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How To Use Make-Up For Men

How To Use Make-Up For Men

Make-up isn't just for women. Our gentleman's guide will show you how to use make-up for men.

Step 1: You will need

  • Exfoliator
  • Moisturiser
  • Toner
  • Cosmetic Pads
  • Concealer or foundation
  • a fine make-up brush
  • matte powder
  • lip balm

Step 2: Find a concealer

Your concealer should always be one shade lighter than your natural skin tone. When buying a concealer, dab a little on your hand to see how it compares to your skin tone - where possible do this in daylight rather than under fluorescent lights.

Step 3: Exfoliate

In the morning, wash your face using the exfoliator with some warm water. Apply using a circular motion. This removes dead skin cells and unblocks pores.

Never use an exfoliator immediately after shaving, as this will cause redness and irritation. If you need to shave as well, apply the exfoliator only to unshaved areas of the face.

When you're done, rinse your face with warm water.

Step 4: Moisturise

Exfoliater removes dead skin cells and unblocks pores, but also strips the skin of natural oils. Apply a moisturiser using upwards strokes to replace these natural oils.

Step 5: Apply Toner

Dampen a cosmetic pad by running it under warm water and then squeezing the water out. Apply some toner to the pad and then run lightly over your face. Toner will close the pores that have been opened during exfoliation.

Step 6: Prepare Concealer

Put a small amount of concealer on the edge of your hand and mix it up using a fine make-up brush. Pick up a very small amount of concealer on the end of the brush - you can always go back for more if you need to. If you want to conceal a spot, make sure it isn't open, weeping or bleeding. In this case make-up will make things worse. Wait until the spot has begun to heal before continuing.

Step 7: Apply concealer

Apply the concealer using a fine make-up brush. Use a gentle circular motion, beginning in the centre of the blemish and moving to the outer edge. Then blend into the skin.

Step 8: Powder Matte

A powder matte is useful if you want to give pale skin a bit more colour. Pick up a small amount of powder on the end of a powder brush and dust lightly over your forehead and face. Apply slightly more heavily to the upper cheekbones to give them definition. Alternatively consider using a tinted moisturiser to create a similar effect.

Step 9: Lip Balm

Consider using a neutral-coloured lip balm throughout the day. This will enhance the shine and colour of your lips. Apply a small amount using your finger.

Step 10: During the day

Once you've applied your make-up, try to not touch your face during the day, this will cause the make-up to rub off and give away the fact that you're wearing some in the first place!

Step 11: At the end of the day

At the end of the day, remove the make-up by washing your face as usual. Finish by using moisturiser and toner to remove the risk of blackheads.