How to make your face more feminine

There are many different opinions around the world of what makes a face look feminine.  Depending on your culture and ethnicity, there are hundreds of variations. It also depends on what mainstream media wants you to perceive is feminine and beautiful.

Today, I want to show you how to make your face more feminine based on YOUR own bone structure, the drag queen way. The shape of your skull doesn’t lie. Some women have a more masculine bone structure and some men have a more feminine bone structure. If you find yourself with features you want to tone down or bring out, I’m going to show you what you can do to highlight and contour those areas.

How to Make Your Face More Feminine

First off, let’s look at what the differences are in a man vs. woman’s bone structure. In this photo you see the male and female forehead profile. The male profile has a stronger, more protruding brow bone with a subtle forehead dip. The female forehead is rounded and smooth.

Also notice the jaw line. The male profile is long and vertical while the female profile is shorter and more angular.

how to make your face more feminine

Next is the hairline. Men usually have a hairline that forms the shape of a “M”, while women have a smooth half-moon shape. This varies greatly among women because as we age it is very common to get female pattern baldness. The woman’s hairline begins to form the masculine “M” shape.

how to make your face more feminineOur lips and cheekbones are also different. Men have more space from the tip of their nose to their cupids bow. The profile also shows that men have flatter top lips (silhouette) that are less pronounced.

Naturally, men have more distance between their cheekbone and jaw line. As women age, this area also begins to look more masculine because of sagging skin. There is an easy fix!

how to make your face more feminine

how to make your face more feminineSo do you want to know how to make your face more feminine? Below is a diagram of the male face.  He is extremely happy about something. Maybe he likes being painted on so he’s smiling. 😉

The brown is the areas you should recede (contour) if they’re masculine features and the yellow is the areas you should bring to the foreground (highlight). He looks like a transformer right now, I know.

how to make your face more feminine

Here is a picture of Rupaul with the same highlight and contour

How to make your face more feminine

How to Make Your Face More Feminine

This is how most drag queens look so damn fabulous! Women will not need to be this dramatic since your features are already feminine.

Your goal (if you’re a man) should be to:

  • Make your forehead appear more smooth and round.
  • Disguise the “M” shaped hairline.
  • Create more cheekbone area and lift with under eye highlighting
  • Create less distance between your cheekbone and jaw line by lowering your cheekbone contour and raising your jaw line contour. Don’t give a 5 o’clock shadow!
  • Angle your jaw line from under your ear.
  • Increase the appearance of your top lip.
  • Raise your brows (either by plucking or redrawing) for a more wide-eyed appearance. Highlight it to hell.
  • Give the illusion of a smaller nose.
  • Lashes, Lashes, Lashes
  • Don’t forget to contour your Adam’s Apple.

When I was doing research on this, I was amazed at all of the differences between a male a female face. I guess I just never paid attention. Last night when I was on a makeup binge I tried out some of these tricks and it really made a huge difference in the way the photographs came out. So, I wanted to share. For more info on facial attractiveness, check out this Wikipedia article. It’s amazing and very interesting.

Thanks so much for reading. If you have any questions on the “how to make your face more feminine” article, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be happy to answer any questions. Till next time…


    • I would definitely recommend any makeup brand that is focused on theatrical application, mainly because it has high pigment coverage. Ben Nye and Mehron are both great.


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