Should men be wearing make-up?

Men who wear make-up

Times have certainly changed. Gone are the days when the only men who wore make-up were stage actors. Today, men all over the world are becoming more and more interested in grooming and beauty products. You might notice that your boyfriend has a much bigger selection of toiletries than your dad ever did when you were growing up, right? It may have been frowned upon a couple of years ago, but these days, a full bathroom cabinet simply means he’s a modern man.

But how do you, as a woman / wife / girlfriend feel about men wearing make-up? The Daily Mail reports that a study conducted in 2013 entitled “The State of Men” found that 54% of British and American men regularly use skincare products, whilst 9% used foundation and 11% were partial to bronzer.

A whopping 29% of the men surveyed admitted to having regular manicures, whilst 24% went for facials and 13% had their eyebrows waxed. And with this rise in the popularity of male grooming, designers like Marc Jacobs have even released entire make-up lines for men!

Men who wear make-up

But don’t think it’s just a specific stereotype who wear make-up. Celebs like Seal, Jared Leto and even Johnny Depp have been spotted with eyeliner and painted nails. And then of course the modern day rockstars take “guyliner” to a whole new level!

We like it when a man looks after himself, and we believe that products like cleanser, moisturiser, SPF and fragrance should be staples in every man’s life, however, we’re not entirely sold on the idea of our men borrowing our make-up products. How do you feel about it, Beauties? Would you be happy if your man took to this trend?

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18 Responses

  1. What happened to leaving make-up for women only! It is their choice to wear if they want but dont start going through your womens handbag and sharing your make-up ideas. The only time you should wear is for a costume party. What happened to just wearing some lip balm?

  2. Ok, Jared Leto and Johnny Depp are the only guys who rock eyeliner. Nail polish and lipstick is a definite no! Imagine your man fiddling with your make-up bag. Hell no!

  3. I think male grooming is different from a man wearing “guyliner”.. I don’t mind it if he wears make up for a party or specific reason but other than that.. I’m not so keen. As for male grooming, EVERY man should take some time to groom. Groomed men are automatically more appealing to me. And will someone please give Russel Brand a hairbrush and throw away his hairspray!!!

  4. I think Jared Leto looks really hot with the liner.If you’re confident enough, you can wear anything well. I say guys should go for it. As long as my boyfriend doesn’t end up being prettier than me, why not? :)

  5. When they are rock stars and it fits their stage persona…why not?! Otherwise stay clear.

  6. Love your article. I agree with men wearing makeup. A man should look good and look after himself, for example look after his skin, wear a nice manly fragrance and dress well. A man wearing makeup is just not done.

  7. I think rockers look cool with this look but it’s not for every body. Steven Tyler & the first guy… this look is not for them.

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