I'm very interested in cross playing, but I have a rather masculine face. I have very dark hair and pale skin, so facial hair is a problem, rather bushy eyebrows, wider eyes and so forth- Can you give any good tips how to make a masculine face look really feminine?
If you feel comfortable shaping your eyebrows that is an option but if you would prefer to keep you natural eyebrows for non-crossplay times there are ways to conceal them. To I’d say start with trimming down excessive length it will help reduce the bulk and make them easier to hide. You can use a comb and scissors or buy a trimmer designed for the task. I’d recommend the washable glue stick method for most people as it takes minimal materials and experience compared to other methods. It is pretty great once you get the hang of it and it’s cheap too. It can however start breaking down after long wear and or hot/humid conditions. The good news is it only takes warm water an some soap to clean off if you mess up. There are lots of handy youtube tutorials out there.
Some other methods involving prosthetic adhesives and specialized wax/plastics that can provide cleaner looking results but they are typically more difficult to work with, harder to remove, and more expensive.
As far as eye shape/placement using eyeliner can greatly change the appearance. Here is one handy reference but look around for more and practice at home.
Beard shadow is another common issue and there are solutions but they are not really one size fits all. So you may need to do some experimenting. Again there are plenty of resources on the web, but the basics for black hair under fair skin is to use a red/orange base layer to off set the blueish hue of the beard shadow. Then cover with a heavy foundation/concelaer. Some drag queens sue lipstick other use specialized products like ben nye beard blocker. I manage to get away with just a very heavy concealer then foundation.
If you really want to take it to the next level I can’t express the importance of learning contouring. Using different shades of makeup to create shadows and highlights to trick the eye and change the shape of your face.
Good luck, and happy crossing