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Dawn’s Picnic Look for the Cherry Blossom Festival

Complete with a new spring makeup look, Dawn headed out to picnic with friends at the Washington, DC Cherry Blossom Festival! I combined pale blush and metallic taupe cream eye shadows and crystalline powder eye shadow for eyeshadow and lined her eye with smudged black pearl eye shadow. We finished her eye look with lash-lengthening mascara. We used a lightweight CC Cream with sunscreen instead of foundation to give her an ultra-lightweight outdoor feel topped with a touch of creamy pink blush. For her lips, I lined them with neutral lip liner, added Pink Cherié lipstick, and topped it off with Pink Parfait lip gloss. Dawn added a sundress and bonnet to finish off her picnic by the Tidal Basin look. Happy spring!

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MTF Transformations: Abbi Kadabra Magically Transforms Travis into 50s Housewife

Travis and I met at an LGBT Thanskgiving Dinner in 2012, and we hit it off immediately as I perused his drag queen photos on his cell phone. Travis dresses as Abby Cadabra for performance art and to express himself in sometimes outlandish ways that his guy side just can’t justify. While Travis and Abby don’t fall under the transgender or crossdresser umbrellas, they are a part of my male-to-female transformation photo project and are allies of the transgender community. Abby and my trans-women friends hit it off at my Saint Patrick’s Day party, and Abby has extended an invitation to my friends to attend her Halloween blowout party.

In this photo series, Abby applies her own makeup, affixes her breast forms, styles her own hair, and selects her own clothes and accessories. She hams it up for the camera keeping true to her 1950s Stepford Wife persona and the drag queen role of performance art.

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Meagan Shows off her Little Black Dress Look

Meagan Shows off her Little Black Dress Look

As a birthday present to herself, Meagan treated herself to a Total Deluxe Makeover! In contrast to her whimsical sailor outfit, she models a cocktail party look including a little black dress (LBD) complete with soft pink accessories. She selects a dark purple smokey eye look and pink passion lips. Everything from Meagan’s LBD look except for her heart necklace is from Elizabeth Taylor’s studio wardrobe. At the end of her makeover and photo shoot, she changed into her blue jeans, black waist cincher, white blouse, gray scarf, and black boots for a birthday dinner at Freddie’s Beach Bar.

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Self-esteem Building for Teenage Genetic Girl

I shook up my client expectations recently when I saw a GG teenager in my makeover studio. Super sweet, smart, and athletic, Dakota was facing self-esteem issues and wasn’t presenting herself in a way that showed she cared about her appearance. Her parents decided that a makeover and makeup lessons may help her improve her self-esteem and presentation style. After we found a fun outfit, shoes, and jewelry for her to wear from my studio that complimented her body shape, we worked on a makeup look for her. I gave her three options: an everyday look for school, a dramatic look for school dances, or a self-expression look to show her personality. Dakota chose to express herself with a purple, pink, and cream eye shadow palate accented with a purple eye crayon along with a pink lip crayon and lip jelly. She looked super cute and happy with her new outfit and makeup look!

Her hair puzzled me though. After a thorough brushing, her hair looked matted and greasy within 10 minutes even though she washed it daily. I found out she was using Suave and suggested she try upgrading to Pantene, Dove, or another middle-of-the-road shampoo and conditioner available at Walmart. The next week she returned after using Dove and her hair looked fabulous for a full 90 minutes instead of less than 10! What a boost for her self-esteem! She also learned to apply her makeup for a simple school look with tips on how to change up her look.

Dakota looked radiant in her photo shoot as the center of attention. After a couple of poses where she stood and sat kind of like a guy, I recommended some ways to feminize her posture. First, she put her feet together with a bit of an angle between them when standing and kept her ankles crossed when sitting. Next, she put her hand on her hip to help accentuate her curves and jutted out a hip on occasion. Third, she smiled and looked toward the camera with confidence. The next week we went out to Starbucks to show off her new fabulous look with confidence.

Dakota thrilled me with her excitement about learning about makeup and how to better present herself. A little coaching can go a long way. 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Roxane goes for subtle and sexy

Roxane shows off her beauty after her first makeover and total transformation ever. Since pink and purple are her favorite colors, she selected a bright pink top, black mini skirt, and black pumps with bows on the back. For makeup, she selected purple eyeshadows on a cream colored base to bring out the green in her hazel eyes and pink lipstick to keep with her desire for a subtle and sexy look.

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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Happy birthday, Tiffani!

Tiffani celebrates her birthday with a makeover and night out on the town with a girlfriend. She tried out green eyeshadows and pink glossy lip stain with her signature pink sweater, a classic black miniskirt, and black pumps with pink polka dots. In this series of photos, Tiffani displays a variety of emotion as she focuses on getting ready and I experiment with vantage point.

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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Tiffani Debuts at September’s Tgirlnation!

Tiffani made her debut on the tgirl scene last month at September’s tgirlnation. In these photos, she’s modeling a black miniskirt with her favorite pink sweater top, a blonde bob wig from Revlon, J Vincent black patent leather shoes, Coach wedge shoes with laces, and a small, black Coach bag perfect for clubbing. For makeup, she’s chosen to complement her gorgeous blue eyes with gold coast, honey spice, amber blaze, and copper glow mineral eye shadows with two coats of mascara on her curled lashes. For drama, she’s wearing firecracker red lip stick with a touch of icicle lip gloss for sheen.

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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Sexy, sultry Kim enters the Scene

Sexy, beautiful Kim entered the scene this summer.  She is showcasing a red, curly wig accented with green eyeshadow and green mascara. More to come!

Sexy, beautiful Kim entered the girlie DC scene this summer. She is showcasing a red, curly wig accented with green eyeshadow and green mascara. More to come!

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Corsets, Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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My First Southern Comfort Conference

I returned late Sunday night from my first Southern Comfort Conference (SCC) after driving over 600 miles from Atlanta, GA, to Washington, DC. My mind is still whirling from four days of total immersion in the trans* community.

Beth dresses in a black top and skirt, black wedge sandals, silver jewelry, and Mulberry Forest Glossy Lip Stain to head down for her first night of networking at SCC.

Beth dresses in a black top and skirt, black wedge sandals, silver jewelry, and Mulberry Forest Glossy Lip Stain to head down for her first night of networking at SCC.

I arrived late Wednesday night to a bustling patio filled with trans-women. My minivan was packed full of Riedel wine glasses, wine, Mary Kay demos and products, Ardyss corsets and shapewear, and one small suitcase of my clothes. After three bell hop carts delivered my wares, I changed and went downstairs to mingle with the ladies, including several I’ve met before in the DC area. I went to bed early by SCC standards between 1 and 2 a.m.

On Thursday, I was completely consumed by preparing for and running my wine education seminar and wine tasting social. Twenty guests attended my wine education seminar and gave me excellent feedback on the information I presented, my presentation style, and personal appearance. Yes, I love getting compliments and trans-women never cease to compliment my appearance! 🙂 We tasted three United States wines during the seminar and used a simplified Court of Master Sommeliers tasting grid to analyze the wines together. The guests enjoyed this so much that one girl even asked for permission to take a photo of my slide!

After my seminar, I had to hurry to set up for the wine tasting social in the bistro area. The hotel graciously provided tables, ice and ice buckets, and standing cocktail tables while SCC volunteers helped me move 15 dozen wine glasses and three cases of wine from my room to the bistro area. My friend Laura and SCC volunteers helped me with many set-up and logistics details. We tasted six wines from the lands of the Romance languages (Spain, France, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Portugal). I’ll post more details of the wine tasting on my zindiva.com website soon. Guests had a great time and many thanked me as they left. After tear down, I was exhausted and went back to my room and fell asleep by 11 p.m.

Beth and Kristin Beck both attended the trans-vets reception on Friday. Kristin recently published the book "Warrior Princess" that described her time on Seal Team 6 and life as a transgender woman.

Beth and Kristin Beck both attended the trans-vets reception on Friday. Kristin recently published the book “Warrior Princess” that described her time on Seal Team 6 and life as a transgender woman.

On Friday, I slept through the seminar I planned to attend on trans-veterans but did make it to lunch, Kristin Beck‘s talk, the trans-veteran’s reception, cocktail hour, dinner, and the Jungle. I met some awesome people at the trans-veteran’s reception including veterans from the Korean and Vietnam eras up to the present and all branches of service. I really hit it off with Christine, who is also a Mary Kay consultant who works primarily with trans-women but also has some genetic girl (GG) clients. She also took photos of the conference and I loved posing at her portable studio on Saturday night. At dinner, I sat with a couple of cute girls, Markee and Raven, who had attended my wine tasting.

Beth had a blast dancing and flirting with trans-women at Jungle, the largest LGBT club in Atlanta.

Beth had a blast dancing and flirting with trans-women at Jungle, the largest LGBT club in Atlanta.

Later that evening, I headed with the SCC ladies via shuttle bus to the Jungle, the largest LGBT club in Atlanta, though about half the size of Town Danceboutique in DC. I had a blast at Jungle, the best night out at a club for me in quite some time. I loved dancing and flirting with the trans-ladies and before I knew it, it was 3 a.m. and time to take the last shuttle back to the hotel. Did I do the smart thing and go to bed? Of course not–it’s SCC! I had a few girls up for some wine and hanging out and stayed up til 6 a.m.!

On Saturday, I slept through the SCC lunch and ate at Maggiano’s across the street.

Laura looks fabulous with her Mary Kay makeover. Despite her hard work on video production and lighting, her makeup stayed put all night!

Laura looks fabulous with her Mary Kay makeover. Despite her hard work on video production and lighting, her makeup stayed put all night!

Then I had a Mary Kay makeup makeover for my friend, Laura, who wanted a simple yet elegant look for the ball. After applying skin care and liquid foundation, I set to work on the fun part–color! Her soft blue eyes invited me to use beautiful golds, browns, and coppers (Honey Spice, Gold Coast, Amber Blaze, Copper Glow) for eyeshadows along with black eyeliner, lash primer, and Lash Love Lash-Lengthening Black Mascara. We created light pink cheeks (Shy Blush) and subtle contouring (Bronzer and Highlight Powder). We finished off her look with the Enchanted Mauve Glossy Lip Stain and the Finishing Spray. I love the limited edition Glossy Lip Stains! The stain stays all night long and into the next day unless removed with eye makeup remover!

Beth gets ready for the ball and the last night of SCC.

Beth gets ready for the ball and the last night of SCC.

After that, I took a nap, applied my Fantasy and Fairytales makeup, then went to dinner, danced, and socialized.

As the final official SCC event, the dance and bar areas drew lots of trans* people.

As the final official SCC event, the dance and bar areas drew lots of trans* people.

With it being the last night of SCC, I made sure to talk to lots of girls and dance with a few too.

It's time to get silly! Beth helps Tiffany, a first-timer, smile for photos by being her silly self.

It’s time to get silly! Beth helps Tiffany, a first-timer, smile for photos by being her silly self.

Then I invited a couple girls up to my room for some wine and I stayed up til 4 a.m. chatting. Yikes–this SCC schedule is nuts!

Sarissa loved her new look and how easy it is to apply.

Sarissa loved her new look and how easy it is to apply.

Sunday morning, Sarissa invited me to join her for breakfast and then she came up to my room for a makeup makeover before my late checkout. She loved her look and the tips she picked up.

I finally got on the road to leave SCC close to 3 p.m. Sunday when there were very few trans* people still at the hotel. I felt like I was leaving almost a ghost town compared to the bustling venue that greeted me when I arrived.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Makeovers, Parties

 

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Paige @ Play: 1 Makeup Look, 3 Wigs, 3 Totally Different Girls!

Paige 3 Ways!

Paige arrives in drab awaiting the magic and transformation ahead!

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Paige loved the way the foundation made her face look lifted. This photo shows her with skincare on her whole face but foundation on only one side. Can you tell the difference?

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Paige is wearing an Ardyss Slim Shaper ($100) and Panty Reshaper ($85) to model this super short, sexy dress from Wet Seal.

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Paige shows off this long, light brown wig with style. Check out how the choker necklace, Badgley Mischka leather hobo bag, and Guess shoes complete this club look. Elizabeth Taylor earned this gold bag from Mary Kay by working her business!

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Can you say wow?! Paige looks hot! Work it girl!

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Get Paige’s look: Mary Kay @ Play Tuxedo Baked Eye Trio ($10), Black Eyeliner ($12), Lash Primer ($15), Lash Lengthening Mascara ($15), and the latest trend of the Mulberry Forest Glossy Lip Stain ($16)!

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Paige shows off her heels and legs!

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Paige shows off her assets! The Slim Shaper ($100) and Panty Reshaper ($85) enhance her figure to create those scrumptious curves!

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Outfit change! Paige selects a blonde bob, a black cardigan, and jeans for her next look, which she loves.

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With the same smoking hot makeup look, Paige becomes the girl next door with a wig and outfit change. Amazing!

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Paige and Beth joke about her soccer mom image in this wig and outfit. 🙂

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Uh, oh! Look at that cutie! She’s having fun and it shows! It looks like we may have saved the best look for last!

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Paige is a natural beauty in this curly, dirty-blonde wig! She wears this look effortlessly.

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Paige, Benita, and Beth all decided this was their favorite wig look for Paige. She wears the wig with ease and confidence.

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Paige’s cheekbones are enhanced by using bronzer ($12) and highlight powder ($12) in addition to blush ($12).

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Paige meticulously applied layers of the Mulberry Forest Glossy Lip Stain ($16) with a Mary Kay flat-tip Concealer brush ($10). She cut in the edges of her lips for definition by approaching the lip edge with the brush at a sharp angle.

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Accessories like the white rose with black trim and the one-of-a-kind pearl necklace add a flirty, fun look.

 

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