Makeup has slyly made its way into the male grooming market over the last few years. While the jury is still out on whether this is just a trend or whether this phenomenon will stick, it is a fact that it has yet to be deemed essential, say like shampoo and deodorant are. Nonetheless, men's cosmetic products are growing a substantial following -- and not just by gay men. In fact, makeup can actually be a great confidence booster. Many men who deem themselves as "manly" can also enjoy some products in limited quantities. Sure it's not for everyone, but if you are interested in getting into the trend -- purely for scientific purposes, of course -- then read on for some info on the essentials and what to make of all these new men's cosmetics.
Beyond your daily shaving routine, plus basic skin and hair care, there are some very other useful products that you can add into your grooming regime without seeming too much like a girl.
# '''Lip Balm''': Admit it-- having chapped lips is no party, especially if you have a significant other. You want your lips to be smooth and hydrated, which is directly equatable to being healthy. You don't need to get pink glitter gloss-- far from it. All you need is a basic moisturizing lip balm with some SPF in it. Here are some brands to try that won't make you feel like you are mimicking a drag queen.
## Chapstick SPF 15
## Burt's Bees Lifeguard's Choice
## Blistex SPF 30
## Coppertone SPF 15
## Java Balm
# '''Tinted Moisturizer''': Moisturizer is one very important thing. It's great for your skin and you can't argue with that. It keeps you smooth and soft, and helps soothe irritated skin after shaving. It also wards off harmful effects of the sun with an integral SPF (minimum 15). Moisturizers for men are now integrating two interesting features: antioxidants and tints. For any man over 30, a basic antioxidant moisturizer will help ward off wrinkles. Tints (often called bronzers) will give you a more even looking complexion and a nice glow, as if you were just at the beach or doing hard labor in the sun. Either way-- you're still keeping it manly, am I wrong? Don't worry about looking like you are wearing makeup. Tinted moisturizer blends seamlessly into your skin so you won't even feel it. Nor will you have to worry about applying it right. Plus, it washes right off when you take a shower. Here are some products to try.
## Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate
## MD Skincare All In One Tinted Moisturizer
## Paula Dorf Face Tint SPF 15
# '''Eye Serum''': We've all had some rough nights. But with eye serum you can keep your peepers from looking pooped. While these products tend to be pricey, you don't have to worry your pretty little head since a little goes a long way.
## Jack Black Eye Balm Age Minimizing Gel
## Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Toner
## Total Eye Care by Dermalogica
# '''Self Tanners''': For a more "permanent" type of skin tint, try a self-tanner. Apply with a light hand and let it dry. In about an hour you'll look like you've spent the weekend in the Hamptons without damaging your skin. What's more is that the tan will last just like a real one. Check out the article on Sunless Tanning for some application tips. And another hint-- just because a product is marketed towards girls, doesn't mean that it won't work on you (it'll just cost less).
## Clarins Self Tanning Gel
## California North Self Tanner
## Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes for Face & Body
Okay, if you have made it this far, then you are ready to delve into the next realm of men's cosmetics. This is where the real makeup comes in. Whether you are an actor, model, performer, or just an average guy who wants to put his best face forward, then this is where it's at. These products are all that you could possibly need to look good on a day to day basis.
# '''Concealer''': This works to cover everything that you don't want others to see, whether it be nicks from shaving, undereye circles from a long night out, or even blemishes. Choose a color that very closely matches your skin tone. When it doubt for picking a color, go one shade lighter than your own skin. You might need to look through a few brands to decide which one has the best undertones for your skin (pink, yellow, olive, or brown). Here are some products geared towards guys: Male Species Shaving Nick Cover Stick and 4V00 Confidence Corrector. However, there are some brands for women that work equally well, come in more shades, and cost a lot less.
## Physician's Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick
## Paula Dorf Magic Stick
## Zhen Foundation Stick w/SPF 8
# '''Eyebrow Gel''': If you've got messy brows, then this product is for you. Clear brow and lash gel gives your brows some shape and definition without adding any color or shine-- think hair gel but it a smaller container. You can also use it on your lashes if you really want, but it won't do much except define them, which is probably not what you want to do anyway.
# '''Shine Reduction Products''': From gels to powders to foundation, these are useful for getting rid of oily spots on your nose, chin, and forehead. Note that gels will simply remove slicks-- not add any tint. They are ideal iff you don't want to feel like you are wearing makeup. Powders can bronze or match your color to work as camouflage. Foundation is the same but it will be a heavier formula.
# '''Brow and Beard Pencils''': If your facial hair is looking a little sparse and you want to have a bolder appearance, use a brow and beard pencil that matches your hair to fill in the gaps. This doesn't mean draw on a beard if you don't have one. These are just meant to fix subtle imperfections.