my angle of the sector around me is heavily stimulated with the aid of being a transwoman.
some days ago, one of the e-mail style newsletters i receive (the cut) featured a piece of writing titled, "i’ve started dressing like my mom." you can bet what got here to mind once I study that name, while a civilian would probable interpret that title very in another way (and efficiently).
while i was touching up my makeup inside the women" room at uconn on friday, a young girl remarked, "i love your jewelry!"
after I thanked her, i laughed to myself due to the fact i used to be wearing a big vintage pair of clip-ons, which i am told are so vintage college while as compared to the pierced variety.
my buddy diana is lively in diverse lgbt businesses and as a result, she receives to attend happy"s annual "justice for all" reception in hartford. the reception attracts some of the makers and shakers of connecticut"s lgbt network in addition to governor dan malloy and other nation politicians.
diana invited me to wait the reception. of route, i generic her invitation and am very enthusiastic about the prospect of rubbing elbows with the governor, who has been a big supporter of trans and gay people.
so what does a lady put on to a sunday afternoon reception that the governor may be attending?
In the past, I recommended baby wipes for removing makeup. After all, if it's safe enough to use on a baby's bottom, then it should be safe to use on your face.
Friday evening, when I was ready to take off my makeup, I discovered I was out of baby wipes. I remembered that in the recent past, I had acquired a package of Avon makeup wipes that had been bundled with some other cosmetic products I had purchased.
I found the package and used three wipes to remove all my makeup including my eye makeup and the foundation and powder on my neck. The wipes did a better job than baby wipes. With baby wipes, I always had to use Avon eye makeup remover on my eyes, but the makeup wipes handled my eye makeup without any added help.
That sold me on makeup wipes.
By the way, after removing makeup, I always moisturize and you should, too.
When I did my "Makeup Basics for Trans Females" presentation on Friday, there was one tip that surprised a lot of the girls in attendance, so I thought I would pass it on to the girls who read Femulate, too. It is no big revelation. It is something I learned long ago – probably during my first makeover. I assumed it was common knowledge, but my assumption was in error, so here it is.
When you apply foundation, make sure you also apply it to anything contiguous with your face that will show. That includes your ears, neck, and whatever portion of your breasts and shoulders that will be visible. Otherwise, there will be an odd-looking mismatch between your face and yours ears, neck, etc.
During my presentation, the girls were curious about what brands of cosmetics I use. Since I am an Avon representative, I use a lot of Avon products, but I do stray away from Avon for some of the makeup I use.
Here is a list of what I use currently (in the order I use them).
Moisturiser – Olay
Eye Shadow Primer – Urban Decay
Foundation – Make Up For Ever
Contour – Marc Jacobs
Blush – Avon
Translucent Powder – Laura Mercier
Eyebrow Pencil – Avon
Eyeshadow – Avon
Eyeliner – Avon ( I use black eyeshadow with an eyeliner brush)
Mascara – Lancome
Undereye Concealer – Avon
Lipliner – Avon
Lipstick – Avon
I was up at 5:30 AM and the first thing I did was power up the TV to watch the weather and traffic reports.
I tuned to channel 8, WTNH out of New Haven and the talking heads (Keith Kountz and Laura Hutchinson) were at it. Suddenly I am wide awake as I notice that Laura is wearing the same Calvin Klein dress that I own –– the white cable knit sweater dress I am wearing in the photo at the top of the blog.
That is second time in the past month that I noticed a woman wearing the same dress I own. The other was Kate Goselin, who was wearing a Calvin Klein color block dress that I own.
I have to say that Laura and Kate have excellent fashion sense!
|Wearing Veronica Beard.
|Ryan Downey, male womenswear model
By Eve T
Earlier this month, my wife and I spent a long "girls-only" weekend in snowy, wintry Montreal, Canada.
We picked a new, small boutique hotel in The Old Port area. I had heard they were trans-friendly and advised them of our arrival, requesting advice and directions for exploring, restaurants, etc. They loved us and we loved them.
What a fun city! The Montrealers embrace winter and all the seasonal activities. Lots of skating!!! We rode the subways, walked all over, took taxis, lunched at bistros. And the shopping! (Great buys on fur, you need it up there). Underground mazes of plazas and malls, subterranean passageways, cobblestone streets and ancient storefronts.
We were both always greeted with "Bonjour, Madam!" and big smiles. The food is gourmet French. Everywhere! Pastries, crepes, soufflés. Try the afternoon High Tea at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (the Ladies" Room in the lobby is lovely!). And bring a larger girdle for potential waist expansion. Oh, and the exchange rate is like a 30% discount on everything. Because its really off-season (February), table reservations are not difficult.
Montreal is an international, cosmopolitan, sprawling city with an active downtown area, Old Port, Gay Village, Chinatown, French Quarter, English side, parks, waterfront; it"s got it all. It"s hip, cool and modern.
Smile, be confident, be pleasant, have fun and you’ll have a memorable time. But in the end it’s always about the people. I liked the Montreal/Quebecois take on it all... "C"est si bon!" Go and spread the good news!
|Christopher Morley is contestant number 6 in a circa 1970 womanless beauty pageant.
Some things never get old.
After doing my hair and makeup, that first reflection of a woman I see in the mirror.
Being referred to as “she” and “her” while I am out among the civilians.
Wearing high heels.
Hearing the click of my high heels.
When a gentleman holds a door open for me.
Touching up your hair and makeup in the ladies’ room.
When a civilian female engages you in conversation.
Smoothing the back of my skirt as I sit down.
Carrying a purse.
Taking my compact out of my purse to touch up my makeup.
Being called "Ma"am."
Even better... being called "Miss."
When a complete stranger stops to say, "I like what you"re wearing!"
Realizing that while I am presenting as a woman, it comes so naturally that I don’t have to think about i
|British soldiers femulating on stage in Forces in Petticoats, circa 1952.
The future is female, so as my blogging friend Juan once said, "Gentlemen, put on your skirts and high heels, fetch your purses, and head to the future."
We may not all be women soon, but I believe that in the future, being a male woman will be as acceptable as being a female woman. The following Pinterest photos of male and female women indicate that that future may be sooner than we think.