note from editor: this product is discontinued]. so it was obviously the best place to start. I applied it in the tester mirrors until my lashes touched my eyebrows, and then hid my eyes from my parents while they helped me unpack in my dorm room.

I have two dads and two openly gay cousins, but I knew that coming out as a trans girl would be a whole different ballgame, and I just wasn’t ready yet.

My cisgender male roommate watched as three queer people put up bright room decor right next to his navy blue sheets. When my parents flew back home, I ran to buy whatever foundation, concealer, bronzer, and blush I could afford without even knowing how to properly apply them.After successfully coming out as Madison to the world years later, my confidence in being transgender began to grow with my beauty skills.