For the purposes of this book, we did a survey to find out. When asked their preference between pink and red lipstick, men chose red over pink by a three-to-one margin. Some qualified red as brown-toned reds while others seemed to prefer fire-engine reds. Others elaborated, saying that they felt pink tones were for older women.
The number-one biggest makeup turn-off? âœToo much of it!â was the favorite answer. âœObvious and excessive makeup is the worst!â said one thirty-something man. âœOverdoing it,â said another. âœToo much! Yuk!â exclaimed a twenty-eight-year-old guy. Cakey makeup was the next biggest turn-off: âœYucky, cakey makeup.â
Men’s Makeup Pet Peeves
â¢ Too much of it
â¢ Lipstick on her teeth
â¢ Makeup that comes off on my face and my clothes â¢Too-obvious blush that makes her look like a clown
â¢ A visible line where makeup ends and skin begins
â¢ Garish colors
The number-one biggest makeup turn-on? âœSubtletyâ was the most common response. âœMakeup that makes a woman look more attractive,â explained one. â˜Just the right amount elegant yet real,â said another. The men were evenly divided between preferring a more defined eye and a more defined lip. The majority noted specific makeup effects that they find pleasing, expressing themselves in rather personal, nontechnical terms.
Makeup Effects Men Find Attractive
â¢ Moist lips â¢ Dewy skin
â¢ Long lashes â¢ Sensual lip color â¢Wide-open eyes
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