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    • October 17, 2009 3:34 PM BST
    • Ouch! Sounds bad!
      Few tips...
      - you should never low dry or ring out your wig whilst its wet! Always let it dry naturally!
      - Only wash your wig if you really need to (best to use a special wig shampoo)
      And here's the tip of the day!...
      If your wig goes frizzy or loses it's style boil the kettle and hold the wig over the steam (careful not to burn yourself though!) This is a magic trick - it basically pings the wig back in to shape and style, bringing it back to how it was - zero frizz and perfect style.
      I get all my wigs from a store called wonderland wigs - they have an ebay shop http://stores.shop.ebay.c[...]nd-Wigs and also are really good for advice etc.
      They have lots of info in their shop about wig care, styling etc. Check it out as your 1st stop.
      Hope this helps.
      x

    • October 17, 2009 3:28 PM BST
    • I usually use gloss tbh, lipstick just doesn't suit me. The colours are always way too much and make me look really awful.
      I like Maxilicious lip polish, it is a really glossy lip gloss with sparkly bits in it, but you will still need to re-apply (unless you refrain from eating, drinking, kissing and talking!)
      Why don't you give a gloss a go? Here's the one i use http://www.maxfactor.nu/m[...]usGlitz Not in the colour though, i go for a very neutral peach colour, which doesn't really look like a colour.
      x

    • August 6, 2009 1:22 PM BST
    • I quite like leaving lipstick marks on glasses but i tend to use a straw to prolong the wear.
      Out of the range of colours I tend to stick with 2 main colours. One is slighly fuller than my natural colour to enphasise the rouge of my lips, the other colour is a dark plum for when I wear my gothy attire. I choose colours to match my complexion ie a hot pink wouldnt suit me because im dark unlike some blonde girls where it looks fabby, other than that I guess colour is all down to personal taste. theres nothing like a bit of experimenting with cheap lipsticks to find the colours that are favourable and then buying a more expensive match to get a quality even coverage and longevity.

      have fun!
      x

      oh, i tend to need to retouch my lippy about 2-3 times an evening until i reach the point where im too drunk to care lol

    • August 6, 2009 12:39 PM BST
    • Like Rae, I also tend to use a lip gloss rather than lipstick. Lately I have been using a colored gloss by Cover Girl called Wetslicks. The color seems to hold up for a few hours and maybe more important is my lips tend to be noticeably smoother. Also for those who don't use gloss because their long hair sticks in it, Wetslicks is what the name implies, that it is slippery not sticky like other gloss, so long hair does not stick in your lips.
      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • August 6, 2009 11:23 AM BST
    • Lipfinity is pretty good, I use that most of the time because it stays on well and doesn't come off on your glass or coffee cup, well not much anyway.

      Nikki

    • August 6, 2009 1:04 AM BST
    • Karen, The colour is purly a personal choise but for long lasting lip colour try Max Factors Lipfinity range, its a lip colour that stays with a clear gloss both together. It lasts for ages and if you need to re-apply just the gloss will do.
      Hope that helps
      Hugs Sammi x

    • May 17, 2009 12:16 AM BST
    • I got one of the in-store makeovers to try a few looks - day, evening etc. They are pretty good at getting the right colours to suit. You do have to watch out though, some of them will tend to go OTT.

      Better quality usually lasts longer. Usually!

      And I have found using a sealer works well for me, the lipstick will stay fresh looking for at least couple of hours (even cheap ones) plus you get a glossy finish.

    • May 16, 2009 11:56 PM BST
    • I tend to use lip gloss as opposed to lipstick ... still needs reapplying every so often 'though!

      :)

      Much love

      Rae xx

    • May 16, 2009 3:48 PM BST
    • Thanks Joni
      There's nothing wrong with fixing your lipstick. I just don't want to do it every 30min.
      I will check out Cover Girl.

    • May 16, 2009 2:51 PM BST
    • Hi Karen-

      Well, as far as color, that seems to be a personal preference kind of thing, though coordinating it with your outfit seems like a good idea. You know, something in the same color palette depending on what you have on or maybe to add some color and contrast. One thing I have heard over and over is if you're really doing your eyes, like a very dramatic look, then your lipstick should be more subdued and the other way around, also, if you want to wear a bright lippy then you should play down your eyes. If you do both, dramatic eyes and bright red lipstick, you kind of wind up with that hooker look. (What's wrong with that, Joni asks.) You probably already know all about that anyway, I guess it's silly to even mention it.

      I know Cover Girl makes a two part lip color product, because I just went to my makeup case and looked. It consists of a color layer and a seperate topcoat that adds shine. The color part is fine by itself if you want a matte look, the clear coat makes it glossy and kind of "wet" looking. It stays on really well and you can eat and drink and it won't come off when you wipe your lips. One thing though, is to avoid salty foods like chips and nuts and so on which will make it come off for some reason. Good health tip there anyway.<lol> One thing you should be aware of though is that it stays on really, really well. You will have to scrub your lips with a washcloth if you really want to make sure it's all gone. There are probably other makers out there, too, but that's the one I know about.

      Just out of curiosity, what's the problem with whipping out your lipstick and touching up? To me, it's one of the girliest things things you can do.<lol>

      Hugs...Joni Marie

    • May 16, 2009 1:43 PM BST
    • I have been trying different lipsticks & need help in knowing whay colors to choose.
      I mean to I try to match it with what I'm wearing or go by something else.
      Also is there someway to get it to stay on longer? It seems like I have to redo it all the time.

    • October 17, 2009 3:22 PM BST
    • Hi,
      I get kits from the local boots (approx £5.5) and contains a full set of nails some natural polish and pads.
      I wouldn't go for anything too long as quite tricky to use (dont' know how g-girls do it!) Let me know if anyone has tips on wearing longer??
      I would always recommend pads and not glue esp if you SO is unaware, as repeat use of glue will amrk your nails and also nails can be diff to remove.
      X

    • September 27, 2009 2:15 AM BST
    • Hi Marsha Ann (no e*)

      I use a similar device to what you describe. Instead of dowels, I just use wide carpet tacks nailed into a 2x4 piece of wood and attach the false nails with rubber cement (Superglue is pretty permanent after a couple of seconds.)

      Best,
      Melody

      * I'm very sorry I misspelled your name in prior posts. Right after my first reply to you I realized my mistake and vowed not to do it again. Unfortunately, my fingers overrode my brain (such as it is) and I did it again. My only excuse is that I've had a decade long e-mail correspondence with a former co-worker who does spell her name Marsha Anne.
      Mea Culpa

    • September 26, 2009 2:35 PM BST
    • I read about an interesting way of painting false nails sometime ago. This person made a gadget which consisted of a base which was drilled to accommodate small wood dowels. I believe the person used a tiny drop of superglue to hold the false nail to the dowel for painting or I'm sure double-sided tape would also work. The thing here is, someone who is handy and has a drill press could probably make a gadget that would accommodate dozens. Another possible item which could be used is a sewing thread bobbin holder. Seems to me that I have seen some with numerous dowels that could be used for this purpose.
      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • September 26, 2009 8:17 AM BST
    • "1. Does anyone know if someone has invented a gadget for holding false nails to paint them? and if so where would I get one?"


      What I do is use a paper plate upside down on to which I place double-sided tape and then place my nails on to the tape and let it sit for about a minute or so. The n I paint the nails and let them dry for a couple of hours between coats

      I buy nails in quantity [like packs of 100] and spend a day doing up a few colours. This way they are all done ahead of time for me to apply at my leisure :)

      Hope that helps someone out


      Stephenie :)

    • October 17, 2009 3:19 PM BST
    • Hi,
      I would suggest a better wig cap - that is the main job of a wig cap, so it really should work!
      Also as someone else mentioned you cold do away with a cap and just use the adjustable straps on the wigs, don't have it too tight though or it will just ping off! (happened to me a lot when i was 1st CD as i wanted to make sure it was tight enough!)
      Other thing is using curby grips, but these can be obvious and also you need enough natural hair underneath for them to grip to.
      Try http://stores.shop.ebay.c[...]nd-Wigs for wigs/wig caps - i find them really good.
      XX

    • September 26, 2009 8:31 AM BST
    • If you had hair I would suggest bobby pins. Otherwise use double sided tape.
      I suppose getting a perfect fit would help to. That is what I have done. :)
      Anyhow, they can be adjusted and doing so will make them stay on better but only if you have the correct size for your head. I.E. if you have a large head a small wig will not fit etc.

      Another idea that works is to put a VERY thin strip of silicone on to the edges of the wig on the front part. Just like those "stay up" stockings use. So it has to be thin. Any how this will cause the wig to 'stick' to your skin better.

      Hope that helps :)


      Stephenie :)

    • September 26, 2009 9:45 AM BST
    • A lot in the drawer of my dressing table, another lot on a tray on top of the dressing table, some in the bathroom cabinate, some in the glove box in my car and a few essentials in my bag, lol, then there is my girl freinds make up scattered all over as well.




      Cristine xxXxx

    • September 26, 2009 8:48 AM BST
    • I use a fishing tackle box. It keeps it all in one place and has a section for everything :)
      Also comes with a convenient handle for carrying. AND it can be closed up and even locked up to keep prying eyes out of it as well. :)


      Stephenie

    • September 26, 2009 8:22 AM BST
    • What I do is use the tissues they often have there and wipe the lipstick etc first to make sure I start with a clean palette. Hope that helps.

      Stephenie :)

    • September 26, 2009 6:44 AM BST
    • I have never tried it but there are two videos on how to cover up your eyebrows on youtube that you might find helpful.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omg_Vo6EzMk

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0mhMb5mcBI

      Hope these help

      Stephenie :)

    • September 25, 2009 6:42 AM BST
    • Thanks a lot Sammi :)
      I really enjoy how to videos on this. My experience for applying makeup started in the 70's and is in desperate need of updating. Thanks a lot once again for the link :)

      Stephenie :)

    • September 25, 2009 6:09 AM BST
    • Thank you Rachel. I seen her before but got busy and forgot. I have bookmarked it now and so will enjoy her videos once again.

      Thank again :)

      Stephenie :)

    • September 3, 2009 10:25 PM BST
    • Hi Nikki,

      The scars bother me but really aren't that bad. (Small children don't run away screaming from me - at least no more than they did before.) It's mostly the one by by left eye that I'd like to minimize. (My face is very heart shaped so my forehead is usually covered by bangs.)
      I'm probably using to much Dermablend, I never needed it to cover facial hair so I don't have much experience with it. I'll try less.
      I use cream foundation - I'll have to try stick or a combination.
      Thanks for the links. I'll check them out.

      Best,
      Melody

    • September 3, 2009 7:21 PM BST
    • It's difficult to say without seeing the scars first hand, but perhaps a professional beautician would be well placed to advise you on how to cover those scars. I'm sure they have dealt with such things before. Dermablend is good, and you don't really need to use it too thickly, just blend it well and use mineral based powder over the top. Have you tried using a foundation stick? Or a cream? I know it's different but to hide bad shadow, often a combination of some or all of these can be necessary, perhaps it might be worth trying if you haven't already.

      I've also put some links here to other products and hints, but I can't say how effective they may be.

      http://www.wikihow.com/So[...]l-Scars

      http://answers.yahoo.com/[...]AAaKDg6

      http://www.judithaugustco[...]cs.com/

      Hope you find a solution. If you do, post it here to share with others who may have the same issues.

      Nikki

    • September 3, 2009 2:37 AM BST
    • Hi Girls,

      I need some advise on covering facial scars. I've tried Dermablend but it seems to go on too thick and draw attention to what I'm trying to hide.
      I have an inch long vertical scar about a half inch from my left eye and a gouge at the top center of my left brow (courtesy of an old motorcycle accident - hey, I didn't loose the eye!), a round indentation in my forehead (I have a thick skull), and 3/4" scar under the right side of my chin (gotten when trying to break up a "who's the Alpha dog" fight - the 2" scar on the ball of my left foot is hidden well by dark nylons). It's been a rough life....
      Any suggestions would be gratefully accepted.

      Best,
      Melody

    • July 8, 2009 11:05 PM BST
    • very cool site Karen

      Sandra

    • July 8, 2009 10:57 PM BST
    • There are a lot of tips there.
      A few on makeup, hair, & other things a girl needs to know.

    • July 8, 2009 6:22 PM BST
    • That was useful Karen, I use one of those buffers regularly and they do make your nails look great.

      Now you really have to see another clip on that site - 'How to make your breasts look bigger,' it's brilliantly done.

      Nikki

    • June 14, 2009 6:17 AM BST
    • I have found Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moistturizer Medium SPF 30 does even tone & texture to make your skin not only softer but also as a beard cover that make up can go over - however, I find I dont need makeup per se with this product.

    • June 4, 2009 1:19 PM BST
    • In the summer, I generally only use a mineral based powder and that's it. The shade is slightly darker than my usual one so that it matches the change in skin colour. But I don't use anything underneath or over it. Mind you, I have had LOTS of laser so that helps. It also has an SFP of 15 which helps nicely and stays on all day and doesn't rub off on clothes either.

      Perhaps you should look at a product called Dermablend, which is very good at covering shadow and it comes in a wide variety of shades so you will have no problem matching one to suit you. It's also waterproof and sweat proof so will stay on all day too.
      You will need to blend a foundation over it to give it a more natural look, and again, use one that won't come off in the heat.

      Nikki

    • June 2, 2009 3:03 PM BST
    • Whilst a lighter tinted moisturiser might be ideal for a GG in this hot weather, it may not be suitable for all us. What base layer and foundation recommendations do you have for the summer weather, so that a beard can be disguised? Tips gratefully received..

    • April 29, 2009 2:32 PM BST
    • Hi Melinda, welcome aboard! Yes, Dermablend is great if you are pre-laser and although it seems a little pricey, it really isn't given how long it lasts. I used to swear by it as a cover up for that nasty shadow, thank god I don't need it now. Just a good foundation will do it these days, which is nice.

      Nikki

    • April 29, 2009 1:51 AM BST
    • Thanks, Melinda, I'd be interested in hearing about a depilatory that's safe to use on the face.

      BTW, I noticed this is your first post, welcome to TW, girl. Please take a minute to say hi and introduce yourself on the Welcome New Members forum, if you'd like. Cute pic, hon.

      Hugs...Joni Marie

    • April 29, 2009 12:21 AM BST
    • Try a product called "Dermablend" They sell it at Macy's usually and also they will match you skin tones and do your make-up for you as a trial thing for free, Its great for covering stuff normal make-up wont cover (Tattoo's, scars, the 5 o'clock shadow). Also get tips from the make-up sales person there on what brushes and pads to apply different types with for the best results.

      What i used to do before i had laser hair removal done was apply the Maybelline Dream matte mousse as a base and then the DermaBlend stuff over it to make is smooth and blended, then I would do the rest of the makeup (Eyebrows, blush, eyeliner and lashes, etc)

      Also there is a product out i cant remember the name of it but its like nair for your face, I haven't tried it back then but the make-up person at Macy's told me about it some months ago before the lasers
      .
      Anyways I hope this helps and when i find out the name of that face hair remover i will post it up here

    • January 29, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    • Hi Nikki-

      Thanks for the post and the link, I really like mineral based makeups myself. Though I've tried Bare Escentuals and like the product line, my favorite is Youngblood Cosmetics http://www.ybskin.com/intro.php. I was turned on to them by owner of the local salon where I regularly go to get waxed, plucked, spackled, primered, painted and otherwise refurbished. Like most good makeup it's a bit spendy at first, but a little goes a long way and it keeps forever. One nice thing about it, and for all mineral based makeup, is if you are out for an evening, or even going somewhere overnight or something, you can put a little of each product separately in one of those tiny little ziploc bags, then put the little bags in a slightly larger ziploc, and you don't have to pack your entire kit. All you need is a couple of brushes and the makeup which can all fit easily in your purse. You can even keep it in the glovebox of your car and not have to worry that it will spoil or go bad.

      Hugs...Joni Marie

    • February 8, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    • Hi Joelle,
      I have found Bare Essentials (BE) to be a great place to get makeup.

      It is a light powdery mineral based makeup thats very kind to your skin (i have sensitive skin).

      They have a bare bones starter kit that has some nice makeup brushes, enough
      makeup to get started and an instructional video to help you. Since mineral based makeup
      is relatively new, the video is geared toward helping women apply the makeup to achieve a more
      natural smooth complexion without looking "made up".

      In addition to the basic kit, you will need some moisturizer , eye shadow & lipstick to complete your kit.
      Depending on your facial hair status, you will probably need to also get some cover for your facial hair.
      They dont sell that, so you will need to go elsewhere for that.

      From a standpoint of internet ordering vs. going into a store, I would breath deeply, settle your nerves and
      simply go into the store. In my experiences , the staff are very helpful. They guided me on
      proper skin tone match, choice of moisturizer for my skin type, and color recommendations for
      eye shadow and lip gloss. They even threw in a nice tube of lipgloss that would go nice with what I had
      already picked out.

      I was quite nervous the 1st time I went into the store, but realized that I have every right to shop whereever I want.
      However, I did pick a time during the week, on my 1st visit, so the store would not have alot of people in it.
      Nowdays, I go in any time and find visits fun instead of stressful.

      Good Luck,
      MichelleLynn

    • February 6, 2009 9:21 PM GMT
    • Joelle if you want to buy make up online then do a google search for a Canadian supplier, But it is far better to go and get them from the shop as you can try the sample containers then as Mary said you can try a bit on your forearm to get a good match.
      If you look at the post i started called "make up tips" there are links to a few site on how to apply to which is best for what skin and so on.
      Hope that helps

      Hugs
      Sammi

    • February 5, 2009 3:14 PM GMT
    • Joelle - skin tone from photos is tough. In order to find a "foundation" cream I use the underside of my forearm. This skin is about the same color as your face. I
      don't like a starter kit, you get more than you'll ever use..
      What you'll need is a (1)toner, (2) moisturizer (3)foundation -then you get into eye shadow, eye brow pencil, eye liner, mascara, blush and finally lipstick.
      I suspect that a kit would probably have all this but getting it right and to your liking would be difficult. I'm lucky in that my wife ad I shop for cosmetics at the same time and she advises me, if she thinks I'm going over the edge. Don't you have a female friend, SO or wife you could go shopping with?
      good luck and hugs
      Gracie

    • February 4, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
    • Anyone help me pick out my skin tone from this small pic ? Also anyone know of a good discreet place online to buy a starter kit for makeup?


      Thanks

    • February 4, 2009 1:15 PM GMT
    • Hi Joni
      We'll check it out .
      Thank you.
      Huggs Jenn.

    • January 21, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    • Marsha Ann
      Conditioners do count a lot - both my wife and I have fine hair. Two seconds in the wind and it looks like a mess.
      hugs
      Gracie

    • January 21, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    • Karen, actually now that I'm getting the hang of it, if my hair cooperates I can have it done in 5-10 minutes. Just like makeup it takes time to learn the different techniques. Practice, practice, practice.
      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • January 20, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    • Marsha
      Good God Girl! WOW!!
      I think I'll keep it short for now.

    • January 20, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    • Like make up, this has also taken a while to find the right combination for me, and has changed as my hair has grown longer.

      Currently I use Treseme products as they seem to work well on my hair. After shampooing and conditioning, I wrap a towel around it. I never blow dry my hair, to do so would be to end up looking like Diana Ross! As it dries, I use some serum on the ends, (about the last 4 inches), and leave it alone. If I am going out, it will usually be worn up, since it doesn't like being straightened soon after being washed. When I do straighten it, I use either a heat defense spray or just a plain old water spray, they both work, and it takes me about 20 minutes to straighten it properly, layer by layer. Normally it gets less than that because I simply don't have the time.

      Thank god for scrunchies and hair clips!

      Nikki

    • January 20, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    • Most days, I don't even bother with makeup. I work in a very male-dominated industry, and as far as I am able to determine, I now believe that most people already know that I'm TS. (I used to think that perhaps I was actually pulling-off the stealth identity I thought I had. No one ever gave me any indication that I wasn't, until the day that a co-worker told me that virtually everyone in Northern-California already knew my past, LOL!) I don't interact with the public-at-large, so it's not such an issue for me. I have had FFS and breast augmentation, and I usually have my nails done regularly; (This week's color is OPI "Caribbean Temptation," very cool, very pearl-like pink/fuchsia, one of my favorites!) so I do have a couple of "other things" helping the "illusion".

      I really should at least wear a foundation with an SPF-15 (or higher), everyone should. But then I'd have to use a little blush, and lipstick, and to make my eyes look right, I'd have to put on some eyeliner and mascara. I don't have time for this in the morning, I have to be at work at 60 a.m.!

      I've been learning some new makeup ideas from http://www.youtube.com/us[...]nacea81, she's very good. Granted, most of the looks she demonstrates will take a bit of time, and an investment in a selection of products, but just look at the results. Wow!

      We shouldn't have to validate ourselves with what other people think; but somehow, we still fall into that trap, don't we?

      Nicole

    • January 20, 2009 7:39 PM GMT
    • Danique is so right that none of us figured it out overnight. I think in most cases any brand will give you a reasonable look, the question will be how long it holds up for you. So practice creating the look you are after using products you might already have. When you find your look, then experiment with other brands or formulas. Cream foundations generally will give you far greater coverage if you are trying to cover facial blemishes including facial hair. The newer mineral foundations are outstanding for ease of application, giving an even tone, and long lasting. However mineral foundations will require a concealer to hide blemishes.

      Mastering one thing at a time might be the best advice. First your foundation because that is the canvas you are working on. Then work on the eyes. I mentioned earlier using a light concealer around my eyes because I tend to have dark areas towards the inside of my eyes. I forgot who or where that was pointed out to me, but a quick 10 second application of concealer made a big difference in my appearance. Practice and experiment, don't beat up on yourself, you will get it.

      I may as will make a plug for a thread on hair I started today, please take a look and add to it. http://gendersociety.com/[...]start=&

      Hugs,
      Marsha