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I have always been an advocate of good skin health but sometimes you need a bit of an extra boost to make the best of your skin.

Men wearing makeup is a bit of a tough cookie, something that can be so easily got wrong. By having brighter, smoother and healthier looking skin, you look more healthy, but as soon as cover is detected, you shatter the illusion, leading to the question “What’s underneath?”. So, you need to know what to apply and how. Below is a picture of my skin before applying anything, I get slightly dark under-eyes as well as a little bit of an uneven skin tone. Having oily skin also makes my pores a little larger in certain areas.

Get the base right. After you’ve applied your daily skincare, look at using a primer, sometimes, this’ll be all you need. I love Sampar Glamour Shot, it’s a huge men’s favourite, despite being in a pink tube, and mattifies the skin, shrinks the appearance of pores and makes skin look like porcelain. There’s no colour in it at all, it’s simply a light gel / cream and the effects will last all day.

Foundation for men is a tricky subject, and something I have touched on in the past. Firstly, if you have facial hair and / or stubble, then this needs to be avoided by cover products at all costs, it looks completely obvious. Also, having a face that’s one block shade looks completely unnatural, so only cover areas that need covering, and, use a brush rather than fingers, it looks more natural and you use hardly any product.

Highlighters like touché eclat are great. In my honest opinion, don’t bother with the men’s one, there’s only one shade, which when the original collection has so many, makes absolutely no sense. Use it under the eye area and around the nose, applying with the applicator brush, and then using a concealer brush to pat it in, bringing it right into the crease of the nose and up to the eye-lash line.

After you’ve highlighted all the necessary areas, then use a concealer to gently cover imperfections, blemishes and dark spots. My weapon of choice has recently become Clinique Even Better Concealer. It masks a whole range of naughties whilst simultaneously being completely undetectable.

Once you’ve applied everything, rub your ring and forefingers together, warming them up. Then, everywhere you’ve applied cover, gently pat over. This will ensure perfect blending and leave a more natural finish – slightly pull outwards as you work the skin over.

Here’s the finished product [below]. Notice how my pores look smaller, but more importantly my skin tone is more even without looking caked with makeup; hopefully, you shouldn’t notice I’ve got anything on at all.

These products are really great to try out and play with, but I’ll be very honest, go to a beauty counter and ask – It’s becoming increasingly more and more common for men to visit beauty counters looking for concealers and highlighters, no one will bat an eye, I swear!

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Harvey Specter
Posted at 18:07 September 1, 2012
PamperedPrince
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Great post Thom, the more makeup for men posts there are, hopefully the more socially acceptable it will become.
I tried the Touché éclat for men and hated it, it didn’t occur to me to try the women’s, I thought it would be the same just in different packaging.
I really like the BareMinerals well rested for under eyes.
Oh and I can’t believe you have oily skin, I can’t see a trace of oil and your pores are barely visibly even in the before photo!! I should publish a photo of crater pores, then you’ll see oily skim pores haha

Harvey Specter
Posted at 18:07 September 1, 2012
PamperedPrince
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Great post Thom, the more makeup for men posts there are, hopefully the more socially acceptable it will become.
I tried the Touché éclat for men and hated it, it didn’t occur to me to try the women’s, I thought it would be the same just in different packaging.
I really like the BareMinerals well rested for under eyes.
Oh and I can’t believe you have oily skin, I can’t see a trace of oil and your pores are barely visibly even in the before photo!! I should publish a photo of crater pores, then you’ll see oily skim pores haha

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:57 September 1, 2012
Phil
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Time to steal some tips from this.. I’ve been on the lookout for an easy way to conceal ‘bad sleep’ blue sheen under my eyes.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 13:35 September 1, 2012
    Thom Watson
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    Haha, definitely. It’s almost always down to the way you apply cover rather than what you cover – more so with men because it can be the difference between cover being detectable of completely flawless.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:57 September 1, 2012
Phil
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Time to steal some tips from this.. I’ve been on the lookout for an easy way to conceal ‘bad sleep’ blue sheen under my eyes.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 13:35 September 1, 2012
    manface
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    Haha, definitely. It’s almost always down to the way you apply cover rather than what you cover – more so with men because it can be the difference between cover being detectable of completely flawless.

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