Makeup workshops for trans* people!

Who are we?

Léah, Social Work student at McGill and Alexandre, final year in Sexology at UQÀM. All of us did our internship at ASTT(e)Q, and we were inspired by the needs of our participants to develop our JQY project.

Our project and our objectives:

To offer two makeup workshops for trans people*. With this project, we wanted to enable trans* people to become familiar with make-up, especially with the techniques of feminization and masculinization of the face. The workshops have increased the accessibility of beauty products for trans* people, who sometimes feel the need to wear makeup to be more comfortable with their bodies.
One of the goals of the workshop was to create a positive, non-judgmental space for experimentation and knowledge exchange on makeup techniques.
We also wanted participants to feel comfortable testing any type of make-up, without putting any barriers to gender stereotypes associated with make-up. The workshops were therefore open to everyone, regardless of their identity and gender expression.

Objectives: Self-confidence, non-judgmental space to explore makeup, strengthen community feeling, share knowledge, abolish gender stereotypes associated with makeup.

Why did we feel that this project was important for Montreal’s queer and trans youth community?:

We believe that our project was relevant in Montreal’s LGBTQ + youth community, since this kind of workshop is not available anywhere else. Indeed, makeup workshops are generally reserved for cisgender women and are not very inclusive. In addition, we built everything based on the needs we had observed in the field, namely the need to acquire knowledge of makeup and the need for access to quality beauty products.

What did we do with the money?

With the money we got through the Jeunes Queer Youth program, we were able to buy enough make-up products so that every participant in the workshop could walk away with their own complete kit!

Our project process:

Both workshops were held at ASTT (e) Q’s premises with participants recruited from the organization’s Facebook page.

We divided the number of participants in two workshops so that we could be more available to answer their questions.

The workshops, lasting about 2 hours each, covered basic makeup techniques for every day and a more complete look for special evenings. In addition, we discussed makeup techniques to masculinize and feminize the face.

At the end of the workshops, we made a draw among the participants with the cosmetics we had in surplus. The winners were able to leave with their prize in addition to their kit.

What we learned from doing our project that we’d like to share with you:

  • It is important to deconstruct the gender stereotypes associated with makeup and remember that makeup is for everyone!
  • It would be good to encourage more LGBTQ + organizations and inclusive spaces to set up this type of workshop, which allows participants to explore the world of makeup without fear of being judged.
  • Makeup, while not a necessity, is a form of expression that allows trans * and LGBTQ + people in general to feel better about themselves.

What we learned from doing our project that we’d like to share with you:

Thank you very much to all of you, without whom we could not have mounted this beautiful project! The Jeunes Queer Youth program is amazing and will clearly make a difference in the lives of many people. Our participants enjoyed our workshop and it is really warm to see that we have been able to offer them a safe and welcoming environment to experiment with makeup, in addition to being able to offer them quality products!