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Tips for Presenting as Male
It's commonly said that FtM people can "pass" easily. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Because there is a wide range of clothing choices for female bodied people in our society, a trans man might be seen as a butch lesbian instead. Luckily, there are ways to avoid this trap and present a consistent male appearance.
Going to a barber for a haircut is a great start. Alternately, find a gay-friendly stylist who will help you look as masculine as possible. Getting a short cut from someone who typically does women's hair or knew you "before" puts you at risk of getting a style more commonly associated with butch women.
Cuts that are short in the back and on the sides help make your face look more angular and masculine, while a crewcut will emphasize the rounded shape of your skull and paradoxically look more feminine. Additionally, "edgy" haircuts may be seen as a butch lesbian style.
If you have pointy pseudo-sideburns, snip them off straight across, then use a razor to square them starting at the upper edge of your ear. Men don't grow those "points" so stick with short, square sideburns for now.
Until or unless you're able to grow convincing adult facial hair, shave. Peach fuzz will do more to "out" you than anything else. Any hair that has a thin enough shaft that it could be bleached, waxed or plucked is too thin to masculinize your face. Shave it off. A clean-shaven face is much more convincing than one with downy fuzz.
People spend a lot of time looking at eyes and as a result eyebrows can do a lot towards masculinizing your face. Don't pluck or shape them. If your eyebrows are thin and light, it may be worth it to use an eyebrow pencil to accentuate them a little until HRT helps thicken facial hair growth. Do not accentuate the arch, however. Male eyebrows tend to be straighter than female ones and this helps make your face look more angular.
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