Transgender clients will most
likely have varying degrees of
makeup skills. Some might have
experimented with drag makeup,
which while glamorous and skilled
might not serve a woman well in her
daily lifestyle. Meanwhile, others
might be ineffective in applying basic
makeup; therefore, a compromise
between both mindsets will give you
a happier client.
Silicone-based makeup with no
oil and high pigmentation content
has the most coverage with minimal
application and no oils to attract
bacteria or the frequent ladies room
visits to powder down an unfeminine
shine. It feels that nothing is there,
yet it hides everything while the skin
takes on a different structure during
hormonal changes. Many transgender
people have heavy beard lines while
testosterone is still predominant.
This type of makeup is an ideal cover
if a neutralizer tone is used first,
then the main skin tone applied
over it. The same goes for broken
capillaries, hyperpigmentation and
other skin anomalies.
Privacy and Acceptance
Privacy in your clinic or salon is
important. I recommend giving the
client a chart to fill out detailing
their expectations, medical history
and prescription drugs, if applicable.
Treat the client as the gender
they exhibit when visiting your
spa or salon. If a client appears to
be dressed as a man or a woman,
treat them how you would that
gender. If you are ever unsure about
pronouns, feel free to ask them.
They will most likely be happy to
tell you which ones to use.
Once you get to know them and
guide them to their “better-appearing
self,” it will become easier and a huge
when people are free from skin
anomalies that make them want
to hide, such as acne, scarring
or premature aging, they feel
empowered to go out and face the
world with a fresh, new perception
We provide services that help
people along their individual
pathways to success and fulfillment.
As the first global ambassador for
the Harvey Milk Foundation, I can
only say there is no better way to
elevate our profession than to change
lives by giving them confidence from
the outside in. Champion the rights
of every human to be exactly who
sense of accomplishment will be
yours along with the extra income
this special client brings in.
With your patience, your
effort and most importantly your
understanding, you will have a
long-time client. Remember that this
is a major lifestyle adjustment and
often a lonely journey. Your role will
include supporting, counseling and
acting as a sounding board to your
client. Professional treatments and
inclusion into your space will ensure a
long-term client whose gratitude will
have no boundaries.
Constant care through emotional
times will not only increase a valuable
client base, but it will also earn you
infinite love and gratitude from
people on a very lonely journey.
In our field, the focus is
confidence from the outside in
based upon the principle that
Silicone-based makeup with high pigmentation may provide the most coverage.
Danné Montague-King is
the founder of DMK Skin
Care, which is based on his
“remove, rebuild, protect,
maintain” concept. He is a
known educator, author and presenter.