No Girls Allowed: Men’s Skincare 101

This post is just for the boys. Since Joe Biden revealed the secret to his gorgeous skin (Clinique for Men) it’s got me thinking about whether this is a subject boys would appreciate some direction in. Biden claimed he just uses what his wife tells him to, but I think you guys are capable of making your own decisions on your skincare, there just aren’t many beauty blogs that focus on men so it is hard to know where to start. 

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Joe Biden revealed to Rachael Ray the secret to his glowing skin is Clinique. As if I could love him any more. Clinique is an absolute classic in skin care for men and women. Clinique have a line designed especially for men, the standard moisturiser costs £23. This is just a simple moisturiser with SPF so if you find all the specific treatments a bit intimidating, this is a great place to start. 

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If you are already comfortable with moisturisers and want to target more specific problems, Clinique for Men also has creams for dark spot correcting, blemishes, fatigue and anti-ageing. 

If you want a product that will impress whoever is going through your medicine cabinet, Tom Ford has a men’s skincare range. It is pricey but if I saw them in a boy’s bathroom I would be very impressed/jealous. Their daily moisturiser is £75 (eek!) so this is really top end of the budget. They also do a concealer for £32 and is designed especially for men to help cover up blemishes, redness or razor cuts. 

You don’t need to spend a lot, however, for a good basic moisturiser. Nivea for Men have a re-hydrating moisturiser for £6.95 which, as the name implies, is good for dehydrated skin as well as dry skin. Dehydrated is an often overlooked skin care issue. Nivea also have a wide range of products to ease shaving and to cool the skin afterwards. Another cheap but effective moisturiser is Vaseline Men Extra Strength Body and Face Lotion (£3.73) (As seen in Esquire). Apply this at night to make the morning shave more comfortable and less irritating. 

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Another popular brand among men’s skincare is Kiehls. Their Facial Fuel range is incredibly popular and their “caffeine and vitamin non oily formula” claims to “energize the skin and control shine” so this is one for those of you who have trouble getting to bed on time (Facial Fuel Energizing Moisturiser £21). This range also includes cleansers, exfoliating scrubs and eye creams. All of which are products which everyone should be using, regardless of gender. 

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I hope this helped some boys out there decide which direction to go in when entering the confusing world of skin care. For those who are already experienced in this area, I know this post is very basic but it is mainly aimed at those who are completely new to skin care. Any requests or questions, feel free to comment. 

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Guide to Vamp Lips

A really big trend right now in fashion makeup is the deep berry lip. It is an unforgiving colour that favours the fuller lipped girl but can look fabulous.

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I’ve gone for Mac’s Matte Diva lipstick (£15) with Mac Lipliner in Currant (£12). The lipstick has a burgany/brown-ish look to it in the tube but has a more purpley tinge when applied.

photo 1 (2)Currant on top, Diva on the bottom.

For a luxury buy, Tom Ford’s Violet Fatale is gorgeous, but at the top of the range at £36. In my personal opinion, what you are paying for is the name. Once you get over £25 with lipsticks you are not buying quality, you are buying the name. However, having said that, if I could I would buy this in a second.

10 tom ford private blend lipstick in violet fataleTom Ford Violet Fatale (£36)

 

Another new trend in the world of lip colour is the CC cream for lips. It is a colour that nourishes as well as looking good. If that is what you are after, Mac have a great option for you. Their new Huggable Lip Colour.

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For the vamp look go for Commotion (£17.50). You are paying more than you would just for a lipstick, but this isn’t just a lipstick.

commotionCommotion available at Mac £17.50

Some of these options are quite pricey, so if you are on a budget and want to achieve the look for less, I cannot recommend OCC Lip Tar enough. They are fantastic tubes of gloss that you apply with a complimentary brush and it dries like a lipstick. They are also 100% vegan. I recommend Black Dahlia for that devilish look.

Black_Dahlia_black_small_grandeOCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia £11.50

For a more glam rock look, OCC have released the same colour in metallic, called Black Metal Dahlia. OCC are available at Selfridges, one of the few UK stockists of this product.

So get vamping! ‘Tis the season.