For the fellas: How to nail your grooming routine and try your hand at makeup

Napoleon says…

Anyone who ever said beauty is only for gals never met Napoleon Perdis. When it comes to male skincare and grooming, his word is pretty much gospel.

What’s your number one tip when it comes to men’s skincare?

Wash your face every night. It’s a simple step that has huge benefits. It helps keep the skin clean, smooth and feeling amazing.

For men who don’t have a skincare regime, what’s the easiest way to start?

To look after the skin in under five minutes, you only need a few products:

Most guys wash their face in the shower but might be opting for the classic soap option, which can really dry out the skin. Try using cleansers like a balm to remove dirt, grime, sweat and oil.
We’re all exposed to harmful UV rays and this can age, damage and burn the skin. To avoid this, simply apply an SPF 50+ all over the face after showering and you’re good to go.
Lip balm
A clear lip balm is the most undetectable way to keep your lips hydrated. It’s perfect for guys who spend a lot of time outdoors or playing sport.

What about keeping facial hair in order?

The area around beard and moustache is often sensitive, and to make matters worse, shaving can really dry out the skin. Neglecting this area can result in an uncomfortable shave, irritation and ingrown hairs. The solution is a beard balm or oil. They’re really quick and easy to apply, and help to keep the skin calm, soothed and hydrated.

What’s one makeup product men should try?

A creamy concealer is a secret makeup trick used by some of the most influential men around the world. It disguises dark circles, spots or signs of tiredness in a matter of seconds. Simply dab a small amount onto your fingertip and tap onto the skin where needed.

Any advice you can give for guys who want to start experimenting with makeup?

The key to perfecting male grooming with an undetectable finish is to keep the choice of texture matte and lightweight, and your application minimal. Start by applying sunscreen to the skin and a touch of lip balm. Keep unruly brows in place with a clear brow mascara. Hide and counteract any redness, dark circles or discolorations with a touch of concealer. Finally, for a subtle boost of warmth to the skin, sweep a small amount of a matte bronzer onto the face using a big fluffy brush.

Blending and fusion is key – be sure to mould everything into your skin, so it syncs with it, as opposed to sitting on top.


This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 163. You can read it here.

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