I’m excited to share this guest post from Jecca Blac – a UK based makeup brand born from the unmet needs of the trans community.
Makeup is an exciting part of embracing your feminine identity, but I know it can be daunting at times.
In this article, the Jecca Blac team will share step-by-step instructions on how to begin your makeup journey successfully.
For many trans women, mastering the art of makeup is an essential step in their journey of self-expression and gender affirmation.
With a few expert tips and techniques, trans women can learn how to enhance their natural beauty, address specific challenges like beard shadow, and contour to soften and feminize their features.
In this guide, we will explore valuable insights and step-by-step instructions on how to begin your makeup journey successfully.
Understanding Color Correction for Beard Shadow
Beard shadow is a common concern for many trans women, but color correction techniques can help minimize its appearance.
After applying a Primer to help provide a smooth, longer-lasting base for your makeup, here are some tips to get you started.
1. Choose the right color corrector
Opt for a peach or orange-toned color corrector, as they help counteract the bluish undertones of beard shadow. Apply the corrector with a small brush or your fingertips to the areas with shadow.
2. Blending is key
Gently blend the corrector into your skin using patting motions. Avoid rubbing or smearing, as it may disturb the corrector’s effectiveness.
3. Concealer application
Once the corrector has been blended, apply a concealer that matches your skin tone. If you like to incorporate a foundation in your routine, apply this after your concealer.
Blend well for a seamless finish. Repeat the above steps, layering a translucent setting powder to help build a coverage you’re happy with.
Mastering Contouring to Soften and Feminize Features
Contouring is a powerful technique that allows you to sculpt and enhance your facial features. Here’s how you can use contouring to soften and feminize specific areas.
1. Select the right contour shade
Choose a contour shade that is slightly darker than your natural skin tone. Cool-toned shades work well for softening masculine features.
2. Define your cheekbones
Apply the contour shade to the hollows of your cheeks, starting from the top of your ear and blending it towards the corner of your mouth. This technique helps create the illusion of higher cheekbones.
3. Soften the jawline
Apply the contour shade along the jawline, blending it downwards towards your neck. This helps reduce the appearance of a prominent or angular jawline.
4. Enhance the nose
Use a small brush to apply the contour shade to the sides of your nose, blending it towards the bridge. This creates the illusion of a slimmer and more feminine nose.
5. Highlight strategically
Use a lighter shade or a highlighter on the high points of your face, such as the cheekbones, brow bone, and down the center of the nose. This adds dimension and brings attention to these areas.
Essential Tips for Trans Women Starting Their Makeup Journey
Here are some additional tips to ensure a successful makeup journey.
1. Opt for cream consistency formulas
These leave a natural, skin-like finish that isn’t too cakey as a finished result and more easily layered and blended.
Liquid and powder formulas are also effective, but if you’re just starting out, cream pigments are super user-friendly and effective.
2. Practice and experiment
Becoming proficient in makeup application takes practice. Set aside time to experiment with different techniques, products, and looks.
YouTube tutorials and beauty blogs can be excellent resources for learning and inspiration.
3. Skincare is essential
Prioritize a good skincare routine to maintain healthy and well-prepared skin. Cleanse, moisturize, and protect your skin with SPF to create a smooth canvas for makeup application.
4. Seek professional guidance
If possible, consider booking a session with a professional makeup artist who specializes in working with trans individuals.
They can provide personalized guidance, recommend products, and teach you advanced techniques tailored to your unique needs.
Embarking on a makeup journey as a trans woman is an empowering step towards self-expression and gender affirmation.
Enhancing yourself on the outside using techniques that empower you and bring you confidence can be a great way to help celebrate who you are on the inside.
So enjoy the process, and remember to celebrate the milestones along the way!
About Jecca Blac
At Jecca Blac, we consider ourselves experts in the field of gender affirming makeup tips. That’s because before we launched as a makeup brand, we began with educational safe space makeup lessons for trans women.
As a brand born from the unmet needs of the trans community, our first ever products to launch were designed to provide simple and effective beard shadow coverage and user friendly solutions to contouring.
For more information on us, visit https://jeccablac.com/. For 15% off any full price items on our site, enter code FEMSECRETS at checkout!
From Lucille: I hope you found this article from Jecca Blac helpful!
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