Transparency: 5 Questions Answered by a Modern Woman

It has been awhile since I've done a post about beauty. I thought it would be fun and interesting to get a different take on beauty other than my own. So I asked my friend Jade if she would be so kind enough to answer some questions about beauty today. She obliged and answered the questions I sent her, unfortunately due to time I wasn't able to ask a lot of follow up questions, but I did get some good recommendations from her about some of the makeup products she uses. Maybe she will be so nice as to answer more questions in the future :). 

1.) What are some particular challenges to picking out make up?

As a transwoman, one of the biggest struggles you face is a constant need to be “passable”… meaning that you strive to look in such a way as to not draw suspicion from other people that you are anything other than a natural born woman. There is a lot of pressure to achieve the look of a stereotypical woman, without being too eccentric. An unfortunate side effect of being born male is that my facial hair is still present, even with a close shave. With that in mind, the thing I find most challenging is finding a good foundation. I have to make sure that it provides adequate coverage without looking like it has been caked on. I have found liquid foundations are the best for full coverage and I apply it with a large beauty blender.

The foundation is $20.

The foundation is $20.

2.) What is your favorite makeup product you use right now?

I am in LOVE with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Otherearthly Highlighter (Brown Pink Silver)!  I think highlighters add that extra pop and look so good in photos.  My friend who works at Nordstrom recommended it and I could not be happier about it. 

This MAC highlighter is $33

This MAC highlighter is $33

Jade on NYE rocking the highlighter look! 

Jade on NYE rocking the highlighter look! 

3.) How do you feel about men being included in major makeup companies and as their spokespeople?

It’s about damn time! I know there are many young men who want to experiment with makeup and often feel that they cannot do so without being ridiculed. These young men are a part of a much bigger picture that will normalize the art of makeup and pave the way for future generations of inquisitive men. 

4.) Do you have any favorite youtubers who do makeup tutorials? What is your favorite look they do?

I have followed and loved the journey of Gigi Gorgeous.  Although she does very little with makeup tutorials now, obviously her transition was a huge part of why I followed her. I also love Carli Bybel.  She is very informative about the products she uses and the production value is definitely well primed :). I recently started watching Stephanie Nicole. She typically does more alternative makeup and does NOT hold back when it comes to reviewing products, which I love. She prides herself in not being paid to boost products she doesn’t actually believe in so it’s easy to trust what she’s saying about the products.

My favorite look is always a good night out look.  I am a huge fan of dramatic eyes, dark lips and of course, a great highlight!

Showing off her awesome smoky eye skills. I'm definitely still working on mine. 

Showing off her awesome smoky eye skills. I'm definitely still working on mine. 

5.) Do you think makeup companies do a good job supporting trans women? How could they do better?

To be completely honest, I haven’t seen any commercials or advertisements that have been specifically targeted at transwomen.  However, that does not mean they do not exist.  I know that Gigi has done work for various makeup companies, including endorsing a lip gloss line. One of the things that transwomen work hard towards is being accepted in society as just women. Even though we have many unique challenges that are specific to being trans, I think that as long as companies are open to their clients whether they be men or women, they’re doing the right thing.  As with any minority, visibility is huge.  It would be great to see a prominent transwoman be the representative of a makeup company.

Bonus Question: Do you have any geeky hobbies outside of makeup? 

I like the Lord of the Rings.  Like I probably watch it once a month.  And I am unashamed.

I like to imagine even hobbits love a good pumpkin patch :) 

I like to imagine even hobbits love a good pumpkin patch :) 

You can find Jade snapping photos on Insta and kicking it in the Cap Hill neighborhood.