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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 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 get my nails done, my hair and wear a full face of makeup and seem to get many compliments from men either way. I think they would prefer not to go through all the trouble for us but truthfully many women dress for each other and not for men. I think my boyfriend would have something to say if I didn't have a fresh manicure and i didn't get my hair done. He doesn't mind the makeup though and could take it or leave it. He knows my face is my billboard so that's how I get my business out there and advertise.

      by BeautebyAmour Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 07:55AM Report as inappropriate

    • I always feel like it isn't worth stressing about my beauty routine for a dude. I spend way more time getting ready for a girls night out than for a date. My female friends will appreciate the time I spent much more than my man! That being said I always make sure my hair is soft (no crazy hair gel styles) and that I have shaved when I go out on a date. And while I won't get a manicure, I do make sure my skin is at least fairly soft.

      by TwoBirds Friday, February 18, 2011 at 05:23AM Report as inappropriate

    • I don't know, I always hear men say they like girls without make-up but the truth is half the time they can't even tell when we're wearing make-up and when we're not.

      by emmabeauty Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 02:20AM Report as inappropriate

    • My fiance' always notices when my hair smells extra good

      by LittleBunny Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 04:00PM Report as inappropriate

    • Sounds just like my boyfriend, especially about piling on makeup part. We do focus to much on the details- guys, not so much.

      by kiki0909 Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 02:22PM Report as inappropriate

    • I think we obsess way too much. You are giving the boys way too much credit. They do not focus on the details or over think things as much as we do. It's pretty much all good to them. Remember their hormones, not their brains are guiding them. They don't care about the trendy nail color or lipstick or zit on your face.

      by Thorne Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 02:15PM Report as inappropriate

    • Great tips! Apparently, natural (with a little enhancement LOL) is the way to go.

      by Isis04 Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 09:35AM Report as inappropriate

    • awesome this is going to save me a bunch of time!!

      by Bon_Bon Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 02:59AM Report as inappropriate

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