What men think about your make-up

A new study has found that most men prefer women to look ‘natural’. But how natural exactly?

 

“I didn’t realise until quite late in life that some women don’t just wear make-up, they wear a full-on disguise – the sort you might adopt if you were evading capture. At university one of new flatmates came downstairs late one night and I thought we were being burgled.

It had been obvious before that she wore a lot of make-up, but I naively hadn’t realised that without it she would look like a completely different person. On a later occasion I overheard her, in unpainted form, opening the door to a guy who knew her quite well and having to overcome his puzzled expression by saying: “John, it’s me!”

Surely, if taking off your lady-mask means having to continually provide voice recognition to people, this would be some kind of sign.” John Richards, 33.

 

Apparently half of women admit to doing their make-up at least four times a day and a whopping 67 per cent only go bare-faced twice a month.

Here are some make-up looks that women wear all the time from beauty riot.com, and a compilation of men’s thoughts about them:

January Jones smoky eye makeup

A silvery, smoky eye 

 

Here’s how guys ranked this look on a scale of 1 to 10

Sexiness: 3

How likely they are to talk to her/ask her out: 3Here’s what they had to say:

The good: “She’s fun and experimental, and doesn’t take herself too seriously.”

The bad: “She looks a little crazy.” “If your makeup job makes a gorgeous woman look like this, that’s very bad.” “Too scary and non-approachable, you can’t even try to look into her eyes.”

The just plain weird: “She looks like a cyborg from a dystopian future.” “If you want to look like a crack head … you are doing a great job.”

Taylor Momsen smoky eye makeup

A super dark and smoky eye

 

Here’s how guys ranked this look on a scale of 1 to 10

Sexiness: 4

How likely they are to talk to her/ask her out: 3Here’s what they had to say:

The good (kind of): “This one is pretty nice, but I’m sure she’d try to kill you after you sleep with her.” “Hot, but slightly terrifying.”

The bad: “Yuck. She looks like a raccoon-eyed ghost. ‘Nuff said.” “How do I ask someone out if I can’t even find the eyeballs in the sea of ink beneath her eyebrows?”

The just plain weird: “She’s clearly a vampire, so as such, it seems like a bad idea to approach her.” “Heroin Chic went out with the ’90s, darling.”

 

Sienna Miller eyebrows

Bold eyebrows and red lips

 

Here’s how guys ranked this look on a scale of 1 to 10

Sexiness: 4

How likely they are to talk to her/ask her out: 4Here’s what they had to say:

The good: “Great lips! She looks open and friendly.” “It’s very simple. It shows that she took the time to look nice but didn’t want the makeup to overshadow her face.”

The bad: “Too much makeup. [She looks] old.” “It’s a little unnatural for me. I would think she might be uptight.” “Her eyebrows look like a monobrow. Her cheeks look cake-y.” “Pretty much kills my desire to ask her out, taking that lipstick off entirely would make her shoot up from a 4 to an 8 in both categories.”

The just plain weird: “She seems to be wearing a lot of makeup, as if she is wearing a disguise.”

Sienna Miller red lipstick
Dark red lips and minimal eye makeup

Here’s how guys ranked this look on a scale of 1 to 10

Sexiness: 5

How likely they are to talk to her/ask her out: 5Here’s what they had to say:

The good: “Va-Va-Voom with those lips!” “Seems like the perfect look for really dressing up and going out. But not too formal.” “Old fashioned and classic.” “It’s sexy and approachable but not too scary.”

The bad: “Honestly, I just don’t want to be wiping off lipstick from my lips. Doesn’t taste that great.” “Grandma makeup.” “That’s fine for the red carpet, but not my cuppa tea.”

The just plain weird: “Looks like a man. Seriously. The lipstick especially exaggerates the masculine effect like 10 times over by highlighting her masculine features and taking away from her womanly ones.”

 

Kate Hudson pastel makeup

Pastel shades

Here’s how guys ranked this look on a scale of 1 to 10

Sexiness: 6

How likely they are to talk to her/ask her out: 5

Here’s what they had to say:

The good: “Everything is really ‘light.’” “That redness on her cheekbones makes her seem more alive.” “Beautiful and natural.”

The bad: “I don’t love all the pink. She looks too glamorous to approach.” “She looks washed out.” “Not really a fan of the pink on pink.”

The just plain weird: “Too fairy princess. Makes her look older than she is.”

Kate Hudson bronze makeup
A bronzy glow

Here’s how guys ranked this look on a scale of 1 to 10

Sexiness: 6

How likely they are to talk to her/ask her out: 6Here’s what they had to say:

The good: “Like the glossy lips.” “Wow. So natural.” “Smoky, sexy, I like.” “The soft, warm glow looks good. Almost too shimmery, but it looks good.”

The bad: “I don’t have any reaction to this, I’m not really seeing anything special.” “A little too bronzed.”

The just plain weird: “WAY too much makeup. Looks like a clown.”

Hayden Panettiere false eyelashes
False lashes

Here’s how guys ranked this look on a scale of 1 to 10

Sexiness: 6

How likely they are to talk to her/ask her out: 6Here’s what they had to say:

The good: “I like that pinkish eye shadow.” “Good basic makeup. Diva-ish.” “Tasteful, subtle, not over done to the point that it’s intimidating.”

The bad: “Fake eyelashes. Bleech.”

The just plain weird: “It looks like her eyes are leaking upwards.”

Bright eyeliner makeup

Bright eyeliner

Here’s how guys ranked this look on a scale of 1 to 10

Sexiness: 7

How likely they are to talk to her/ask her out: 7Here’s what they had to say:

The good: “Love the tanned look and that green on her eyelids.” “I definitely like her ‘healthy glow’ and the slight hint of green under her eyes is exotic but not over the top.” “Makeup is not overdone here and most importantly lipstick is barely noticeable.”

The bad: “The green eye shadow is maybe a little tween for me, but everything else is pretty subtle so it works.”

The just plain weird: “You look like you’re trying to be in 7th grade again.”

 

Sienna Miller no makeup look

The “no makeup” look

Here’s how guys ranked this look on a scale of 1 to 10

Sexiness: 7

How likely they are to talk to her/ask her out: 8Here’s what they had to say:

The good: “Natural, pretty and very girl-next-door.” “She’s comfortable as is and you know what you’ll be waking up to the next morning.” “I like the no makeup look. It shows she’s a normal person. If someone looks good without makeup, why fix what’s not broken.” “Very approachable.” “It looks sexy and appealing.”

The bad: “She doesn’t know how to wear makeup.” “Too natural. It’d be nice to wake up to that, though.” “Plain Jane.”

The just plain weird: “Can I invite her out for some ice cream?”

Bottom line: What guys love and hate

Almost unanimously, the guys we asked say they loved “a more natural look.” One smart guy sums it up: “Less is more. Complement your attributes, don’t mask them.” Well, that should save us all some time in the morning.Of course, there are a few guys that like more daring makeup looks: “Colors! F*&$! subtlety.” And another adds, “[I] always love red lips.”

And the makeup looks that scare them away: Basically, too much of anything. “I REALLY don’t like over done eyes and over tanned skin.” And another adds, “I hate when foundation or powder or concealer or whatever is caked on.” The product they seem to dislike the most: lipstick.

So should you totally change your makeup looks to please these guys? Heck no! However, it is nice to know that you can skip makeup for a day and still look way hot in guys’ eyes. And ultimately, we say if a guy can’t approach you while you’re sporting a smoky eye or red lip, then he’s probably not man enough to handle you anyway. Don’t you agree?

Here are some other comments by men about women’s make up:

“I’ve got absolutely no problem with make-up, as long as the person underneath remains vaguely recognisable, and doesn’t look like she’s been painted in the style of a late-1930s Picasso.” – Steven, 36.

 

 

“I think a lot of makeup actually makes women look worse. Have you ever noticed how the women look on the final episode of Survivor, when they’re back from the island and finally get all made up? They go from being naturally beautiful individuals to sort of generically pretty.” Glenn Yeffeth, 49, Publisher, BenBella Books

 

“Less is more. Definitely. You don’t want to overdo it. If you don’t exude beauty from within, no amount of makeup will be able to cover that up.” Adrian Grenier, 35, Actor

 

“All three of my ladies (my wife and two teenage daughters) are naturally beautiful, so I like when they wear no makeup or just something to highlight their big, beautiful eyes… As a cosmetic dentist, it’s all about the smile to me!” Dr. Ira Handschuh, 49, Cosmetic Dentist in White Plains, NY

 

“Bottom line: if she looks good with her hair up eating Chinese food and wearing sweat pants, then she doesn’t need makeup.” Andy Melenbrink, 28, Financial Consultant

 

“I love seeing woman in makeup, but like a lot of guys, I don’t like seeing a heavy amount of it. Let the makeup highlight your natural beauty!”Brian Kelsey, 42, Radio Host

 

“Keep it simple and natural. To me, this is the sexiest look. Nobody wants to kiss a clown!” Lewis Liebert, 39, CEO, Performance Flight

 

” I saw a picture of my mother when she was younger and she was the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on. Naturally beautiful, there’s nothing in the world like it. I think a woman’s makeup should only accentuate her natural features. Too much makeup tends to take away from her appearance as opposed to adding to it. Less can be good.” Dr. Rondrick Williamson, 38, Podiatrist

 

“Makeup can either enhance or defile natural beauty so when in doubt, less is more.” Pierre Woods, 30, Professional Model

 

“I think most women, my fiancée included, are pretty enough and don’t need a lot of makeup.  I mean, it’s great to be able to hide a few blemishes or to enhance what you already have, but women who wear too much make up seem insecure and unsure of themselves.” Jim Sommers, 36, Comedy Writer

 

“I love seeing my girlfriend look nice because it makes her happy, but there’s no need to overdo it. I think a moderate amount of make-up is sexy, minus bright lipstick.” John Everette, 23, Public Relations

 

Men want to kiss a woman’s face and not the makeup that’s on it. Who wants to feel like they are kissing a mask?” Oscar Parra, 34, Regional Director, Trader Joe’s Inc. and Dad of 6

 

I hate when you can see where the makeup stops at the neckline. My thoughts on a woman’s makeup vary from woman to woman… for the most part, if you’re going to breakfast and you just woke up, throw on a hat and go. But if you’re going to a wedding, don’t be afraid to kick it up a notch.” John Gent, 34, Advertising and Marketing Executive

 

“[I think] you can tell a lot about a woman’s personality by the makeup she wears. If it’s heavier, especially during the day, she’s more exaggerated and theatrical and may be hiding something. If it’s lighter, she’s more down to earth.”

 

“If I notice your makeup, it’s too much.” Massimo DiCicco, 42, Salon Owner

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