Cosmetics, grooming and the 21st century man

  • Aleco_Graves

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    Jun 06, 2016 11:18 PM GMT
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    I think as we move into the 21st century, the term "Metroman"is becoming more accepted, with its negative stigma left in the 80's.

    Even the most lumberjack-iest bears groom their hair and beards to perfection now.

    Skin care has come a long way too, with the norm now meaning a man owns more than just: A razor, shaving cream, and aftershave.

    Cosmetics is still somewhat taboo but slowly its starting to bubble under the surface of male affairs.

    Whats your experience with makeup, and your opinion after your first/ continued use of it? How do you feel this will slot into the public male identity?

    Tinted moisturizers welcome too! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 06, 2016 11:32 PM GMT
    I bet there are guys out there who ridicule the idea of guys wearing cosmetics yet dye their beards and hair, shave their legs, or trim their pubes to perfection.

    Live and let live.
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    Jun 06, 2016 11:53 PM GMT
    I'm a model and 90% of the time, when the make up artists do my make up it just looks wrong.
    I don't like it when guys wear make up. Not even BB cream cause I can tell...

    No make up picture : (with LOTS of retouching haha)
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  • Aleco_Graves

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    Jun 07, 2016 12:39 PM GMT
    Ive noticed a lot of makeup artists being too heavy handed, it can look natural, they just need to be told to stop.

    Fundamentally, whats the differnce between photoshop and makeup? Ones topical and ones digital, they mostly serve the same purpose?
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    Jun 07, 2016 1:39 PM GMT
    xoVS said
    I'm a model and 90% of the time, when the make up artists do my make up it just looks wrong.
    I don't like it when guys wear make up. Not even BB cream cause I can tell...

    No make up picture : (with LOTS of retouching haha)
    f5cnuiajim.jpg

    The advertisement example you provide (and I can read French) deals with youthful blemishes like acne, that I'm sure many of us have had. I definitely had "pores obstrués" et "sèbum en excès" when younger.

    But are we discussing cosmetics for other purposes? I'm a Theatre major, and used stage makeup to greatly alter my appearance. Also makeup for TV to preserve my natural appearance under harsh lighting and the color shifts created by TV cameras.

    But I don't normally use cosmetics to enhance my appearance in my private life. I don't even put anything on my hair. Just comb it wet after a shower and let it do its own thing.

    Except, when I regrew my mustache this last time around I found it was imbalanced, the grey & dark areas all irregularly patchy. But I didn't want to use dye, too much hassle, expensive and high maintenance.

    So I thought about it, using my theatre makeup training (and having done a little drag), and I exclaimed: Eureka! Mascara!

    I bought a cheap Cover Girl mascara stick from the supermarket. After a shower I'd apply it with the little round brush, perfect size. Too dark at first, I'd promptly wipe it repeatedly with a paper towel. Most would come off, but enough would remain to darken just enough, while revealing some grey and evening-out the color. Otherwise I'd look freakish all dark with the salt & pepper hair on my head. Which I likewise refuse to dye. Next day I shower and apply it again, if I'm going out anywhere.

    Today the mustache color has mostly evened out on its own, so I seldom use the mascara, except for very formal events, when I may also have my barber cut & set my hair that day to hold it. I have nothing at home myself to hold my hair in place.
  • Aleco_Graves

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    Jun 07, 2016 5:38 PM GMT
    Mascara as moustache tint, ingenious!
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    Jun 07, 2016 6:57 PM GMT
    Aleco_Graves said
    Mascara as moustache tint, ingenious!

    Thanks. But most gay men I know tend to be ingenious. If not outright brilliant, and originally creative in some way. It comes with the territory. Haven't you noticed?
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    Jun 07, 2016 7:06 PM GMT
    Aleco_Graves said
    Fundamentally, whats the differnce between photoshop and makeup? Ones topical and ones digital, they mostly serve the same purpose?

    One fundamental difference is that makeup is live. A guy can't go to some social function, or just meet some other guy, and be Photoshopped to look better. In person you gotta be wearing it, not displaying a digitally doctored version of yourself.

    If your life is confined to online only then Photoshopping is fine. But if you also have a real life then you need another solution, assuming you want such assistance for your appearance.