A QUICK LESSON IN BROSMETICS
BREAKING THE TABOO BEHIND MEN’S MAKE-UP
It’s the 21st century and there’s no denying that the boundaries between genders are integrating more and more. Despite what the media may say, men are becoming more comfortable with wearing make-up. Of course, there is still a stigma attached to products such as guy-liner and man-scara, however you may benefit from a few of the following products.
Make up for women isn’t just about looking pretty - we like the idea that certain products enhance our features, but an even skin tone is something we all wish for - and who said that only women want that? ‘Brosmetics’ come in a few forms such as concealing, correcting, moisturising and enhancing. Don’t worry if those words mean nothing to you, they will by the end of this article.
The products explained
Do you have dark circles under your eyes? Blemishes and pimples? Or you just want to hide those hungover eyes? Say hello to your new friend, the concealer. It does exactly what it’s named, it conceals and can be used anywhere. You just need to consider the shade that best matches your skin tone, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. The anti-blemish stick not only masks imperfections, but also contains salicylic acid to unclog pores, while amaranth oil treats the blemishes. Applying concealer is really easy, just prepare your face first by washing with your usual cleanser and moisturise afterwards. Taking your third finger (the least pressure one), dap the concealer on and blend it gently.
No one has naturally perfectly, bump and blemish free skin. Whether it’s a result of breakouts or a razor cut during shaving, it’s normal to have imperfections. However, this can sometimes knock our self-esteem considering it’s on our face for everyone to see. Men also have the option to use a tinted moisturizer e.g. Lab Series BB which doesn’t just tint the skin, it contains ingredients which overtime helps from discolouration. The SPF blocks out the sun’s harmful rays to keep your skin soft and wrinkle free. I know what you’re thinking, ‘it’s a foundation’ - the tint in the product is purely to adjust to the pigments in our skin tones to make it look even.
If you’re feeling a bit braver than most men and it’s not just your skin condition you want to improve, then you could also enhance your brows. This isn’t to say you need to make them look feminine and perfect, however if they’re uneven you can simply fill them in a little. There’s a great brow set by MAC to keep them all in the same direction whilst concealing any greys. There’s a lot of brands on the market when it comes to male make-up, such as Tom Ford and Clinque for Men. Maybe a trip to your local cosmetics store could be in the pipeline.