How to Apply Crossdresser Makeup

Updated April 17, 2017

Crossdressers are men or women who enjoy exploring and displaying looks of the opposite sex. For example, a woman who enjoys dressing like a man is considered a crossdresser and a man who enjoys dressing like a woman is considered a crossdresser. Different individuals crossdress for various reasons, and these reasons vary depending on the individual. Male crossdressers often use make-up to create their feminine looks. With the appropriate tools and proper technique, a man can apply crossdresser make-up that will accentuate his features and give him a more feminine appearance.

Remove excess facial hair. In order to ensure that make-up is easily applied, it is important to remove any facial hair prior to applying crossdresser make-up. Use a razor to shave off your facial hair. Doing this a few hours before you start applying your make-up will reduce the likelihood of potential skin irritation.

Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face. Once you have removed your facial hair, it is important to cleanse, tone and moisturise your face. Using a toner is optional. Allow the moisturiser to absorb into your skin for at least 10 minutes. Otherwise, it will be difficult to apply foundation.

Apply foundation. Use a sponge, make-up brush or your fingertips to apply foundation. Choose a foundation that matches your skin. Otherwise, you will have the obvious foundation line. Make sure you blend the foundation onto your neck. Once your foundation is applied, set it with powder.

Shape your eyes. Depending on the look you are going for, you can use a variety of different eye shadows. Crossdressing is slightly subtler than drag queen make-up, so keep in mind that you don’t want to be too over the top. Use a medium-toned eye shadow as a wash on your lid. Apply a darker-toned eye shadow in the crease of your eyelid to create the illusion of a larger eye. If you desire, you can apply a highlighter to your brow bone. Nighttime looks can consist of bolder colours.

Finish eye make-up. Once your eye shadow is complete, it’s time to line your eyes. Use either a black or brown eyeliner to line your eyes. Black eyeliner is best for nighttime looks, while brown eyeliner is best for daytime looks. Once you have lined your eyes, use your eyelash curler to curl your lashes. Follow up with a coat of mascara.

Apply lipstick and lip gloss. The lipstick or lip gloss you choose to use will depend on whether or not it is daytime or nighttime. Bold colours are more appropriate for nighttime looks, while natural-looking colours are best for the daytime. Line your lips with lip liner and then apply your favourite lipstick or lip gloss.


Get your eyebrows waxed and groomed on a regular basis. This will make eye-make-up application easier, and your eye make-up will look better. If you desire longer eyelashes, use false eyelashes.


Do not end foundation application at your jaw line. Blend it into your neck for a more natural look.

Things You'll Need

  • Foundation
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Moisturiser
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Eye shadow
  • Eye liner
  • Lipstick
  • Lip liner
  • Lip gloss
  • -mascara
  • -eyelash curler
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