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Why More Men Should Wear Makeup Like Johnny Weir

I Wish More Men Styled Themselves Like Johnny Weir

Johnny Weir arrived at a signing for his new book looking totally made up and just plain gorgeous, as usual. Rarely do guys feel comfortable with hair and makeup, and few look as chic as Johnny. Sure, hipster boys might wear guyliner and experiment with black nail polish, and goth guy makeup is still popular in some places, but they're usually attempts to look transgressive, not pretty. Johnny, on the other hand, is all-out glam, from his eyeliner to his lip gloss. And to me, that's refreshing. To see the case for men and makeup, just keep reading.

It's always seemed unfair that makeup and anything else considered "pretty" is off limits to men. There's a huge rift between the sexes, a whole world of unshared experience that it seems dudes are permanently barred from. But why, seriously? Guys would definitely be more attractive if they knew how to use a little concealer and eyeliner.

Plus, up until relatively recently, men were just as likely as women, if not more, to wear makeup and highly styled hair — just look at images from the French court in the 17th and 18th centuries. There's a long tradition of Casanovas who loved a good cream blush and cascades of curls, and it's odd that something most civilizations have treasured for everyone regardless of sex has become a preserve of just one, and an art that often gets knocked on at that.

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Steve-wears-polish Steve-wears-polish 4 years
What's funny to me is that the "Ugg.. me like manly man" attitude is based on an idea of "manly" which says that 'to be manly, one must reject anything feminine... because feminine is bad'. I'm a straight man, 45, and I wear nail color AS a man. Nail color is asexual - it's really JUST PAINT. My colors don't make me feminine, I make my colors masculine. I do it because it looks nice, I like the colors... and it helps me identify the adventurous, bold, confident, independent woman I seek, from the crowd of intolerant, prejudiced, timid sheep that I wish to avoid
anonymoushippopotamus anonymoushippopotamus 5 years
I'm personally not attracted to feminine make-up on men, but more power to them if they want to do it. I once dated a guy who would lightly use concealer and sometimes foundation. It didn't bother me a bit either way.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Yeah, I feel like the more flexibility we have with gender roles, the better.
CarlyHP226685 CarlyHP226685 5 years
Because they dont want their girlfriends to leave them.
bellazmom bellazmom 5 years
I think he looks beautiful. I'd love to get some pointers, really. My skin has never looked that good.
mmmarishka mmmarishka 5 years
Most women say they want a manly man. But make-up doesn't need to make a man feminine - look at Captain Jack Sparrow ;) That being said, I wouldn't want my man to wear more make-up than me :D I don't like it when guys are obsessed with their looks.
catherinedevlin catherinedevlin 5 years
Funny how many women rush to say that they don't like it. Even if the hate it:love it ratio is 10:1, though, it might work out well for a guy. He doesn't need to be mediocre-medium-attractive to *all* women. That gets him nothing. He needs to find *one* woman who thinks he's hot. Grabbing the eye of that one and turning her on is worth turning off a dozen others who wouldn't ever have been seriously interested anyway.
wolvesvane wolvesvane 5 years
uh...i don't want my boyfriend to look like he's my girlfriend.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
A friend of mine wears mascara and bronzer, and honestly, he makes it work. He's confident and charismatic, so even if people think the makeup is silly on him, they'll admit that he pulls it off. Some guys just make it work.
Elleness Elleness 5 years
Bring it on - if most men took care of themselves like Johnny, I might date more of them. Johnny is stunning and hot - androgyny works so well on him. May need to take a cold shower now.
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
ew. i could never be attracted to him.
liliblu liliblu 5 years
I don't want my man to be pretty.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
Guys would definitely be more attractive if they knew how to use a little concealer and eyeliner. Uh no. Sorry, I don't want my man to wear makeup.
lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
I completely disagree; this look might work for a gay man but I can't realistically think of a single woman who would be attracted to a man who looks like this. I personally like my "men to men," as it were. I'm not saying a man shouldn't try; I do wish men would take better care of their appearance by combing the hair and dressing with some style, but makeup and looking pretty? I draw the line there...
junebrug junebrug 5 years
Ummm.....no.
Marbegirl Marbegirl 5 years
Jared Leto gives it a whirl every once and a while. In other news, I wish more men would wear hats (baseball caps not included).
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