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What makeup should I get to start?

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I am looking at starting to work on my makeup. Alert Ringling bros. lol. I have thought of going to the Ulta store in Cheyenne for ideas and proper shades for me. 

What makeup should I get to start?


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I know that a lot of beauty gurus started out using Mac products, so I'd start there.

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Carolyn Marie

One of the most trans-friendly stores that I'm aware of is Sephora (J.C. Penney).  I went there in guy mode years ago and pretended to be looking for something for my GF.  The clerk, I think, was wise to me, but was totally professional and helpful.  They have starter "kits" that have a little of everything, and will help you with a consultation and tips.  Mac is good too (I use their foundation).  For things like brushes, which can be expensive at stores like Sephora, I do nicely with some of the better products at Target.  You can spend a fortune, but you don't have to.


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I get a lot of my stuff at stores like Marshall’s and tj max. They tend to be hit or miss on beauty products, but I’ve gotten things like my too faced bon bon eye palette there for cheap. Like 15-20 dollars and they are like 60-100 regular priced! 

If you need help with shades foundation etc... most definitely find a Sephora. They are really good. And their brand products are quality and not too bad when it comes to price. But be warned..... they seem to like a LOT of makeup on your face. Lol. Sometimes it’s just too over the top really. But they do have a lot of useful services from full makeovers to foundation color matching. 

Id also recommend watching some YouTubers in the makeup world. It’s a good place to learn how to actually put the makeup on once you have it. Cause it takes a bit of work to be good at. Heck Ive been putting on makeup for over 20 years now and still struggle at times. 

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Amy LeBlanc

I go Spehora for my makeup.  They are very Trans friendly and can also do a color IQ for you to make sure to get the correct color that matches your skin and what look you are trying to go for.  You can go for glowie, dramatic, natural, blend in.  Sephora also offer makeup classes as well.  One class they offer is the Transgender Bold and Beauty makeup class which is very nice

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I love sephora's. They are really helpful and as Kirsten said, they are a little expensive but really good quality. Some of the makeover classes are free to. I highly suggest checking them out online or as others said, find a store near you. Hope this helps.

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Kole Rickard

I recommend Clinique at Sephora. They did me well and I enjoyed them very much. I always went back to them when I was more into makeup. They have one of the best skin matching in my opinion and very lovely matte and nude lips. For eye shadow I recommend Morphe. Though they are a bit pricey, they have amazing pigmented colors. For highlighter and contour, that is tricky. People like different things in stuff like that. And if you want to set it and have your makeup stick, I would say Ulta is the best option.

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I use Neutrogena makeup which is readily available in stores and pharmacies.  I don't like spending the money for the fancier brands.  My wife uses them so I have experience seeing them in use.  Early on I watched a few videos and talked with a few friends.  Once you determine your skin tone and which color makeup to use its easy to do a simple procedure easy day. 

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This thread is so helpful.  This is one of my next things to do.  I am going to try to learn to do makeup.  Having actually been a professional clown, the makeup thing might start out a bit crazy. LOL. I think I can get the hang of it.


Thank you all who posted advice.  I know my daughters swore by Sephora in their teens.  I spent a small fortune for make up for them back then.  Knowing they are trans friendly really helps.


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If you are going to Ulta, get a good (Pricey) foundation, (With a heavy beard Derma Blend is great.) and then look at all the travel size cheaper eye shadow, lip gloss, eyebrow pencils and that stuff, note I say cheap stuff since you will waste a lot and want something else after you have tried one thing that was not just right.  If the stuff is in a sealed package and in non-allergenic, cheap at first is as good as expensive.

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Alex C

ty Michelle asking that question. I  too have a hit and miss with make up. I have been dollar store and 99 cents stuff. if I can afford I will go CVS. They usually load u up with so many coupons that its worth it. Ty again everyone very helpful  

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Hi! Depending on your budget and comfort level,  

i started buying makeup on Amazon. Huge range of makeup.

I bought my first storefront makeup at Walmart. During the holidays they have makeup gift boxes small medium and large choices. Buying during the holidays looks more like gift buying.Target and Costco are good places too. 

Then of course the mall type stores, but I am not at that point yet in my life. All this talk about Sephora and how friendly they are made me a bit hopeful. 

I have been wanting to go any be pampered and finding out the right ways to apply makeup and that fun stuff. One day! 

Best of luck and fun! 


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