Whatever your feels are around asking men for their opinions on beauty trends, you've got to admit hearing them sound off on bun cuffs and sparkly lips a la Atelier Versace can be entertaining. And while I don't invite my husband to weigh in on my own personal makeup looks and hairstyles, (a potentially dangerous conversation that could conceivably end in couples counselling), it is fun to get his take on new runway beauty trends. Reactions range from agreeable to gobsmacked (glitter tears, anyone?
), and I always come away from these chats with a better understanding of how the average Joe feels about things like winged liner, faux freckles and topknots. The thing is though, that just like women, men hold varied opinions. For that reason (and others), the experiment that follows wasn't conducted in any real pursuit for truth. On a lark, I reached out to four very different dudes for their thoughts on our best-loved autumn beauty trends. Most are pretty wearable (or at least, I thought they were), but I also threw in a few kooky curveballs for extra LOLs.
The verdict? It's official: Guys really hate some of our favourite beauty looks.
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"I’m too old for this to make any sense. This seems like makeup so dramatic that it becomes invisible."
"Not my favourite colour. Looks like she's healing two black eyes."
"Not sure about this colour on the eyes. A little too dark for me."
"I’m finding it difficult to form a concrete opinion about a ponytail."
"A very safe option that looks good whether you dress it up or down."
"Love a low pony. It’s simple, elegant, and always looks good."
"Kind of gives off a sexy librarian vibe. I can picture her removing the hair tie and doing a Laney Boggs-style makeover."
"This is what I imagine. She’s been over, we’ve had a great time, a few drinks. The next day I empty the dishwasher. The lipstick marks haven’t come off, so I have to hand wash her wine glass and this is the worst possible outcome. No thanks."
"Not really feeling burgundy lippie. If you’re going to go dark, go really dark."
"She looks seductive and exotic. Definitely someone I'd approach in a bar."
"Pretty striking. The dark tone looks good at night, but I tend to prefer brunettes in this look."
"I don't understand this. Is she wearing anything? If it's supposed to be a natural look, she has succeeded."
"Sorry, what am I looking at here?"
"Please tell me my fiance hasn't spent money on this."
"What are glossy highlights? I have never noticed this kind of thing before."