Manolo for the Men Fashion and Lifestyle Advice for Men

July 22, 2009

Man-Scara? Guyliner?

Filed under: Grooming — Manolo @ 2:32 pm

Manolo says, here is the idea whose time has not come.

I admit it: I like guys in makeup.

Not just any guy, though. I’m a sucker for those sexy, bird-flipping bad boy rock stars in their skinny jeans, smudged kohl eyeliner and just-rolled-out-of-bed hair. Think Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day or Good Charlotte twins Benji and Joel Madden. Better yet, picture a deliciously sinuous Scott Weiland from the Stone Temple Pilots, for whom I’ve always nursed a distant crush.

But my guy in makeup? Well, why not. According to Jane McKay, senior makeup artist with M.A.C Cosmetics, he wouldn’t be alone.

“There is a trend emerging from the rock world that’s filtering to the street,” says McKay. “When you look at people like Adam Lambert from American Idol, he’s androgynous and willing to wear makeup and shows men that other men look quite good.

“Men in eyeliner is not as bizarre as you’d think. In evolution, a lot of animals have a dark rim around their eye. It’s just evolved from nature.”

Evolved from nature, just like prehensile tongues and using long sticks to extract termites from their mounds.

The entire trend towards the man makeup is misguided and unlikely to endure. Indeed, the Manolo agrees with Guardian writer Paul MacInnes

A man wearing makeup is like a toddler with a mortgage. It’s unnatural and likely to end in disaster.

Good haircuts, clean teeth, proper skin care, and the moderate fitness regime, this is all the average man requires to look his best.


  1. Three little words: the morning after.

    Comment by raincoaster — July 23, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

  2. Male eyeliner dates back to the Viking Age.

    And it’s still an awful idea.

    Comment by Sigivald — July 24, 2009 @ 5:23 pm

  3. Only when I get Gothed up. Then I have to fight the G/F for the mascara and eyeliner.

    Comment by Smokey Behr — August 7, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

  4. Ah yes, I can’t wait to walk in for talk with my banker and we both look like The Joker.
    I want to discuss financing the Joker Club with him. No one can get in unless they are in full Joker make up.

    Comment by toad — August 15, 2009 @ 11:42 am

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