Men’s Skincare: The Ultimate Beauty Basics

As menswear month continues, the show not only draws attention to the season’s garments, but also the assemblage of perfectly groomed faces that model them. Don’t get me wrong, a surplus of blessed genetics are at play (role models, aren’t they?!), but there are other factors behind their glowing complexions and sculpted features. The fact is, radiant, healthy-looking skin and natural-looking makeup—which many people of all genders aspire to as a basic step in presenting themselves to the world—require diligence and a stable of products. and basic techniques. Here’s a quick and dirty guide to some beauty basics for men, from skincare to perfecting no-makeup makeup.

Cleanse, Hydrate—Repeat

For cosmetic chemist and BeautyStat founder Ron Robinson, skincare is the most essential part of a men’s grooming routine because it promotes a healthy-looking complexion. and lays the foundation for a clean, smooth shave. Of course, it all starts with a solid face wash adapted to your needs. “If you’re prone to acne or ingrown hairs, use a facial cleanser designed to address those issues,” says Robinson, adding that washing your face also helps prime and soften facial hair before shaving. . As for frequency, twice a day is the rule of thumb, especially at this time. “Since we’re wearing masks these days, it’s recommended to cleanse morning and night to remove buildup of sweat, oil, and dirt.” The next step is to apply a moisturizer to retain moisture and protect the skin with a nourishing and protective layer. Backstage at the Dior Men Fall 2022 show, make-up artist Peter Philips supercharged and plumped the skin with Dior Capture Moisturizing Cream, adding drops of Total Capture Serum to very thirsty dry areas. While Philips and other skincare industry leaders such as Rihanna and Pharrell point out that skincare products can be gender neutral, there are differences in skincare needs. An example is the vigor and frequency of exfoliation. “Men have thicker skin, so they can tolerate more exfoliation than women,” says Robinson. “But they too shouldn’t overdo it.” In that vein, two to three times a week is enough, whether you opt for a physical or mild chemical exfoliant.

Kiehl’s Calendula Foaming Facial Cleanser

Aesop Gentle Cleansing Milk Face

Dior Capture Totale Cell Energy Cream

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Herb Cream

SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser

Dr. Barbara Sturm Men’s Face Cream

Protect your skin and target your needs

If you want to take brightening to the next level for clearer, younger-looking skin, vitamin C is the ingredient hero, Robinson insists. “For men who are concerned about texture, skin tone, or even fine lines, they should include a vitamin C serum in their routine as it can help improve skin texture, even out skin tone, firm, and reduce wrinkles. appearance of wrinkles, and help them. also get a smoother, closer shave,” he explains. After a coat of vitamin C serum (which can make skin more vulnerable to exposure to light), and in general, apply broad-spectrum UVA/UVB coverage daily to protect your complexion from sun damage. “Even in the winter months!” Robinson points out. use a tailored weekly treatment mask, such as the Gentle moisturizing mask Where Kiehl’s New Ultra Facial Overnight Rehydrating Mask, which allows a targeted set of ingredients to penetrate deeper and faster into the skin for instant results and healthier skin over time. “Once you start taking care of your skin – cleansing it, moisturizing it, hydrating it, exfoliating it and masking it from time to time – it will help, [especially] if the next step is makeup,” says Philips.

BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner

EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46

Kiehl’s Calendula Petal Soothing Mask

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Rehydrating Mask

California Baxter Clay Mask

Keep facial hair neat and razor burn free

“In men’s grooming, we use the beard and mustache as a cosmetic element to camouflage and add more strength to the facial features,” says Philips. As such, keeping facial hair clean with regular washing, maintained with diligent trimming and styling, and soft with the right oils, balms, or conditioners for your hair type is optimal. “Shorter beards benefit more from beard balm for the perfect style, while longer, thicker beards can benefit more from beard oil to keep it nicely conditioned,” says a New York-based celebrity groomer . Barry White identify the best care for facial hair.

Esthetician based in New York Sean Garette points out that one of the most common concerns for men is razor burn, which he recommends treating with exfoliating ingredients. “BHAs (salicylic acid) and AHAs (glycolic, lactic and mandelic acid) are excellent for exfoliating dead skin that traps hair in the follicle,” says Garrette, adding that salicylic acid can be especially beneficial in treating ingrown hairs as it exfoliates inside the pores and on the surface of the skin. He also notes that shaving products can contain drying ingredients that can strip the skin and that it’s important to counteract their effects with hydration. “Look for serums containing hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to help replenish the skin and nourish the skin barrier,” says Garrette. “Sulfur is also an amazing ingredient, and helps reduce acne, kills bacteria on the skin’s surface, and helps calm inflammation associated with razor bumps and rashes.”

Regardless of gender, full, brushed brows provide a more youthful look and can help balance the face, so consider enhancing your arches with a pencil, like Philips’ go-to. Diorshow Kabuki Brow Styler, and a light sheer or tinted brow gel to add fullness and definition. For fuller, darker lashes, you can tint your bangs, curl your lashes, and apply mascara to the roots, Philips says.

Scotch Porter Moisturizing Beard Wash

The Art of Shaving Unscented Beard Oil

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sheer Brow Gel


Anastasia Beverly Hills

Enhance your complexion

When it comes to makeup, it’s all about identifying your desired results and doing what works for you. “Do you want people to know you’re wearing makeup, or keep it low key and make people think you woke up like this?” pose Philips. “Find the right products to meet your expectations and take it easy!” It should be a gradual experience: “First you crawl, then you walk, then you run, same with makeup!” he adds. To achieve natural coverage with concealer and/or foundation, Philips recommends starting with a lightweight, buildable product, such as Dior face and body foundation, so you can control the intensity as you apply it and blend it with your fingers or a tool, such as a brush or beautyblender sponge. Of course, finding a perfectly matching shade is ideal; especially for those with a beard or mustache. “If you have facial hair, you should match a shade close to your natural skin tone, as it will show between your beard hairs,” says Philips.

Dior Backstage face and body foundation

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Concealer

Ilia True Skin Corrective Serum

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

KOSAS Cloud Set Setting Powder

After building your canvas, you can further enhance your complexion by shading and highlighting. A swipe of tawny bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks will add warmth and definition to the face, while blending a cool highlighter on the tops of the temples will draw in the light for a lit-from-within effect. Last up? After exfoliating with a lip scrub to hydrate and eliminate dandruff, Philips suggests applying a rich, sheer lip balm like Dior’s “not too shiny, not too matte.” Satin Red Balm for a “little touch of sparkle”. And don’t forget to maintain your skincare regimen for both a smooth canvas and cumulative results, because as Philips says, “Makeup is just a cover if you don’t do the whole routine. “.

Dior Rouge Universal Lip Balm

Augustinus Bader The Lip Balm

Tom Ford Hydrating Lip Balm

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