If you have facial hair, then you know how challenging a beard shadow can be in your quest for a feminine face.

There’s a lot of advice telling crossdressers and transgender women to cover their beard shadow with heavy concealer. Unfortunately, this is totally wrong!

Thick concealer creates a heavy, cakey look that can draw even more attention to the area you want to hide.

So what’s a girl to do?

I’m glad you asked! In this article, I’m going to share 4 must-have makeup items you should use in place of that heavy concealer.

Then you’ll learn how to put them together with a step-by-step video tutorial. It will show you how to conceal your beard shadow with minimal makeup for a natural, feminine look.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Pink or red color corrector


The #1 secret to concealing a beard shadow is to use a color corrector. By neutralizing the bluish tint of the beard shadow, you can achieve a natural look with less makeup.

Choose your color corrector based on your skin tone:

  • Use a pink color corrector if you have a light skin tone.
  • Use a red color corrector if you have a darker skin tone.

While your best bet is to use a color corrector specifically formulated for the face, another option is to use a matte pink or red lipstick.

Apply it: Use a small makeup brush to stipple a light layer of color corrector over the areas you want to disguise.

2. Medium coverage liquid foundation


The next must-have item is liquid foundation. Choose a medium coverage foundation rather than a heavy formula. It’s best to apply several thin layers to build coverage rather than using one thick layer of heavy foundation.

Apply it: For pro results, apply with a foundation brush instead of your fingers or a sponge. Brush on a light layer and allow it to try. If you want more coverage, go back and stipple additional foundation over the areas of concern. (See the video for a demo!)

3. Loose powder


The third item you’ll need in your product arsenal is a loose powder. Choose a powder with pigment as opposed to a translucent version.

Apply it: Use a large powder brush and dab on a generous layer of powder. Don’t use stroking motions or you’ll streak your foundation. Once everything has dried, you can brush off the excess powder with soft strokes.

4. Powder foundation


If you have a light beard, the previously mentioned items might be enough. If not, the final step is to get an additional layer of coverage by using a powder foundation.

You can find powder foundation at any drug store or makeup counter. This is a great option for areas that need extra coverage.

Apply it: Using a makeup sponge, press on one or two light layers of powder foundation over any remaining visible imperfections and voilà! Your transformation is complete.

Be sure to watch the video below to learn exactly how to use these makeup items.Tutorial: How to Conceal Beard Shadow 

With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to master these techniques to achieve a natural and feminine look without wearing tons of heavy makeup.

Enjoy! And as always, I’d love to know what you think.

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