Real men can wear makeup

By Hayley Devitt

It rubs the tinted moisturizer on its skin or else it gets the hose again.

Fans of pop punk bands circa 2005 are undoubtedly familiar with the phenomenon of “guyliner,” but what about average guys wearing makeup for their everyday existence?

Typically, men are only seen in makeup for performance arts like music, T.V. and movies, theater, mime and drag.

However, in an article from Jezebel, writer Tracie Egan Morrissey did an experiment to see what three men looked like wearing tinted moisturizer and to see if they liked it. Tinted moisturizer, by the way, hydrates the facial skin with a hint of coverage, often with SPF protection. The point of the Jezebel piece was that tinted moisturizer is a great product and men should not be discouraged from using it by traditional gender biases.

Morrissey also pointed out that the term “tinted moisturizer” seemed to make men less reluctant to try wearing makeup.

I was interested in seeing how our male students would feel about wearing makeup (because let’s face it, that’s what it is), and the first interviewee flat out told me no.

“Me, personally? No I wouldn’t,” said Emil Methipara, junior exercise science major.

On the other hand, Nicholas Sanders, senior industrial safety major, was not so quick to dismiss man makeup.

“Yeah, I would use it if I thought it would make me more beautiful,” Sanders said.

He even admitted to have tried concealer in the past; however, he realizes societal norms act as a barrier between men and perfectly even skin tones.

“It seems like such a feminine thing that most guys are loathe to try it… It’s something that I would keep in the back of my medicine cabinet,” he said.

Most seemed to think tinted moisturizer was the more acceptable cosmetic choice for men. For example, when I asked Nurul Suhaimi, industrial system engineering graduate student, what she would think of men wearing makeup, she thought it would be “weird.” Her attitude completely turned around when I mentioned tinted moisturizer specifically.

“Oh yeah! I guess it’s OK,” Suhaimi said. “I know some guys who are metrosexual… It would be nice.” Suhaimi pointed out that some men already take steps or use products–like lotions and body sprays–aimed at improving their appeal.

Sophomore biology major Larissa Root was also open to the idea.

“I guess if he’s interested in the product,” Root said. “Gender stereotypes are created by culture rather than people.”

There you have it. Makeup should be neither be expected nor forbidden in everyday use, and that goes for both men and women. I usually don’t wear any and I know ladies who don’t leave their homes without their faces fully made up; everyone has different tastes for their own beauty routine.

I would not be surprised if, in the future, men wearing makeup became the new normal, as in the dystopian book series “The Hunger Games.”

Fictional or not, I think many guys would feel great wearing cosmetics while others would just rather not, and that is fine, too.