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!
Try Dermablend and CG trublend for foundation.
HI. I have try a lot of products but now i have laser therapy how is working good on the face but its hurting. Sombody told me its hafto hurt before its good agine. It is looking more clean now. Marie
the best is for me to take it away definitively
PS, as you can see from my picture, I have a very masculine jaw, so my problem is not hiding the shadow but the jaw itself. This Christmas, I made a new Drag Queen friend, who wants to put me in a Drag show (at my age even!). He went through High School as a girl but then changed his mind about SRS, so he knows how to do “Real Girl” Drag. He is going to show me how to do contouring to diminish the size of my jaw.
It helps so much to live in a city (pop. 1 million) with a big tranny and drag queen scene. Trannies used to come here from all over Canada to qualify for SRS. In May, the Alberta government stopped funding SRS, but that’s when I found your site.
I believe that liberation of medicine is a revolutionary act, and people like you are the vanguard of the revolution. Right on Sister!
After reading your booklet “Hair Secrets from the Pros” I purchased an epilator and Kaloe hair inhibitor lotion and creme. I had good results with this.
I was very hairy, so I had to work my way into it, but every session got easier, due to the hair inhibitor effects. After a couple of months, I got up the courage to work on my face. Here too, I got good initial results.
Now 4 months into the hair removal process, the results are less dramatic. Part of that is the law of diminishing returns. Another problem is that this process seems to work better where the skin is close to bone or muscle not flesh. What this means is that my hair is gone from my upper chest, legs, and chin, but it’s taking longer on the underside of my breasts, and the underside of my chin. Maybe, the epilator isn’t getting the roots out there or maybe it takes longer for the product to sink in.
I’m going to keep at this for a few more months and then if I’m not satisfied, I’ll try that “Hair no More” spray used by body builders. From the advertisement, it appears that you don’t need to epilate with this, but you apply it daily.
With the epilation and the hair inhibitor, covering up my beard is not a problem, so I can use any foundation.
I just got back from my favourite herbal store to pick up supplies. There was a different salesman there. I told him what I was doing with the herbs. He asked me if it was working, and I just smiled and unzipped my parka.
I am so happy going into the New Year with breasts. Thank-you, Lucille and Happy New Year to all you girls.
Nancy, I see that your post was a while ago….I googled Kaloe (the growth inhibitor )and came up with nothing. Did I spell it corectly.
I use Revlon Color Stay also. But just in the need areas, otherwise I use Avon smooth minerals as foundation. It looks very natural and covers very well.
I use the same way, with aMake Up for Ever concealer.
Before using any concealor I start by applying a red lipstick to my skin, smoothing it over my beard, then after letting it dry a few minutes I apply my concealor and foundation. It works great to hide the blue beard shade.
dina amber u are a cosmetics genius. dee