The Well Groomed Male

by Laura Kronen on March 4, 2011

Although the majority of male eyeliner wearers are rock stars, these days, it’s not too uncommon for men to get in touch with their feminine side.

More and more men today are not shy about the whole grooming concept, styling their hair, whitening their teeth, plucking their eyebrows, or even wearing makeup. It’s no surprise that with modern society’s emphasis on youth, perfection, and physical attraction, women aren’t the only ones who want to accentuate their best facial features and camouflage imperfections. Not to mention take the shine off of their face with a light dusting of powder or keeping their eyebrows in place with a little gel.

Are you a man that needs to give himself a little extra attention? We will keep it real simple, here is the bare minimum:

Shave – if possible, get a very close shave, then allow your skin to rest about 20 minutes before continuing with the rest of your routine.

Apply Toner. Apply toner to a cotton pad and pat it lightly into your skin. Toner is meant to restore the skin to its natural pH level and remove any remaining dirt or dry skin cells.

Moisturize. Apply moisturizer with a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to your face and neck. Remember there is a difference between hand lotion, body cream and what is actually meant for you to use on your face. Allow the moisturizer to absorb into your skin before proceeding to the next step. If you have oily skin consider using a shine control hydrating lotion. The older you are or the dryer your skin may require you to step up to a heavier moisturizing cream. Some creams also have agents to help with wrinkles, reddening or other skin issues. Go to a makeup counter in the mall or a free standing store. You’ll find it takes less time to speak to a consultant than it does to read misleading labels in a drug store.

Apply Concealer. Have red razor bumps or a cut? Or even worse, a little blemish? Mix a little bit of concealer on the back of your hand with a brush. Pick up a very small amount of concealer on the end of the brush – you can always go back for more if you need to – and dab it on the center of what you want to cover. Move to the outer edge with a gentle circular motion, then blend the concealer into the skin. Get a concealer that is the same shade as your skin tone. If you’re trying some out, try it at the base of your face to see how it compares to your skin tone. It’s best to judge a concealer in actual daylight, because fluorescent lights won’t allow for an accurate match.

Powder your Nose (or your shiny head). Dip the tip of a powder brush in powder and dust it lightly over your forehead, face or head. To add a touch of color try using a bronzer over your cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin. This is not uncommon among men and it is applied with a brush. You can find bronzers made exclusively for men but don’t be afraid to try the many options made available to women. The counter and packaging may be different, but women have more options with color and finish.

Wear Lip Balm. At the very minimum, every man should use a bit of lip balm. Not only will it give your lips a smooth appearance, but it will also prevent them from getting chapped.

Wash your Face. At the end of the day, wash your face again and finish by using moisturizer. Use a richer moisturizer at night if you have dry skin.

Exfoliate. You can pick up a gentle exfoliator at any drug store. Use it 2-3 times a week to get rid of dead skin cells, and keep skin looking and feeling it’s best.

Eyebrow Wax – To add extra definition to your eyes, have those eyebrows waxed or plucked by a professional. There are supposed to be two eyebrows and you should never let your eyebrows grow too long or be too unruly. Owning a good pair of trimming scissors is also a good investment.

Whiten those Teeth – There’s no excuse not to. Give yourself a smile makeover with professional level whitening like my current obsession,Crest White Strips Professional Effects. The results are fantastic!

And as a final tip – to avoid the crowds, visit stores or counters weekday mornings when they are less busy. Men frequent these counters quite often, so you shouldn’t be shy. Many brands even offer men’s skin care lines. You can even take a few minutes and let them help you apply the skin care to make sure you are doing it right. If you want to add color, try a few bronzers and let them help you get that concealer. It’s going to be a whole new you!

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