It’s back-to-school season, and we all know menswear is a hot trend this fall. If men are inspiring women’s fashion, why not also pull that inspiration into beauty trends? Let’s get real for a moment, ladies. Men have the market cornered on the ability to go from shower to out the door in fewer than five minutes. By the time they are in the car ready to roll, we probably haven’t even decided “curly or straight today?” or which accent eye shadow to use.
Though the aspects of traditional and conventional feminine beauty practices are fun and self-satisfying for so many women, there is no denying that all that time getting ready can drain precious time from the day. What if we took a lesson from the men in our lives and realized that simple just may be the way to go? Let’s grab some beauty inspiration from the guys!
KISS: Keep it Simple, Sister
We all may have heard of the mythological man who fills his bathroom counter with this product and that serum and everything new and noteworthy. If you have seen such a magnificent creature, let us know! For most men, they are using their shampoo as face and body wash and slathering the same lotion on their elbows and as they do on their foreheads.
There is something to be said for paring down the daily products we use to save some time (and money!). Simplification becomes the name of the game. Why not try versatile skincare products that also benefit hair like the multitalented Argan Oil? Or invest in some some 2-in-1 makeup products. Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge can add color to both lips and cheeks.
Go Neutral or Go Home
Since most men do not venture into the world of makeup, they are not too concerned with adding anything to the face that isn’t already there. We know the barefaced or “No makeup” makeup looks have been popular for some time, but what if we continued to reduce anything that added to the face instead of simply enhancing what is already there? Maybe try keeping a simple four-product routine.
Here’s a sample daily rundown that will give you a “No Makeup” makeup look: Laura Mercier’s Undercover Pot for concealing dark circles, blemishes, or discoloration, Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo for full, defined brows, Lancome’s Définicils Mascara for an everyday lash look, and Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm to finish off the barefaced look.
Is Expensive Always Effective?
Most men are not emptying their wallets to get a hold of the latest and greatest of beauty products. We ladies know that a great, sophisticated beauty product can often give a big bang for its buck (or many bucks). But maybe we too often fool ourselves into believing that the most expensive is the most effective. We could take a lesson from a guy and try cooling down the beauty product spending.
For example, the beauty YouTube and blogging worlds have been abuzz with NYX’s HD Concealer Wand for both dark under eye circles and blemish or age spot cover-ups. The price of this fabulous concealer? Five dollars. Plus, NYX is an entirely cruelty-free company.
As the temps are cooling off, this back-to-school season may be the perfect time to allow men’s style to not only permeate your wardrobe, but also your beauty routine. At the very least, you’ll add extra time to your mornings. But you may just find yourself a trendy new favorite style.