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Makeup Basics for Men

Malvika Kulur
Women are not the only ones who use cosmetics. Countless men use makeup products to either accentuate their basic features, or to just protect their skin from the sun. We give men the complete lowdown on how to apply makeup, without looking made up.
Men and makeup were two words that never went together, but that is not the case in today's beauty-conscious era. More and more men are indulging in makeup and skin care products, and spend hundreds of dollars per month on cosmetics. Like women, men are also conscious about their looks and are becoming attuned to the beauty world.
Luckily for men, they do not have to hassle themselves with blush, bronzes, eye shadow, lipstick, and the likes. Also, they do not have to worry about the various brushes or storage space for their countless products, like women do. They just need to perfect the art of wearing foundation and the basic skin care needs.
Due to the texture of their skin, the technique for applying makeup for men is a little different from that of women. This story gives you a walk through on how to apply makeup from start to finish so that you look fresh all day long.
So, check out the below given basic makeup tips, which will surely help you to hide your flaws and accentuate your best features, every time there is an occasion to dress up, or just on a day-to-day basis.

Makeup Basics

Choosing Your Products
The first step towards choosing your products is to determine your skin type and tone.
Your skin type can be either oily, dry, normal, or combination. There are a range of cosmetics available for every skin type and complexion, so that the skin does not react badly to makeup. Always make sure you choose products that complement your skin tone, and not the ones that are too light or dark.
Test the products on the inner part of your wrist, and choose the base that covers up your veins well. When it comes to makeup for men, there are not many products that can be used. The basic products are foundation, primer, compact powder, concealer, and lip balm. Some men use a small amount of bronze though, just to highlight their cheekbones.
Preparing Your Skin
Getting your skin ready for makeup is very important.
Remember to shave before applying makeup, as fine particles of makeup tend to get stuck on your stubble. After you are done with your shave, cleanse your skin well and remove off all the excess oil. Add a few drops of toner in a moist cotton pad and rub it all over your face in upward direction.
Use a good moisturizer, and blend it into your skin using the tip of your fingers in circular motion. Once in three days, try exfoliating your skin, as it really helps in removing the dead skin cells. Maintain a healthy skin care regime and follow a good diet to get soft and supple skin.
Applying Makeup
Once you are done with cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your skin, dab a small amount of your BASE (foundation, concealer, primer) on your face, and make sure you spread it evenly with your fingertips.
If you are new to the world of cosmetics, remember to just use an amount that is enough to cover your blemishes and scars. Use liquid foundation as it is easier to spread on the skin.
While donning makeup to cover dark circles, apply concealer with the help of a brush, and blend it into your skin using your fingers. To set your concealer, you need to dab some matte finish powder or compact with a broad brush.
After you are done with your eyes, you can also dab the compact powder on your nose, forehead, and chin so that your face does not look oily. Use a little bit of transparent or neutral-colored lip balm on your lips. This will not only complete your look, but will also keep your lips hydrated, preventing them from getting chapped.
Removing Makeup
Always remove your makeup before you sleep, to avoid constant breakouts and clogged pores. Use a good makeup remover or cleanser for your face. Tone your skin once all the makeup has been washed off. If you want, you can use a night cream or gel to rejuvenate your skin.

Miscellaneous Tips

  • Take a girl with you while shopping for cosmetics.
  • Apart from using makeup, you should also invest time in beauty treatments like facials and mani-pedis.
  • Never forget to apply sunscreen after you moisturize.
  • Wait for the moisturizer and sunscreen to dry completely before putting on the liquid base.
  • On days where you plan to skip out on a shave, apply a light coat of foundation only on your cheeks, nose, forehead, temples, and neck. If the foundation sticks to your stubble or beard, take a cotton swab and wet it, then lightly wipe off the foundation from it.
Please remember, wearing makeup, especially in today's day and age, is in no way emasculating, as cosmetic products actually protect your skin from pollution, dust and the sun. Keep your look as natural as you can, by following these basic makeup tips. And do not feel shy and out of place with your makeup on.