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Mascara, Masculine Manly Make Up For Men

Updated on June 12, 2010

We've all seen the advertisements for mascara. Impossibly smooth skinned women with faces so symmetrical they may as well have been designed by a computer turning their faces and fluttering their long, dark eyelashes as smooth as silk butter voice-overs tell us how much this particular mascara will make our lashes longer and thicker and darker. It's always aimed at women of course, but in reality, mascara should be men's make up. Why? Allow me to elaborate.

You will no doubt have noticed, dear reader, that men tend to be inordinately hairy creatures with naturally thicker, darker hair on their legs, arms, backs and yes, even in their eyelashes. Genetically speaking, it is a male characteristic to have long dark eyelashes.

So technically, when a woman wears mascara, she's not making herself look more feminine, she's actually making herself look more masculine. Much more masculine. It's just a quirk of current fashion trends (and a reflection on the herd mentality of the general public) that the general agreement is that mascara is make up for women.

It's actually quite bizarre if you think about it. We tell women that they can look more feminine by altering their facial appearance to be more masculine. What a topsy turvy crazy world we live in where women are encouraged to make their eyes masculine but the idea of men wearing lipstick is just 'wrong'.

Of course, there's no reason why we shouldn't all share mascara. The fact of the matter is, darker eyes with longer eyelashes look more dramatic and draw the viewer's gaze. This trick will work equally well for men and women, the appearances of both genders could be said to be improved by the application of mascara, if that's the sort of thing one likes, and given the way we've all been indoctrinated since we were small to think that people with paint on their faces look more attractive than people who have not smeared their faces with all manner of mineral and chemical compounds, chances are that wearing mascara will appeal to the general population.

If you're a man and you'd like to try out some mascara but don't want to be too obvious about it, here's a tip just for you: brown mascara. It's not as dramatic as black mascara and you can wear it without really looking like you're wearing make up (which is the way make up should ideally be worn, but so very rarely is.) You'll enjoy the feeling of primping yourself and you'll also enjoy the confidence boost that comes from knowing you've kicked up your subconscious appeal to the world.


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      paul 7 years ago

      hi hope

      i have been wearing eye makeup for years and seldom does anyone coment on it i think most men would benefit from eye makeup as long as they dont go overboard with it

      regards paul

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      Nanciboy 7 years ago

      Hope, you tipped on the brown or black/brown mascara before. Thanks to you I've been wearing since last September. I don't know about other men, but my lashes are pretty thin on the top and mostly missing on the bottom. A bit of mascara helps me make the most of what I have.

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      Wendygrrl 7 years ago

      Goog tips...

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      Great tip, GR8legs!

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      Gr8legs 7 years ago

      Another good Hub, Hope. Being a metalhead rocker of old, when going out to rock clubs in the 80's I would wear a little mascara, along with the almost obligatory black nail varnish - left-hand only. This was, after all, the era of Motley Crue, Poison et al.

      A girlfriend once taught me a trick with mascara to highlight the eyes getting without making it too obvious you're wearing mascara. This involves applying the mascara as normal and then, once it has dried, wipe the eyes with a moist cloth - baby wipes are brilliant for this. By doing this you remove the excess mascara that would make it obvious you're wearing make-up, but enough remains to "sharpen" the eyes.