Iím confused. Okay, Iím not overwhelmed with confusion, but Iíll admit that Iím not quite sure I like the male makeup look thatís been developing for the last few years. Why are so many boys wearing makeup? The mascara and eyeliner have gotten so pronounced Iím seeing it in the media constantly now. To be honest, Iím not even sure if there is a separate brand of cosmetics for men
or if they just use the same stuff the girls use. But outside of where they get the makeup, Iím interested in the reasons why they are wearing it.
Bringing Out Your Best Features
Girls know, of course, that eyeliner brings out your best feature Ė your eyes. Wearing a bit of eyeliner makes your eyes pop, and if you pair that with a bit of mascara, youíll be in business with a look that could stop them dead in their tracks. Apparently though, girls arenít the only ones whoíve noticed how much a bit of eyeliner can improve your looks. Men
are starting to wear it, too. Sure, Prince, Michael Jackson and old school rock legends have worn it for years as part of their stage look, but the made up look is spreading to a new generation.
Many cosmetic companies are actually creating a line of products specifically for men. Some of the products are designed specifically for men Ė beard enhancers to create the look of a five-o-clock shower and special after-shaving creams and gels. Others blend the lines a bit including concealer, powder, eyeliner and mascaras. Special dyes correct eyebrow problems and bronzer makes him look tan when heís not. Apparently itís gotten so common even Ben Affleck and Robbie Williams are okay with it. Ben Affleck is even the face of LíOreal overseas Ė apparently heís not comfortable being the face of a makeup company in the United States.
The Argument for Male Cosmetics
Those who like to wear makeup defend their point. A very small study done by AskMen.com
found roughly 20 percent of men are okay with wearing makeup or wear some already. These men might be considered metrosexual or they might just be doing a little dab of concealer to smooth out their complexions and look younger. Very few of them are gay, however, which is a common misconception.
Those who took part in the study felt that men have just as much right as women to look youthful and pulled together. After all, being attractive is a substantial part of being successful in many industries and looks can make a difference in how a man feels. I can support that. I like for everyone to feel his or her best, even I prefer the more rugged non-made-up look.
Young Men in Make Up
So who out there is wearing make up in this generation? More than you may realize. Adam Lambert springs to mind as does Matthew Mcconaughey (okay, heís older, I know.), Daniel Radcliffe, Jared Leto, Dominic Monaghan, Adam Levine, of Maroon 5, Pete Wentz, Zac Efron and Russell Brand.
What do you think of boys wearing make up? Is it normal? Is it a big deal at all?