Make-up Guy

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Make-up Guy

Postby Stu » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:00 pm

I called at a local supermarket today to buy tea. I couldn't find any British tea, so I approached a member of staff who was crouched down stacking a lower shelf. For a split second, something didn't seem right - the name on the nametag was Johan, but the smile I received struck me as a bit feminine. The assistant spoke to me and I realised he was a youn man, aged around 17 or 18, and he was wearing subtle, but quite distinct in the strong lighting, facial make-up. He had some very subtle foundation, mascara and something on his lips which just gave them a very slight shimmer.

Now I don't "do" make-up. I have always had a bit of a negative reaction to the thought of a guy putting on make-up - OK, call it a "prejudice" if you like, but it just doesn't seem very masculine to me. However, I have to say that what I found truly shocking was that he actually looked good with it. He had perfect teeth, well groomed and fairly long hair etc and the bit of make-up enhanced his face: while it didn't make him look particularly masculine, it suited his particular features and complexion.

He was helpful, and friendly too. He clearly had the ability to apply the right stuff in the right way and to carry it off with complete confidence.

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Re: Make-up Guy

Postby JohnH » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:01 am

Let's put it this way - men were not always plain and ugly in their clothes and grooming. You go back to the 1700's and you will see men with fancy wigs, lace, ruffles, heels, and yes, makeup.

Maybe the strait jacket restrictions that apply to men are being relaxed, which is a good thing.

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Re: Make-up Guy

Postby Sarongman » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:48 am

well, maybe not the makeup, but the wigs, ruffles and red outfits lined with ermine (rather reminiscent of Santa :mrgreen: ) are still to be found in our Judges' outfits, however not the black silk hanky which went on the head when pronouncing the long discontinued capital punishment.
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Re: Make-up Guy

Postby SkirtedWelshman » Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:50 pm

I'm male and love makeup. I started wearing kilts, skirts four years ago. At this time I was always clean, but had a haircut once every eight weeks, shaved once a week. I wanted to be different and create a look. First came the kilts, then skirts. I started having my haircut once every two weeks. Then I got into make-up, first eyeliner, then eyeshadow, before going the whole hog. I'm so much happier, better groomed. I now shave twice a day before applying foundation. Nails are neater and nail polish applied, coloured of course.

Bulging pockets have been replaced with a handbag and make-up for touch ups is always to hand. I have been so many favourable comments, regarding my looks life is too short to be boring.

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Re: Make-up Guy

Postby JohnH » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:10 am

I wear lipstick, eyeshadow, and mascara for business and church. I have hair down past my shoulder blades and have boom-booms. So I look like a woman but the illusion is shattered when I talk with my bass voice.

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Re: Make-up Guy

Postby SkirtedWelshman » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:16 pm

Loving it, John.

I wear the makeup, kilts, it's about being yourself. Their is no illusion, you are you, and fantastic for that.

Keep up the good work.

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Re: Make-up Guy

Postby SkirtedWelshman » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:48 pm

Just a thought. I have been wearing makeup for about five years. I have had nothing but compliments, been asked for advice. A long standing friend, commented how it makes my eyes look amazing. My foundation and powder look so good, no-one even notices. If you like makeup, my advice. I say, go for it.
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Re: Make-up Guy

Postby jamodu » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:38 pm

Getting older, I've recently discovered the benefits of 'tinted moisturizer' (as my wife had been using the same). All the benefits of wearing foundation, without being obvious. Just ensure that you buy an appropriate skin shade.
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Re: Make-up Guy

Postby Daryl » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:39 am

Stu wrote:I called at a local supermarket today to buy tea. I couldn't find any British tea, so I approached a member of staff who was crouched down stacking a lower shelf. For a split second, something didn't seem right - the name on the nametag was Johan, but the smile I received struck me as a bit feminine. The assistant spoke to me and I realised he was a youn man, aged around 17 or 18, and he was wearing subtle, but quite distinct in the strong lighting, facial make-up. He had some very subtle foundation, mascara and something on his lips which just gave them a very slight shimmer.

Now I don't "do" make-up. I have always had a bit of a negative reaction to the thought of a guy putting on make-up - OK, call it a "prejudice" if you like, but it just doesn't seem very masculine to me. However, I have to say that what I found truly shocking was that he actually looked good with it. He had perfect teeth, well groomed and fairly long hair etc and the bit of make-up enhanced his face: while it didn't make him look particularly masculine, it suited his particular features and complexion.

He was helpful, and friendly too. He clearly had the ability to apply the right stuff in the right way and to carry it off with complete confidence.
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I believe that the main limiting factors on makeup for men are the existence of facial hair and the more pronounced, and more angular, male features. Female faces (indeed their entire bodies) are smoother canvasses and can be seen as simply providing opportunity for painting in ways that male bodies more often do not.

Male facial (and other) features for some varieties of humans on this planet come closer to female norms. Witness the Thai "ladyboy" beauty pageants (on Youtube). Those folks are mostly trans, I understand, but also apparently some are not and are just doing it because they can. Perhaps the chap you met fell into that category: doing it just because he can.
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