In 5 Steps, fabulous queer makeup artist Meg Hall shows us how to apply makeup for a masculine look. Regardless of what face shape you are ultimately looking for, Meg has fantastic tips for all makeup enthusiasts!
By makeup artist Meg Hall
The art of makeup goes beyond fluttering eyelashes and perfectly glossed lips. It is also a tool to enhance the kind of shape and feel you want for your face. As a professional makeup artist with a feminine to more masculine fluidity, I’ve experimented and adapted makeup to suit my personal needs as well as the needs of those with masculine-of-center or genderqueer identities.
As with clothes, it all comes down to shape. When sculpting and shaping a “feminine” face you are striving to create the illusion of the perfect oval face shape; applying your blush, lipstick, and even eyebrow products in a way that accentuates curves and soft round shapes. To sculpt a more “masculine” face, you are striving for strong, chiseled features, and looking to create a more square shape. This is absolutely possible when you know which products and techniques to use when applying makeup.
STEP 1: COMPLEXION PERFECTION
You will need:
Recommended: Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer
Sheer Water Based Foundation
Recommended: MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation
You want to begin by creating a good canvas to work on. Following your usual skincare routine, apply a primer. Once primed, you want to apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer. I recommend going for something lightweight, like a tinted moisturizer or sheer water based foundation. Tinted moisturizer or foundation should be applied before concealer to save you from over concealing.
STEP 2: CONCEAL & BRIGHTEN
You will need:
Recommended: MAC Cosmetics Prep+Prime Highlighter
If you see any areas or spots that your foundation didn’t cover, now is the time to conceal. I recommend using a lightweight and/or liquid concealer to help maintain a “no makeup” look.
Following concealer, use an eye brightener to make yourself appear naturally awake and refreshed. Apply a small amount under the eyes and blend in with a brush using circular motions, going around the outside of the eye and over the brow bone.