Consider the whole package. Take time to decide what type of woman you want to look like. This greatly influences the other steps. How old are you? What is your body type? What kind of style do you want? Envision the woman you will become. You can be classy, provocative, trendy, or even angelic. What you want to look like will change over time, and outfit choices vary from day to day.
- Remember to always dress for the occasion and take your daily life into account. If you will be passing as a woman on a regular basis and work in a professional environment, provocative or flashy clothing will not be appropriate. If you’re going out clubbing, wearing more revealing clothes is fine.
- If you’re trying to pass as a woman for a party or special event, go all out. Be over the top in your clothing choices.
- Use your close female friends looks for fashion inspiration. Notice what aspects of their outfits you like.
Take a shower.
Showering is the first step to looking like a woman. So much is done in the shower, including shaving, washing your hair, and getting generally clean. Females are known for having smooth skin, clean and shiny hair, and a clean body, so take your time. You may also need to spend some money on this step.
- Buy quality razors to shave with. Cheap razors can irritate skin, and your body hair will grow back quickly.
- Invest in shampoo and conditioner that smell nicely. Feminine products are scented differently from male products.
- Get a loofah and body wash. This will help exfoliate your skin and leave it clean and smooth.
Shave Facial & Body Hair.
After you’ve washed your body and shampooed your hair, a close shave is a must for passing as a woman. Use a new razor and take your time. Also, be gentle; you don’t want to irritate your skin. Using plenty of shaving cream and razors with three or more blades will keep razor burn to a minimum. If you really want to keep stubble away, you can try waxing, electrolysis, or even permanent laser hair removal, but consult with a professional first.
- Shave your entire body, too. If you haven’t done this ever or in a while, be prepared to spend a lot of time in the shower. You might go through multiple razor blades, so keep extra on hand.
- For more sensitive areas like your belly or armpits, avoid using too many strokes. Instead, use a few long, even strokes against the grain of the hair.
- Use moisturizer after shaving. This will give your skin a soft, feminine feel while soothing freshly shaven skin. Choose a scent you like, too.
Pluck your eyebrows.
Women generally have thinner eyebrows than men. Remove stray hairs by plucking them firmly from their roots. For highly stylized brows, you may want to seek a professional, but plucking eyebrows can easily be done at home.
- The start of your brows should be about one inch above the inner corner of your eye. Remove the strays in between.
- The end of your brows should be about one inch above the outer corner of your eye. Pluck any stray hairs that come after this edge.
- Pluck hairs from under the brows until a natural arch-shape is achieved.
- The arch should peak above the outer rim of your eye. Remove stray hairs along the bottom of your eyebrow’s arch. Do this part the slowest, and be sure your brows are parallel in thickness.
- It is natural for the skin on your face to become red and sometimes swollen after plucking. This will quickly fade.
Manicure your nails.
Ensure that they are clean and trim. Though getting clean nails generally happens in the shower but could require you to use a nail cleaner to remove dirt and grime. Use a nail board to file down uneven edges of your nails.
- Paint your nails if you desire. Clear polish is always classy, but there is a world of options. If you’re trying to be sassy, pick out a bright red or neon color; if you want a more subtle color, stick with nude shades like beige or silver.
- Get a manicure if you have a large amount of hangnails, stubborn grime, or unsightly callouses. A professional manicurist can cut, buff, and paint your nails for you.
Style your hair.
A simple head of clean hair is all you really need to pass as a woman, but curly, coarse, and long hair requires more work. In general, make sure your hair is brushed thoroughly and use styling products if it is overly frizzy or unruly.
- Going to a salon can be helpful. A good stylist can tell you not only what’s in style but what will look good on you. They can also recommend products for your hair type. Have an idea of what you want, but be open to input as well.
- Keep your hairstyles simple unless you’re experienced in working with hair. There are hundreds of articles and YouTube tutorials about easy hairstyles.
- Practice different styles well in advanced of any event. There is nothing more stressful than trying a new hairdo on a deadline! If you’ll be passing as a woman for an extended period of time, grow your hair to the length you desire.
- Buying a wig is also a good idea. Wigs come in a variety of cuts, colors, textures, and lengths, so you can find a wig that fits your style.
Apply your foundation.
This step varies vastly from one person to another, but overall, foundation is the most important part of passing as a woman. It will cover up any blemishes and will mask a five-o-clock shadow. Find a cover-up and/or liquid foundation that closely matches your skin tone, plus a matching powder to “set” the make-up, making it look naturally feminine.
- Visit beauty stores that provide help from makeup professionals to point you in the right direction. This is very important if you’ve never used foundation before. They will let you know what brand works best with your skin and budget.
- If you’re shopping online, read the reviews before purchasing foundation. Look into which offer full coverage.
- Use a moisturizer and primer before applying the foundation. The rest of your makeup will go on much easier and look better. Use your fingers or an applicator to blend the foundation so there’s no clear line between makeup and skin.
Decide if you want a full or natural look, but either way, don’t overdo it. You don’t want to appear clownish. Lipstick, blush, eye-shadow, eyeliner, and mascara are all options for you to use.
- If you want a more natural look, a bit of mascara and some eyeliner should suffice.
- For a more full look, apply eyeliner, eye-shadow, blush, and lipstick, too.
- The temptation to overdo makeup is common for most beginners. Remember to tailor your makeup to the occasion. Keep it classy, and you’ll pass.
- Applying makeup is already difficult for women; be patient and ask friends for help. You’ll get the hang of it.
- Find YouTube tutorials for complicated looks like a smokey glance and cat eyes.
Pick an outfit.
Dressing like a woman involves planning your look from head to toe, beginning with your top or dress. The color choice will vary depending on your personal style. If you’re going for a business look, choose more neutral colors, but if you’re going for a night out clubbing, go for bright colors and patterns. Also, choosing a top or dress that flatters your figure is important.
- Choose a top or dress that best suits your frame. Plunging necklines draw attention from broad shoulders, so these are often good choices for passing as a woman. Knowing your body and working with it is essential to passing.
- If you are more full-figured and have a larger midsection, don’t get a shirt that shows your belly. Fabrics that stretch like polyester can be very comfortable.
- If your arms are very bulky, consider using a shawl to cover them when wearing sleeveless outfits.
- Corsets, gaffs, breast forms, and other specialized body shapers are also available.
Thinner individuals will have an easier time finding flattering jeans, for example, and a full skirt will accentuate curves nicely. Multiple trips to several stores may be necessary for you to find the right bottoms. Be wary of purchasing pants or skirts online, as sizing can be difficult to predict.
- Start with a skirt with empire waist, which is a great choice to begin with. These look good on narrow hips and flatter bottoms.
- Go shopping with a female friend to get a second opinion.
- Hide any bulge in the crotch area. This is a sure way to be anything but a woman.
- Choose accessories. There are tons of pretty accessories on the market today, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and hair decorations. Try to tailor accessories to the outfit you’re wearing.
- Matching is a good idea. For example, if you’re wearing a green skirt and a white top, put a white flower in your hair or wear a green bracelet.
- Don’t wear too many accessories. Wearing three accessories at a time is more than enough.
- Jewelry can get expensive, but stores often have more affordable items alongside the more pricey ones.
Your shoes should be comfortable but still stylish. Women don’t always wear high heels, so you don’t have to punish your feet. Medium size heels may work best for most crossdressers because men tend to be taller than women. So, if your height is more than 6 feet, wearing high heels which have more than 3 to 5 inches ,could make you tower over others. Once again, think about the occasion. If you’re going to be walking a lot on your feet all day, high heels will not be very comfortable.
- Heels make your legs look quite feminine so pick a heel with comfortable heel size that looks good on you.
- Flats are also a good choice when it comes to being affordable, girly, and they also come in an array of colors and patterns.
- Wedges are another nice alternative to heels that you should check out.
Reflect on your look. Stand in front of a full length mirror and turn around so you can see yourself from every angle. Decide if there is any part of your outfit that looks unfashionable or unflattering. If there is, change! Passing for a woman involves a bit of extra time getting ready. Give yourself about an extra half hour to get ready just in case you need to do any last minute changes.