How Men Feel About Lipstick: Who Cares?

How Men Feel About Lipstick: Who Cares?
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Men and their thoughts on makeup are truly baffling sometimes.

What one man likes, another abhors. Take my husband for example … the man would love nothing more than for me to wear a full face of makeup on a daily basis — lipstick, fake eyelashes, and all. Recently we were camping, and in order to counterbalance my hot mess camping hair, I swiped on some bright magenta lipstick. I instantly felt self-conscious of the fact that I was wearing lipstick in the woods, because really … who does that? I mentioned how weird it felt to my husband and that I was going to wipe it off to which he replied, “No way! The more lipstick the better. You should wear it every day.” He would also love it if I wore dresses and heels daily, but that’s another story.

This is in stark contrast to the husband of a friend of mine who would love nothing more than for her to have a bare face and natural hair and to wear jeans and t-shirts every day forever. So strange the differences our men have!

Because of this I was pretty intrigued when I saw the article, “Here’s What Guys Actually Think About Lipstick” at HuffPost Style. Do they love it? Do they hate it? Perhaps this article would end the debate once and for all.


It was basically the same as my own personal experience. Some guys loved it:

“If anything is a turnoff, it’s a woman without lipstick.”

Other guys hated it:

“Often lipstick distracts from a woman’s overall beauty and can come off as trying too hard.” 

So basically, here’s the deal when it comes to how men feel about lipstick: WHO CARES?

If it makes you feel pretty and confident, then rock that red lip girl! But, if it makes you cringe, then skip it. The whole point of makeup is to make YOU feel pretty and confident and if you feel confident, then that will be attractive, no matter what you are (or aren’t) wearing on your lips.

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