Our community predominantly considers the use of beauty products to be a feminine trait, but once we broaden our scope and realize that grooming can be easily incorporated into our daily rituals…the results can look amazing.
Most men use a facial moisturizer that they have bought at the drugstore or just take body cream and put it on their face. Moisturizer is important for keeping the skin hydrated, but what we yearn for is a cohesive complexion, and we should have something specifically for the face. Enter the BB Cream! People often confuse this as a tinted moisturizer, however, it’s a lighter product that adapts to your skin tone and gives you luminous skin without the need for foundation or powder.
One of the most common and unspoken issues in male grooming is patchy beards. Some men almost feel emasculated because they can’t grow one or it just doesn’t seem ‘full enough’. This tip and trick is something I learned while working with Cosmetics à la Carte. During their male grooming shoots, they would recommend using eyebrow ink to fill the beard. This perfects the architecture of the beard and gives a fuller and sharper look. You don’t need to use that much for a nice effect and you can even use eyeliner and simply blend it in (obviously suited to your beard color) but Indian ink looks great and comes off with face wash (and even in the shower if that’s too much of a step).
After a hard day or even a crazy night, we can’t deny the fact that we wake up with designer eye bags. This is my go-to product to fix that. You simply wash your face, apply this under the eye socket, and tap away the excess with your fingers. With its caffeine-based ingredients, it gives you a natural alertness and can add a couple of hours of sleep to what probably was a night you can’t remember.
I know everyone has their favorite moisturizer but I swear by Aēsop’s Leaf Body Balm. It smells delicious and mine has lasted an entire year. So although it’s pricey, it actually goes a long way. The key to moisturizing your body is to do it as soon as you get out of the shower. Instead of drying off completely, grab some moisturizer and lather it all over to lock in the moisture. This gives you noticeably (I hate it when people say this but it’s true) softer skin that your partner or Grindr date will notice instantly.
Lastly, I recommend everyone use a facial scrub at least once a week. It’s important to exfoliate and get rid of the wear and tear of the week (especially on your face). Bulldog is amazing because it’s organic, made from natural ingredients, and feels amazing after you use it. I recommend steaming your face with hot water (just pour boiling water in a bowl and sit with your face over it using a towel to keep in the steam so you open your pores) and then scrubbing in a pea-sized amount in circular motions then rinsing. This will revitalize your face and you’ll see the difference in the morning. (Note: Don’t touch your skin with your hands after you wash your face…because then what would be the point?)
Ryan Lanji is a Fashion and Beauty Curator. He has curated exhibitions for beauty brands such as Revlon and Cosmetics à la Carte.