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3 Beginner Makeup Tips For Men Who Wear Makeup

3 Beginner Makeup Tips For Men Who Wear Makeup

The beauty industry is rapidly becoming more and more accessible to men who want to wear makeup. Nowadays, more men are wearing makeup and they are proud of it! While men who wear makeup are not as commonly accepted as women who do, it’s entirely your choice whether you want to wear it or not. If you are a man interested in wearing makeup, there is a lot you need to know about the different types of makeup to invest in. This can include, but is not limited to, mascara, concealer, bronzer, foundation, and eyeliner. For beginners, making a choice on which to invest is not the only challenge, but also applying them. Just like a light makeup application can go a long way to to hide blemish/scars and enhance your physical attractiveness, a rough application could take you an altogether different direction – one that you might not like.

As beginners, you might face a lot difficulties in selecting, applying, and matching your makeup to the clothes you wear. For men who are interested in makeup, beginners or those already familiar with the craft, these three hacks are very essential to help you achieve the look you desire.

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1. Know Your Makeup Staples

When taking on the modern world of male grooming and entering the territory of makeup, it’s essential for beginners to know what beauty staples/products every makeup arsenal should consist of. Male makeup gurus or YouTubers often make some specifications of their favorite and staple products to viewers or beginners desiring the best of their makeup choices and gaining an understanding of makeup application. They also suggest the importance of a daily makeup routine when mastering perfect application.

Some of the staples commonly recommended by makeup gurus that should be present in every makeup routine are:

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  • Brushes or Sponges: What’s an artist without their tools? Ensure that you have the means for a perfect makeup look by having the right brush to apply your makeup. Sigma brushes has a great line of brushes that are high quality.
  • Brow Makeup: To achieve the Cara Delevingne eyebrows of your dreams, or to just perfect your your own brows, rely on a brow pencil or a brow pomade, like Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade or Brow Wiz.
  • Foundation and Concealer: Foundation helps you achieve a blank canvas to properly apply your makeup on top of. Some people prefer to have foundation and concealer, while others decide to conceal with a foundation a shade or two lighter than their foundation for their face. Makeup 4Ever has a wide range of foundations for all skin types. MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer is a favorite concealer for most.
  • Beauty Blender: Commonly shared by YouTubers, the beauty blender helps evenly distribute foundation, concealer, and bronzer while giving you the perfect blend.
  • Highlighters: Highlighters are the most popular products for beginners. Place highlighter everywhere you would like to glow once the light hits. Common placements include the bridge of the nose, the cupid’s bow, and the cheekbones.
  • Eyeshadow: MAC Paint Pot is mostly used by makeup gurus on eyeshadows to help achieve a long-lasting and vibrant eye look. It can be worn alone or as a primer for another eye shadow color. It’s a must for every beginner because it keeps eyeshadow from creasing and keeps pigmentation from fading throughout the day.
  • Mascara: Help you lashes stand out more with the help of mascara. False lashes are another great way to intensify your lashes, but always add mascara on top of it to make your eyes pop even more.

You can add and subtract wherever you deem necessary. Some men wear makeup to enhance their look by looking healthier and more put together and rely on a simple arsenal of products to do so: foundation, concealer, and bronzer. Other men wear makeup as a form of self-expression and wear makeup because they love it. Pick products that cater to your intention behind wearing makeup.

2. Invest In Your Makeup Selections

Unlike women who typically have a lot of knowledge about makeup, and moderate to little difficulty in selection, it indeed might feel overwhelming for guys who are just starting out in their makeup endeavors. Ladies are often coached by female representatives in beauty industries, sold to by female-centric advertisements, and catered to by those involved in the beauty world (makeup counters, makeup stores, etc.). Therefore, women acquire a knowledge of makeup at a much easier rate. It makes it easy for them to look for makeup in nearby shops and find products suitable for their skin tone.

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For men, the case is different. While a lot of men just opt to pick up makeup from beauty aisles in stores that are catered to women, there is makeup on the market that are much more suitable for men. Men might require a heavier product or products that keep the texture and thickness of their skin in mind. You just have to know where to look. For beginners, you might prefer to lean towards the lighter side of makeup and just invest in products like guyliner, foundation, concealer, and manscara, which is where an outlet like Differio might be helpful. Some men might want to wear makeup, but without all the bells and whistles of dramatic eyeshadows and vivid lipstick shades.

There is no shame at all in needing help from experts who possess more knowledge on costs, perfect shades, skin tones, and matching makeup. You need as much valuable information as possible when it comes to making a choice from the numerous men’s makeup products available. Your goal of achieving a flawless complexion is just as important to manufacturers or suppliers as it is to you and they will do their best to give you as much assistance as possible.

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3. How To Apply Your Makeup

To achieve a flawless look to your skin with a variety of men’s makeup products available, including bronzer, foundation and concealer, follow the necessary steps in the correct order. Depending on the products you decide to invest in, your routine will differ. If your makeup routine just consists of mascara and concealer, your routine might mean concealer first and mascara second. If you have a full face routine, your routine might be as follows: primer, brows, foundation, concealer, bronzer, eye shadow, blush, highlight, mascara, lip color. Whichever way is applicable, a perfect finish can be achieved if the proper steps are followed.

Before applying your makeup, it’s important to make sure the canvas you start with is squeaky clean, moisturized, and primed.

  • Wash your face and rub gently in warm water in a circular movement to remove all dead skin cells. Rinse and dry well with a towel.
  • Next, pat gently a wet cosmetic cotton ball with toner on your skin. This will restore the skin to its normal pH and remove any remaining dirt or dry skill cells on your skin. Keep your face clean shaven to prevent makeup from sticking to your beard.
  • Apply a moisturizer with sunscreen and an SPF above 15 all over your face and neck. Allow the moisturizer to absorb into your skin before applying anything next.

Once you have these tips under your belt, you’ll be an expert at applying your makeup in no time!

Featured photo credit: LA Times via latimes.com

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How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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