Do we really care what men think about women's makeup? Will we change the way we apply our lipstick in the morning just because one man said he didn't like it? Will we decide to leave off the eyeliner because some other bloke decided that it wasn't a good look? Of course not. But when I decided to ask my male Facebook friends what they thought about makeup, this wasn't an attempt to undermine women or tell them what they should and shouldn't do according to men, but rather an amusing insight into how men understand (or don't) the world of makeup.
What strikes me is that makeup is as confusing to them as periods and childbirth. And quite honestly, it was pretty funny. Keep scrolling and find out what they really think.
A presiding theme was men saying that they'd spotted women wearing makeup that didn't blend into their faces or "looked orange." One said that he didn't understand "girls that wear make up that makes their face a totally different colour" as it's "evident by their necks being a totally different shade." Yep, this definitely happens, and it's usually a mishap. Perhaps men need to have a go at trying to apply the stuff when they're in a rush.
Much like the beauty world, eyebrows were a big deal for the FB guys. Either they didn't understand the really thin eyebrows look (literally no one is doing that anymore, so maybe they're thinking about the '90s?) or the really big ones that are "painted on." Thing is, eyebrows are tough to get right, but if you do struggle, we have the best eyebrow products right here.
#3: New products
Here's where it's less about the look of the product and more about why we'd go out and spend money on more beauty items, with one guy not understanding "why you'd spend so much on a new mascara." Well, for starters, makeup goes off. Yes, every product has a sell-by-date. But also, it's okay if you want to try that mascara you've heard will work miracles on your lashes, as it might make you feel totally fabulous. As one chap put it well, he gets women "wanting to wear make up to feel good/happy/confident." We couldn't have put it better ourselves.
#4: Fake anything
Who doesn't love a touch of fake tan or a false eyelash sometimes? While we get that it might seem a bit over the top, men clearly haven't got on board. "I don't like all the orangey-looking stuff that looks caked on and fake, do like anything simple and natural," said one. With "A natural looking foundation (tinted moisturiser, bb cream, whatevs" being the preferred choice.
#5: Nude lipstick
Actually, this one kind of makes sense. While we love a nude lipstick, men, on the other hand, don't seem to be for it. "I don't get lipstick that makes the lips the same colour as women's faces," was one reply. According to science, men are more receptive to the colour red. We're still sticking to our nude lippies, though.
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