I feel like this quote is a really good example of how Imogen Binnie manages to give insights about being a trans woman that are simultaneously sincere and sarcastic/satirical in ways that I can’t help but wonder if many cis readers would be able to pick up on. There’s a lot going on here in terms of passing and compromise and the “deceptive transsexual” myth and etc., but she handles it in this really subtle and funny way that doesn’t necessarily cater to a cis audience. Compare Maria’s makeup tips (“makeup secret from a trans woman number five: Take pills”) with something like the archetypal *highlight the artifice of trans women’s femininity* scene in the beginning of Transamerica and it will be really clear which one was actually written by a trans woman.
Secret tip number two is to get some of that face lotion stuff that smells like an old lady. After you’ve shaved and washed off your face, glob it on everywhere and give your face time to suck it in. It makes your skin softer, which helps gross middle-aged businessmen slumming in your store know that you are the one to hit on.