly if you’re transitioning fulltime like i did. It’s permanent enough to take the pressure off whilst you begin the long process of electrolysis.
Here’s a photo. It’s hot here in Spain, i am a little swollen from a surgical procedure, no makeup, so i look like a fright, but i’m still somehow pretty content with my photo. I’ve come a huge way in two years of transition.