Just because a man wears makeup doesn’t mean that they’re “too feminine“. On days when we don’t get enough sleep or slack off on our diet, we all need a way to help us look more put together and presentable – regardless of stereotypes. We’ve rounded up 6 makeup essentials that even a Herculean man can be comfortable wearing. They’re subtle and natural, while still more than capable of helping to cover up imperfections such as dark circles, redness, blemishes, and patchy brows.
Marc Jacobs beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate
Get a full and even coverage with using this oil-free foundation from Marc Jacobs that completely conceals even the most unsightly blemishes with the thinnest possible layer. It’s a highly pigmented formula that also contains patented golden mica to give the skin a radiant, natural glow. The pigments in this foundation is also coated in lecithin – an ingredient known for its skin-like texture to aid in effortless blending into the skin while providing a matte finish. W sephora.my
War Paint Tinted Moisturiser
For guys who hate the feeling of heavy makeup on their faces but still need a complexion pick-me-up, Warpaint’s Tinted Moisturiser is a cult favourite. This lightweight formula provides light-to-medium but lasting coverage that helps to improve the appearance of an uneven skin tone while concealing hyperpigmentation marks, redness and dark circles. It’s not as heavy as a traditional foundation and has the same moisturising effects as a hydrating cream – making it more suitable for drier skin types. W warpaintformen.com
Chanel Boy de Chanel Eyebrow Pencil
Guys shouldn’t be alienated or judged for displays of emotion too. Express yourself by defining and filling out sparse brows or even facial hair for a a well-groomed yet natural look. One end contains a retractable brow pencil you can use to shade in and neaten your brows, while the waterproof formula keeps it intact for up to 8 hours. You can use the spiral brush on the other end to groom and shape brows and facial hair – so everything stays in place. If you already have defined brows but struggle with sparse areas or just need some touching up, you can also try Chanel’s Le Gel Sourcils to help keep them groomed and neat without having to fuss with drawing in your brows. W chanel.com
Tom Ford For Men Bronzing Gel
Staying out of the sun is imperative if you wish to prevent premature ageing and UV damage, but those with pale or fair complexions may end up looking too sallow and haggard. To bring a naturally healthy glow to the skin, this lightweight bronzing gel from Tom Ford is meant to mimic the look of a glorious day out under the sun. It’s a water-based, oil-free formula that easily blends into the skin to create a natural look. This gel is also infused with calming ingredients such as Algae Extracts, Aloe Vera and Sodium Hyaluronate to comfort and soothe the skin – making it ideal with all skin types. W tomford.com
Kevyn Aucoin Loose Setting Powder
Using a fine loose setting powder is ideal for those who can’t be bothered with putting on a stitch of makeup or men with more sensitive skin. It helps to not only control excess sebum for oilier, acne-prone skin types, it also helps to even out the appearance of the skin. This lightweight formula from Kevyn Aucoin has an extremely silky and fine texture which blends seamlessly into the skin. It uses microspheres to help blur imperfections to improve the skin’s appearance while reducing shine without caking or settling into fine lines and pores. W kevynaucoinbeauty.com
Jack Black Therapy Lip Balm SPF25 Mint & Shea Butter
Surely men can’t stand the look and feel of parched lips as well! Keep dry flakes at bay while soothing chapped lips with this refreshing emollient lip balm from the Jack Black collection. It’s enriched with skin conditioners and antioxidants such as beeswax, shea butter, green tea extract, avocado oil and cocoa seed butter to nourish, soften and heal cracked lips. It also contains SPF25 to protect from UV damage that could further irritate the sensitive skin on the lips. W kensapothecary.com.my
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Featured image: Warpaint for Men.