How to apply feminine makeup

With dewy highlighters, your-skin-but-better foundations, and blushes that mimic a post-coital glow (you know the one), we’re definitely not lacking for makeup that seeks to give us the effect of not wearing any makeup at all. And while you may love to wear a bold lipstick or a feline-like liner, when it comes to complexion makeup, the most natural effect is achieved when your skin still looks like skin. That said, if you’re not blessed with a preternaturally flawless complexion (in other words, you’re a human being who enjoys the occasional whole milk latte and isn’t impervious to hormonal breakouts), creating an even, luminous canvas with the help of foundation, concealer, and powder, is well within your reach with the right tools and products. In the spirit of achieving the “MLBB” equivalent of skin, we’ve enlisted the help of makeup artists to share their best tips and product recommendations to get you your best skin yet. From prepping your face to a crash course in concealer, keep reading for eight of our best tricks for creating gorgeous-looking skin with the power of makeup.

How to apply feminine makeup

1. Forget what you know about an “everyday makeup routine.”

“Instead of following an everyday ritual or map of the placement of your makeup, really look at your skin and decide where you need help each day,” advises makeup artist Kristofer Buckle. “Our problem areas are always changing — some days we have more redness, other days we may be puffy or have a breakout.” Just as you would switch up your eye shadow or lipstick, try to curate a variety of products with different coverage levels, or look for makeup that can do double-duty. (More on that later.)

2. Consider skin care as your makeup primer.

Say it with me: Prep, prep, prep. Virtually every expert we spoke to said that the best way to ensure a gorgeous complexion before a drop of makeup hits your face is to create a healthy base for your foundation and concealer. And while mattifying, oil-blocking primers may seem like a logical option to ensure a flawless finish, more and more artists are looking to their skin-care products to get the job done. “I tend to not use face primers because they can affect the application of the foundation,” says makeup artist Fiona Stiles, who instead preps her clients’ skin with moisturizer to ensure a healthy glow from within.

Another option? “Start with an exfoliating peel pad,” recommends makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, who swears by Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Pads. “That’s the most important step for a glow because if you don’t, you’re just putting products on dead skin.” (Writer’s note: Make sure to wear sunscreen regularly as peels can make your skin photo-sensitive.) Next, Hughes recommends layering a moisturizer like Augustinus Bader’s The Cream, or taking fifteen minutes to do a sheet mask for optimal glow.

“I also love using a face roller like Jenny Patinkin’s Rose Quartz Roller on the jawline, the orbital, and cheekbones,” says Stiles. “It’s a soft, easy way of depuffing someone’s face.”

3. Get smart about shade-matching.

Forty shades may be the new normal — a very good thing, to be sure — but that said, finding your perfect foundation match in the aisles of Sephora or Ulta can still prove to be a challenge. To determine your exact shade, Hughes recommends you swatch along the lower jawline of your face down to the neck to see which one disappears seamlessly into your skin. However, if you’re willing to make the extra investment, leaving the store with two shades might not be a bad idea, either. “Skin isn’t one color,” makeup artist Molly R. Stern tells Allure. “Having a slight variation in your options will allow for a more natural finish.” And pro tip — having multiple shades in rotation will be a saving grace as you naturally tan in the summer months or get paler in the winter.

Some makeup artist holy grail formulas? Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, and Chantecaille Future Skin. “You’re never the same color year-round,” explains Stiles. “So if you have one shade that’s a little darker and one a little lighter, just mix.”

4. How to glow the natural way.

Instagram will tell you that there’s no such thing as too much glow, but artists will likely say otherwise. “I try to be mindful of where I apply highlighter,” says Stiles, who prefers to keep the rest of her clients’ complexion in the velvety (but not 100 percent matte) zone. “I like a nice, moist highlight on the top of the bridge of the nose right where the eyebrows meet, a little bit on the cheeks, and then sometimes I’ll do a little on the jawline for a really fresh look.” For a glow boost, follow Hughes’ trick and use a face mist like Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist to instantly get gleaming. “I like to mist the face everywhere but pay the most attention to areas of the face where I want the most shine,” she says.

5. Get the most mileage out of your concealer.

When it comes to splurge-vs-save makeup, consider a good concealer (or two) a seriously worthwhile investment. Not only can it double as foundation if applied sparingly, but the right concealers can be used to cover up everything from acne to dark circles. “My favorite way [to conceal] is to use a BB or CC cream everywhere, and then just go in with a full-coverage concealer in certain areas,” says Hughes, who name-checks Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, Innisfree Matte Full Cover Concealer, and Glossier Stretch Concealer as some of her favorites. “If you’re trying to cover a spot, I like to use a little bit of an eye primer on top of it, and once it dries, I’ll put concealer on top and it has a little more staying power.”

When it comes for masking those pesky dark circles, you may be used to adding a brighter shade of concealer to counteract any purple-looking areas. However, using a brighter shade of concealer on its own can sometimes draw attention to the discoloration. “You want to make the undereye area blends with the skin, and then you can brighten,” says Hughes, who looks at undertones in her cheeks to color-match a concealer for her eye area. And if you’re confident in your color-correcting skills, look to Stiles’ tips for finding the right shade of rainbow concealer for your skin. “I usually use something more peachy on my clients who are more pale,” she says. For olive to deep skin tones, Stiles recommends a golden or orange shade to counteract any purple or blue zones. “One concealer isn’t really going to do it for your whole face.”

Her pick? “I love the new Surratt Perfecionniste Concealer Palettes — they sink invisibly into the skin.” For an instant eye-brightening effect, Stiles also recommends Tatcha’s The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment for a quick fix.

How to apply feminine makeup

Using makeup to transform a man into a woman doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. As a matter of fact, it can be fun. Watching the videos and using the makeup tips and tricks below, along with a little practice of your own, can make it easy to change a man into a beautiful woman.

Creating the Illusion

Have you ever met a beautiful woman only to find out later that she was a man? Mind-blowing, wasn’t it? The videos below will reveal that makeup is capable of creating an illusion that can fool anyone.

Beauty Queen

This talented makeup artist proves that any man can be a beauty queen. Here, he turns an ordinary young man into a gorgeous feminine beauty.

Self-Makeup

A do-it-yourself makeup transition from male to female is not likely to be as good as one done by a professional makeup artist, but it can still be pretty amazing. Watch as this young man does an incredible job transforming himself into a beautiful wide-eyed and sweet looking young girl.

Guy to Girl

With the help of a few makeup tricks and a wig, this LA colorist is transformed into a Taylor Swift look alike. Watch to see how contouring and proper blending can enhance a man’s face with feminine touches.

Tips and Hints

Probably the most important thing for you to remember is that makeup is meant to conceal what you don’t want others to see and highlight what you do want them to see. You can take it as far as drag makeup, or keep it subtle. The choice is up to you, but these tips will help.

Cover Your Beard

To get the best look, always start with a clean-shaven and moisturized face. Red lipstick and a good concealer will help hide the five-o’clock shadow. There are two ways these can be applied:

  • Use concealer mixed with a cheap red lipstick. Dab it on and smooth it out until it looks even.
  • Dot red lipstick on the beard area, and then apply concealer and blend the two into your skin to even everything out.

Use Foundation

Foundation evens out your skin tone, giving you a more finished look. It also provides a base you can build upon when you contour using lighter and darker shades.

  • Choose a color that matches your skin tone.
  • Liquid foundation is probably the most common choice.
  • Powder works better for those whose skin is oilier.
  • If you have large pores, it may be necessary to use both liquid and powder foundation to minimize their appearance.

Try Contouring and Highlighting

To apply your makeup effectively, you need to know a few key differences between the male and female face.

  • The male hairline is higher and is a different shape.
  • The forehead is larger and tends to slope backward.
  • The brow bone and jaw are more pronounced.
  • The nose is wider and more prominent.

As the videos above show contouring and highlighting are very important when you’re creating the illusion of a perfectly shaped feminine face.

Play Up the Eyes, Lips, and Cheeks

Now it’s time to play up the feminine with color. It’s best to start with simple neutral colors that will bring out your more feminine features and then expand on those with layers of color according to the look you’re trying to achieve.

The best way to find the right palette of colors for your skin’s undertone is to schedule a consultation with a professional who can also help you learn the art of applying makeup.

Have Fun

While transforming a man into a woman with makeup can take time and a bit of artistic talent, it can also be fun. Skillful application is critical if a man is to be the most beautiful and feminine version of himself possible. So, practice, practice, practice and experiment with colors and styles until you find those that are right, both for you and the occasion.

Whether you are a male seeking to dress as a female on a daily basis or you simply want to dress as a woman for a special occasion, such as Halloween, you may become frustrated as you attempt to give yourself a makeover. This is especially true if you naturally possess very masculine features, such as bushy eyebrows or a square jawline. Fortunately, there are some easy ways that you can feminize your appearance to look more like a woman.

Shaving and Waxing

One of the most obvious physical differences between men and women is the presence or absence of facial hair. To make yourself look more womanly, shave your face using a new, sharp razor with multiple blades. The more blades, the closer the shave. This will prevent you from developing a masculine looking “five o’clock shadow” as your facial hair grows. If you plan to dress as a woman on a daily basis, be sure to keep up with your shaving routine to prevent yourself from developing a beard or mustache.

Thick, bushy eyebrows are generally seen as being masculine, so sculpting your eyebrows is an easy way to appear more feminine. Wax or pluck your eyebrows so that they are thinner and more shapely.

Hair on other parts of your body such as your chest, arms, arm pits and legs should also be shaved, especially if you are wearing an outfit that will reveal these areas. As with facial hair, you will need to attend to these areas daily by shaving to keep them looking feminine.

Makeup

Makeup is very important in the process of making yourself appear more feminine. While you may choose to wear eyeshadow in assorted colors, false eyelashes or lipstick, foundation, concealer and face powder are essentials. Use concealer to hide any blemishes on your face and foundation to create a flat base for your powder. After applying face powder to even out your complexion, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks to create the illusion of more feminine cheekbones. You may also use highlighting power to add contours along the sides of your nose to create the illusion of a thinner bridge. Lip liner can make your lips appear fuller and more feminine.

If your natural hair is short and cut in a style that is stereotypically masculine, you may consider wearing a wig in the color and length of your choice to appear more womanly. If you plan on dressing as a woman regularly, you can grow your own hair out and cut and style it in a more feminine manner.

Fashion

Dressing in female clothing will pull the rest of your feminine look together. Choose an outfit that flatters your size to pass successfully as a woman. You may consider wearing a bra with prosthetic breasts to create a more feminine figure that will enable you to better fill out clothing, though this is optional. Girdles may also be worn to slim the waist and accentuate the hips.

A crossdresser should have proper make up on. It not only makes you look and feel more feminine but sends in your girly vibe to others around you. Make up has been closely related with femininity for a very long time. You need to be familiar with makeups and must learn to use it on your own in order to look more feminine. It takes a bit of practice to get your make up done right; a good makeup will help you look very feminine.

Below are the list of things which you should know about to complete your feminine transformation.

Most cosmetics are distinguished by the area of the body intended for application. Below are few things you must remember for getting yourself look more feminine and pretty as a crossdresser should be.

PRIMER:

Primer comes in formulas to suit individual skin conditions. Most are meant to reduce the appearance of pore size, prolong the wear of makeup, and allow for a smoother application of makeup, and are applied before foundation.

CONCEALER:

Concealer makeup covers imperfections of the skin. Concealer is often used for any extra coverage needed to cover blemishes, undereye circles, and other imperfections. Concealer is often thicker and more solid than foundation, and provides longer lasting, more detailed coverage.

Some formulations are meant only for the eye or only for the face. This product can also be used for contouring the face like ones nose, cheekbones, and jaw line.

FOUNDATION:

Foundation is used to smooth out the face and cover spots or uneven skin coloration. Usually a liquid, cream, or powder, as well as most recently a light and fluffy mousse. Foundation provides coverage from sheer to full.

Foundation primer can be applied before or after foundation to obtain a smoother finish. Some primers come in powder or liquid form to be applied before foundation as a base, while other primers come as a spray to be applied after the foundation to help the make-up last longer.

FACE POWDER

Face powder sets the foundation, giving it a matte finish, and to conceal small flaws or blemishes. Tinted face powders may be worn alone as a light foundation. Rouge, blush or blusher is cheek coloring to bring out the color in the cheeks and make the cheekbones appear more defined.

Contour powder/creams are used to define the face. They can give the illusion of a slimmer face or to modify a face shape in other desired ways. Usually a few shades darker than one’s own skin tone and matte in finish, contour products create the illusion of depth. A darker toned foundation/concealer can be used instead of contour products for a more natural look.

HIGHLIGHTER:

Highlighter, used to draw attention to the high points of the face as well as to add glow, comes in liquid, cream, and powder forms. It often contains a substance to provide shimmer. A lighter toned foundation/concealer can be used instead of highlight to create a more natural look.

BRONZER:

Bronzer gives skin a bit of color by adding a golden or bronze glow, as well as being used for contouring. It comes in either matte, semi matte/satin, or shimmer finishes.

FALSE EYELASHES:

False eyelashes are frequently used when extravagant and exaggerated eyelashes are desired. Their basic design usually consists of human hair or synthetic materials attached to a thin cloth-like band, which is applied with an eyelash glue to the lashline. Designs vary from short, natural-looking lashes to extremely long, wispy, rainbow-colored lashes. Rhinestones, gems, and even feathers and lace occur on some false eyelash designs.

MASCARA:

Mascara is a cosmetic commonly used to enhance the eyes. It may darken, thicken, lengthen, and/or define the eyelashes. Normally in one of three forms—liquid, cake, or cream—the modern mascara product has various formulas; however, most contain the same basic components of pigments, oils, waxes, and preservatives.

Mascara is used to darken, lengthen, thicken, or draw attention to the eyelashes. It is available in natural colors such as brown and black, but also comes in bolder colors such as blue, pink, or purple.

Some mascara includes glitter flecks. There are many formulas, including waterproof versions for those prone to allergies or sudden tears. It is often used after an eyelash curler and mascara primer. Many mascara have components to help lashes appear longer and thicker.

EYELINER:

Eye liner is one of the most important cosmetics and can give you a dramatic look without much time or effort. Whether you choose a soft line or a dramatic stroke, you can embellish the windows to your soul by spending just a few minutes in front of a mirror with an eyeliner pencil. Eyeliner is used to enhance and elongate the size of the eye. Eyebrow pencils, creams, waxes, gels and powders are color and define the brows.

LIPSTICK:

Studies show that a woman’s lips are considered the most attractive part of her body – especially when she is wearing lipstick. Lipstick is a musthave item that will instantly make you look more feminine and attractive. Lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner, lip plumper, lip balm, lip conditioner, lip primer, and lip boosters.

Lipsticks are intended to add color and texture to the lips and often come in a wide range of colors, as well as finishes. Lip glosses are intended to add shine to the lips and may add a tint of color, as well as being scented or flavored.

Lip balms are most often used to moisturize and protect the lips. Nail polish: Apply nail polish to your nails and toenails with bright and crossdresser colors. Transparent, colorless versions may strengthen nails or as a top or base coat to protect the nail or polish. having nail polish in your nails and toe nails will add more vibrations to your feminine side. You will feel more crossdresser with a good colored nail polish and matching outfit.

MOISTURIZER:

Due to higher testosterone levels, males generally have rougher skin than women do. Get a facial moisturizer and use it daily. Moisturizer makes your skin look smoother and helps your makeup go on better and last longer.

Get familiar with all the things above and practice until you get it right.

With dewy highlighters, your-skin-but-better foundations, and blushes that mimic a post-coital glow (you know the one), we’re definitely not lacking for makeup that seeks to give us the effect of not wearing any makeup at all. And while you may love to wear a bold lipstick or a feline-like liner, when it comes to complexion makeup, the most natural effect is achieved when your skin still looks like skin. That said, if you’re not blessed with a preternaturally flawless complexion (in other words, you’re a human being who enjoys the occasional whole milk latte and isn’t impervious to hormonal breakouts), creating an even, luminous canvas with the help of foundation, concealer, and powder, is well within your reach with the right tools and products. In the spirit of achieving the “MLBB” equivalent of skin, we’ve enlisted the help of makeup artists to share their best tips and product recommendations to get you your best skin yet. From prepping your face to a crash course in concealer, keep reading for eight of our best tricks for creating gorgeous-looking skin with the power of makeup.

How to apply feminine makeup

1. Forget what you know about an “everyday makeup routine.”

“Instead of following an everyday ritual or map of the placement of your makeup, really look at your skin and decide where you need help each day,” advises makeup artist Kristofer Buckle. “Our problem areas are always changing — some days we have more redness, other days we may be puffy or have a breakout.” Just as you would switch up your eye shadow or lipstick, try to curate a variety of products with different coverage levels, or look for makeup that can do double-duty. (More on that later.)

2. Consider skin care as your makeup primer.

Say it with me: Prep, prep, prep. Virtually every expert we spoke to said that the best way to ensure a gorgeous complexion before a drop of makeup hits your face is to create a healthy base for your foundation and concealer. And while mattifying, oil-blocking primers may seem like a logical option to ensure a flawless finish, more and more artists are looking to their skin-care products to get the job done. “I tend to not use face primers because they can affect the application of the foundation,” says makeup artist Fiona Stiles, who instead preps her clients’ skin with moisturizer to ensure a healthy glow from within.

Another option? “Start with an exfoliating peel pad,” recommends makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, who swears by Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Pads. “That’s the most important step for a glow because if you don’t, you’re just putting products on dead skin.” (Writer’s note: Make sure to wear sunscreen regularly as peels can make your skin photo-sensitive.) Next, Hughes recommends layering a moisturizer like Augustinus Bader’s The Cream, or taking fifteen minutes to do a sheet mask for optimal glow.

“I also love using a face roller like Jenny Patinkin’s Rose Quartz Roller on the jawline, the orbital, and cheekbones,” says Stiles. “It’s a soft, easy way of depuffing someone’s face.”

3. Get smart about shade-matching.

Forty shades may be the new normal — a very good thing, to be sure — but that said, finding your perfect foundation match in the aisles of Sephora or Ulta can still prove to be a challenge. To determine your exact shade, Hughes recommends you swatch along the lower jawline of your face down to the neck to see which one disappears seamlessly into your skin. However, if you’re willing to make the extra investment, leaving the store with two shades might not be a bad idea, either. “Skin isn’t one color,” makeup artist Molly R. Stern tells Allure. “Having a slight variation in your options will allow for a more natural finish.” And pro tip — having multiple shades in rotation will be a saving grace as you naturally tan in the summer months or get paler in the winter.

Some makeup artist holy grail formulas? Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, and Chantecaille Future Skin. “You’re never the same color year-round,” explains Stiles. “So if you have one shade that’s a little darker and one a little lighter, just mix.”

4. How to glow the natural way.

Instagram will tell you that there’s no such thing as too much glow, but artists will likely say otherwise. “I try to be mindful of where I apply highlighter,” says Stiles, who prefers to keep the rest of her clients’ complexion in the velvety (but not 100 percent matte) zone. “I like a nice, moist highlight on the top of the bridge of the nose right where the eyebrows meet, a little bit on the cheeks, and then sometimes I’ll do a little on the jawline for a really fresh look.” For a glow boost, follow Hughes’ trick and use a face mist like Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist to instantly get gleaming. “I like to mist the face everywhere but pay the most attention to areas of the face where I want the most shine,” she says.

5. Get the most mileage out of your concealer.

When it comes to splurge-vs-save makeup, consider a good concealer (or two) a seriously worthwhile investment. Not only can it double as foundation if applied sparingly, but the right concealers can be used to cover up everything from acne to dark circles. “My favorite way [to conceal] is to use a BB or CC cream everywhere, and then just go in with a full-coverage concealer in certain areas,” says Hughes, who name-checks Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, Innisfree Matte Full Cover Concealer, and Glossier Stretch Concealer as some of her favorites. “If you’re trying to cover a spot, I like to use a little bit of an eye primer on top of it, and once it dries, I’ll put concealer on top and it has a little more staying power.”

When it comes for masking those pesky dark circles, you may be used to adding a brighter shade of concealer to counteract any purple-looking areas. However, using a brighter shade of concealer on its own can sometimes draw attention to the discoloration. “You want to make the undereye area blends with the skin, and then you can brighten,” says Hughes, who looks at undertones in her cheeks to color-match a concealer for her eye area. And if you’re confident in your color-correcting skills, look to Stiles’ tips for finding the right shade of rainbow concealer for your skin. “I usually use something more peachy on my clients who are more pale,” she says. For olive to deep skin tones, Stiles recommends a golden or orange shade to counteract any purple or blue zones. “One concealer isn’t really going to do it for your whole face.”

Her pick? “I love the new Surratt Perfecionniste Concealer Palettes — they sink invisibly into the skin.” For an instant eye-brightening effect, Stiles also recommends Tatcha’s The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment for a quick fix.

Transgendered individuals usually require special and extra contouring with makeup to help create an illusion of a more feminine face. There is no one, perfect way to apply makeup. Having said that, we will present what we believe is a simple yet effective method for the crossdresser. The best way to become proficient is practice, practice, practice. В В В В В В В

We all have different features and our best feature should be played up the most. The less desirable features should be hidden or minimized.

Facial shape – The ideal facial shape is that of an oval. All other shapes should be contoured to reach this goal. Contouring can be accomplished with a variety of products that produce dark and light areas on the face. Light concealer sticks work well, as does white eyeshadow. For dark, you can use a dark foundation or just a brown eyeshadow.

If a face is long and narrow, bangs or dark shadowing near the hair line bring the top down, and dark shadowing at chin reduces the appearance of length. Light contouring on the sides of the face make it appear wider. Long, dark hair tends to make the face appear narrower.

If the face is wide, the opposite method is used. However, long hair may not be the best alternative if one is older, because long hair may look out of place.

Cheekbones – To emphasize these, use light on the cheekbone area and dark underneath.
В В В В В В В Deep set eyes – Use light shades of eye shadow to bring the eyes out.
В В В В В В В Brow – Use darker shades of foundation above the brow to set it back.
В В В В В В В Lips – Use light foundation around the lips to make them appear fuller.
В В В В В В В Nose – Use dark on sides of nose to make it appear narrower.

Contouring may be applied after makeup, but the face appears more natural when contouring is applied after foundation and beard concealer, but before liquid makeup and powder. It is usually best, when shaping the face, to blend the contouring to avoid a sharp line.

Contouring is difficult to master and certainly isn’t necessary, but can be very rewarding when applied correctly. It is often considered the most difficult part of applying makeup and, if you’re not careful, you may look as if you just stepped out of a coal mine or have a two-day beard growth. Be sure to blend in the shading. Use a soft brush and brush the light area into the dark area.

Back in high school, I had the most unexpected run-in with a random dad in regards to the amount of makeup on my face. I was attending a Christian conference and chatting with a few sisters I had met, when their dad suddenly slipped into our conversation.

After several minutes of casual chatting, he looked and me and politely stated the following:

“You have naturally beautiful features,” he said, ” but the amount of makeup you’re wearing seems to be covering them up. As a dad and a man, I think you would look a lot better than you think with less makeup.”

At the time, I thought the volume of my makeup was perfect. I thought this dad was totally off and completely out of touch with modern beauty.

Well, ten years later I’m humbled to report that this random dad was 100% right.

I’m actually embarrassed to show people my high school pictures due to the dark, thick, layers of eye makeup masking my face. My parents tried to tell me that less was more, but I didn’t listen. I always thought more was better.

Like so many young girls, I saw the models on billboards and magazine covers and quickly formulated my opinion of beauty based on them.

I wanted to look “beautiful” too.

Instead of looking feminine, classy and pretty, my makeup distracted from my natural features and portrayed more of a sexual, flirty and seductive look.

I see young girls today in the same boat.

Is it wrong to wear makeup? I don’t think so. The Bible isn’t opposed to women looking beautiful – it’s opposed to women looking seductive and worldly. I view makeup as a tool. And like any tool, it depends on the user to get the best results out of it.

So how can we, as Christian girls, wear makeup in a God honoring and feminine way?

Some people view makeup as a bad thing because they say it hides our natural God-given beauty. This opinion is valued, but I happen to cordially disagree. When used in the right way, I believe makeup can enhance our natural God-given beauty, not hide it.

Just like we comb our hair, shave our legs, brush our teeth, and pluck our eyebrows – makeup can help freshen our appearance. There’s nothing “more godly” about displaying the dark circles under my eyes after a night of little sleep.

Those untimely pimples and red spots (a result of our fallen bodies) get nicely covered up without changing the natural look of my face.

When applying makeup, choose colors that enhance the natural colors of your face. My eyelashes are a light (light) brown, so I enhance them by applying a dark brown (to soft black) mascara.

I use a thin line of eyeliner to frame the natural shape of my eyelids, I use an eyebrow pencil to slightly darken the natural color of my eyebrows, and I use a natural bronzer to add a little color to my face.

God obviously made guys and girls to look different. He intentionally made women to be beautiful and feminine in appearance. When applying makeup, strive to enhance your God-given femininity, not take away from it.

We live in a culture where makeup is often used to create a seductive and sexualized look on women. This should not be our goal. The Bible has a lot to say about worldly women (Proverbs 7, ) and we need to avoid that “look.”

I hate to say it, but too much eye shadow, lipstick, and eyeliner can sometimes look plain trashy. Trying new colors can be fun, but it takes a bit of artistic skill to apply color in a classy and organized way. Since we serve a God of order and organization, we want our faces to reflect that.

We don’t want our faces to distract people from getting to know the “real us” either. We don’t want our eye shadow to be so crazy and colorful that it steals the show. As Christians girls, we want our faces to be welcoming and inviting so we can share the love of Christ with others.

It’s up to us to wisely use it in a God honoring way. Obviously the Bible doesn’t give us a makeup tutorial, so it’s up to us to discern and pray about how to honor God best in this area.

For some of you, makeup might not be something you choose to wear, and that’s perfectly alright! For others, you may choose to wear it and that’s perfectly alright too. We need to be careful not to place our own convictions and rules on other people when the Bible doesn’t.

Now it’s your turn to share!

  • Do you wear makeup? If so, why did you choose to wear it? If not, why did you choose not to wear it?
  • What makeup products and brands do you use? I’d love to hear your favorite makeup tips!

Q uestion: How can I look more feminine & girly with makeup?

Answer: Makeup is the best way to transform your face but also your style. If you use it in the right way, you can conceal any imperfections you may have and highlight your best features. There are many things that you can do to make yourself look more feminine, but there something else you need to know first: What products not to use, and which looks will take you more to the drag queen side.

First of all, if you have defined angles, a distinctive nose or a strong chin — you’ll want to stay away from dark shades and avoid extensive contouring. Contouring is a powerful technique for women with round faces and no angles. If you already have that, there’s no need to make it even stronger. Use bronzer and shades that are not overly dark to create the impression of a more firm nose, and use a highlighter to show off those cheekbones and add glow to your face. Again, don’t overdo it.

Another thing that will increase the masculine element are great eyebrows. You may think that you can pull off a Cara Delevingne look, but dark, thick brows are not the most girly thing you can go for. Keep them trimmed and in shape, but choose a lighter shade instead. The subtle version of every look is the one you’re looking for.

Now, when it comes to complete looks, I would suggest to keep your distance from smokey eyes. Especially black, dark grey and brown. Looks like this draw the attention to your wild, tough side, which is not what you’re searching for.

Now that you know what you should avoid, let’s see what will work for you when it comes to achieving a natural, feminine result.

The first tip goes without saying. Your go-to color is obviously pink!

Use a small amount of rosy blush on your cheeks for a cute, blushing look. It will make you look fresh and girly. Apply it on your cheeks and then continue all the way up, fading it out as you move.

Pink lips are a must, but you can also choose coral or pure red tones. Go for lip gloss over lipstick for a youthful look, and matte lipstick for a more mature outcome.

When it comes to eyes, you could definitely copy the 50’s pinup girls. Long, black, flirty lashes and a nice wing with black eyeliner. Use a lash curler for outstanding lashes. If you are determined to incorporate some darker eye shadow colors to your look, then follow these steps: Apply primer all over your lid. Use a very light natural shade to your upper lid, followed by a darker shade of your choice (preferably brown or burgundy) applied directly onto your crease to add depth. Blend it all with a light pink or peach shade. Finish by highlighting the remaining area under your eyebrows.

For your nails, opt for the neutrals — maybe even french tips and, of course, pink, red and purple shades.

Last, certainly not least — a feminine look isn’t worth a thing without the perfect canvas. You want porcelain and flawless skin, and thanks to all the amazing primers, foundations and concealers in the market, you can easily have it!

Follow all of these steps and always remember not to overdo it. There is a very thin line between romantic or sexy feminine chic and clown/drag queen, and it’s easy to cross it. You can wear your shimmers and glitters, but here, once again, moderation is key!