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 used several differant methods over the years abd recently came across a new product (at least to me anyway). It’s called Cover FX. It is a full coverage creme/cake that goes on very easily and adheres well to facial hair that may arrive later in the day. I have found that it is easily worn for 8+ hours without any facial hair showing through. I found this little gem in Sephoras for about $25 for 3.75 oz container.
Good luck ladies,
I use Pan stick from Max Factor! It works great! Diana
None… Getting rid of my beard has been the best thing I have done. I do think there are better and worse laser centers. Three trips to the laser spa did marvels and I was able to stop using foundation most of the time since then, I got laser about eight times at the low cost of $400. Still I have lots of gray hairs and some black, so I have been getting electrolysis weekly for a year and probably have another year to go. I would estimate that I am going to have about $2500 to $3000 in getting rid of my beard.
When I used foundations, I did this.
I covered my dark beard with clown white… that made my dark beard white and easy to cover, then I put on my foundation. I was actually a clown in the circus was where I found this, I never knew that anyone else had figured this out.
Very late in my make up, I learned to use no powder, and instead dabbed moisturizer on top of the foundation which got rid of the cakey look.
I still use a little Yves Rocher Age Solution Creme de Jour Naturel which blends nicely without covering all of my face, but only what I want to cover. Still I do the moisturizer over the foundation. I have been using a couple avon moisturizer lately.
Really, aided by my poor eyesite, most of the time I am able to feel good with just moisturizer some lipstick and sometimes brown eyeliner and eye powder.
First and foremost I am in transition from male to female and though my hormones have not eliminated my facial hair (they did get rid of all that horrible male body hair…how I love my hormones) they have made my facial hair finer. Now here is what I do..first I shave twice a day with an electric razor (once in the morning and then before I go to bed) then I go over that with a blade razor to remover any stubble that the electric razor didn’t remove. Then I go over that with some hydrogen peroxide and wait 30 minutes as it will lighten up aka bleach the hair. Now I use a cover stick put out by Covergirl #730 neutralizer, then I use a liquid foundation by Covergirl called Honey Beige and then I use a loose powder and vola.
Also if you are like me and can not afford laser hair removel there is Vaniqa cream.
Beard concealers are ok, but I’m undergoing laser hair removal afyer having undergone 3 full facial waxings too.
Love your site and thanks for all your Info. you give us girls.
I don’t have much money and I need to find an inexpensive way of perment face and chest hair removal. Have any of you girl found an inexpensive way of doing that. I found of a protect call hair no more I was wondering if any one has tried it, and if you had does it do a desent job. If it doesn’t can you tell if you know of any other way to get rid of my facial and chest hair, that doesn’t cost too much?
Hi Lucille! I don’t have a beard left due to electrolysis; however, something that I Love to use a lot that matches my skin perfectly is “Sue Devitt” Tripple C-Weed Whipped Foundation (oil-free)” and “Tripple C-Weed Pressed Powder (concealer).” To apply them, I use a foundation brush and a brush for the concealer. I add the concealer on in between layers, and after I get my face looking nice and smooth, I put on lip gloss, then Revlon lip stick. This seems to do the trick for me, and has me always looking fabulous. Oh, and if I go out in the day time, I apply a sun block underneath the foundation. I purchased all the above listed products from ULTA. The foundation runs about $40, and the concealer is about $28, but totally worth the money.
Love your stuff. Do keep at it, and let me know if ever you decide to come to California 🙂