Ask Hannah!

Can you tell me a good place to get a makeover and maybe a picture at a fair price (I’m a crossdresser)?

Thank you!

There are salons alllll over the world. I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota and I exclusively visit Rita Ambourn and Cajah Salon.

Google is (usually) our friend. If you search “makeovers + (city name)” you will find options. Sephora, Ulta, and MAC also do makeovers and in my experience are all very transfriendly. However, these salons paused makeovers during COVID and I am not sure if they have resumed doing them.

When it comes to scheduling a makeover, I never disclose that I am transgender or that I am a crossdresser. I totally get why some of us feel this is necessary, however. For some of us, we want to make sure that the artist is comfortable with meeting with a girl like us. Let’s face it, there are too many people in the world that hate the transcommunity. For others, we want to find an artist that is skilled when it comes to doing makeup for, well, a girl like us.

But here’s the thing. Every face shape is different, skin is different from person to person, makeup goals are different depending on the occasion.

If my wife and I each sit down for a makeover, we will each have a completely different experience. Not because she is cis and I am trans, our experiences will be influenced by things that have nothing to do with our genders.

She has a cute little heart shaped face. Mine is more square. Because of this, I need a lot more contouring than she does.

I have hair growing out of my cheeks. She does not. Therefore I need color correcting.

My wife has a light skin tone. Mine is darker. We each will use different foundations.

My wife tends to go for a more natural look. I am looking for BOLD.

None of these things have anything to do with gender. Some women have facial hair, some women have a square jawlines and so on.

I’ve been asked at every makeover I’ve ever had “what are we doing today?” This question is really asking “what are your makeup goals?”. My typical responses can be:

“I have a photo shoot today and I need makeup that can stand up to bright studio lights.”

“I’d like an eyeshadow that compliments the color of my dress.”

“I am wearing a light layer of foundation, could you please build and contour on top of that?”

“I prefer a really bold lip color and I love overdrawing my lips a little.”

“I’d love to accentuate my cheekbones.”

“I have a square jawline, I’d love to minimize that.”

“I feel like trying a smokey eye today.”

Again, none of these goals are saying “turn a boy into a girl”. These responses are specific and attainable.

As for photos, if you are in the Twin Cities area and you would like to schedule a photo shoot with my photographer Shannonlee, please email me and I will be happy to put you two in touch with each other.

If you are not in the area, again Google is your friend. I do understand wanting to find a photographer that is LGBTQIA+ friendly, so searching “LGBT photographer + (city name)” is the way to go.

Love, Hannah

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3 thoughts on “Ask Hannah!

  1. thank you for the info on where to get a make over, yes google is our friend thats for sure. yes every one is different, some need more cover up and foundation and others need less.i would like a make over to see what i would look like with a make over and surly pass as a female when done and my wife would not know who i am.. i love all your out fits, you look like a real female when all done with a make over. i do my owm make up and looks like bla look i dont know how to use foundation or cover up, i am not too bad with eye shadow but could use more help with it. i will surly google where to get a make over in my city. thanks for the info and post. i read all of your stories.{posts}


  2. Count me in the Sephora camp.

    In 2015 and 2016 I had Sephora makeovers; in 2015 for the experience and 2016 to learn. My 2016 MUA was Julie and she was great. She did a color match for my foundation and went step by step, explaining what she was doing. I took notes, bought the products and brushes (not cheap, but definitely worth it), and it gave me confidence I could do my own makeup.

    About 500 or so outings later, I still follow the basic steps I learned from Julie.

    I don’t know if they are doing makeovers again, but if you want to learn, I highly recommend Sephora.


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