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Confidence is key!  It’s true no matter the gender, but wear it because you want to, because it makes you feel confident and sexy and all things awesome.  If you’re new to makeup and want to work your way up, try skin products (less noticeable) and eyeliner.  Though generally, I think the majority of makeup tips you hear apply to all!

— Christine

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So true, Christine.

This applies to everyone too, I suppose, but don’t ever let anyone belittle you for what you like to wear, whether it’s subtle or totally in-your-face. You get to choose what you wear and that makes you strong and gives you a chance to express yourself. You shouldn’t have to do that on someone else’s terms.

Don’t let anyone (especially women) tell you its not manly. Male celebrities have to wear makeup ALL THE TIME, why shouldn’t regular guys reap the benefits as well without being looked down upon?

I mean this will all respect:

My response to this kind of blatant sexism is ALWAYS the same, “I know, right? I can’t stand that women have the right to vote either! It’s just not natural.” LOL!

Trying to tell someone that they can’t or shouldn’t do something because of their gender is sexism – And sexism is about as attractive as rasism. Not at all.

Always start with clean skin! Wash it with a gentle scrub, Use some witch hazel as toner. Pat dry. Moisturize and go from there. because males sweat more, you may need to do touch-up more frequently.

Lotion and deodorant daily is a must (rusty and musty is not sexy). Manscaping: trim the hedges, mow the lawn (but don’t scorch the earth!) Own a pair or two of Tweezerman tweezers & cuticle scissors to keep your unibrow at bay. Get clippers that are safe for the nose & ear hair. I little bit of bronzer/self tanner goes a long way for special occassions/photographs if you are melanin deficient. Wear a bit of cologne every day. Take care of your hands and feet. Last but not least, use a lip scrub & a moisturizing lip balm (not the shiny kind!). Brush & floss regularly! Whew (LOL @ myself for making this laundry list at 1 a.m.)

Haha! I fail completely! I hate deodorant smell (I RARELY wear it myself). I can’t stand manscaping (it’s just not natural), the more hair the better – Leave those eyebrows alone!!! I’d rather have pale than tan. Cologne is distracting and gives me a headache and rough hands are sexy! I agree with soft lips and clean teeth but other than that… No ma’am! I like my men to look and smell like MEN! LOL!

The smell of BO (which seems to be popular with young men and women)is nauseating than even the foulest of colognes. I went to a Book Discussion and was overwhelmed by the lack of hygiene in some of the young Boho Crowd. No matter what a man chooses for make-up (or not) hygiene is a must. And trim those unibrows. I like my men to look and smell like gentlemen.

Define “man” Dusty. You are just rude and closed-minded. My husband, who is very much a man, loves skin care products and colognes. He doesn’t wear color cosmetics, per se, but if he did that wouldn’t make him less of a man.

Whoa there! Let’s throw that in reverse for a second! LOL! What I was stating was my own personal preference of what I find esthetically pleasing to ME. If you looked at the rest of my comments on this post (there are several) you would have also seen me share tips on a few ways a man might wear makeup AND also defend a man’s right to wear makeup. I’m in full support of ANYTHING that ANYONE wants to do – Man, woman, gay, straight, black, white or paisley 🙂

Great question Aaron, and great advice Christine. Eyeliner is an excellent place to start. I’ve seen and loved it on so many men, Gerard Way, Ewan McGregor and Adam Lambert just to name a few. I would say start with that, watch a few tutorial videos, and in no time you’ll be at your gorgeous best.

Androgynous men in eyeliner are hot. The black eyeliner just brings out the eyes. David Bowie, David Sylvian, Nick Rhodes, and Gary Numan all call for a time machine!

Dermalogica skincare line for men is amazing, gel bronzers, oil free products are amazing, tinted moisturziers are great because men that do wear makeup don’t want a whole lot on their face.

Oooh! Great question!! I’ve got opinions galore on this subject! Haha! Assuming that you’re trying to pull of “natural” (I know, right? What’s “natural?!” LOL!) then try some of these tips:

NO powder! A powdered, matte face is the first giveaway that you’re wearing makeup. Try to find foundations that don’t need to be set (and aren’t full-coverage) – And go with cream blushes and/or bronzers instead of powdered ones. People are naturally a bit shiny – You want to keep that if you don’t want to LOOK like you’re wearing makeup.

If you NEED to use a powder – Reach for a luminizer when you’re done (liquid instead of cream or powder). Everyone and their uncle makes them now-a-days. I find that they bring the life back into a heavily made-up face. Apply to the cheekbones, nose and forehead – Anywhere you would have a little natural shine anyway. My personal favorites: MAC Strobe Liquid and Face Atelier’s Ultra Sheer in Champagne (that stuff is AMAZING!) You can use a soft, fluffy blush brush with the smallest amount of product and buff it into the skin – Or get some of the product on your hands and press it into the skin using your palms.

If you want to darken your lashes, consider going to a salon to have them tinted instead of using mascara – If you don’t want to do that then invest in a good mascara fan-brush. Mascara WANDS are designed to really coat your lashes – You’ll end up looking like you’ve got eye makeup on unless you use a fan-brush to lightly “tint” your lashes.

Contouring! Contouring can be a guys best friend. Using a product that’s just slightly darker than your own skintone to create shadows can give you better cheekbones, a stronger jaw and a nicer chin. But practice – How quickly we forget season 7 of Roseanne when she looked like she had racing stripes on each cheek LOL! (If you grow it well, you can also contour and shape with facial hair – A goatee can slim a face if done right, so can sideburns – I use my beard to make my chin look bigger than it actually is ALL THE TIME!)

blond boys often have blond lashes. i think if they dye their lashes brown or black it would enhance their eyes. or using mascara. but black would maybe be too much. brown would be better.

and use concealer!

I did theatre for many years, often working with guys who had never worn makeup. Also I have gottten my husband addicted to the clinique skincare line. Take care of your skin this is true whether or not you wear makeupbut especially if you do, remove it before bed or your skin will be angry!

i dont think men need make up, i love natural guys, buy if you want to wear make up keep the skin healthy and glowing not cakey and powdery!

tips i wish all men would adhere to: pluck the hairs between you eyebrows, nobody likes a monobrow! and white teeh are sexy so keep em clean!

Perhaps starting out with light dark eyepencils/kohls is easier if you just want to give it a discrete try. Also if you just dab a little lipstick on lips after you applied chapstick the color will be a lot less intense and I think it helps in the beginning when one is getting use to the product and the art applying it.

I really hope “guy makeup” will not become a thing. I’d rather go without makeup myself for the rest of my life than see men wearing makeup.

That age has been and gone already but that whole androgynous Bowie makeup dealie all needs to come back today!! Woo hoo!

I agree that skin is a great place to start. In South Korea, it is very common for men to use skincare products such as cleansers and moisturizers. Some use tinted moisturizer. As a result, many men look more charismatic and thus have an subtle edge when dealing with business. Other than skincare, I find it very admirable when men sculpt and contour their faces. It looks dashing and handsome in a gaunt sort of way. Some of my debate team members use theatrical makeup to smooth out any facial imperfections, again for that subtle, charismatic edge. Mascara can work well, brushed over eyebrows, to fill them out.

If you want to keep it natural, I’d suggest tinted moisturizer and maybe some concealer. And maybe brow gel! Nice brows are important for all genders!

I wish more guyz would be confortable wearing makeup. My buddy has acne scarring and he hates it, but whenever I suggest a serum or concealer he aks like I’m certafiably insane. To me if he’s upset about his scarring he might feel better if he could correct/fade it or cover it up. But he doesn’t want to be girly its like buddy who cares. Do you !

Moisturizer is most definitely your best friend. My boyfriend’s favourite is just your good ol’ trusty Olay.

And if you’re going to do eyeliner, be sure to be clean shaven! Scruff makes your face a confusing mess if you’re trying to draw attention to your eyes. It’s the same principle ladies follow with their lipstick… if they’re glamming their eyes, they keep the kissers simple.

This is a little OT but this made me think of how Tom Cruise gets into Katie’s stash sometimes. If there is anything to learn from that it would be stay out of your wife’s makeup or get your own boys.

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