I saw a client recently, who did not fit my typical client profile. He did not suffer from any skin condition, but was seeking skin camouflage help to conceal his beard stubble on those occasions on which he chose to appear as a woman.
I have to admit that it was a slightly experimental consultation as this is not something for which I had used skin camouflage before, but I am delighted that we achieved very successful results! We also addressed his make-up routine more generally in order to add little touches and make little tweaks to help him emphasise his femininity.
Mr B., although experienced at using make-up and transforming himself from male to female, struggled to fully conceal the underlying darkness of his beard stubble. He was not happy with the number of products he had to use, and the resulting very full coverage and heaviness of the make-up. He felt that despite layering on lots of concealer and foundation, it did not last well. When he started to sweat small patches of stubble would become visible and create a patchy, grey/blue effect.
During the consultation we started of by using a very effective smoothing primer: Perfect Matt by Kryolan. It’s designed primarily to allow products to attach to scar tissue, which is less porous than non-scarred skin. It also works beautifully to enable products to adhere to other surfaces that are not smooth, such as stubble.
We then used a very strong colour corrector in a bright orange – Dermacolor in D30. This shade can have a bit of a frightening effect on people. It looks more like something that you would use to face-paint a tiger! But in actual fact the strong colour is the key to neutralising the underlying blue tinge of the stubble, and therefore to being able to use less products. It can be applied in a very light layer, and creates the perfect neutral base for the flesh tone to go over.
Dermacolor D30 skin camouflage
Once done, we matched his skin tone to one Dermacolor shade that he could simply apply over the top. Previously he had been mixing four or five different products and layering them heavily on top of one-another to be able to achieve a full-coverage look. The skin camouflage solution not only made his routine much quicker and his life easier, but also means that he will not have to worry about any underlying shadows showing through or the product becoming patchy. Ironically, when product is layered on heavily it is much more likely to smudge or flake off, as it is not adhering directly to the skin but to other layers of product.
This is what he sent me after the consultation:
Hi, Babs, thanks very much for the help on Monday; it was a great experience for me. You made me feel very much at ease right from the outset, and I was absolutely delighted with the results you were able to help me achieve.
The add-on tips about make-up were a major bonus and the follow up instructions are detailed and very clear. Thanks again!
I am so happy that I was able to make someone else feel more confident about their appearance in circumstances I had not previously envisaged!