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 makeup to create their feminine looks. With the appropriate tools and proper technique, a man can apply crossdresser makeup that will accentuate his features and give him a more feminine appearance.

Things You'll Need

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

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

Apply foundation. Use a sponge, makeup 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 makeup, 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 colors.

Finish eye makeup. 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 colors are more appropriate for nighttime looks, while natural-looking colors are best for the daytime. Line your lips with lip liner and then apply your favorite lipstick or lip gloss.


  • Get your eyebrows waxed and groomed on a regular basis. This will make eye-makeup application easier, and your eye makeup will look better.

  • If you desire longer eyelashes, use false eyelashes.