7 Amazing Beauty Tips We've Picked Up From Men

Updated 04/19/19
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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-ageing serums and roll their eyes over grooming habits. 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.

1. Wash Your Hair Less

Beauty tips from men: Kérastase Powder Bluff
Kérastase Powder Bluff $16

"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

2. Steam Your Face

Beauty tips from men: Port Products Skin Renewing Face Scrub
Port Products Skin Renewing Face Scrub $22

"I use a face scrub in the shower because the steam opens up my pores and it doesn't feel as abrasive—but I make sure to turn the temperature down to make sure the water doesn't dry out my skin." — Bryn Garrett, architect

3. Invest in All-Natural Calming Products for Irritated Skin

Beauty tips from men: Lush Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask
Lush Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask $7

"One of my favourite 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

4. Style Your Hair Before It's Dry

Beauty tips from men: Philip B Oud Royal Perfect Finish Shaping Fiber
Philip B Oud Royal Perfect Finish Shaping Fiber $31

"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

5. Embrace Thickening Gel

Beauty tips from men: Kérastase Materialiste
Kérastase Materialiste $16

"I love a thickening gel. Kérastase's Matérialiste is hands down my favourite. It makes hair thicker, textured and lifted at the root." — Fugate

6. Get into Spirulina

Beauty tips from men: Starwest Botanicals Certified Organic Spirulina Powder
Starwest Botanicals Certified Organic Spirulina Powder $16

"Spirulina is packed with everything you need and has anti-ageing benefits—it helps with skin health and dark circles, which is a huge deal." — Sir John

7. Disguise Dirty Hair

Beauty tips from men: Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo $18

"After the gym, I like doing a quick paper towel blot on my hair and around my hair line. Then, I blow-dry dry shampoo into the roots so I don't look sweaty throughout the rest of the day." — Fugate

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