Saturday, December 8, 2012
Makeup For Men
My good friend Tomer stopped by the other day, and let me apply a very natural looking makeup to his face. The picture seen here, is post application. As you can see, he doesn't look like he is wearing any makeup, which is exactly the point.
Here are some of the products I used on him, and a few suggestions for brands to try:
Since men don't wear as much makeup as women, skin prep is really important. You want to make sure the skin is properly moisturized prior to application. If the skin is particularly oily, you may want to try a mattifying gel or primer.
Some primers to try are Nuance By Salma Hayek (pictured below), which is available at CVS Pharmacy. By smoothing this on after moisturizer, you can be sure your face will stay matte all day.
To begin Tomer's no-makeup look, I reached for a concealer which I applied to the under eye area to mask any darkness. He didn't have any blemishes, but if you do, simply use a concealer that matches your exact skin color, and apply with your finger or a small brush. Next, I chose a mineral powder foundation that matched his skin color. Liquid foundation can be a bit tricky to work with for some, while mineral powder is light, easy to apply and creates a natural finish on the skin.
For a loose mineral powder, I recommend one from Christopher Drummond Beauty called Veludo Velvet Foundation. It feels light on the skin, like you aren't wearing anything at all. This is available for purchase on it's own, or in a kit that comes with a brush for easy application. You can purchase the kit here:
Christopher Drummond cosmetics are not only cruelty-free, but they are also vegan, including their amazing brushes.
If you prefer a drugstore version, try this pressed mineral powder from Nuance By Salma Hayek:
Next, I applied a generous helping of bronzer along the high points of Tomer's face to give the look of a naturally sunkissed glow. For men, you want to make sure you are using a bronzer that is matte, meaning no shimmer or sparkle. This will give you the most natural looking finish.
Because Tomer has naturally dark lashes, I chose to use a black mascara on his top lashes only. The one that worked well for him is by Physician's Formula. Pictured below is their Lash Boosting formula in Black .
If you have brown hair, you can try a brown mascara. Clear mascara is a good option for all hair colors. The best brown mascara I've found is by Ecco Bella (pictured below).
Because Tomer tends to get oily throughout the day, I used an oil control setting spray, misted lightly over the entire face.
For men, there are options available online, in high-end stores, or at your local pharmacy. If you are struggling to figure out which colors work best for you, ask a female friend or family member for help.
Another great option is Rocco Bruzzi Cosmenics http://www.roccobruzzi.com
This cosmetic line was created with men in mind. Their products are cruelty-free and made in the U.S.A. They sell products individually or you can buy a set through their online store which carries everything a man needs for a full face. Shopping online is easy and their Cover Wheel takes the guess work out of choosing a concealer shade.
I want to give a special "thank you" to Tomer for stopping by and sharing this look with my readers! xoxo