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    • June 12, 2017 11:32 AM BST
    • Hello

      Does anyone know of any make up salons or beauty salons that specialise in transgender make up

    • June 2, 2017 1:51 PM BST
    • I have used OPI, Bubble Bath

      It's looks pink, but once applied just look slightly more pink that a clear coat---No one has ever noticed it, even when I have two coats on the nails---AJ

    • May 29, 2015 1:56 AM BST
    • Thank you, I will give it a go.

    • May 29, 2015 1:48 AM BST
    • Emma Croft said:

      I acquired a couple of light pinkish colours, but personally I love a bright red. Only problem with red is the staining. While I can get most all of the polish off, the cuticles remain stained a slight pink. Of course, I am always afraid of my wife coming home unexpected or a delivery or something. So I might sometimes will use clear. I hate that we aren't free to use whatever we like and have to hide who we are. 

      You may be able to have some luck with pushing the cuticles under the skin. When I do this, the cuticle is out of view. I don't know whether this actually works with the polish, but it may be worth a try.

       

      I don't remove the cuticle, just push it under. There are wooden cuticle sticks that do this very well. See the random photo I got from Google when searching for "cuticle stick".

    • May 28, 2015 11:28 PM BST
    • I acquired a couple of light pinkish colours, but personally I love a bright red. Only problem with red is the staining. While I can get most all of the polish off, the cuticles remain stained a slight pink. Of course, I am always afraid of my wife coming home unexpected or a delivery or something. So I might sometimes will use clear. I hate that we aren't free to use whatever we like and have to hide who we are. 

    • January 30, 2015 6:31 PM GMT
    • Thanks for this. I get similar results with OPI NL F27 In The Spot Light Pink. It's very close to the color of my unpolished nails. Nobody has seemed to really notice so far and for me it's a nice way to feel feminine even when I'm in drab.

    • September 21, 2014 8:46 PM BST
    • thanks for this Sami x

    • September 21, 2014 12:35 PM BST
    • Fantastic post Sami, thank you!

    • September 21, 2014 2:37 AM BST
    • I am not out to the general public, but I do like to do little things that work toward that, as I become more comfortable. One is my nails. I used to chew them, so I started growing them out a bit and applying clear polish in order to avoid doing that.

       

      One disadvantage of the clear polish is that it looked hideous when I got dirty under the nails. I decided to accomplish two goals: hiding the dirt until I had a chance to clean underneath, and start showing more of my feminine side to the public.

       

      I experimented with several colors and have settled upon a new color by Sally Hansen. The color is #210, Shall We Dance. The reason why I like this color is that it is very thin and slightly more pink than my natural nail color. I started with wearing just one coat as an experiment, which does show but not much. I then graduated to two coats, which hides more of the underneath while also being slightly more pink. I am now wearing three coats all of the time.

       

      The first picture shows the natural nails after they have been trimmed. The second picture shows after the first coat. The nails are shinier then, but still show much of the natural color. The third picture steps it up a bit more with two coats. All three coats are shown in the fourth picture. The last two pictures show the bottle of nail polish in case any of you want to give it a try.

       

      For those of you who are still afraid of what others think, I can report that I live in a conservative town and have never had anybody make a comment or give a strange look after about 3 months of wearing this color. This has helped me with my self confidence.

       

      Love, Sami

    • May 2, 2017 4:58 AM BST
    • HHi Jenni,

      What a realy nice offer i can not believe no one has taken you up on it

       

      Alice x

    • April 15, 2017 7:30 PM BST
    • Ladies, a quick question since this thread is on makeup brushes. Has anyone tried the Luminess Air thingy that is constantly advertised on TV?  They give the impression it could make Frankenstein look good, not to mention us T-Girls. I would love to hear how it turned out.

      Love,

      Kathi

    • May 8, 2015 12:12 PM BST
    • I have a fairly alrge collection.

      About the only time I think I'd come across this issue is with eye shadow. Its probably the one brush type you should make sure you have about three of (2 for colours and one for blending).

       

      Not sure if I'd put my brushes in soapy water though. That is likely to dry your brushes out, I prefer to put mine in water with a little moisturiser in the water to keep the hairs soft.

    • February 2, 2015 11:59 AM GMT
    • Many thanks!

    • February 2, 2015 9:09 AM GMT
    • Hi Olivia.

      It realy is best to use a different brush for each product and colour/color . Most brush sets contain enough for your needs and it is cheaper in the long term to pay a little more for the best. Cheap brushes are normally brittle hairs that break either in your make up or on your face.

      Always clean them at least once a week (3 days if you can) in warm soapy water . The brushes hold on to natural bacteria that is on the cleanest of skin but if not cleaned the natural bacteria turns into a nasty one. The last thing you want in make up or brushes is nasty things that cause spots or can infect the smallest break in your skin.

       

      Take care and good luck xxx

    • February 2, 2015 12:52 AM GMT
    • So here's dopey question #1: after applying make up or if re-using a brush with a different color or product how do you handle makeup still on the brush?

    • April 4, 2017 4:53 AM BST
    • So many great tips here personally I love nothing more than the experience of getting dressed going to the salon and getting my nails done nothing compares to real professionally done acrylics! On a side note tho they are hard to hide if and when you are not in a position to present female. That's where glue on kiss brand nails come in to play inexpensive great looking and easy to remove definitely a preop mtf musr have!! I've found when I plan to only have them on for a short time only use three drops of nail glue. 1 on the tip of the nail and 1 on each side of the base this will provide you with a sturdy hold but also surprisingly easy to remove with no damage to the nail

    • April 4, 2017 4:05 AM BST
    • Hey cynthia I feel for you girl I have just the solution you won't reget Garnier micellar water found at Walmart for around $4.00 works wonders also ponds facial makeup remover towletts are awesome as well I'm a total makeup fanatic any questions you have I'm more than happy to help with watch for my video Friday for great tips and beauty tutorials

    • January 21, 2017 2:39 AM GMT
    • I guess all replies to this were on the wall instead of in the forum. Anyway, tonight was the first time I've had to try my hand at makeup since I was admited to hospital last Saturday. I'm getting good with the mascara and the lower lid eyeliner but not sure how to apply the upper lid yet. I'll figure it out though. :)

       

      Back to the original topic, how to remove it. I tried one of the suggestions that was posted on the wall and never made it here, baby wipes. I've got a ton of them here and they did a really good job. You need to be careful taking it off so that you don't smudge it all over the place and make it worse but I was able to remove it all. :) I will feel more comfortable experimenting in the future now.

    • January 1, 2017 3:11 AM GMT
    • When I'm doing my eye makeup I purposely avoid eye liner and mascara. The reason is I haven't found anything that is good at removing it! I end up with the eye liner and mascara on my eye even the next morning. It still does not want to come off!

      This keeps me from practicing with it, which is what I need to do. I can't have black eyes the next day most days because I'm still in transition and not ready to present female every day.

      Please! What do I use to get it off! 

    • January 30, 2017 12:11 PM GMT
    • Oh my! Ladies, you have to try YouCam - Makeup. It is for your iPhone. Take a selfie, either enfemme or (boooo) male, and go to town! Another one is Makeup by modiface. The vitural makeover programmes have come a long way in the past few years.

      Love,

      Kathi

       

    • January 9, 2017 10:58 PM GMT
    • I use a lot of Clarins prducts, they are quite expensive.   I use baby lotion 2 or 3 times a week after a bath, apply liberally and wear a pair of cotton socks, overnight.

    • December 24, 2016 12:09 AM GMT
    • This is a good answer to my question. If you are worried that your bare feet don't like feminine do to looking hard, scaly, etc. Clarins make a too cream just for feet, one of a very few companies that do. It is called Foot Beauty Treatment Cream. Going to give it a try for few days and let you know how it goes. Stay tuned!

       

      Luv ya all (hug)

    • December 22, 2016 11:40 PM GMT
    •  

      this not really a tip but more of a question. I have problem skin on my feet. I was wondering if one of you wonderful women, or more than one, could share some good foot creams for problem skin.

       

      Luv you all (hug)

    • June 6, 2016 11:41 PM BST
    • YES! I'm almost as addicted to eyeliner as I am to baby powder...almost.

    • March 9, 2016 2:39 PM GMT
    • Hey Jessi, there are a lot of guys who wear eye liner, nail polish and other makeup. 

       

      It is great though how a few subtle differences in your make up can take you from a day look to a evening look. 

    • March 4, 2016 11:46 PM GMT
    • I love eyeliner.

      I love eye makeup, in general, but I really love eyeliner. 

      There is so much you can do with it. Apply it thinly, you look one way. Apply it thickly, you look another way.

      Even if I was not a girl, I would like eyeliner.

      Just sayin'.

    • March 9, 2016 2:42 PM GMT
    • Eat healthy and exercise to keep fit, as it will help to fight off the effects of gravity. 

    • July 10, 2015 10:35 PM BST
    • Have you heard of Arbonne Melody? They have an incredible anti ageing range! X

    • July 10, 2015 10:34 PM BST
    • Have you heard of Arbonne? They have an incredible anti ageing range! X

    • July 10, 2015 10:32 PM BST
    • I am female and I have just had a friend of mine open up to me about his want to become a woman and make up was so important to him. I've spent time with him showing him how to apply, testing colours to see what colours he suits and making sure he builds up his own make up kit correctly. I'd love to help anyone else to do the same. I am based in Glasgow but am happy to Offer support to anyone who needs it. even if you are far do not hesitate to send me a message! Please don't hesiatate to try thing and see what works. You will only get better at application and choosing correct shades with practise! Xx

    • July 10, 2015 10:29 PM BST
    • I am female and I have just had a friend of mine open up to me about his want to become a woman and make up was so important to him. I've spent time with him showing him how to apply, testing colours to see what colours he suits and making sure he builds up his own make up kit correctly. I'd love to help anyone else to do the same. I am based in Glasgow but am happy to Offer support to anyone who needs it. even if you are far do not hesitate to send me a message! Please don't hesiatate to try thing and see what works. You will only get better at application and choosing correct shades with practise! Xx

    • May 29, 2015 3:46 PM BST
    • I empathize.  I'm just now begining to act on my life long dreams; all in the closet so deep that there's no light with the door open.  I'd love to have electrolosis (I understand that laser only works on dark hair and my beard is quite grey). However, I do not want querries either.  I, too, am wearing my har longer and dealing with those comments are bad enough.

       

      Too bad; so sad  :-(

    • May 28, 2015 11:50 PM BST
    • Okay, I have to go more by what I did back in 99. I don't know as there was lazer back then, or if there was, it was so exhorbitant as to be unfeasible. I did electrolysis for a while. They did my whole mustache and beard area. So one would think that years later I would not be able to grow a mustache or beard. Yet, today I sport both. (I really, really, would love to get rid of them, but that would raise questions. As I am letting my hair grow long.) Maybe had I continued HRT, which I really, really wish I did. Now Groupon has a number of Lazer specials. Hmmmm.

    • January 21, 2015 2:13 AM GMT
    • I get an amazing shave by using Art of Shaving preshave oil, the Proraso shaving soap in my scuttle (shaving bowl with a chamber for hot water) to get a nice warm lather. The a three-pass shave: with, across, then against the grain. I experimented with a straight razor. It's said that it provides the closest shave, but I couldn't get the hang of it. Lost too much blood!!!!

    • March 16, 2015 5:56 PM GMT
    • I 'discovered' Bare Minerals' a few years ago and have never looked back. It's not the cheapest but it looks very natural and stays there all day. I do always use a moisteriser of course as it gives the make up something to bind to, and yes, as Traci says, it's easier to remove as well so it doesn't clog your pores. I will usually use a small amount of foundation stick underneath the powder if I feel I need a little more coverage. i.e. to hide my flaws! 

       

      It's great when you find a product that works for you. I might have to check that one out, it seems amazingly cheap! 

    • February 2, 2015 1:59 PM GMT
    • Amanda! You mean you want to see before and after pics "Of me? , .

      I don't mind you know I am bonkersSmile xxx

    • February 2, 2015 10:16 AM GMT
    • Great idea Julie - but we need photographic evidenceSmile

    • February 1, 2015 9:31 PM GMT
    • You must always use a moisturizer prior to applying makeup and also after washing it off if you want your skin to remain healthy and fresh...using it pre-makeup also allows for easier removal with minimal damage to the skin.  Any product that will close or shrink your pores is a good thing!  Will look at the Revlon product...thnx Julia!!!  xoxo

    • February 1, 2015 7:17 PM GMT
    • There was a time when I used to waste so much money on beauty products that just tell outright lies. The company's that make these products can and do make false statements on packaging. They know once you have opened it and it fails to do as it says on the pack you are stuffed.


      No worries I am hereSmile. I have to face thousands of people daily and I do try to look my best. At the age of 57 which I am now I get by fine but I now try before I buy. I go to different beauty counters and ask for samples "Free samples" . Some are full size and some are half size but at least they are free so if they fail then it has cost me nothing but my time , and its fun anyway. So to bring this forum "Make up tips" Back to life I am going to review a new product every week I am a member here.


      I try to use minimal make up but I do need it to stay there all day , I cannot be arsed to keep touching it up. So this week I discovered a new product that works out to be 75% cheaper than the one I have been using for years now and it works.


      Revlon have come up with PHOTOREADY PRIME + ANTI SHINE . But it does more than that , it minimise's your pores which is why I chose it. It is clear and you just use it as a primer , it can be used on its own with no foundation or under it or over it. I used it today for the first time as a primer then used an invisible powder brushed over it and it works on me. My skin type is normal (unlike the rest of me) but it says it suits all skin types.

      So there you go my first review and it is on offer in most places as it is new. I bet you can't wait till next weekSmile.


      Take care xx


      PS: Revlon! If you need to know where to send my commission just askSmile . Was that a Yellow Elephant just walked past my window? . No it was not but , there is more chance of that than me getting commission from Revlon.

    • February 2, 2015 12:14 AM GMT
    • I am deep in the closet. In fact, my alter ego, has only existed in my dreams and desires - up until now. I am experimenting with some expression of my feminine side, though still in clandestine mode. This group has given me focus and an outlet.

      Also, since I'm the world's oldest newbie (LOL), I'll have a boatload of questions. I always tell my clients that the only stupid question is the one you don't ask, so I trust everyone here will not lose patience with me.

      Someday, perhaps I can transition at some level. Until then I'll mainly go the Walter Mitty route, but not entirely.

    • February 1, 2015 12:52 PM GMT
    • Hi Olivia.

      I would not say you are badSmile. I was going to say do you mean you are still in the closet but that is not my business. Your profile says no one knows how you feel! That is true as it is imposible for any person to know how another person feels , they only know how they feel. They can relate to your feelings but not feel them only you can.

       

      You are at a friendly place here at GS and there are other members that are still in the closet so you are not alone. There are also other members here that are out to this crazy world we live in and I hope you can learn from us. You would have a very hard time finding a member here who is in stealth as they normally turn their backs on us all as if we do not exist.

       

      Enjoy your time here at GS and thank you for upgrading your membership.

       

      Take care xxx

       

      PS: You are not an old fart! There is not much difference in your age and my own . xx

    • January 31, 2015 8:13 PM GMT
    • My bad!! I supposed closeted would be a better term.  I've been hiding this for so long that now, as an old fart, I am actually a neophyte.  Thanks for correcting me. Apologies all around.

    • January 30, 2015 4:09 PM GMT
    • Hi Olivia.

      You seem to have a misunderstanding of what Stealth means. You have made two posts using the word and it is also on your profile.

       

      To save me explaining take a look at this explaination in the link.

       

      http://gender.wikia.com/wiki/Stealth

       

      Take care x

    • January 30, 2015 4:03 PM GMT
    • Olivia Richards said:

      For you ladies, like me, that are completely stealth, I've come up with a rather private way to polsih fingernails.  Two coat of cleart polish followed by a coat os Sally Hansen Big Matte to give a complete flat finish.  So I have three coats of clear and no one but me knows.  Splendid!

    • January 30, 2015 2:48 PM GMT
    • For you ladies, like me, that are completely stealth, I've come up with a rather private way to polsih fingernails.  Two coat of cleart polish followed by a coat os Sally Hansen Big Matte to give a complete flat finish.  So I have three coats of clear and no one but me knows.  Splendid!

    • January 18, 2015 3:15 AM GMT
    • hi Lillith, Traci warned me about using it on your face ans she was correct - Tria says not to...the dark hairs may absorb more energy possibly damaging skin below! Yikes, but i've only used it on my face a few times, and it HURTS! works great everywhere else, and where i had to prep for GRS!

    • December 29, 2014 8:10 PM GMT
    • Hi Robin. Thanks for the tip. I think i'm going to have to have a look at the Tria. Not cheep i know but at least i can do it from home. Thanks again. Hugs Lillith

    • December 28, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
    • Tria laser: i bought one on the recommendation of Marcie Bowers, MD, and i can tell you it does work, and yes, it hurts on the highest setting, but you can go one down and still get zapped good, esp in that sensitive area Marcie concerns herselfwith, mostly. i've been using it about two months and have another month to return it to Sephora if i don't ike it, but i don't see that happening. one drawback is thgat the laser light area is small, maybe 3/8"x3/8" aat best, so it takes a while to do a large area. It is best suited for the forementioned area, which y9u may not wan to thave ttreeated by a laser tech, or touch up later on, as hair does grow back...it isn't permanent, but burns enought of th e follicle or whatever so it takes months for it to show up again. the TRIA is  perfect for staying after your facial hair. HTH

      -robin

    • September 4, 2014 12:35 PM BST
    • Debbie, 

      You are quite right about there being no one set of "rules" for makeup.  The closest "rule" I know of it keep skin clean and, as you, moisturize.

      The quit smoking was a rough one, but I did it because I am in the early/mid phases of HRT, and they do not go together.

       

      But to eliminate excess drinking, I would rather have my left arm removed (and I'm left handed).  I always wait till 5:00, but I'm sure its 5:00 somewhere.

       

      Bobbi

    • September 2, 2014 9:21 PM BST
    • its true that too much powder and/ or foundation can emphasise wrinkles rather than hide them. the secret is in moderation (which is a learned art!). im nearly 52 and moisturise everyday whether i wear make up or not. scrubbing cleansers i think are great too..i'd use them about as frequently as Bobbie..once maybe twice a week.

      having said that, there is no hard and fast rule for everyone, each of us has different skin types which may benefit from different applications. avoid smoking and excess drinking...aww who am i kidding! that was meant for everyone else.