Tag: makeup

National Lipstick Day!

| Jul 29, 2019 | Reply

It’s a special day that comes but once a year. It’s not Christmas or Easter, or National Talk Like a Pirate Day. We’re talking about National Lipstick Day! How did we all develop such an attraction to ruby red lips? Angela Gardner did a little research on the subject and learns that painting the lips to enhance attraction has been going on for thousands of years. Ancient Sumerians did their lips with crushed gemstones like some kind of antediluvian drag queens. More recently actresses, and actors, in the early cinema and theater used lip coloring to make themselves more present on stage or screen. Take a quick trip back in time for the history of the sexiest cosmetic on this National Lipstick Day!

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My Transformation Room

| Jun 17, 2019 | Reply

There is one very important room in Pauline’s house. It the guest room bathroom. That’s where the important process of transforming into Pauline takes place. In this post Pauline writes about all the steps she goes through in her transformation bathroom. From shaving all body hair to her technique for shaving her face and the steps she takes in makeup application, it’s all here in today’s post.

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Secret Lift Temporary Facelift: A Review

| Jun 17, 2019 | Reply

Back in the day, 1997 to be exact, TGForum would run product reviews by TGF readers. (We will do that today if you have any products you would like to let readers know about.) One such reviewer was Diane Barker who evaluated a temporary facelift kit called Secret Lift from a company in California. The company, CosmeSearch, Inc., is still in business and selling their products over the web. Read Diane’s review of the product and decide if it will work for you.

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Doing Your Face

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

This is a Retro Rerun from the TGForum Archives. Stacy B. Haven wrote an article for our Mirror Mirror feature on how to do your makeup. It appeared on our website in 1997. Good advice is timeless though and her thought’s from the 20th century are still applicable today for the crossdresser or trans woman who wants to look her best.

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Retro Rerun: Honey Harlow on Luscious Lips

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

Honey Harlow is one of the great entertainers in our community and a recognized expert in makeup for both glamorous occasions and everyday wear. This article on creating luscious lips was published on TGForum in 1998. Today Honey Harlow has an online store selling the glamorous accessories every girl needs. My makeup tip for luscious lips […]

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Prep Your Skin Before Makeup

| Feb 4, 2019 | Reply

The late Roberta Angela Dee contributed many articles to TGForum in the 1990s. All were good lessons on how to better perfect your femininity. She covered everything from flattering clothing fashions to makeup application, wig care and more. In today’s Retro Rerun we present her article on achieving great skin. Before you apply any makeup you need to take a few steps that will improve the overall look of you skin when you go out to have fun.

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Make Up — How you may or may not apply it

| Nov 5, 2018 | Reply

Today Pauline Estelle shares makeup tips she has gathered over the years. From the basics like preparing your canvas by cleaning it, getting rid of manly beard hair, and moisturizing to more advanced topics like color choices, application techniques and contouring, Pauline touches on all to do with makeup.

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Perfeccionando Tú Dualidad (Perfecting Your Duality)

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Today Katherine Diaz tells you about a makeover place in her city that shows trans women how to do their makeup. She learns all the trick and tips that a crossdresser needs to be her loveliest. From covering eyebrows with glue stick so they can be drawn on in a better spot to using art techniques to minimize a large nose. Roxana Miranda teaches it all at her Tranxtienda salon. The text in en Español but Katherine speaks English in her video.

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Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

| Mar 5, 2018 | Reply

Our Fashion Maven Tasi Zuriack veers aways, somewhat, from fashion in today’s post and takes a look at beauty and what women strive for in creating their “look.” We may see women we feel are over painted or gaudily attired but they did their makeup that way or chose those clothes for a reason. Perhaps one that they’re not even consciously aware of. Tasi writes about how makeup artist Ellen Malone approaches makeovers on folks who have a fixed idea of what is attractive when it isn’t. Tasi and Ms. Malone remind us that Beauty is More Than Skin Deep.

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Retro Rerun — Foundation: Where It All Begins

| Oct 30, 2017 | 2 Replies

Our Retro Rerun is a how-to on foundation makeup written by then TGF editor Cindy Martin. It was published on our old website in 1996. As with all our Retro Reruns much of the advice remains applicable today. Some of the terminology is dated but that just adds some fun. The original post ran in two parts but we put them together for you today in one tidy package. Enjoy.

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Retro Rerun: Blush: Easy To Do Right . . . And Wrong

| Sep 25, 2017 | Reply

Today we dive deep into the TGF Archives to 1996 to pull out an article by founding editor Cindy Martin. Her topic was blusher. How to do it correctly so you don’t look like a painted doll. Keep in mind that this was written in the late 20th century and we’re getting on into the 21st, but the tips Cindy wrote back then can still be helpful. Keep in mind your blush should be subtle during daylight hours. At night it needs to be heavier but not war paint.

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Retro Rerun: Lips: Beautiful, Never Beastly

| Aug 28, 2017 | 1 Reply

The year was 1996. Cindy Martin was the editor of TGForum. From time to time Cindy would post makeup tips to help the readers beautify themselves. Since her advice was good in 1996 and when it comes to basic lipstick application it’s still good today, we present Lips: Beautiful, Never Beastly as today’s Retro Rerun. Cindy outlines the basics on how to manipulate the way your lips appear and she fills you in on techniques that could work for you. Of course today’s lip trends aren’t covered in an article from 1996 but much of the information remains relevant.

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Retro Rerun: The Mechanics of Beauty

| Dec 5, 2016 | Reply

This “how to” TGForum Rerun appeared on TGF in 1998. It’s by the late Roberta Angela Dee whose advice on beauty remains sound in the 21st century. In this Rerun Roberta acts as a makeup advice columnist and answers common questions with simple makeup tips.

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A TGF Rerun — Beautiful Eyes

| Nov 7, 2016 | Reply

This “how to” TGForum Rerun appeared on TGF in December of 1997. It’s by the late Roberta Angela Dee whose advice on beauty remains sound in the 21st century. In this post she talks about minimizing masculine facial characteristics and accentuating feminine ones. She also discusses using shading and highlighting to make a nose or chin more feminine looking.

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Dina’s Diner 9/26/16

| Sep 26, 2016 | Reply

Slide into a booth at Dina’s Diner. Order a cup of coffee and settle in for some tasty treats from your hostess. Today Dina Amberle comments on the current movement toward “no makeup.” Oh the horror! Bare faces in public?! But Alicia Keys is one of those who is going without makeup and it’s stirred up quite a controversy. Then Dina comments on people who commented on photos of a teacher that had people saying she shouldn’t dress like that in class. Add in a dash of Disney princesses — all from one young man — and then round it all out with an observation about tattooed crossdressers. It’s all part of today’s special served up at Dina’s Diner.

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The Authenticity of the Sloven Beast

| Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

Today The Artist D looks at the price of fashion and beauty. Not how much it costs in dollars to look fabulous. She’s talking about the work you need to do in order to walk out that door drop-dead gorgeous. So many people seem to think that it’s okay to go out in flip flops and a torn t-shirt. The Artist D believes that it happened because people wanted to be “authentic.” They don’t want artifice to obscure who they really are. Then someone had to go to the supermarket in pajama pants and it’s been down hill from there.

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How to Get a Glamorous Smokey Eye Look

| Jul 25, 2016 | 2 Replies

By Jennifer Kurtz Come on, come on, turn the radio on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Gotta do my hair, I put my makeup on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Put my makeup on, ah Sia! What a beautiful song! Reminds me of the task at hand. How to […]

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Makeup, Makeovers & Mary Kay Ash

| Apr 25, 2016 | 2 Replies

Everyone can benefit from a bit of makeup. The proper use of cosmetics can make a bland face look vibrant. A touch of lipstick, a hint of blush and a lady feels prepared to take on the world. Some women will not go out of the house without their eyeliner in place. And, on the other hand, over use or improper application of makeup on a trans woman can be a disaster. How does one learn the do’s and don’ts of makeup? Cate O’Malley has some tips.

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Retro Rerun: My Secret — An Eye Makeup Trick

| Apr 18, 2016 | 1 Reply

Time for another blast from the past! Or as we call them when we bring back some of our content from days gone by, a Retro Rerun. Back in the ’90s some of TGF’s prettiest readers agreed to share their favorite style, beauty and “how-to” tips. In 1997 these eye makeup ideas came from Michelle Ross, one of TGF’s loveliest. See if you can use them in 2016.

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How To Flatter a Large Face

| Mar 7, 2016 | Reply

One problem for many males who wish to dress as females is the size of their facial features. Males typically have larger, wider faces than females. This is not to say that all females have small faces and petite features. Fortunately for males wishing to dress and comport themselves as ladies there are ladies who have larger faces so they can provide some insight into how one may camouflage a large face. Today Tasi Zuriack gives you several tried and true methods to help you use what you’ve got to good effect.

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The Occasional Woman: Makeup!

| Feb 22, 2016 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, the seamstress behind The Occasional Woman custom clothing business, wrote last month about something she is not an expert on. She took on the subject of makeup. — something she normally wears very little of. But, at the prodding of friends and family, she decided to write about makeup both before and after a professional makeover. Today, after she visited the Urban Decay makeup counter and had the makeover, she talks about the experience and which products were used to update her look.

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The Occasional Woman: Makeup! Part 1

| Jan 25, 2016 | Reply

Today the head seamstress of The Occasional Woman, Lorraine Anderson, drops the subject of clothing to discuss something many of us could use help and advice about: makeup. It’s not that she’s an expert in the area of face decoration and enhancement. Far from it. Her usual makeup routine is basic and, routine. When she was a teen her paint was extreme. Now it’s minimal and she wants to learn how to do more, but not too much. Dip into cosmetics with her in this first of a two-parter on makeup.

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TGF Retro Rerun: Makeup Tips for 1999

| Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

From time to time we go down to the vaults, reach back into the TGForum archives and pull out something that we published back in the 1990s. It’s often still good information and if it isn’t it’s amusing to see how much has changed since those days. Today we rummaged through the How-To section and […]

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CD 101: Tips for Novice Crossdressers

| May 25, 2015 | 2 Replies

So, you are a male who is very attracted to the idea of dressing as a woman. Their clothes, shoes, and hairstyles play a siren’s song at you as you go through your daily routine. “Wear me” they seem to say. Why we get these feelings is a mystery. Research into why men want to […]

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Chanelle Nirok — Makeup!

| May 11, 2015 | Reply

In this video Chanelle Nirok takes you through each step of her makeup process. From application of foundation to the all important eye makeup and lip color, Chanelle shows you how to do your own male to female makeover.

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Video Fashion Tip — Color Match Your Makeup!

| Jan 26, 2015 | Reply

Those with some years of experience in the world of crossdressing often amaze people and illicit comments along the line of “Do you do your own makeup? It looks fabulous!” Novice crossdressers sometimes feel that they will never be able to figure out how to do their own makeup. Never fear! You can be the one getting complimented on your makeup if you listen to Victoria Williams’ Video Fashion Tip on color matching your makeup.

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