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How Do You Handle Men's Opinions on Makeup?

How Do You Handle Men's Opinions on Makeup?

A recent study concluded that men don't dig lots of makeup. At the top of the list: lipstick on the teeth, too much blush, thick foundation, and "panda eyes," whatever that means. Also, one out of five men would prefer that women tone down down their applications, and one in 10 prefer no makeup at all.

The results aren't exactly the most convincing, especially because most guys I know have no idea how much makeup a "no makeup" look can require. But does it really matter, anyway? Makeup is a personal choice, and however much or little you wear in your personal life is all up to you. I've dated men who've wanted me to wear more makeup, wear less, cut my hair, grow my hair, on and on —and while I'm open to feedback, a guy's opinion won't dictate my grooming choices. How do you handle it when a man gives you his thoughts on your appearance?

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ajbray ajbray 6 years
I have to say -- I am one lucky gal. When I met my then-future husband, I was still a little goth chick, so he understood that dramatic war paint was part of the package. Love the woman, love the liner. I've streamlined my look a wee bit (*cough*), but he still digs the glam. Now, don't get me wrong, he'll look at me first thing in the morning -- rumpled, barefaced, and wonky-haired -- and gush like any sweet, doting hubby would. But when I get all dolled up, he's elated; puffs up as proud as the proverbial peacock. I like to play up my porcelain-pale skin, do smokey eyes, lush lashes, and a vibrant, scarlet lip. It's a more sophisticated, grown up version of the wheeled goth chick he met on the dance floor ten years ago. In fact, before I met The One, I remember dating this one dud(e) in particular. He initially seemed fond of my high-maintenance look, but then decided to try to 'reform' me. He constantly encouraged me to 'go natural' and tone down my look to something more wholesome and granola-y. In retrospect, 'encourage' is an understatement; try 'badger relentlessly' instead. The final straw was when he was bugging me not to wear makeup one day, and I explained *again* that I wore it for myself and would not cease nor desist in doing so. In response, he sighed pityingly and said, "We'll work on that." Yeeeeeah...no. Needless to say, that was the *last* discussion we ever had. Like I said: love the woman, love the liner. (My husband gets a kick out of that story because every time I tell it, I appreciate him even more...and it makes me want to go put on some lipstick! LOL)
ajbray ajbray 6 years
I have to say -- I am one lucky gal. When I met my then-future husband, I was still a little goth chick, so he understood that dramatic war paint was part of the package. Love the woman, love the liner.I've streamlined my look a wee bit (*cough*), but he still digs the glam. Now, don't get me wrong, he'll look at me first thing in the morning -- rumpled, barefaced, and wonky-haired -- and gush like any sweet, doting hubby would. But when I get all dolled up, he's elated; puffs up as proud as the proverbial peacock. I like to play up my porcelain-pale skin, do smokey eyes, lush lashes, and a vibrant, scarlet lip. It's a more sophisticated, grown up version of the wheeled goth chick he met on the dance floor ten years ago.In fact, before I met The One, I remember dating this one dud(e) in particular. He initially seemed fond of my high-maintenance look, but then decided to try to 'reform' me. He constantly encouraged me to 'go natural' and tone down my look to something more wholesome and granola-y. In retrospect, 'encourage' is an understatement; try 'badger relentlessly' instead. The final straw was when he was bugging me not to wear makeup one day, and I explained *again* that I wore it for myself and would not cease nor desist in doing so. In response, he sighed pityingly and said, "We'll work on that."Yeeeeeah...no.Needless to say, that was the *last* discussion we ever had. Like I said: love the woman, love the liner.(My husband gets a kick out of that story because every time I tell it, I appreciate him even more...and it makes me want to go put on some lipstick! LOL)
Jepa Jepa 6 years
My interpretation is that it pretty much falls in line with what my bf thinks. What I think they mean by too much makeup is where you can see the layers of make up and eyeliner (panda eyes on Katie Price, thick like paint on Christina). I have to agree; I think it looks quite sad. What my BF means by too much is that he thinks the makeup is too strong, to obvious. He likes makeup to be discreet and natural looking so it’s not actually about the amount of makeup, more about the result. Personally my tastes are pretty similar, but as mentioned, I wear makeup for me and sometimes I wear makeup that I know he doesn’t like because it’s my face and he doesn’t have a say : )
Jepa Jepa 6 years
My interpretation is that it pretty much falls in line with what my bf thinks. What I think they mean by too much makeup is where you can see the layers of make up and eyeliner (panda eyes on Katie Price, thick like paint on Christina). I have to agree; I think it looks quite sad.What my BF means by too much is that he thinks the makeup is too strong, to obvious. He likes makeup to be discreet and natural looking so it’s not actually about the amount of makeup, more about the result.Personally my tastes are pretty similar, but as mentioned, I wear makeup for me and sometimes I wear makeup that I know he doesn’t like because it’s my face and he doesn’t have a say : )
JessiLee99 JessiLee99 6 years
I wear makeup for me...not for anyone else....so I don't care when men, or anyone thinks about my makeup. I do it because I like the way it looks, and that's all. Nothing else to it.
ach167 ach167 6 years
I wish I could win this battle with my boyfriend... like most he says I wear too much and likes me better without (even though he hates when my skin breaks out or the under eye circles make me look like death). For me makeup not only makes me feel better by putting my best face forward but its also FUN!!! I love putting on makeup and doing others. My boyfriend DOES NOT understand this, he just calls it high maitenence. It's funny though when he was courting me all he could say was how pretty my eyes were and stood out to him but now he says he hates when I put eyeliner... such a hypocrite. For awhile there I did tone it down, skipped the eyeliner and such for him, but I didn't feel like myself so I went back to doing what I like. We still have this arguement...
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Rachelshakeit, we said the same thing! Interesting interpretation of the results, right? Anonymous, sounds like you need to hang out with cooler guys.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Rachelshakeit, we said the same thing! Interesting interpretation of the results, right?Anonymous, sounds like you need to hang out with cooler guys.
mix-tape mix-tape 6 years
My ex always said he preferred me without make up. However, when we had a date night or something fancy to go to I would put more eye shadow/liner and lipstick on and he'd ALWAYS comment on how beautiful I looked. Men really don't know, they just like saying the natural look is better.
rachelshakeit rachelshakeit 6 years
Doesn't that mean that 4 out or 5 men don't want women to tone it down, and 9 out of 10 do not dig the natural look?
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I wouldn't drastically change anything for a guy, but if he thinks it's too much, other people might too, and I'd rather err on the side of not wearing enough make up. I agree that most guys aren't aware that girls are wearing mascara and foundation, even when it looks like they don't have any makeup on.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I wouldn't drastically change anything for a guy, but if he thinks it's too much, other people might too, and I'd rather err on the side of not wearing enough make up. I agree that most guys aren't aware that girls are wearing mascara and foundation, even when it looks like they don't have any makeup on.
Ayu Ayu 6 years
My bf also prefers me without and notices even if I just line my eyes. He did kinda freak out when he saw me applying mascara once, though - "what the hell are you doing to your eyes?!" I only really wear under-eye concealer and mascara and get told I look sick without them (which is probably true, because I'm extremely pale in winter and have huge blue under-eye bags). I paint my nails in vivid colors and I find most men dislike it. I have a friend that always notices and compliments me on them, but I've also gotten the "do you have a weapon license for that?" comment before (and my nails aren't even long!).
Ayu Ayu 6 years
My bf also prefers me without and notices even if I just line my eyes. He did kinda freak out when he saw me applying mascara once, though - "what the hell are you doing to your eyes?!"I only really wear under-eye concealer and mascara and get told I look sick without them (which is probably true, because I'm extremely pale in winter and have huge blue under-eye bags).I paint my nails in vivid colors and I find most men dislike it. I have a friend that always notices and compliments me on them, but I've also gotten the "do you have a weapon license for that?" comment before (and my nails aren't even long!).
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 6 years
My boyfriend can't stand makeup and feels as though I don't need it. Which is nice. I mostly wear a natural look, but recently I started wearing eyeliner and adding more color to palette. I have been told jokingly that I don't need to look like a "painted up hussy". How can you not laugh at that? We laughed so hard that I had to do my eye makeup over. He then told me that he's happy he can tell his friends that I don't have to wear a ton of makeup to look good. *Awe* But that won't stop me!
petitbijoux petitbijoux 6 years
I agree that most guys don't know what they are really saying when they say they prefer no make up because like jocupcake's comment they drool over Megan Fox's look and we know that she probably has on primer, concealer, foundation, highlighters, her face has been contoured in certain areas, blush, bronzer, eye shadows, fake lashes, lip liner, lip stick, gloss, powder etc. But her make up artist did a good job of making her look natural-ish with her best features highlighted. I think guys don't like too much blush and lipstick and over done eyes. If you look pretty and your make up compliments your features they probably wont say anything. Sometimes guys opinions are good because its like they are on the outside looking in. We can get caught up in everything and lose perspective and maybe our look has gotten a little off. So I usually consider what my bf has to say but sometimes he is way off and I do what I want.
dootsie dootsie 6 years
I find that most men do not understand makeup. Even the ones who LIKE makeup don't really get the way it all goes together. So, as far as a man who gives some sort of opinion about makeup? Unless he's a makeup artist, I throw the comment in my mental trashcan and move on.
sugajen sugajen 6 years
LOL. I had fun reading the entries to this post and agree with most of you. As for my boyfriend he also says he prefers the natural look but when i put on the black eyeliner that makes my green eyes pop he's not complaining. I say do your makeup for you.
cdelaney cdelaney 6 years
panda eyes. ha. yes, guys are clueless. my husband has a strong disdain for anything on my lips. lipstick, lip gloss, lip balm, you name it--he hates it. i agree with most of the posters, i don't think he can always tell when i make subtle makeup changes, but he is always complimentary and makes me feel good and sexy.
jocupcake jocupcake 6 years
I realized how clueless men are about makeup when one of my guy friends said he preferred girls without a lot a makeup. Like Megan Fox. We had just seen this picture: http://static.open.salon.com/files/megan-fox_0811_1ea1245766442.jpg Not alot of makeup! Are you kidding me! As my guy friend is drooling over Megan's "naturally stunning eyes" I'm sitting there wondering if she has to struggle to keep her eyes open under the weight of her gargantuan fake lashes. So yeah, though guys SAY they prefer no makeup, I believe this really just means that no makeup = not having foundation flaking off your face or any evidence of makeup (lipstick stains, blush on sheets, etc) left behind. The good news is that guys can't seem to tell the difference when I am truly bare-faced... so we ladies should probably stop worrying about being around a new bf without makeup on. Apparently we are stressing over nothing.
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