8 Amazing Beauty Tips We've Picked Up From Men
While there is so much to get out of our relationships with men, beauty advice often falls to the bottom of the list. Somehow, deep-seated gender norms have dictated skin and haircare routines are meant only for women, raising generations of men who scoff at anti-aging serums and roll their eyes over grooming habits (never strong-hold gel, though—men feel all too comfortable with that). Often, these are the same men who work out multiple times a week and chug protein shakes in search of a fit, healthier-looking physique. So what gives?
In a speech at the Makers Conference last week, Jill Soloway, the creator of Amazon's Transparent, mentions a gender dynamic that helps to explain the disconnect. "In patriarchy, men see, and women are looked at," she says. So while anyone is allowed to care about beauty in 2017, women are taught of its importance from the womb, while men are taught they have better things to do.
It is important to note, though, that things are changing and beauty standards are (slowly but surely) evolving. Take James Charles's campaign with CoverGirl and Manny Mua's with Maybelline. Both makeup artists are each of the brands' first-ever male reps. I decided to explore this notion a bit and reach out to other men who are helping to change those stereotypes for the better. Some are in the biz as successful makeup artists and hairstylists, while others are friends or partners in our lives. Each one revealed genuinely great beauty tips from hair products to skincare to makeup. Keep reading to find out more.
"Wash your hair less. Hair just looks better lived in and dirty. Use some Kérastase Powder Bluff or VIP Spray to add some grit and texture." — Matt Fugate, Kérastase consulting hairstylist
Lush Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask ($13)
"One of my favorite products is a fresh mask that Lush sells called Rosy Cheeks. Because I have such fair skin, any redness I have is very noticeable. This mask is a blend of kaolin, calamine, and Turkish rose oil, and it delicately calms my skin and restores balance." — Taylor Kelly, director of marketing
Hoosier Hill Farm Premium Whole Milk Powder ($16)
"This is my super old-school trick: I learned it from my grandmother, and it is one of my favorite tips. My grandmother used to soak in a bath of powdered milk mixed with hot water and wash. The lactic acid in milk helps to soften skin and makes it feel so smooth. This is something I do at night before going to bed." — Sir John, L'Oréal Paris celebrity makeup artist
Sally Hershberger 24K Vanity Hair Shaping Balm ($32)
"When going for a messy look on short hair, I get my hair about 80% dry, and then I add my product (like a pomade). I first make it really messy, and then I shape it without taking out the texture. I let it air-dry the rest of the way, and by the time it's dry, it's already styled." — Nate Rosenkranz, Honey hairstylist
Next up, find out what product a celebrity dermatologist threw out of my skincare regimen.