Dining at Holman’s Table!

Yesterday was a steamy, hot, spring day, so Corrie’s advice could not have been better timed.  Yesterday was also the monthly MN T-Girls event!

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A small group of us met for dinner at Holman’s Table, a restaurant located in the Saint Paul airport.  The main airport in the Twin Cities is huge but there is a teeny-tiny one just outside of downtown Saint Paul.  The hostess and servers could not be more welcoming to a group of t-girls, and the food was excellent.

Not only was the restaurant right in the airport, the patio was also right next to one of the runways.  It was a beautiful night even though it was a little (super-duper) hot.

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However, despite the heat I was FINALLY able to become a runway model.

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It was such a fun outing!

Love, Hannah

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Sweatproofing your Makeup

Sometimes the weather is not a t-girl’s friend.  The summer brings humidity and ruins our makeup and in the winter it’s too cold to wear that minidress and it’s too icy to wear those heels.

Oh, who am I kidding, it’s never too cold or icy to wear a minidress or stilettos.

Although summer gives us the perfect weather for showing off a new outfit, the heat can be brutal.  Some of us have to contend with wearing multiple layers of foundation, breast forms and padding.  There’s nothing more frustrating that doing your makeup only to have it ruined by the humidity.

But never fear, Corrie from Midwest Makeup Supply is here with help on sweatproofing our makeup!  These tips were sent out in her latest Femme Makeovers newsletter and is reprinted here with her permission.

Also, for the record, we don’t sweat.  We glow.  😉

Love, Hannah

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Hello!!

We are a month out before Summer officially kicks off, but looking at the weather forecast for this upcoming weekend….YIKES!! It’s going to be hot (and probably humid) as hell.  I’ve included some tips and product suggestions in this newsletter for keeping your makeup looking great no matter how freaking warm it gets. 😀  

Have a super fab holiday weekend!!! And as always – feel free to reach out and say hi!

XOXO from your favorite makeup guru,

Corrie
FemmeMakeovers | Midwest Makeup

And so it begins….we’re moving into our hot and humid season here in Minnesota. Eeek! However, I won’t complain. I’ll take the heat over the cold any day!!

But as we know, the heat and humidity, combined with wigs, hosiery, undergarments, padding, clothing, etc. can cause more than a few problems when it comes to keeping our makeup looking good throughout the day (or night).

I’m going to share a few tips to help keep things from immediately sweating off the second you step outside. However – please keep in mind these tips will help with keeping your makeup in place better and longer, but we need to be realistic. Sometimes no matter what we do, the summer heat wins and we sweat, which could lead to a shorter life span of our makeup for the day. Okay? Okay!

When dealing with hot summer temps, there’s a few things we can do to help keep sweating more under control. The first thing I like to use is a product called Skin Prep ($16.50). Skin Prep is a clear, fragrance-free liquid you put on your face prior to any other product applications. It dries quickly and acts as a moisture barrier on the skin. It helps keep your makeup looking fresh, longer in hot environments (outside on the patio or dancing your face off in the club, etc.).

The second item is Kryolan’s DermaColor Fixing Powder ($34). This powder actually waterproofs your makeup! Use it in place of (or in addition to) your regular setting powder to set your foundation (I recommend a cream foundation for best coverage and longevity). I also recommend pressing the powder into the makeup – especially in areas you sweat more (forehead/brow, upper lip, etc.) with a sponge or puff. You’ll notice a significant difference in how well your makeup will resist the moisture! It’s pretty cool!

The third product I like to use is a good setting spray. There’s a lot of options. In fact, I have SIX different kinds in-store, but I have two favorites when we’re dealing with hot temps: Kryolan’s DermaColor Fixing Spray ($24) and Barrier Spray ($12). Use a setting spray as your final step in your makeup application. Once your application is complete, do a quick spray (or spritz) over your entire face. Repeat one (or two times more) to shellac the shit out of your face for extra longevity! 😀

There you have it! A few tips and tricks on how to sweat-proof your makeup. As noted in previous newsletters – this is a quick and dirty explanation. If you have additional questions – please feel free to send me an email or drop in to see the products or a demo in person.
Until next time – stay cool, Baby!

PS: You can get everything I talk about in this post at my store – Midwest Makeup located in Uptown. Not local or don’t want to stop by? No worries – we can drop things in the mail to you as well. Call us (612-822-2150) or email: info@midwestmakeup.com to place an order.

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Questions or want to request an appointment? Email me at: makeovers@midwestmakeupsupply. com

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Shopping with Skepticism

A friend of mine forwarded an email to email from Lane Bryant announcing their new Pride-themed collection.

It’s a wonderful thing to see a company announce their support for the transcommunity (and the GLBTQIA community as a whole).  It’s a risky thing as it can create backlash and boycotts of the business itself, such as when Target updated their bathroom policy to emphasize their customers should use the restroom that coincides with one’s gender identity, so I really appreciate when an organization takes a stand.  I’m also happy to see that Lane Bryant will be donating a share of their profits to GLSEN, an organization whose mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

While I appreciate a business declaring their support, I also am a little cautious about how sincere they are.  In full disclosure, I totally love Target and I love seeing the Pride displays they put up each year, but I also know that they donate to politicians who do not support our community so you’ll have to forgive if I am a little skeptical of major corporations when they make a stand.

I get many emails from other t-girls who are simply looking for somewhere to shop.  We want to go to stores that welcome our community where we can shop and ask for help without judgment.  I’m glad some companies do specifically target our community, but I hope it’s because they sincerely support us and want to help us, and not just seeing us a way to boost their profits.  Although I meet such announcements with some trepidation, I ultimately think this is a step in right direction.

Love, Hannah

 

 

 

Makeup Lessons with Sephora!

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From GayStarNews

Beauty retail giant Sephora will offer specialized makeup classes to trans and non-binary people.

Called ‘Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community’, the classes begin next month as part of Sephora’s Classes for Confidence program. The program’s aim is ‘to help inspire fearlessness in those facing major life transitions’.

Sephora’s official Beauty Advisors with specialized knowledge about the trans community will run the classes. Trans employees at Sephora helped created the workshops’ content.

I think this is a fabulous (and long overdue) idea.  I hope more business become more outspoken of their support for the transcommunity and realize that we just want to find businesses that are welcoming to us.

The MN T-Girls have had a few private makeup lessons and events, most recently at Midwest Makeup Supply and they’ve always been helpful.  If you can attend one of these workshops I highly recommend it.

Love, Hannah

 

Xdress!

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I am excited to announce that I am now a blogger for Xdress.com!

Xdress designs dresses, shoes and lingerie for girls like us.  Xdress was one of the first companies to make pretty clothes that were made for our bodies in mind.  Dresses with a little more room in the chest to account for our shoulders and heels that are a little wider, for example.  I remember seeing my first Xdress catalog almost twenty years ago and amazed that something like this existed.  Seeing pages and pages of lingerie and dresses for our community was incredible.  I also remember ordering a lot of their items.

What I like about Xdress is their effort to make crossdressing less of a taboo and more fun and…normal.

My first article posted earlier today.  Please click over and comment if you can!

Love, Hannah

Covering Up Beard Shadow

Corrie Dupay, makeup artist extraordinaire and owner of Midwest Makeup Supply and Femme Makeovers, is a friend and hero to t-girls everywhere.  I’ve been fortunate to know her for the past year and a half, I’ve had makeup lessons with her and the MN T-Girls have had two makeup demonstrations with her as well.  She is beyond talented.
Corrie has a newsletter that she sends out with helpful makeup tips and with her permission, I am sharing her most recent one here.  It focuses on beard shadow which is something many of us struggle with.

I am certain you’ll find this useful!  You can sign up for her newsletter here.

Love, Hannah
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Ahh, yes….beard shadow. You can be such a pain in the ass some times. I teach a lot of one-on-one makeup lessons and covering beard shadow is topic that comes up in just about every lesson I do. So – how do we get it to stay covered as long and as well as possible? Let’s talk about it!

First – there is some reasoning behind the products I use, and some color theory involved with color correction (which essentially is what we’re doing when we cover beard shadow). But! I want to keep this simple and to the point (or as much as I can) so I’m not going to dive deep into that…unless ya’ll want to know more about it. Shoot me a message if you do and I can do a separate email about it. Okay? Okay!

Ultimately – when we are trying to cover beard shadow – we’re trying to neutralize a blue-ish/purple-ish (or violet as most color wheels will show) shadow. Even if your facial hair is brown, black, etc. – I still consider the shadow we see to be more blue/purple. Some of you may have tried a normal flesh-toned concealer and have had some luck with it kind of working, especially if you have very little or very light facial hair. For the rest of you with the darker facial hair – a normal flesh-toned concealer just doesn’t cut it.

Enter COLOR THEORY! As mentioned above – I’m not going to do a deep dive into color theory – but a good tip for everyone is this: when we are trying to correct/conceal/neutralize something when it comes to makeup – look at what color it is you’re trying to correct or get rid of: beard shadow (blue/purple), under eye circles (purple/blue), blemishes (redness), etc. Whatever the unwanted color is, we need to use it’s color wheel opposite to make it disappear. This is how we conceal our beard shadow!

Example: for a blue-ish/purple beard shadow – using something that is very orange-toned over the shadow will help neutralize the blue color below. If we’re trying to knock down redness – we want to use something with a hint of green. Make sense?

You may be asking – okay – I get it but what the hell do I use for this and where do I find it??

(…raises hand…) I’ve got you!! AND! I have several options depending on the level of coverage you need. What we want to use is called a corrector (or neutralizer) color. They have specific color-correcting undertones that conceal the unwanted colors we see.

But wait, Corrie!! Someone once told me I can use a red or orange lipstick to get rid of my beard shadow? Is that wrong???

Great question! No – technically it’s not wrong. What’s the first rule when it comes to makeup?? There are no rules!! Well – at least that’s my rule! HA! Guidelines and tricks that will help things turn out better, yes. But rules…naw! That’s the whole point of makeup is it have fun with it! So – back to the lipstick. Yes – an orange or red lipstick would help neutralize the shadow – however, lipstick is formulated for your lips. Generally speaking it has a more oily consistency (to keep your lips hydrated and glide on smoothly).

The trouble we might run into with using lipstick is that your makeup might not set properly or as well. So on a nice warm day – your face could be melting away faster than the Wicked Witch of the West. Which we do not want, right? Right! So – using something that is formulated for your face (not lips) is a better choice (in my opinion). If you’re in a bind and all you have is orange lipstick, or, you are out of your corrector color – yes – by all means, do what you have to do to get the job done…but ideally – for longevity and best overall result – the corrector color is product I prefer.

First up: Graftobian Corrector in Soft Orange I (light) and II (medium/dark) ($14). This one is on the lighter end of the spectrum as far as consistency/heaviness goes. So if you have lighter colored facial hair or not a ton of a shadow that pops through – this will cover nicely.

This goes on UNDER your foundation…and because it’s so light, can also be put OVER (unpowdered) foundation to give you an extra bump of coverage if needed (see note below). Works awesome as an under eye concealer, too!

My other favorite is by Kryolan – and that’s their DermaColor Camouflage Cremes ($18). If you’ve every had your makeup done by me – oftentimes this is what I use for the extra longevity. These guys are heavier than the Graftobian products – but if you have a very dark, thick beard shadow – this is the one you want to go with. It gives really great coverage and wears super well. As with the Graftobian one, this also goes on under your foundation.

Side note: Truthfully – I try to avoid putting anything back over the top of my foundation if I can (and never over anything that has already been powdered. We’ll talk about this in another email), but if I need an extra bump of coverage, I most definitely can. We just want to avoid doing too much back and forth as it can look heavy and cakey – see note below about this.

For the application using either product – we want to use our corrector only in the spots we are trying to correct…in other words – keep it contained to where you see the shadow. Brush or sponge it on, building up the coverage if you need by stippling (or dabbing/patting) the product on (rather than wiping it on) in areas that need it. Example: many times above the upper lip is an area I use a little more product. Why? The shadow can show through darker, you will sweat more there and if you are eating and drinking – it can be wiped off more easily if we’re not careful.

This photo shows the three correctors on my hand so you can see the more orange-y undertone it has. From the left: Graftobian Soft Orange I, Graftobian Soft Orange II and Kryolan DermaColor D5.

My note: I mentioned above that you can put more corrector over your foundation if needed – which is true. But – for the best results, we really want the initial application of the corrector to be strong and full enough coverage from the start. We want to avoid layering too much on top of our foundation as we run the risk of messing up our application by making it too heavy, cakey or not being able to blend it properly.

Once you get the corrector on – gently, gently blend it out. We want to blend it in but not away (otherwise, we will see that pesky shadow again sooner than we want). Once it’s blended in – proceed with your foundation application (I prefer to use a creme foundation – I’ll do a follow up email dedicated to foundations later). We want to be a little extra careful (use a stippling or patting/dabbing motion) when we are blending our foundation over the areas we’ve corrected. If we blend too vigorously – we could potentially blend our corrector away, again – resulting in the shadow popping through faster than you want.

Information overload, I know – so I’ll stop here. I hope this makes some sort of sense. If you have any questions – shoot me a message or drop by and I can do a quick demo for you. Okay? And stay tuned in the coming weeks for more tips and trips! And if you have any questions you want answered – send them my way!

PS: You can get everything I talk about in this post at my store – Midwest Makeup located in Uptown. Not local or don’t want to stop by? No worries – we can drop things in the mail to you as well. Call us (612-822-2150) or email: info@midwestmakeup.com to place an order.

Ask Hannah!

I’m new to crossdressing, I have never dressed up in women’s clothes but want to. I am scared to this but if someone were to give me guidance I would love to do it. Another thing, I love the look of women wearing knee high riding boots and I want to see if I can pull that look.

I fully believe that crossdressing is something you learn my doing.  However, I do have a guide that might help you get started.

You can also see if your city has any transformation services that may be able to help.

And yes, you look good in knee high boots.  Everyone looks good in knee high boots.

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Love, Hannah