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!
I Have hirsuitism and have facial hair growth. I started shaving ( no one told me not to until it was to late )at a young age and now look to those who really know what to do
I wish I could find a transgender cosmetologist who would teach classes (especially one on one ) that I would pay for !!!
There are a lot of women like me in need of what you all have learned!!! Thank you, for your tips!
That makeup tutorial was horrible show me that I’m using orange concealer and not color correcting pallet
It’s great having the makeup artist talk about all the places where I shouldn’t put makeup when those are places where I still need to cover beard shadow. Thank you for the article but the video is just not helpful.
This has got to be the most bothersome issue for any mtf… Thanks for the great advice!
u look great girl! ;D xx
Ive got 2 get these makeups
I would say use TV Paint Stick by Kyrolan instead of the liquid foundation. Otherwise, good tips.
What color do you use? The pink one? Or do you try to match your skin tone?
I am a lady who has hirsuitism and deals with facial hair growth. I waxed at a young age and have been plagued ever since. Thank you, for your tips!
Being at that age unfortunately, I really do not have to worry about the “5 o’clock shadow” now. I am 71 and will be hitting that 72 mark in October and I am hoping that I will be around a lot longer baring any more health problems.
If you don’t want to pluck or wax your brows, trim them and train them with a fresh tooth brush in the direction of the hair growth; it may sound silly but if you do this often enough, the hairs start growing in that direction and not haphazardly as you may see on a lot of men; ladies you won’t see so much if ever. Bushy eyebrows are a no-no for ladies and they are quite unsightly and distracting if you know what I mean.
Thank you thank you for this, my girlfriend has such bad dysphoria from her gray tinted chin, and I wanted to find tips to help. These work wonders and now she’s the glowing, confident woman she was inside 🙂