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Men & Makeup, by Scott-Vincent Borba

Monday, February 02, 2009

OK, let’s be honest.  Most urban men (not just the metrosexuals anymore), are actually buying make up for personal use.  To put this theory to the test, I did some research.  In ethnographic research public reports (which is just a fancy name for studying an individual’s behavior at home), over 50% of men have used or tried a make up product of their partner’s.  The primary product used (or tested) was concealer.  For all those late night outings with the boys, but wanting to look well rested and awake at work, it was a must have.  I totally get it, as I’m blessed with red carpet and TV opportunities (and it’s a necessity), but I wanted to conduct one further layer of research.....go to a few local drug stores and ask the cashiers if men are actually buying beauty products for themselves.  To my surprise, it was an overwhelming YES.  So I asked, what products do you see typically being purchased?  The consistent answers: concealer, black eyeliner, acne tinted cream (or a concealing product), clear mascara gel, tinted moisturizer with SPF and a regular or electric tweezers.

So let’s dive into why these were the most purchased items.  I asked a couple of “straight acting” men why and how they would use these products (and here are some of their true responses):


  1. Concealer Why:  “Makes me look awake and I can hide that I’ve been up all night having too much fun”.  How: “I use it like a football player would put on under eye sun block – swipe and rub in.”
  2. Black Eyeliner Why: “All the ladies love that rocker, bad boy look”.  How: “Before I go out, I draw a ring around my eye and squint hard, or jump in the shower and let whatever comes off naturally.”
  3. Acne Tinted Cream Why: “You can’t walk around with a big red bump on your face.  You have to cover it”  How: “Dab on your finger and rub on the spot until it minimizes the redness or gross look.”
  4. Clear Mascara Gel Why:  “To separate my mono-brow.”  How:  “Brush your eyebrow hairs away form the center of your nose...duhhh”.
  5. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF Why:  “To look healthy”.  How: “I use it like a regular SPF, just enough to cover my face and neck.”  I would suggest you cover your ears and the back or your neck too :)
  6. Regular or Electric Tweezers: Why:  “Every guy has the FLY HAIR on their face, back or chest.  You just got to pluck it.”  How:  “Come on.  Do you seriously need to know how to use a tweezers, electric or otherwise?”

We all know that most men have a lip balm in their pocket, car, home, office or gym bag.  It’s just a necessity.  What woman wants to kiss a guy that has flaky, dry, chapped lips!  There are enough challenges that we (men) bring to the table, so in my opinion, the above products and steps are really simple ways to spiff yourself up and possibly even get a date!

-Scott-Vincent Borba

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o0mae0o wrote:
1) 2/2/2009 12:58:51 PM
"What woman wants to kiss a guy that has flaky, dry, chapped lips!" I MOST DEFINITELY AGREE!!
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Lea WhiteFeather wrote:
2) 2/2/2009 1:01:10 PM
I know this for a fact because my boyfriend asks me to cover any breakouts with concealer. So yes, this is spot on.
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mandy927 wrote:
3) 2/2/2009 1:22:50 PM
I think men wearing makeup is bizarre. Its shows way too much preening and primping. I like the rugged men.
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d$ wrote:
4) 2/2/2009 1:27:20 PM
i think guys should were makeup!!! it def helps some men most on tv
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jmeg1121 wrote:
5) 2/2/2009 1:28:00 PM
I am not a big fan of seeing makeup on men. For me,I enjoy seeing a man with his natural rugged good looks. However, on a few occassions, my husband has borrowed my concealer to cover up a few pimples on his face. That seems ok to me- it is never noticeable that he is wearing it, and it makes him a bit more confident.
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dragonsgirl wrote:
6) 2/2/2009 1:28:22 PM
I could never bring myself to date a guy that used anything more than chapstick. No offense to the guy that wrote this, but yeah.
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agrushin wrote:
7) 2/2/2009 1:31:21 PM
Sunscreen is a definite must-have and from an early age too, especially if they're involved in outdoor sports. Unfortunately many men I know from playing tennis are still leery of sunscreen and lip balm. Good skin is the foundation of an overall attractive, healthy look so anything that helps maintain and protect the skin should be embraced.
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DawnOnMeNow wrote:
8) 2/2/2009 1:36:15 PM
I think the suggestions that the writer, Scott Vincent Borba, wrote are acceptable. I just think that it begins to look somewhat suspect when the look is too polished...
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arilvdc wrote:
9) 2/2/2009 1:37:21 PM
I think that this kit for men is awesome. My SO really liked the men's kit from Burt's Bees, so hopefully he'll like this one too. I especially second the acne tinted cream- that's a must for anyone, male or female.
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goodchococat wrote:
10) 2/2/2009 1:43:01 PM
eye cream and concealer- my got my boyfriend to start using eye cream at night to decrease his wrinkles and dark circles.
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kris10amanda wrote:
11) 2/2/2009 1:45:05 PM
I think that eyeliner looks good on some men. Like Pete wince or Jeard leno.. If a guy doesnt look like them they shouldnt wear guy liner.
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MagnoliaMiki wrote:
12) 2/2/2009 1:46:04 PM
I've seen a lot of younger guys with eyeliner. Some have the rocker look, but most have just a fine line. I think it looks a little odd that way. But the rocker look is kind of sexy!
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iamhisbabyy wrote:
13) 2/2/2009 1:46:36 PM
i think that it's great that some men use makeup!! women use makeup to make their outer appearance look better than it already was.. So I think men should also be able to do that as well.
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sonant wrote:
14) 2/2/2009 1:48:45 PM
when me and my husband were dating we always tried out the new lip gloss flavors.....would make kissing very fun...heheheee. The wearing makeup well sometimes its ok as long as you cant see...you know like where more than I am.... The eyeliner is another word...I always threaten to tweeze his eyebrows but he wont ever let me do it.
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Jermom wrote:
15) 2/2/2009 1:48:52 PM
I still find it a little weird. Yes, lip balm is great. Eye liner? No, we don't all love bad boy look. I could understand concealer but have never seen a guy use it.
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jenstwins wrote:
16) 2/2/2009 1:48:58 PM
I don't see why a guy couldn't wear makeup. Especially lip balm and stuff with spf in it. Now, the black eyeliner...eh, might be odd to me.
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sweetvoyce94 wrote:
17) 2/2/2009 1:50:32 PM
I think its fine if a guy wants to make a nice appearance and take care of himself :)
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Annemarie wrote:
18) 2/2/2009 1:52:46 PM
My very manly police officer fiance totally uses my concealer and foundation for spot treatment. He gets the occasional pimple, and usually has under-eye circles, so he tries to valiantly hide them. Unfortunately for him, I have Olive skin, and he's extremely pale. I plan on getting him his OWN concealer for Valentine's Day! :)
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yeslek312 wrote:
19) 2/2/2009 1:53:01 PM
I don't think I know many guys who wear makeup but I've never really thought about it. Maybe they do and I just don't know it. I guess it makes sense, they use it for many of the same reasons we do.
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B-Ritt wrote:
20) 2/2/2009 1:54:39 PM
I work at CVS here in Massachusetts and I always see men buying beauty products. Its funny because they will always look embarassed or make up and excuse that its for their wife/girlfriend. I think more men should be into their looks/use beauty products. I always try to get my boyfriend to do the rocker look that Scott-Vincent was talking about. He's right, girls find it irresistable. But everytime I ask him to do it he says that only gay guys and metros wear makeup. I think men need to see things from a girls perspective. Here we are expected to look like super models 24/7 and most guys don't even take care of their basic hygiene, i.e. chapped lips. When will guys get with the program? I think the fact that e.l.f. is now offering a men's kit is amazing. I hope its a hit. ~Britt
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Renz wrote:
21) 2/2/2009 1:55:03 PM
I think guyliner is sexy and lip balm is absolutely necessary for the kissable lips.
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AbbyC wrote:
22) 2/2/2009 1:55:51 PM
I can understand the concealer for acne and basic maintenance items (tweezers, lip balm,etc.), but go too far and a lot of the ladies out there might think you're not interested in their gender to begin with! Mono-brow? Just go have it waxed or pluck. We want men that look good, but that still have that slightly "rough around the edges" look.
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Brigitte wrote:
23) 2/2/2009 1:56:10 PM
Wow... I really was unaware men are buying beauty products! This is somewhat refreshing it's not only women trying to look good all the time! I really hope it just becomes OK and not weird for men to keep buying these things, in the future. I have to say I definitely like the guyliner! Going into the shower after putting it on is a really good idea ... and as a woman, I may have to try that one myself!
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zise wrote:
24) 2/2/2009 1:59:25 PM
well makeup is really for anyone who wants to wear it. who is to say that women can only wear it. but everyone who is on tv or the bigscreen wear makeup to avoid the shine and look younger so why not.
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Kristina B. wrote:
25) 2/2/2009 1:59:31 PM
Oh man - I WISH my boyfriend would at least carry lip balm around! He's always asking for mine... he'd be so much more pleasant to kiss if he used some on a regular basis, and wouldn't it be nice if it was his *own*! LOL.
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Gigi Girl wrote:
26) 2/2/2009 1:59:51 PM
"I kissed a girl and I liked it... the taste of her cherry chapstick." Oh wait... that's what my husband wears. He wont go anywhere without his cherry chapstick. It keeps his lips from cracking and tastes oh so yummy.
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Tuesdae Jade wrote:
27) 2/2/2009 2:02:49 PM
Haha, equal rights and all that, but Im still a tad leery on the subject. In every day, minimal is best, but that goes for most females as well. My ex used to get into my makeup and "surprise" me, then make me fix the awful mess he did. It was very strange...
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KelleBelle wrote:
28) 2/2/2009 2:04:36 PM
Concealer? Okay. Eyeliner? Only if you're part of a Motley Crue tribute band. If you're over 23, leave the eyeliner to the emo boys.
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StotheG wrote:
29) 2/2/2009 2:04:42 PM
I've always wondered...and now I know! Interesting blog.
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saechao_j wrote:
30) 2/2/2009 2:08:36 PM
i personally do not find men buying make up products unusually. my boyfriend uses my facial scrubs and acne treatments, too. i even encourage him to wear concealer when he's having a no so "nice face" day. as for the clear gel mascara, i'm still trying to convince him to try it!
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Megn wrote:
31) 2/2/2009 2:03:42 PM
I wish my boyfriend would open his mind to the magic of concealer. I've applied it on his really dark undereye circles and rare pimples before and he was so self-conscious that everyone would be able to tell he was wearing make-up. Obviously, the key is to find a shade and formula that makes it look like you're not wearing any makeup at all! I agree with 5/6 of the makeup purchases in this blog. I just can't get down with the idea of men wearing black eyeliner. Unless you are in a rock band and are performing on stage, there is no need for the emo look.
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kitr wrote:
32) 2/2/2009 2:10:44 PM
General matanence is fine, the basic rule is if it colors your face it should not be used by men
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Shopgirl.nj wrote:
33) 2/2/2009 2:10:53 PM
Being in the theatre, I am quite used to seeing men in makeup, and I have always found eyeliner on guys to be appealing. However, I do think that it's not for every guy. Typically you have to kinda have that certain emo/rocker look to begin with. I think that there is nothing wrong with at least wearing something like tinted moisturizer with sunscreen in it, or whatever. I just don't like my guy to be prettier looking than me. Hah. I think the point of all this is, we get to choose individually our style and as a man if that includes makeup, then go for it. Why try to be something you're not simply to fit in?
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curbsidezebra wrote:
34) 2/2/2009 2:14:46 PM
I just had this conversation w/ my boyfriend. Now, we are a little older, but I really think that a bit of concealer and something to even out that ruddiness in his skin will go a long way in assisting him getting a new job in this economy where it is far more difficult if you are over 40. I would love to find a makeup counter where they would teach him to apply w/out looking like a goofball - just like they do for us girls!
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Maggie Q wrote:
35) 2/2/2009 2:15:51 PM
I mostly see men buying tinted moisturizer w/ SPF. I guess they want to keep their skin healthy too!
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Loligan wrote:
36) 2/2/2009 2:17:09 PM
Most guys I see purchasing makeup are usually getting eyeliner or cover up.
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islandgirl wrote:
37) 2/2/2009 2:19:28 PM
this isn't new stuff. male celebrities wear make up to hide their imperfections. it makes perfect sense. i just hope these men aren't the kind who complain about us gals taking our time to put on makeup.mmhhmmmm. oh and yeah dry chapped lips...turn off!
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49 & Fab wrote:
38) 2/2/2009 2:19:40 PM
I can see a little concealer to hide a pimple, but that is it!!! Anything more is not masculine.
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FlipFlop wrote:
39) 2/2/2009 2:20:58 PM
I think its okay for men to put makeup on. We all worry about our skin so why not. If it makes you happy well then its okay!
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Amy D wrote:
40) 2/2/2009 2:22:31 PM
I think that lip balm, sunscreen, moisturizer, and hygeneproducts are one thing; but I do NOT want to see my husband in concealer, eyeliner, or anything that is going to detract from his manly countenance! Sorry guys, had enough of the metrosexual approach. Take care of yourself and that is good enough!
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PrincessGirl wrote:
41) 2/2/2009 2:22:46 PM
Tweezers and chapstick are fair game for guys, but anything else is a little over the top.
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Darko wrote:
42) 2/2/2009 2:23:03 PM
I think it's great that a guy is secure enough with himself to want to wear make-up, irregardless if it's to conceal or enhance. I can't stand when a guy gets all macho about colors and styles. Be yourself, whatever that is. It's the biggest turn-on a guy can do, and there's always someone out there that will appreciate it.
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makeup counters... wrote:
43) 2/2/2009 2:25:45 PM
mascara and powder!
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mfashionista_1 wrote:
44) 2/2/2009 2:31:14 PM
So, I actually do know a couple guys who use cosmetics. I don't think it's that big of a problem. I mean, I think some guys do need to actually cover-up some of their faults! Cause I know personally, as a girl, I think a guy looks a lot better if he doesn't have zits all over the place! Girls like nice skin! And my brother has actually gotten me to cover his zits for him a couple times! ha ha...but that's ok. The only thing that bothers me is when guys go all out. I don't think that guys wearing mascara and eyeliner is right. But guys tweezing and waxing, sure! Guys look sooo much better smooth...without hair...ya kno? ha ha...but I'm all for the concealer and lip balm...and no, a guy that does that is NOT gay. lol.
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fanny wrote:
45) 2/2/2009 2:34:17 PM
This survey is pretty interesting. In fact, one of my guy friends used pressed powder to cover up his oil.
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Chela wrote:
46) 2/2/2009 2:38:07 PM
more than chapstick is too much for me - I don't like the eyeliner look on guys and I definitely don't like the concealer either - it's easy to tell when guys are wearing makeup and it just makes me want to say... "is he wearing makeup?" that's not attractive to me.
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Maggiehall wrote:
47) 2/2/2009 2:38:22 PM
I am married to a man that I would consider to be the rugged outdoorsy type, but even he uses lip balm. He also grooms his eyebrows, ears, and neck which I greatly appreciate! I would even think tinted mousterizer with SPF would be okay. I do think that guys using eyeliner and lipstick is over the top though. I had not thought about bronzer, but in this age of skin cancer it is a much healthier option.
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Kelly G wrote:
48) 2/2/2009 2:42:05 PM
I know several men who have used their partners makeup on more than 1 occassion. I had one friend who was injured at work and had a cut on his head. We were in a wedding together and we used my concealor to help cover it for pictures. And many of my guy friends have admitted to using concealors and powders to help smooth out their skins appearance in wedding pictures, engagement photos or other important photos. More men use tweezers and lip balms but just refuse to fess up for one reason or another. I think more men should be open to this and less "afraid" of public (other friends) reactions. All they are doing is putting the best looking version of them out there. Just like women do everyday.
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Jiji wrote:
49) 2/2/2009 2:46:12 PM
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0morphine0 wrote:
50) 2/2/2009 2:47:13 PM
My husband used tinted acne cream in high school. I can see the use of concealer. Eyeliner on men though is seriously creepy. If your job is to stand on stage and sing punk rock, go for it. Otherwise, give the eyeliner a pass if you are a straight, unless you want to look gay.
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mackenzie wrote:
51) 2/2/2009 3:30:20 PM
haha this is funny, if i was a guy i would totally wear makeup!
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Galasriniel wrote:
52) 2/2/2009 3:33:09 PM
Ok, I understand most of this stuff, but black eyeliner? I see it on men once in a while and I think it looks ridiculous! You are not Jack Sparrow!
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jjojoo23 wrote:
53) 2/2/2009 3:33:26 PM
You know, the makeup I see most on guys is eye-liner, so I'm not surprised to see it up there at all. The mascara gel though, I was surprised... I think that rocker-look is very in, but on the everyday guy, it often looks too Halloween-ish. Maybe just for fun or weekends, but please, not everyday!
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Um...No wrote:
54) 2/2/2009 3:33:32 PM
Guys should never wear eyeliner. I personally don't think it ever looks good in daily life. Maybe if you are a rock star and you think it makes you look tough...maybe. However I see no problem with a guy wanting to use a little concealer to cover a blemish. Heck, girls do it.
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mackenzie wrote:
55) 2/2/2009 3:34:52 PM
this is a great article, but im not too big on the eyeliner...
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dixi wrote:
56) 2/2/2009 3:40:17 PM
I don't think guys should were makeup a little carmex is fine but that's it its not natural for guys to were it its for women and women only
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CieCie wrote:
57) 2/2/2009 2:47:23 PM
I think that it's ok for men to wear makeup that covers up acne or scars or something. I think its the norms that people put on themselves that even make this an issue. But where i dry my line at is eye shadow/liner. Sum people dig the brett michaels look but that's just not my cup of tea. It's not necessarily a bad thing if you do but it's just not a preference of mine to have my man have more makeup on then I do.
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elsbett wrote:
58) 2/2/2009 2:49:44 PM
I think men with black eyeliner look a little creepy. However, I've always liked a "dandy," a man who payed attention to his looks. I have no problem with men wearing concealer, tinted moisturizer, etc., but draw the line at heavy make-up for men: then they look like cross-dressers... to me, anyway.
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tleann wrote:
59) 2/2/2009 2:53:10 PM
Long ago, I thought that men should start being more open to wearing makeup. I am a senior marketing major and I have written many papers about this..i think it is fine for guys to wear makeup...but i think it will be a little difficult to get them to feel comfortable buying and openly using makeup. The male makeup should be advertised in a masculine way in order to try to change the perception of makeup being only for women. As long as men can buy the make up and still feel masculine, then mens makeup will sell.
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tleann wrote:
60) 2/2/2009 2:54:09 PM
It's not fair for only women to be able to cover up imperfections. Guys want to look good too!
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MeganInFlagstaff wrote:
61) 2/2/2009 2:55:42 PM
I can see make-up working for some men, but not all guys need that touch of color. I can understand the rocker eyeliner and the brow tweezing glam guys, but there are some guys that look better without. My boyfriend is the type of guy that cringes at the thought of using scented soaps and using nail polish to stop the itch from a bug bite. I have had my flings with the eyeliner punks, but I much rather prefer my boyfriend's no primping style. Besides, who wants to share their E.L.F. mascara anyways?
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tleann wrote:
62) 2/2/2009 2:55:56 PM
I think internet ordering is the way to go for marketing makeup for guys. Most guys wouldn't want to go into a department store and pick out make up and let everyone see them walking around with it. If they can buy it on the internet, it will make them feel more confident about it because of the privacy of it.
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tleann wrote:
63) 2/2/2009 2:59:26 PM
my boyfriend likes the idea of the mens kit....and I think a lot of other guys will too!
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Georgia-NY Girl wrote:
64) 2/2/2009 3:01:56 PM
I actually think that it is a pretty normal thing for a man to do, especially when it comes to concealing. We women know how judgemental we can be and we do pretty much the same thing except that we apply more stuff. If a man wants to conceal or enhance a feature without going overboard then I think that it is perfectly normal.
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tleann wrote:
65) 2/2/2009 3:02:20 PM
i think the eyeliner in the men's kit is a little too much....i don't want to be able to tell a guy has makeup on....i just think it is ok for them to be able to cover things they want to. I would die if my boyfriend came out of the bathroom with black eyeliner on.
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marbrog wrote:
66) 2/2/2009 3:05:30 PM
I can see some guys wearing SOME makeup. I know in highschool, a few guys used concealer or foundation for those problem areas. The trick with those is making sure they bought the correct shade. After that, I hadn't really seen many men wearing makeup, or at least not that I could tell. Not sure if I would like a guy with eyeliner on.??
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MSN wrote:
67) 2/2/2009 3:06:19 PM
I guess it just depends on the guy. If my husband came home one day and started using eyeliner, tinted moisturizer, or concealer I would probably laugh! But then he's not really the type that would do anything like that. He doesn't put product in his hair. He only uses chap stick because he works out in the cold weather. But I have dated a couple "punk-rocker" types that used eyeliner and black nail polish. Like I said, it just depends on the guy. Some guys you totally expect it from and other guys you know they wouldn't even consider it!
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Jordans16 wrote:
68) 2/2/2009 3:08:00 PM
I live in the rural south, so the only make up men wear around here is the emo guys who wear eyeliner.On others guys would be caught dead in makeup.
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Jordans16 wrote:
69) 2/2/2009 3:08:13 PM
I live in the rural south, so the only make up men wear around here is the emo guys who wear eyeliner.On others guys would be caught not dead in makeup.
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Ms Yabble wrote:
70) 2/2/2009 3:09:11 PM
And why not?
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crimp90p wrote:
71) 2/2/2009 3:10:04 PM
yes men should wear chapstick but not guyliner or mascara only some men can get away with guyliner but not MASCARA.
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Helen'sDaughter wrote:
72) 2/2/2009 3:14:28 PM
My husband is in his 50's and is no metrosexual. It's hard to get him even to wear sunscreen daily! He did let me apply concealer after laser surgery once. He would never go out and buy any products- to him, that's MY job.
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msmn5c wrote:
73) 2/2/2009 3:16:41 PM
I appreciate men grooming, it's nice to see the other gender accountable for their appearance. But concealer and eyeliner are too much, I don't want my boyfriend getting makeup on my shirt during a sad movie. But EVERY man needs tweezers!
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RRR wrote:
74) 2/2/2009 3:18:41 PM
Everyone (mail or female) needs concealer. We all need to hide those little imperfections!
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petbaby72 wrote:
75) 2/2/2009 3:19:44 PM
I think it's awesome that men are finally admitting to wearing makeup. We all know they do it at times and I think ELF has hit a major idea with making kits for men. Go Elf!
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Elf Addict wrote:
76) 2/2/2009 3:19:45 PM
The lip balm is fine, but what woman would want to kiss a guy with lipstick on? Especially if it were Marilyn Manson Red. lol
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tcap wrote:
77) 2/2/2009 3:22:33 PM
I think some guys want to look good just as much as girls do. I don't find anything wrong with a guy using concealer, tinted moisturizer, or tweezers (in fact, some need it!). I'm glad that guys are more open to things like this today.
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Stasi wrote:
78) 2/2/2009 3:22:49 PM
This is hilarious. As I was reading this blog, all I could think of was my boyfriend. He doesn't wear make up, but he will not hesitate to use womans lotions such as Bath and Body Works and Victoria's Secret. At first I thought it was so weird, but I now realize that guys appreciate the products that females use. He told me he likes to use these products because of how soft they make his skin feel and because of the smell. Personally, I think it is adorable! As for wearing black eyeliner... I don't think I'd want my boyfriend wearing it. It would freak me out if my boyfriend knew how to apply eyeliner correctly. I could understand if he wanted to wear concealor or acne tinted cream because that is understandable. I mean, who wants to walk around with a red blemish or dark circles under their eyes?
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mscombine wrote:
79) 2/2/2009 3:23:24 PM
Men need to keep there skin in good condition like women, I see nothing wrong with some products for men to use..
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Eshe wrote:
80) 2/2/2009 3:23:53 PM
I've been helping my husband groom his brows for years! He tweezes more than I do. No one needs unsightly, unkempt brows. He also wears healing concealer for those ghastly blemishes. I also love a man in eyeliner and he obliges when we're headed out for the evening. He won't admit it in regular company, but it's our little secret.
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Eshe wrote:
81) 2/2/2009 3:27:07 PM
I must add that when we were in college, he raided my skincare daily. His friends all come to me for skincare advice and love his complexion. His use of eyecream since I introduced it into his routine is the culprit. No crows feet! He has an older friend now using eyecream and sunscreen religiously.
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tootle wrote:
82) 2/2/2009 3:40:41 PM
The tweezers and concealer are good idea but the eyeliner is taking to too far...also the mascara...I dont want to see guys defining their eyes
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lkmoose87 wrote:
83) 2/2/2009 3:41:04 PM
Oddly enough, this doesn't surprise me about men and beauty products. A friend of mine actually has a pair of tweezers to pluck his eyebrows so he doesn't grow a unibrow. The black eyeliner makes alot of sense too since alot of guys in bands and in Hollywood have been using it.
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aznhunny430 wrote:
84) 2/2/2009 3:41:55 PM
I think it's ok that men use things such as tweezers, lip balm, or moisturizers but more than that such as eyeliner is a little too much for me. Although they should be well kept.
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tootle wrote:
85) 2/2/2009 3:42:01 PM
as long as they are able to buy cosmetics over the internet, i think guys will buy. i doubt they want to be seen in stores buying makeup
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hazeleyedgirl wrote:
86) 2/2/2009 3:45:04 PM
I think for the most part, I would prefer men with no makeup. I would like my man to get facials periodically which will give them young healthy looking skin. That'really all men need. And of course, lip balm is a must. I could never be attracted to a man if he had chapped lips all the time!
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suchacutie23 wrote:
87) 2/2/2009 3:48:02 PM
wow i didnt realize that guys used make up. i used to find it weird but now it helps me relate.
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hellogooodbyee wrote:
88) 2/2/2009 3:48:55 PM
i think makeup on guys in acceptable. why should only women be allowed to look pretty? :]
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Jordans16 wrote:
89) 2/2/2009 3:50:54 PM
How long does it take before they email you your $5.00 coupons??
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Allie Girl wrote:
90) 2/2/2009 3:51:53 PM
I think it's a little ridiculous for guys to wear concealer and black eyeliner...especially the eyeliner! It's one thing to cover up a zit (it is kinda unfair that girls get to look their best even when they have a pimple and guys don't), but eyeliner!? c'mon guys...the Bret Michaels look might have worked in the 80's, not anymore!
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cy wrote:
91) 2/2/2009 3:55:27 PM
I get the chapstick and even concealer for acne, but, I don't think I could date a guy wearing eyeline...he can't be prettier than me!
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Naruelle wrote:
92) 2/2/2009 3:56:59 PM
lol my bro actually wears make up... maybe I should forward him this.
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Angelic wrote:
93) 2/2/2009 3:57:23 PM
I don't think men should wear make-up, it's more attractive to see them natural. It would feel like I'm dating a girl if the guy I'm with is wearing more eyeliner than me.
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Ms. Monty wrote:
94) 2/2/2009 4:00:03 PM
I think a man should be able to wear make-up if he wants. It's begtter than him walking around looking likt he just got out of bed...unless of course you're into that kind of thing. Guys use girls stuff all the time!1 especually my lip balm!!
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judy wrote:
95) 2/2/2009 4:00:31 PM
I could see men purchasing anything a women would purchase, (just for fun!) but on a routine, for sure mascara, I have a friend (male) who confessed to me that he wears mascara, he is very blond and without it he has no eyelashes at all.....I would never have known, I have known him for years and was so surprised!
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men and makeup wrote:
96) 2/2/2009 4:09:13 PM
I have seen men buy tinted moisturizer, and foundation lol....
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iluvelf23 wrote:
97) 2/2/2009 4:09:15 PM
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Dalface wrote:
98) 2/2/2009 4:10:58 PM
For the most part, NO, men should not wear makeup. I don't consider chapstick makeup. A tweezer is not makeup, it's like nail clippers, we all have stray hairs. Men get them in the ears and those need to come out. Eyeliner is definatly no. Concealer? Well that depends, but for the most part I'd have to say no, it just isn't a guy thing. Now tv personalities is an entirely different story. TV lights make you look bad and the closeups, especially with HD, everyone needs some, even minimal, to be on TV. But that's it.
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krissaysstfu wrote:
99) 2/2/2009 4:12:16 PM
I'm sorry but I do not agree to men wearing makeup. I would only agree to chapstick use.
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jeweller wrote:
100) 2/2/2009 4:12:59 PM
All ladies don't love that rocker, bad boy look. As a woman, I love men that look like men. I'm personally not attracted to males that wear makeup, or wax their brows. Over waxed brows look weird on a man. It's the same as women who have over pluck their eyebrows until they disappear. You don't see any female magazine covers with over tweezed brows. If this look was really what women wanted male Hollywood A listers would have over waxed brows with foundation and black eyeliner. Last time I checked guys like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Will Smith and Robert De Niro weren't over plucked and made up. If guys are going for the Mickey Rouke look then maybe some surgery, extensions and eyeliner would be the way to go. Barack Obama is one handsome man who I'm sure will leave the makeup to Michelle, now she's got some great brows!
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Ccmms wrote:
101) 2/2/2009 4:14:55 PM
I think it's fine for men to occasionally use concealer, clear mascara and lip balm, but I think it's just weird to see a guy with eyeliner! But please continue to pluck and tweeze - we don't like those fly hairs either, especially in the nose!
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tparrish247 wrote:
102) 2/2/2009 4:33:15 PM
I think that putting on Concealer and Clear Mascara is a little to much for a male to wear because thats beauty products for ladies
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enijay wrote:
103) 2/2/2009 4:36:02 PM
men should not be wearing makeup unless they're filming a movie or on TV. the only thing a guy needs to do is take care of his skin and facial hair!
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missestofu wrote:
104) 2/2/2009 5:21:44 PM
I used to hang out with a lot of rocker guys and so many of them wore eyeliner because they thought it looked cool and thought "the ladies loved it." Yuck, maybe a little, but there is too much of a good thing.
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Men & Make-up wrote:
105) 2/2/2009 5:33:27 PM
My husband and my brother both have used the following products of mine: concealer and foundation (to cover a pimple), moisturizer for their dry skin, my tweezers, and my husband has even used my clear lip gloss when he was desperate for chap stick!! I think that there is nothing wrong with men wearing some products of womens (depends on the man and how he can rock it). Men have insecurites just like us women!!
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Mel D. wrote:
106) 2/2/2009 5:39:33 PM
I just don't think men should wear make-up. Fixing themselves up by using hair products or getting their eyebrows done is one thing. But wearing make-up is pushing it. Imagine how awkward it would be to get a make-up stain on your shirt from your man!!!
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cuteful wrote:
107) 2/2/2009 7:08:57 PM
Seems like a lot of work for most guys I know. But interesting read.
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myree wrote:
108) 2/2/2009 7:37:22 PM
well i know plenty of men who wear makeup and i think its has become a natural thing. If we can cover up our little flaws why shouldnt men wanna do the same. I like it when i see a man wearing makeup its about time.
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sunnyD wrote:
109) 2/2/2009 7:41:31 PM
I think every woman can say that her boyfriend/husband has borrowed at least some concealer and lip balm so this is a great idea to have a men's kit. I also would like to pose the suggestion that instructions are included since most men truly don't know how to apply & use products.
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baybiigurl09 wrote:
110) 2/2/2009 8:22:09 PM
i dont think guys should were make up. they start looking too feminine. and most guys I know look hott without make up
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DancerGurl82 wrote:
111) 2/2/2009 8:30:04 PM
I guess some of these products are understandable for men to use without being weird. I think it's fine if they just want to keep their skin clear, but i don't know about eyeliner or similar products...kinda queer. Interesting article!
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i2osie wrote:
112) 2/2/2009 8:45:00 PM
Men look weird with make up, they look too feminine. I am against it. Natural is always better even on women
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ac wrote:
113) 2/2/2009 8:49:09 PM
The the honesty
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Loka81 wrote:
114) 2/2/2009 8:51:07 PM
My son's cousin uses his girlfriends concealer for his acne i don't have a problem with it if men do or don't just don't out glam us...lol
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Lipglosslover wrote:
115) 2/2/2009 8:54:07 PM
My boyfriend sometimes wears concealer to cover up his blemishes and when those dark circles appear. I even bought him Elf's Studio Line Concealer brush to apply the makeup easier instead of getting it all over his fingers.
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Pretty Pretty Princess wrote:
116) 2/2/2009 9:06:49 PM
My husband is going to be 49 this year but looks in his early 30's. I got him to use moisturizer about a year ago and since then his skin has improved tremendously! Right after he had a major surgery we also experimented with mineral makeup and it really made him glow. I am all for men wearing makeup. I also wax his brows every two weeks and even his mother (a die hard traditionalist) thinks he looks better than ever. A man can wear makeup AND still be masculine. You go Scott!!!!
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Amandak8 wrote:
117) 2/2/2009 9:23:33 PM
When worn correctly and with taste, makeup and men work great! I had a friend who used to wear eyeliner (male) and I couldn't even tell because he was subtle and tasteful enough with it. I also had a cousin who wore concealer as he was self-conscious of chicken pox scars. No one could tell and it looked fine!
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ChristopherC. wrote:
118) 2/2/2009 10:58:12 PM
I admit to using make-up, including e.l.f. I essentially use bare minerals and mascara. For me, it makes me look and feel good regardless of what others think. I use tones that make my face look good, and it helps cover facial flaws. So, in my opinion, I think it's okay for men to use make-up as long as they don't go overboard, such as looking like a drag queen.
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fbeatriz wrote:
119) 2/2/2009 11:04:41 PM
well, this blog was surprisingly surprising to me. my husband is not a macho man who has to prove he's a man every second but he would not approve of men wearing makeup, in fact to be honest he would probably call them gay. come on guys, you dont need makeup,, and we dont want you to wear makeup, seriously not sexy.
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jena wrote:
120) 2/2/2009 11:14:26 PM
It's cool. I remember a certain brand about 10 years ago coming out with something called "MALE POLISH" figure it out, it's not as dirty as it sounds. Guyliner though, I can't say, never dated a guy who wore it. But, yeah, guys need to start taking better care of themselves...
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Sabina wrote:
121) 2/2/2009 11:37:46 PM
A lot of guys now days tweeze their eyebrows. Maybe not to the perfection of most girls (which I think is good because otherwise they seem to get a more feminine face), but they do try to keep any hairs that are straying way too far of the brow off the face. I have also seen more and more guys wearing "guy liner". Mostly out to parties at night, but generally they seem to feel more comfortable with wearing makeup. Although I have not heard of any wearing concealer and foundation, I am aware that one of my guy friends uses a tinted moisturizer. Thx for letting me share my thoughts on this, Sabina
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jenaboi wrote:
122) 2/3/2009 7:54:36 AM
I think its great guys are wearing makeup. I have been getting manicures and prdicures for years. Not only to you look better it feels good too. Light concealer, a little eyliner and a little shadow really makes a differance. Why should women only get to change their appearance?
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kimirv2005 wrote:
123) 2/3/2009 9:48:52 AM
Bottom line, Unless this man is doing a movie and/or a stage play...He should not be in makeup!!! Under no circumstances...Sorry, I'm from the old school. I mean, what is the world coming to??? I can't believe that this is even a question. Or, well, speaking for myself, if I ever see my husband in eyeliner and lipgloss, I'm going to find the holiest oil and drench him in it. Thank you
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makeupmamma wrote:
124) 2/3/2009 11:31:21 AM
Most guys I know have something like Carmex or blistex, nothing that sounds more "girly" like "lip balm"... As far as tweezing, I'm pretty sure most everyone, guys and girls alike, has to at least once in a while. There is nothing wrong with sunblock, it's smart.
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mishadark wrote:
125) 2/3/2009 1:30:36 PM
i don't think men should have an issue wearing makeup. The things most men that i know choose to use are simply cover-ups and enhancements for their look. Not to mention that men outside the US have been experimenting with makeup for much longer. Historically, Egyptians, British, Scots, American indians and many others have worn makeup for one reason or another. it shouldn't be considered odd at all.
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Dolly7 wrote:
126) 2/3/2009 1:58:27 PM
Believe it or not men wearing make up such as concealer is not that uncommon. Im places like India and Pakistan its quite common for men to wear some coverage, especially on special occasions and weddingds etc.
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Jennifer hong<3 wrote:
127) 2/3/2009 6:13:08 PM
To me, I really think make up should stay on women, it brings their beauty out more
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CeeCeeS wrote:
128) 2/3/2009 9:54:10 PM
This winter has been tough on the skin because it goes back and forth between cold and warm days so much. Recently, my husband and begun using a lip balm to keep his lips from getting chapped. While I can sympathize with the problem and understand why he needs it. However, it kind of freaks me out when I kiss him and he has lip balm on.
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Night Owl wrote:
129) 2/3/2009 11:02:18 PM
My boyfriend usually wears a thin dusting of mineral face powder and a dab of concealer when he needs it. It looks natural and clean, and it gives him a great even complexion. He's the lead singer in a local rock band, so he goes a little heavier with the make-up when he plays (sometimes dabbing on a little black eyeliner with his spikey hair -- I love it!) I also have an former boyfriend who loved manicures and pedicures, and had nothing against sheer, natural looking make-up. I'm so glad men are finally using make-up the way it's meant to be used: As a way to enhance naturally beautiful features.
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funny stuff wrote:
130) 2/4/2009 12:16:37 AM
Coolio, sensitive!
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yurune wrote:
131) 2/5/2009 9:23:41 PM
I'm a guy and I wear make-up (I really need it, haha). A lot of women don't wear make-up and it's not the end of the world. We don't all have to be the same. Especially because not everything looks good on everybody. Most people look better with make-up on (as long as it's applied correctly).
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kate89 wrote:
132) 2/6/2009 6:34:41 PM
If this makes him feel better why not do it! and he looks great with it on!
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133) 2/7/2009 3:00:20 PM
I think it's great that guys can wear products like that without feeling... well "different". I actually like a guy with soft lips, but I know that that wouldnt have happened without some type of lip balm so, to the new year, I hope that this year guys will be confident enough to get out there and explore using products like these
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.:Ana:. wrote:
134) 2/7/2009 8:41:35 PM
Eeew! i hate chapped & flaky lips!
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silvermage2000 wrote:
135) 2/9/2009 7:43:51 PM
I find this interesting I didn't know any of that except the lip balm use.
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mikalovesu wrote:
136) 2/12/2009 6:28:39 AM
i think it's the time for men to take care of theirselfs,of their skin and not thinking that taking care of their skin the world wold think that they are metrosexual or even more gay. The products seems to be pretty good...i think i'll buy some of men's products for my lovely boyfriend:D
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best store ever wrote:
137) 2/11/2009 3:08:38 AM
beyond a little cologne/aftershave, hair gel, clear lip balm, and untinted moisturizer with SPF, NO GUY should EVER wear makeup. I do not ever want to date someone who spent as much time getting ready as me much less because he was putting "his face" like me! Gross! Let's keep men as men and women as women and let the similarities between them end at good basic hygiene.
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HugzArbiter wrote:
138) 2/19/2009 4:57:51 PM
I got my husband using different forms of makeup. He LOVES my moisturizers, lip balms and cuticle conditioners. He has got to be the manliest person on the planet, so it goes to show that EVERYONE should enjoy soft, beautiful skin..no matter if you're a lumber jack or a typist. =D
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Men in Makeup, Yuck! wrote:
139) 2/19/2009 6:24:50 PM
Remember when the man bag was a big turn off? Nowadays the man bag is essential. And what's in that bag anyway? Men use cosmetics to enhance their appearance same as women do. Although men would never call it makeup. Think of it as face minerals or sun protection. It is true that time marches on, and pretty soon you realize that it is marching across your face. So go-head wear that sunscreen moisturizer!
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girl.on.fire wrote:
140) 2/20/2009 2:01:25 PM
I think it is okey for a show...but beyond that i think it is just weird.
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Sarahchic222 wrote:
141) 2/21/2009 11:04:21 AM
This was a really good and entertaining piece, i have had my suspensions that my husband was playing with my makeup when i wasn't around and this just furthers that belief. Thanks
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