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How to Avoid Makeup Men Hate

Don't scare off men with your makeup! Here's how to avoid the looks guys despise.


  • Step 1: Avoid heavy foundation Don’t wear heavy foundation that looks like it was applied with a spatula. Do choose a color that matches your skin tone. A different colored cheek and neck appalls men and women alike.
  • Step 2: Keep it real with lips Avoid lipstick colors that are nowhere near the shade of actual lips. If you use a lip pencil, make sure it matches your lipstick perfectly; men don't like lips whose outline they can see from a mile away.
  • Step 3: Don't overpluck Don't overpluck your eyebrows and then pencil in thin ones; most men find that look about as appealing as a unibrow.
  • TIP: The products that help eyelashes grow can also be used on eyebrows.
  • Step 4: Watch the blush Apply blush with a light touch. When men see crazy red cheeks, they think of their great aunt Ethel.
  • Step 5: Ditch the panda eyes Smoky eye makeup can be sexy, but don't go overboard. Many men think it's only a good look for a panda.
  • Step 6: Eschew blue Don't even think about blue eye shadow, unless it's veeeery subtle. Most men find bright blue eye makeup clownish -- especially when it's paired with the previous no-no's. So, can we get you a washcloth?
  • TIP: 20 percent of men wish their partner would wear less makeup, according to one survey.

You Will Need

  • Light touch
  • Muted colors
  • Healthy eyebrows
  • Eyelash growing treatment (optional)

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