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Beauty Trends That Repel Men Most

These Beauty Trends Are Man-Repellent

We're excited to present this article from one of our favorite sites, Allure!

If you're a fashion and beauty addict like moi, you may already be familiar with The Man Repeller, a blog dedicated to the high-fashion trends women love to wear and men hate to look at. Recently, this has become my daily online obsession—I can't wait to check out the latest outfits and wacky inspirations writer Leandra Medine comes up with, and always with a witty comment to boot. According to the site, a "man-repeller" is someone who "outfits themselves in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex." Such outfit choices include, but are not limited to, drop-waist pants, shoulder pads, turbans, and lots of lots of animal print. So what exactly is the beauty equivalent of a pair of harem pants? Inspired by my new favorite blog, I asked our editors (and their beaus) for their top man-repelling beauty trends.

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Our beauty director's husband Grady Laird (who writes GQ's grooming blog) says, "Those jet black, bowl cut wigs from Yves Saint Laurent's Fall 2008 runway show—those were definite man-repellers. When it comes to makeup and hair, anything too over-the-top is going to turn off most guys—extreme runway looks like Day-Glo lipstick or rainbow eye shadow probably won't appeal. Personally, I think less is more. I prefer the natural look." Many of our staffers' significant others felt the same way. One writer admitted her boyfriend hates when she wears dark nail polish, for that exact reason—it doesn't look natural. Another editor's favorite fuchsia lipstick gets only one comment from her husband: "Wow, that's bright—really bright." But in true man-repeller spirit, who cares what guys think anyways? Walking around with natural-looking makeup all the time can get monotonous, and it's fun to experiment with a braided updo or a new shade of lipstick. So tonight, I'm putting on the new lime green shadow pencil from Nars (out tomorrow!), and you know what—I don't care who I repel, because as long as you wear it with confidence, you can get away with anything.

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CarlyHP226685 CarlyHP226685 5 years
I usually do funky designs on my nails and when i go o a concert or a party I sometimes wear over the top eye shadow and my boyfriend loves it. He likes dating a woman who isnt afraid to be daring. Actually, when I do my makeup that way i get more attention from men.
CarlyHP226685 CarlyHP226685 5 years
I usually do funky designs on my nails and when i go o a concert or a party I sometimes wear over the top eye shadow and my boyfriend loves it. He likes dating a woman who isnt afraid to be daring. Actually, when I do my makeup that way i get more attention from men.
Epicdoodle Epicdoodle 5 years
I find it hard to believe that opinions of a couple of guys apply to all guys out there. Everyone is different and have different tastes, eg. just because one guy finds nail polish repellent doesn't mean every other guy does too. Plus I think if we were to follow this blog to impress these men we would all look pretty similar - how boring would that be? I think if you stay true to yourself and express your own individual style you'll find a guys who likes you for you then you wouldn't have to try so hard to please him by dressing the way he wants instead of the way you want. Not to mention, we don't just dress up to impress guys, dressing up and putting on makeup is fun, you should have fun with it and experiment to make things interesting :)Anyways it was still fun reading through this article, its silly but I think that makes it funny :p
Epicdoodle Epicdoodle 5 years
I find it hard to believe that opinions of a couple of guys apply to all guys out there. Everyone is different and have different tastes, eg. just because one guy finds nail polish repellent doesn't mean every other guy does too. Plus I think if we were to follow this blog to impress these men we would all look pretty similar - how boring would that be? I think if you stay true to yourself and express your own individual style you'll find a guys who likes you for you then you wouldn't have to try so hard to please him by dressing the way he wants instead of the way you want. Not to mention, we don't just dress up to impress guys, dressing up and putting on makeup is fun, you should have fun with it and experiment to make things interesting :) Anyways it was still fun reading through this article, its silly but I think that makes it funny :p
dleighl dleighl 5 years
Once when I was home sick and bored out of my mind I painted my nails. When my hubby got home he noticed right away and asked, "What did you do that for? It looks weird.". I guess that's good for me though because I don't spend a lot of time on hair, makeup or nails and he's good with that.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
I love the Man Repeller blog. She's quite funny. There are definitely some beauty looks that men don't seem to like or get, but that shouldn't stop anyone from doing what she wants to do. Plus, I find that if you date men and find one who likes you for who you are, he won't care what you look like as long as you're happy.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
I love the Man Repeller blog. She's quite funny.There are definitely some beauty looks that men don't seem to like or get, but that shouldn't stop anyone from doing what she wants to do. Plus, I find that if you date men and find one who likes you for who you are, he won't care what you look like as long as you're happy.
isahrangme isahrangme 5 years
yay haha i love this article! i totally wear some funky colors sometimes. i'm trying to experiment more with funky makeup in general, cuz i love to. once i wore three eyeliners and winged all three out. loved it. but they were pretty muted (didn't have enough brigher colors in my travel case) so i got a lot of unwanted attention from guys still... yuck but yea, i totally dress and wear makeup for ME. i like to experiment and have fun! my girlfriends used to be like "whoa i don't like that" when i first started, but i didn't care. now, they like what i do (or at least, they stopped the negative comments cuz i wasn't listening haha)
isahrangme isahrangme 5 years
yay haha i love this article!i totally wear some funky colors sometimes. i'm trying to experiment more with funky makeup in general, cuz i love to. once i wore three eyeliners and winged all three out. loved it. but they were pretty muted (didn't have enough brigher colors in my travel case) so i got a lot of unwanted attention from guys still... yuckbut yea, i totally dress and wear makeup for ME. i like to experiment and have fun! my girlfriends used to be like "whoa i don't like that" when i first started, but i didn't care. now, they like what i do (or at least, they stopped the negative comments cuz i wasn't listening haha)
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 5 years
RoaringSilence, my boyfriend LOVES when I have long, painted nails.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I have always wondered if men really are into nail polish (especially crazy long ones with designs) and earrings (especially large ones)
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 5 years
That's great! What? So women should spend all their days making sure they are always attractive to men? Because I'm sure when men wear their favorite football jersey for weeks in a row to support their favorite team they really have the female opinion on the top of their priority list. There is nothing wrong with dressing to impress, but on a day to day basis you should wear what you like and what you find interesting.Articles like these are silly.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 5 years
That's great! What? So women should spend all their days making sure they are always attractive to men? Because I'm sure when men wear their favorite football jersey for weeks in a row to support their favorite team they really have the female opinion on the top of their priority list. There is nothing wrong with dressing to impress, but on a day to day basis you should wear what you like and what you find interesting. Articles like these are silly.
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