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(October 15, 2010 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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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.

Male Cosmetics

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?


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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 12, 2010
If only we could just let the girls loosen up! That'd be WAY easier, lol.

Idk...I just don't think it will ever come to the point where it becomes standard for men to look their best the same as women do. It's not in their nature to fret about how they look.
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lissymarie

22/Female
Granada Hills, CA
Posted On: November 11, 2010
i like guys in makeup, it makes their eyes pop n.n

not to mention, if we're so advanced as a society, wouldn't there eventually be a point when we wouldn't need to label something as a purely feminine activity? it's just another way to keep us in our places, since we have to look pretty and fresh and young all the time. i say, let guys hold themselves to that same standard.
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lissymarie

22/Female
Granada Hills, CA
Posted On: November 11, 2010
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Miranda_

30/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: November 6, 2010
Eric Carr was totally hot. Sadly, he died a while ago; it was never reported overmuch cuz he died the same day as Freddie Mercury. I was doubly sad about that day.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 5, 2010
That's fine. I always try to steer clear from doing things like that just to avoid the drama, but like I'd said, I'm not into that whole tid-bit. When I speak that way I mean it as the clothes they aspire to wear, not the people they are. It's just a way of explaining fashion to me.

I was never into rock music all that much. It's hard for me to find music as is that doesn't give me a headache so all that head banging and loud stuff certainly never caught my interest lol!

I'd always thought that the face make up for Kiss was awesome, unique, and creative. But as far as any of them being "hot", I'd have to say no. xD

...Then again...Captain Jack Sparrow was incredibly hot... Guess there's just a time and place for things eh?
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dreamergirl

20/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: November 5, 2010
Oh. xD Sorry for attacking you like that. I see what your saying now. But I just don't like it when people label others, and things like that.
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Miranda_

30/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: November 5, 2010
Doesn't bother me; hell, my avatar is based on a guy who wore makeup.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 5, 2010
Somebody's ready and rearing for a fight xD

Well I'm not. So instead I'd like to reiterate "I'd be seriously turned off", as in lus.t? I don't know about you, but love and lus.t are two completely different things in my book.

I'm not into that whole "Omg don't label us!". So I won't explain what I meant, it'd just be pointless. Just know you're way off the marker of what I was trying to say.

I have no problem with men doing as they please, but that does not mean I have to find them attractive for it. Men in makeup is a turnoff for me, I think it's weird, that's it. *shrugs*
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dreamergirl

20/Female
Atlanta, GA
Posted On: November 4, 2010
Who says that wearing skinny jeans makes you in a clique as well? And there is no such thing as "AVERAGE". And I highly doubt its for a new "look" for a clique.

So, what if your husband started wearing make-up? Would you not love him anymore? Yes, it does sound weird, but if girls do it, why not guys?

It doesn't bother me at all.
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Miranda_

30/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: November 3, 2010
And of course, Alice Cooper's been wearing makeup for years. XD Seriously, this not news to a rock fan. I could sit here all night listing men in rock bands who wear makeup...

As far as average men go, I don't know a single guy who'd ever wear makeup save for Halloween or to go and see Kiss play.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 3, 2010
They're wearing make up now? REALLY?! I mean, ASIDE from all those clique-type boys who wear the skinny jeans and such? I guess I mean to ask, are AVERAGE boys/men wearing make up, or is it just part of some new "look" for a specific clique?

If it's average males then I guess I'm okay with a little concealer here and there...but all that other stuff sounds too weird. Thank goodness my hubby is au natural. I think I might be seriously turned off if I saw my man standing over a mirror fixing up his eyes...?

Just me?
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Miranda_

30/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: November 3, 2010
Oh come on; this is hardly a new thing. XD If, like me, you're a fan of 80s rock bands like Motley Crue and Poison, you'll have seen many a man wearing makeup. XD
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