View Full Version : Techniques to make a male face appear more feminine

07-08-2003, 03:39 PM
Here's a question for ya. What techniques do you use to make yourself look passable? I would love to crossplay but my perfectionist streak won't allow me to because I know that I wouldn't look good. Any suggestions? :rockon:

07-08-2003, 04:42 PM
make sure you face is nice and clean shaven, pick up some concealer apply even coverage, finish with some light powder. Apply any other make-up you wish to use to enhance your face, eyes, lips etc.
Perhaps have your eyebrows waxed or plucked to make them more delicate and fine.
just some ideas

07-10-2003, 06:57 PM
Look at magazines, more of to the girl's tastes.

Duh... some kind of modeling magazine.

There's bunches of girls there! And they have some more feminime-istic make up needs and helpful hints. Also, if you don't want to actually do your own brows, like Odango said, you could go to the barbershop or a hairdresser. They may frown at cha, but they won't ask impudent questions. (Hopefully not ^^; )


07-11-2003, 09:31 AM
I would also point out the importance of expression. It's a little harder to explain or quantify than makeup tips, but practicing feminine expressions and mannerisms can work wonders.

07-17-2003, 11:21 PM
How I actually am handling my "male face" transformation is by asking two open minded women to do a make over on me so that you can have a fresh opinion of the issue. There are some cases that staring at your face and going gung ho isn't the best way to handle it... Also, take in consideration the wig that you're using for the costume since it will either expose or hide certain portions of your face. How "youthful" your face looks also makes it easier (imo) to transform your face into a more feminine version of it.

As much as possible though, shop with your girl buddies (don't be embarassed -- since you got a friend with you they won't think of asking otherwise) for cosmetics... you DO NOT need to spend over $60 on makeup! Going to a SavOn or a Rite Aid for cosmetics works too as you won't be spending a fortune on tons of stuff you probably will be using either once or twice depending on who you're playing.

Afterwards, have them apply the makeup on you. Now, if you or your friend has a digital camera, have them take a picture of it after you're satisfied with the results, go home, then try reapplying the makeup as shown on the photo. Reason why I said two people is because two people have different perceptions of how "feminine" a guy's face can be. Perhaps you can mix and match how they apply things on your face?

Well, that's that...

07-18-2003, 01:44 PM
I'd go heavy on the mascara and eye makeup if I were you, but it really depends on who you're going as... XD

07-20-2003, 02:18 AM
Avaleon - In addition to what everyone has mentioned already, if you had a clean, head-on shot of yourself, I could give you additional tips on enhancing the more delicate features of your face, and ways to mute the more masculine. However, I warn you, the tips will probably require a bit more makeup than you may have originally intentioned.

Go ahead and give me a PM if you are interested.

07-20-2003, 05:47 PM
Making a face look more feminine can be really easy, with makeup applied properly-

Make sure you even out your complextion first, with concealer and the such. Use some blush, girls have WAY more of a natural flush then men. Don't apply blush to the cheekbones though, it should go right on the apple of the cheek. You'll also need pinker lips (I would suggest a pinkish tinted lip gloss/balm)

Someone mentioned eyebrows, well, girls of course have thinner eyebrows, but the biggest differences between men's and women's eyebrows are that women's eyebrows are higher and have more of an arch. (Thick eyebrows can be feminine- they just need the right shape)

And make sure you never use TOO MUCH MAKE-UP, or else you'll look like a second rate DQ.

07-31-2003, 01:44 PM
Actually, are there any online reference sites where I can refer to in regards to this?

My "tools" are:

Lip gloss
Lip liner
Liquid Powder
Liquid Eyeliner

I know you apply the concealer to even out the dark areas then you apply liquid powder ontop of it. Then you have to highlight the apples of your cheek with blush. My friend suggested to apply the liquid eyeliner just right where the edge of my eyelids are and kinda lead out outward a little bit away from the eyes.

Any more words of wisdom, ladies & gents :) ?

07-31-2003, 02:55 PM
Pick up Kevyn Aucoin's makeup books, "Face Forward" and "Making Faces." They are the best makeup books out there, plus he shows several examples of male-to-female (and vice-versa) faces.

Mizuno Tenshi
07-31-2003, 04:38 PM
I just got some of Aucoin's books out of the library. WOW!!!! GET THEM!!! :D


08-07-2003, 06:39 PM
I think its all about the eyes, big pretty eyelashes, eyeliner. It would be cool if you lacked the braod jaw line. It would make things easier

08-10-2003, 07:39 PM
pluck yur eyebrows !! i swear that works so well !!
my brother let me do it to him and i swear he looks like my long lost triplit ! * i have a twin*

realyl pluck the eyebrows ..it will be apintful for the first time but it works so well !!
and alos triming long eye brow hairs and maken them apear thiner.

thats all i can think of becides eye makeup, lipstick and a good wig.

08-27-2003, 10:20 PM
Okay, first of all I'm revisiting this thread because I really want to pull this off properly - and now that I have a pic of what the end product of my friend's "help" with the makeup, I can ask some more suggestions as to how to improve the look.

I would pick up Aucoin's books but I'm kind of in a financial bind right now. ^_^;;;;;;; (no job)

The link to a pic of me with the make up on (ixnay the lip liner and the gloss) is...


09-10-2003, 03:08 AM
well you've got a great foundation for everything... you just need to apply shadows and highlights.. something Aucoin doesn't cover to much ni the books (although i love them and have both)so add to your list of tools a good shadow (a bronzer pretty much), and a light powder, white works( but pink theatrical powder works best)

use the light powder where light would naturally hit your face.. top of cheeks under your eyes up into your hairline.. not straight out, but follow the natural line from your nose to your outter eye outward.

use the shadow following that same line that your created from the light powder upward to your timples.. and fade back into your hairline and around the rest of your upper head.. this will create the more female contoured face.
also use it from your ears fading out towards your lips following the shape of your natural cheek bones..

once done.. blend everything out so you don't look so painted..

if you don't quite get it i can send a photo.. and some drawings for ya.

09-10-2003, 01:34 PM
Okay, I'll explain my make-up regime, and this might help... I do make-up the same on guys as I do on girls, with the exception that I occasionally use slightly bolder colours when I do guys' make-up. (Unless I'm doing a guy's make-up and trying to keep him looking like a guy...)

What I use:
Cream Foundation
Loose powder highlighter (instead of a pressed cake powder type thing, highlighter looks more natural)
Liquid liner
Pencil liner
Eyeshadows: shimmery colours are best, I reccomend having a light pink, light beige and a golden brown, all nice and shimmery.
Lip liner: a natural pink is best
Lip stick: light, natural pink
lip gloss
eyebrow pencil (or you can use your eyeliner pencil)

I start with cream foundation, applied evenly. Make sure you blend it around your jaw. After, evenly apply hightlighter/powder. Use a pink brush on your cheeks, and blend it up toward your hair line, but don't brush it up that way, or it'll look fake.

Eyes: I start with liquid liner, use a thin line of liquid liner on your top lids, starting from your inner eye and moving outward. Don't start extactly at the inside corner of your eye; liner shoul be thinkest under the arch in your brow, to give your eyes an almond shape. After this, I use pencil liner under my eyes, in a very thin line, also only toward the outside of the eye. This line should barely be visable: liner is made to make lashes look fuller, not to make it look like you've got lines around your eyes.
After liner, apply light pink shadow over your whole eyelid, all the way up to your brow. Next, apply a slightly darker colour only on the lower half of you eyelid: up to the crease in your eyelid. Use a slighter darker colour after that to define the crease in your eyelid. After, you might want to add a bit more pink just under the arch in your brow. It will make your eyebrows look more arched and feminine. Finish up your eyes by applying mascara on top and bottom lashes.

For your eyebrows, use a liner pencil. You don't need to/ shouldn't fill in your entire eyebrow, just darken a thin, arched area. Don't make a thick line though, when you pencil in eyebrows, use small strokes, acting like each stroke should be a hair, this will give you a more natural look.

For your lips, start by lining them, and be sure to blend your lip liner. (It's best to mousturize lips before applying anything to them: lipstick really dried out your lips. Also, a bit of foundation on your lips will help your lipstick go on more smoothly) apply lipstick and follow up with gloss. I also recommend you apply lipstick with a lipstick brush, it gives you much more control.

Rawr. Other then that, all I can say is: don't over do it. Make up is meant to be subtle. The most common mistake I've seem guys make is using too much eyeliner. Looking like a girl doesn't mean looking like a slut or something.

09-20-2003, 01:32 AM
Besides Kevin Aucoin's books which Koumori mentions, (which are excellent!) you might try the book "Stage Makeup" by Laura Thudium. It has an entire chapter on male to female and female to male makeup, and also has a chapter on corrective makeup- which can help you lengthen or shorten your nose, round off or square up your jawline, reduce or enlarge your lips, and all sorts of other stuff to help you look more like the character you want to cos/crossplay as.

Mizuno Tenshi
09-26-2003, 01:08 AM
Well... here are some pics of me with makeup and everything.

So.. what does everyone think?

BTW, I also have some cute pics of me in an LBD at the bottom... :D


09-30-2003, 07:37 PM
hmmm. about eyebrow plucking, what about these so-called painless hair removal products like Nads or Epil-stop?

10-06-2003, 06:23 PM
Well, I wouldn't call Nads painless...

Nads and the less expensive Sally Hanson No-Heat Gel come with eyebrow kits, but they never worked well for me personally. I found it was easier to use tweezers and a magnifying mirror. Maybe there's some trick to it... anybody know?

You can minimize the pain from tweezing by pressing down near the root of the hair with your other hand, and pulling the hair out in the same direction it's growing, pulling it parallel to the face (off to the side) instead of out and away (toward the mirror).

hmmm. about eyebrow plucking, what about these so-called painless hair removal products like Nads or Epil-stop?

10-24-2010, 08:44 AM
Could anyone give me tips on how to make myself look like KOS-MOS for this upcoming expo in July? Im not sure which direction I should particulary go in, this is the first time ive done this34581 sorry about popping in like this btw@@