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  • Beauty Tips from a Guy -- Should We Listen to Him?

  • Posted by Anna on February 15, 2011 at 04:03PM
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  • Sure, boyfriends and husbands get to have opinions on things. For example, they can offer suggestions on where to go for dinner, tell us how much they love our new sexy perfume, serve up some tax advice … that's all good.

  • But when it comes to our beauty, and especially our beauty routine, I feel like it's a "Don't ask, Don't tell" situation. Don't ask us about it. Don't tell us ways we can improve our looks.

  • But then, as I was getting ready for my Valentine's Day on Monday, a ritual that took about an hour and a half, I realized that I was probably wasting a ton of time on stuff my date doesn't even notice. And it got me thinking, maybe men can offer up some beauty tips (just don't ask about this) or at least tell me what he notices and what he doesn't.

  • That's when I decided to hit up Ky Henderson, Editor-in-Chief of ModernMan.com and dating columnist for some tips on what we should and shouldn't spend time on when it comes to our beauty.

  • Turns out, his tips were actually super useful:

  • Tip 1: Don't worry about your nails

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  • I asked: Should I bother getting a manicure before our first date? Are you looking at my nails?

  • He answered: "You should do it if it'll make you feel sexy and confident. But unless you're sporting horrific nail fungus, have a forest of knuckle hair, or get blinking neon rhinestones embedded in your nails, guys won't really notice your nails all that much."

  • Tip 2: Make hair smell good

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  • I asked: I usually spend an hour straightening or curling my hair, do you care what texture it is?

  • He answered: "It probably depends on the guy. Just make sure it's soft and smells good."

  • Tip 3: Don't paint your face

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  • I asked: What makeup look do you think is sexiest?

  • He answered: "Painting a whole new face on top of your face isn't attractive, so subtle makeup is good. Eyeliner and a subdued lip gloss are probably all you need. Maybe mascara. Watch out with foundation or powder or whatever it is you call it. If it's obvious you have it on -- and it often is -- it's not a good look."

  • Tip 4: Don't have a unibrow

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  • I asked: I can get crazy plucking my eyebrows in front of a magnifying mirror to get every little baby hair, are you looking at the shape of my eyebrows?

  • He answered: "If you have a unibrow, gigantic caterpillars, or terrifying overly plucked crazy-chick brows, then yes. Otherwise, not really."

  • Tip 5: Go easy on the perfume

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  • I asked: Do you love it when I wear perfume?

  • He answered: "In very small doses, sure. We shouldn't be able to smell it unless we're pretty close to your neck."

  • Tip 6: Don't stress about blackheads

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  • I asked: I'm convinced that my date cares about how clear my skin is, which is why I get regular facials. You are looking to see if I have blackheads, right?

  • He answered: "Jesus. No."

  • What do you think? Good advice? Lame?

  • Member Comments

    Your Comment:

    • I have heard guys like women natural as in natural makeup. They wouldn't be too happy if we looked au natural all the time.

      by beautybody Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:47PM Report as inappropriate

    • good advice!

      by queenofthegreen Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 09:53AM Report as inappropriate

    • Decent advice. But guys do notice your nails! And they usually have a preference. It's not worth stressing over though. The best advice: don't overdo it for a guy, and don't underdo it either. Be comfortable in your own skin, and use makeup as a tool, not a mask. :)

      by LipglossandSpandex Friday, April 8, 2011 at 10:26PM Report as inappropriate

    • I don't take beauty advice from men who don't have the experience to give it.

      by TBjunkie Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 01:11AM Report as inappropriate

    • OMG!! Imagine how much time we spent on that things that they don't even notice!

      by queencharlotte Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 07:14PM Report as inappropriate

    • I agree Agrimony....I do what I do for me for the pass 3 years and my man loves it all.

      by ChrisanneSkye Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:44AM Report as inappropriate

    • I do what I do for me. If he likes it fine, if not, that's fine too. But, as it happens my hubby likes what I do. And probably cause when I do it all,I feel more confident and sexy.

      by Agrimony Friday, February 25, 2011 at 05:16PM Report as inappropriate

    • This was a lot more interesting than I expected! The comment about the manicure probably applies to all these questions: If it makes you feel attractive, sexy and/or confident, then do it. Otherwise, as long as you take care of grooming basics (like clean hair) and address anything obviously unattractive (like a unibrow), just do the minimum and concentrate on your date instead of on your looks! :)

      by Jewelrydesigner Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 09:26AM Report as inappropriate

    • Always interesting to get a man's perspective

      by LittleBunny Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:20PM Report as inappropriate

    • I think beauty routines are personal so if it makes you feel better about yourself then stick to it. If a guy has a problem about the way you look on your first date, hes not worth it.

      by makeupbyjanalyn Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 12:19PM Report as inappropriate

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