A Quick Men’s Makeup Tutorial
Sometimes the genes that you’ve been given are not as perfect as you’d like them to be so a little makeup done correctly can go a long way. But being men there aren’t many resources to teach us how to do it discreetly and accurately. So from listening to my make-up professional friends and having events including photo shoots, galas etc. I took to wearing make-up myself occasionally.
Before you even consider makeup or even a good moisturizer you must first think about how you cleanse your face. Using a good quality light weight cleanser that leaves you fresh and clean is the most important thing. I recommend using a dove product or some other product that is all natural and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy when you walk out of the shower.
The next most important thing is a good moisturizer that will leave your skin soft and smooth and will help to fight acne breakouts. I like the Loreal Youth Code moisturizer (approx. 30?) or La Mer (approx. $250) but the point is to use one that works well with your type of skin whether that is dry, mixed or oily regardless of price point.
After the moisturizing step many people believe you should tone and then cover your face with foundation. I personally don’t think either of these steps are necessary especially if your complexion is in good shape meaning lacking acne and excessive oil and buildup. To be honest if I use either of these things I break out hardcore so I recommend not using them altogether. Not only that but using too much foundation (or any at all) is clearly visible. I haven’t seen anyone wear a full face of foundation without it being completely noticeable. Ever! So in the spirit of anonymity and masculinity here is a step by step guide to men’s makeup.
Step 1 Concealer: As you can see in my video I use the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in the color “Light.” For the price and ease of use it tops the coveted YSL Touche Éclat by Yves Saint Laurent (at $70+) and the Maybelline product sits at a mere $12. I’ve used both products and trust me I think the Age Rewind by Maybelline lasts longer and works better.
Dot the concealer under your eyes and make small triangular shapes from the inner corner of your eye to the corner of your nose and up to the outer corner of your eye then back to the inner corner of your eye. This triangle lifts any bags under your eyes and creates an anti dark circle barrier.
Step 2 Blend: This is step 2 but it is probably the most important step and both men and women forget to do this or simply don’t give it enough attention but it’s SO important. Use your ring fingers to press the concealer into the inner corners of your eyes and blend outward from there. Don’t get the concealer too close to the water line of your eyes as this will cause burning throughout the evening or day but you want to get as close as possible.
Step 3 Bronzer: Bronzing powder is definitely the second most important ingredient in the perfect complexion cocktail but it is no less necessary. In order to achieve the flawless rested look you have to apply the bronzer to all areas of the face that the sun would touch as well as anything in between. No area of skin from your neck to the skin behind your ears should be left untouched. Make long even downward strokes mimicking the suns rays.
For a more chiseled look highlight the cheek bones, forehead, temples, jawline, nose bridge and chin with a heavier application of bronzer. This will add definition and a modicum of contouring to an already perfect look.
I hope that with the video men’s makeup tutorial and this write up that you are able to replicate the look and pull it off with perfect precision. But please for the love of all things please remember to blend! Just when you thought you blended enough… blend some more.