If you have facial hair, you know how hard it can be to hide a beard shadow.
Transgender women and crossdressers are often told to use heavy concealer, but this is totally wrong!
Thick concealer creates a heavy, cakey look that can draw even more attention to the areas you want to hide.
So what’s a girl to do?
I’m glad you asked! In this post, I talk about 4 beard cover makeup items to use instead of heavy concealer.
I also share a step-by-step video tutorial on how to hide your beard shadow with minimal makeup for a natural, feminine look.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Pink or Red Color Corrector
The first piece of beard cover makeup you should own is a color corrector. This is the #1 secret to hiding a beard shadow. By neutralizing the bluish tint of the beard shadow, you can achieve a natural look with less makeup.
Choose your color corrector based on your skin tone:
- Use a pink color corrector if you have a light skin tone.
- Use a red color corrector if you have a darker skin tone.
While your best bet is to use a color corrector specifically formulated for the face, another option is to use a matte pink or red lipstick.
Apply it: Use a small makeup brush to stipple a light layer of color corrector over the areas you want to disguise.
2. Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation
The next must-have item is liquid foundation. Choose a medium coverage foundation rather than a heavy formula. It’s best to apply several thin layers to build coverage rather than using one thick layer of heavy foundation.
Apply it: For pro results, apply with a foundation brush instead of your fingers or a sponge. Brush on a light layer and allow it to try. If you want more coverage, go back and stipple additional foundation over the areas of concern. (See the video for a demo!)
3. Loose Powder
The third item you’ll need in your beard cover makeup arsenal is a loose powder. Choose a powder with pigment as opposed to a translucent version.
Apply it: Use a large powder brush and dab on a generous layer of powder. Don’t use stroking motions or you’ll streak your foundation. Once everything has dried, you can brush off the excess powder with soft strokes.
4. Powder Foundation
If you have a light beard, the previously mentioned items might be enough. If not, the final step is to get an additional layer of coverage by using a powder foundation.
You can find powder foundation at any drug store or makeup counter. This is a great option for areas that need extra coverage.
Apply it: Using a makeup sponge, press on one or two light layers of powder foundation over any remaining visible imperfections and voilà! Your transformation is complete.
Be sure to watch the video below to learn exactly how to apply your beard cover makeup.
Tutorial: How to Conceal Beard Shadow
With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to master these techniques to achieve a natural and feminine look without wearing tons of heavy makeup.
Enjoy! And as always, I’d love to know what you think.
P.S. If you liked this tutorial, you will LOVE The Makeup Magic Program! Learn all the essential male to female makeup tips you need to know to achieve your prettiest, and most feminine look ever!
Hi One & All: I found “Clown White” was the best.First you put on the clown white on & then your regular makeup.All the old drag queens put this on before they did their shows.~ Josie (((~_~))) ~ P.S. you can only buy this clown white at theatrical stores.
I am so thanksfull for all your messages, and contribution for a besser appearence.
As a frenchie, I buy what I can find. I use regularly “CACHE-BARBE” from Make Up For Ever-2 tints-Both can be mixed as I wish, depending Day or Artificial light, and season.
I shall certainly try COLORTRATION, if I can obtain it…
One more time, thanks and congratulations.
P.S.=May I send you a photo ??
Like Vicki, I use Revlon Color Stay, but I put it to the test almost daily! It lasts all day long. I prefer the “Action Sports” line of Color Stay… it stays put even when I go to the gym and work up a sweat! Best of all, it is available almost everywhere and costs about half the price of the brands reviewed!
i would like to try it
I’ve used Dermablend successfully for many years, but was looking for something lighter for casusal use . I like to go out for a couple of hours near my home in the suburbs, I dress casual and want to look very natural. I’ve found Revlon Color Stay make-up to be excellent. It doesn’t ever come off on your clothes which is a key issue as far as I am concerned. It hides what you need to hide, and serves as foundation as well. It is quick and easy, doesn’t require powdering, unless you prefer to.
They also make a lipstick that stays and stays and stays even when you are eating things like salad. For all day wear, yes dermablend is the way to go….for four hours or less Color stay works as long as you got a nice close shave to begin with…I recommend the Gillette fusion for that.
try Max Factor — PAN STICK … goes on fairly thick — spread , and pat in setting powder in the colour of choice — blend –total coverage — 12 hours
+ ………. amazing stuff — i use pan stick 121 , with medium shade powder to blend with — then lighter under the eyes & on bridge of nose — add blush – andaway you go for the next 12 hours — PAN STICK is also a fav with Drag Queens , for coverage ability…………………….. Kelly Ann, Canada
I have had my beard removed via electrolysis about 15 years ago. I use MAC talc as my makeup since it is very good at keeping my oily patches on my nose and forehead under control. It also does a very good job of blending any irregularities in my complection.
I use a standard concealer as a beard cover. It’s inexpensive, I’m going to use it anyway and it works really well for me. I’ve been going thru laser hair removal for over a year and my beard is mostly gone now so it works great for me. If I still had a heavy beard growth I’d have to try one of the more expensive kinds.