If the thought of a man wearing makeup conjures up images of Jersey Shore and clowns, don’t worry, you are not alone. Men’s make up doesn’t have a very good reputation, but it is becoming more mainstream thanks to red carpet secrets that are spilling off the runway and into the hands of everyday guys.
I personally don’t wear make up every day, but there are times when I think it’s acceptable, and even encouraged to dabble in the artistry that is make up. The purpose of makeup, as the name suggests, is to make yourself in your best version. If I have a high end photoshoot, or am doing a video spot, you can bet that make up artists needs to do their work so I am presentable.
So why is it that make up still gets such a bad reputation? I think the first misconception is that men are wearing women’s make up, when the truth is there are many companies who create products just for men and our unique needs. I also think men are fearful of what we don’t know, and makeup up isn’t something that is readily taught in school.
To give you a fresh perspective, I wanted to introduce you to 5 men’s make up products that changed how I looked at myself, and make up in general.
Taxi Man Guyliner
Made famous by Johnny Depp, Guyliner was the first real shockwave of make up for men. While other brands were trying to create flawless and hidden products, Tax said let’s be hold and give men an even bolder eye. Everyone from Mick Jagger to Bono sports Guyliner regularly, but if you want to be more on the level and less Ozzy Osborne, keep your Guyliner use to special occasions or festivals.
Recipe for Men Energizing Bronze Cream
I was amazed to discover that almost every photograph of a male celebrity has them touched up with this Recipe for Men Energizing Bronze Cream. Makeup artists understand how to apply bronzer in such a way that they can shape the face so the light hits it at perfect angels. This ’contouring’ is a magic trick that celebs use to knock 10 pounds of their face or to straighten their nose.
MMUK MAN Concealer Stick
MMUK created waves with thei rmen’s makeup collction, but it was their MAN concealer stick that is literally changing faces. If you want that bright eyed and bshey tailed look that erases stress, fine lines and wrinkles, then you need to meet concealer. This magic stick rubs under your eyes to hide shadows and will take years off your look. Such a simple yet powerful grooming hack!
MYEGO Matifiant Anti Shine Powder
On hot California afternoons, my friends often ask why I’m not sweating like they are, but until now, this has been my little secret. I use an anti-shine powder that stops oil and grease from collecting on the skin to give me an airbrushed look all day long. You can’t see the powder, but MYEGO Matifiant gives you a superior matte finish when brushed across the t-zone.
YSL Touché Éclat L’Homme Concealer Pen
Another concealer, YSL Touché Éclat L’Homme Concealer Pen was the holy grail make up for men when the scene first launched and it’s hard to find anyone who is competing on this level. A few tiny dos beneath your eyes will hide that jet setting, rock n roll lifestyle, and give you a youthful complexion. It is crease resistant, and while a little pricy, a little goes a long way.
So there you have it gents, five make up products for men that changed how I feel about grooming and looking my best. Would you use any of these? Leave a comment and let me know!