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Hi all, Ok MTF what is the first things a girl needs to start with? i walk into the makeup isle and my brain goes DUHHHH UMMM ok? then i walk away, i hear the words foundation and powders and brushes and the list goes on and on, sooooo what would a girl need to start learning the how to do's? I'm lost, also in this basic kit or list whats good to work with so I and correct goof ups and remove and start over? you know wash on wash off, lol I've watched so many You Tube videos i should know or be a pro, but i dont get it and it seems most go though what their doing so fast I'm like wow nice BUT what sis you use to do that!! anyone got a list of things to get started? brands that are easy to work with and remove?



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Do you have either an ULTA or Sephora beauty supply store near you?  https://www.sephora.com/happening/stores/sephora-near-meBoth are Trans friendly, and they will show you how to put on what make-up you need and choose the right colors for you.  You can use a female name to be put on their advertising lists, which gives you a step on living as yourself. Also your local LGBTQ Center will usually have a "Trans Make-up School" or support group that has folks who know.


My first suggestion though, is going to be foundation in a color close to the inside of your forearm, along with a brick red lipstick that will work for beard cover.  Your goal is to achieve a smooth "blank canvas" on your face to apply your blush and eye shadows.


The last two items are where you can start having fun.  NO BLACK EYELINER FOR BEGINNERS though.  Mascara for your brows depends on your hair color

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The best way to learn is for someone to show you.  @VickySGV's suggestion of Sephora or another trans-friendly store is a great way to go.  I asked a trans friend to come over to my place to show me.  A cis woman would be able to show you the basics, although they may not get the subtleties of covering a beard shadow.


I kind of stopped using makeup when covid hit and masks were required everywhere.  I still wear a mask a lot, but I should probably get back into using makeup.


My basic makeup routine was: foundation to even out my skin, powder to dry the foundation, a little bit of blush in a few places, and some lipstick.  I used to use mascara and eye-liner, but I stopped using them long before covid.

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Hi Rebel,


Back in 2020, I wrote a blog series that covered my personal makeup routine in detail.  The blog has 8 parts.  You'll find it on this site in the "General" Blog section under my name.  I tired to find a way to copy a link to it, but wasn't successful, but maybe one of knowledgeable moderators can tell me if there is a way to create a link to blogs.

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eyeliner/shadow and mascarara, will take you 80% if you have nice eyes,guys like eyes...thats the biggest part... and lipgloss...

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6 hours ago, Sally Stone said:

Hi Rebel,


Back in 2020, I wrote a blog series that covered my personal makeup routine in detail.  The blog has 8 parts.  You'll find it on this site in the "General" Blog section under my name.  I tired to find a way to copy a link to it, but wasn't successful, but maybe one of knowledgeable moderators can tell me if there is a way to create a link to blogs.


Sally's blog

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@RhondaS@Sally Stone  Blogs are not viewable by the public.  Best way to show them to members with 5 or more posts is by our members only mail system.

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Rhonda, thanks for creating that link for Rebel, but I need to know how you did it.  I'm all thumbs when it comes to computer tech.  I miss you, by the way!  Hope you are doing well.

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