Makeup Essentials for Transgender Women

Makeup is a fun way to express yourself. But for a trans woman, it is so much more than that. It is a way to feel more in touch with their identities, and in some cases, it is the line between "passing" and "not passing".

Makeup often helps trans women demonstrate their innate femininity. Among the host of things that trans women turn towards during transitioning, makeup is one of the few aspects that they can enjoy complete control over.

As such, it is a crucial part of the daily routine of many trans women. However, when you are just starting out, it can be overwhelming.

There are hundreds of products and even more brands, so it may seem like you will never get the hang of it. But it is not as challenging as it seems.

This article looks at the makeup essentials that every trans woman must have. 

Before we delve into the topic, it is important to understand that makeup is a very personal aspect.

You may like to keep things subtle, in which case a highlighter or a blusher may be a no go.

If you want to use makeup as a way of creative expression, on the other hand,

  • highlighters
  • blushers
  • and eyeshadow

may be extremely attractive to you.


Therefore, there is no right or wrong way to go about this. In fact, you may not even want to use makeup, which is completely normal too.

Remember that you are doing this for yourself- to be more in touch with yourself. If you feel uncomfortable putting on makeup, it is counterproductive to still power through with it. 

This article will look at minimal makeup that tends to be high impact.

Firstly, there is the popular mascara. In fact, if you are going for a minimal look, just this product may be adequate. It is subtle with the right amount of drama. Eyes are often the first feature that is noticed and mascara tends to bring them out. 

If you want to take it to the next level, add an eyeliner to the mix. A thin line drawn on your upper eyelid can make a lot of difference to your look. If you want some more flair, you can experiment with colors- blue, black, brown, and so on.

We highly recommend using a pencil when you are just starting out. In the beginning, it is normal to smudge your eyeliner or have it go in a completely different direction than you had intended.

Always keep a stock of earbuds when doing your makeup routine as they can help clean up when things get too messy. 


No basic makeup tutorial is complete without foundation, which is a great product to cover up your blemishes and ensure an even tone across your face and neck.

A small amount of foundation goes a long way. It is important to try on different shades of foundation to find one that is the right match with your skin.

Finally, for a subtle touch, you can add your favorite blusher under your cheekbones to offset excessive greenness or yellowness resulting from the foundation.

Lastly, you can put on a nude lipstick and you are good to go. 

These are some tips to get your minimal makeup look right. We hope this article helped you determine your new makeup routine. Now go shopping. Good luck!!

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