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  • The Modern Man Wearing Makeup: Do You Think Guyliner is Hot?

  • Posted by Kristen on August 1, 2010 at 04:09PM
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  • Not to get too personal on the good ol' interweb, but an ex-boyfriend, who shall remain anonymous, used to dab on concealer (like one of these besties) when he got a pimple. Don't get me wrong, he never perused the drugstore aisle for Covergirl, but I would find him frantically rummaging through my makeup bag whenever a whopper would suddenly appear on his chin.

  • I never thought much about this (guys shouldn't have to "man up" and suffer through the embarrassment of pimples), until last weekend when I went to see a friend's rock band play. My guy friend, who is normally a bit straight-laced despite his guitar-slinging ways, was channeling his inner Pete Wentz (see exhibit A/B/C below) and rocking black smoky eyeliner (find your best smoky eye look here). And I thought, "hmm, that kinda looks good."

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  • Then of course, as if the universe was trying to have a sit-down convo with me about male makeup, I was perusing pictures of the Spring 2011 runway and I came across Thom Browne's menswear show and low and behold, the male models were wearing gold sparkly lipstick (see exhibit D below).

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  • Yes, runway theatrics often create looks that aren't representative of the average Jane or Joe, but it seems to me like male makeup is becoming more acceptable. Case in point: recent financial reports from the male grooming industry recently stated in the "New York Times" that male grooming products are up almost two billion dollars in the last six years. Included in a piece of that pie is Jean Paul Gaultier's line of makeup for men which doesn't contain anything dramatic like sparkly lipstick, but offers products meant to enhance rather than draw attention to male features with bronzers and eyelash gels.

  • So the modern male wants to wear makeup ... right?

  • I am not a man so I could not answer this question. Therefore I went to an expert on "modern" men: Ky Henderson, Editor-in-Chief of the new men's lifestyle website, wait for it ... ModernMan.com (duh), and asked "What do you think? Is the modern man wearing or considering wearing makeup as a grooming tool?

  • Henderson so wit-fully replied: "Men want to look good, but many are just starting to embrace relatively tame grooming routines like using a facial moisturizer. So the vast majority of guys aren't going to be open to wearing make-up -- no matter how chiseled it makes their jaws look. And even if the OId Spice Guy told them to wear lash-lengthening mascara while he chopped wood on top of a speeding car, guys would still think it sounds crazy. Most men want to look handsome, not pretty."

  • Sounds like the case is closed on this one. But, tell me, am I the only one that thinks guyliner is hot?

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      by alemaoana Monday, November 14, 2011 at 03:54PM Report as inappropriate

    • People, haven't you forget something? Live and let live. Besides, how can one says men who are men? Who gets to decide what a man is at first? People doesn't even know the concept of being a man other than what Media dictates. Plus, before all this prejudice has been sown into people's mind, men and women used to dress basically the same. I'm tired of seeing people saying that they aren't judgmental, and at the same time, they dispraise anyone who dare to dress or act differently from what they expect. Don't people know that this really is the signification of being judgmental.

      by alemaoana Monday, November 14, 2011 at 03:16PM Report as inappropriate

    • I'll take my men makeup free thank you. I spend enough money on beauty products without a guy using them up. Plus a guy should look like a guy.

      by CountryGirl78 Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 09:32PM Report as inappropriate

    • No makeup on guys. a little concealer if they're going to have a big event like a wedding, but nothing else!

      by LipglossandSpandex Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 09:24PM Report as inappropriate

    • WTF was that gold lipstick meant to \'express\'? That was ugly. It would have been JUST as ugly on a woman. It looked to be smeared on on top of everything else, as if a blind person had put it on them \'by feel\'. ICK.

      by Carolina_Dee Monday, August 2, 2010 at 07:18PM Report as inappropriate

    • I\'m an \'oldie\' (but goodie!) and I certainly remember guys piling on the tinted Clearasil stuff when I was in high school, so it\'s not a new concept. HOWEVER...no, do NOT want to see a guy in eyeliner and mascara. (Unless they have the good sense to use the \'clear\' mascaras, which could add a bit of (undetectable) definition.) I AM all for them being able to cover their zits, that should be every person\'s right. Zits do not make a guy look more manly. Stage makeup is something different altogether. I\'m all for freedom of expression. Just take it off before heading out in public please.

      by Carolina_Dee Monday, August 2, 2010 at 07:15PM Report as inappropriate

    • EWWWW! I like men who are men. They don\'t wear make-up. They don\'t spend more time then me primping. I like being the girl in a relationship.

      by ElizabethRB Monday, August 2, 2010 at 07:28AM Report as inappropriate

    • I like the look of the guyliner on men like Adam Lambert and Johnny Depp when he played Captain Jack Sparrow, but not on your average Joe. If a man already has somewhat feminine qualities and features, then guyliner simply enhances them. However, I wouldn\'t want to see it on someone like Dwayne \"The Rock\" Johnson or on any other \"manly man\" because it just wouldn\'t look right.

      by fiveinthehive Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 04:47AM Report as inappropriate

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