Men’s make-up: how to use it to feel more confident, hide pimples, or cover up after a late night or weekend in the sun – expert tips

Define your eyebrows, lose those dark rings under your eyes, cover up the excesses of the night before – see how to do all this and more with our video guide

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 July, 2018, 12:04am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 July, 2018, 10:26am

Relax, this isn’t about how to accentuate your cheekbones with contouring or make your eyes pop with mascara.

However, there may be days you need a little help to look your best, or feel a bit more confident.

Maybe you pulled an all-nighter working on a project you need to present the next day, or a friend is visiting and you’ve hit the town till the wee hours of the morning, or – since it’s junk season – you’re a little red from a Sunday fun day and you want your skin to look more even. Minimal make-up can be that subtle pick-me-up you need.

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If you don’t feel the need, that’s fine; if you do, there are little tricks to help you look fresher than you feel, whether it’s under eye darkness you want to disguise, or red spots or blemishes you want to hide.

We also have something for men who need a touch more coverage to even out their skin tone, and those who are interested in defining their eyebrows. FYI, defined brows can help frame your face and add a subtle touch of authority.

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There’s no harm in giving this a shot if you’re curious; it’s only make-up, it washes off.

Think of it this way: make-up isn’t adding bells and whistles or changing the way you look. It’s the equivalent of wearing a suit that’s tailored specifically for you.