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5 Makeup & Skin Care Essentials Every Man Should Buy

By Anubha Das

Updated - May 9, 20246 min read

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Men use beauty products, too. While the stigma associated with men loving skincare and cosmetics has begun to disappear, many men still struggle to navigate the new and sophisticated world of the beauty aisle. To make things easier, we've compiled a list of essentials for guys to begin with.


Real quick: Don't panic if you've never worn makeup before! While you are certainly aware of what apparent makeup looks like, you may be unaware that no-makeup styles exist. Yes, you may apply cosmetics to enhance your appearance without seeming to be using makeup. We'll concentrate on subtle techniques, but bear in mind that there's a vast universe out there to discover. Also, bear in mind that every face is unique, so things that work for one person may not work for another. Pay attention to what looks (and feels) nice on your face and adjust accordingly.


1. Moisturiser


Moisturising is arguably the finest thing you can do for your face. If you do nothing else, get yourself a moisturiser, preferably with an SPF if you don't also wear sunscreen, and use it often. The sort of moisturising face cream you choose will be significantly influenced by your skin type. Sensitive skin may want a moisturiser with less irritating components such as plant extracts and scent, whereas oily skin may require a moisturiser with fewer natural oils. 


FYI: If you believe you're too greasy to use moisturiser, reconsider. Because oily skin might be the most dehydrated, it overproduces oils to protect your skin from drying out. Using a moisturiser can help to reduce overproduction. The good thing is that you don't have to choose a certain hue of moisturiser to match your complexion, so you may safely browse on Amazon and find one that works for you.


We recommend: Moinsturising Face Cream by The Man Company, Price @ INR 349


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2. Exfoliating Scrubs


A thorough exfoliating scrub, in addition to a moisturiser, should be part of your weekly regimen. Older skin cells die and collect on the surface while your body regenerates new skin cells. These dead cells can cause your skin to feel rough, clog your pores, and diminish the overall appearance of your skin. Exfoliating scrubs remove dead skin, revealing fresh, bright skin.


The sort of scrub you use (and how often you use it) will be determined by your skin type, just as it is with moisturisers. Exfoliating too frequently can damage sensitive skin, whereas thick, oily skin can tolerate it more frequently.


We recommened: Charcol Face Scrub by The Man Company, Price @ INR 349


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3. Concealer


Maybe you're not ready to put on full makeup, but there are certain flaws you'd want to conceal. You have dark circles beneath your eyes. An acne blemish. Perhaps even a few creases. Concealers might be useful in this situation. Dab them on certain areas of your face or distribute them throughout your face to blend in with your skin and help conceal any imperfections. Concealer may be used for a variety of reasons, such as this dark circle concealer for your eyes or this acne concealer that both cures and conceals your spots.


Note that a concealer is designed to match your skin tone, so you’ll want to find one that most closely matches the colour of your skin.


We Recommend: Lakme Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer SPF 25, Price @ INR 510


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4. Eyebrow Pencils (and Some Tweezers)


Look no further than the difference between Thor's first and third films to discover how altering your brows can make an impact. Some guys are born with naturally thick, beautiful brows that match their hair, while others are born with thin brows that either do not match their hair colours or are too light to notice.


The easiest solution is to use an eyebrow pencil to fill in the gaps. You'll want one that not only matches your skin tone but also enhances your hair colour. If, on the other hand, you have extremely bushy brows, you may try using tweezers or even an eyebrow trimmer to cut them back and make them appear clean and tidy.


We Recommend: Brow Definer by Sugar Cosmetics, Price @ INR 599


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We Recommend: Tweezer Sets by Amazon, Price @ INR 279


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5. Eyeliner


We don't blame you if the phrase "eyeliner for guys" brings up images of Captain Jack Sparrow. Eyeliner, on the other hand, may be much more subtle than you might imagine. You may attract attention to your eyes by adding a little contrast with a nice eyeliner pencil. A black eyeliner is a safe option that complements most Indian complexions, but you may experiment with different hues.



Natural hues may be utilised to provide a highlight without overpowering your skin tone, but if you're feeling more daring, try other colours to give a burst of colour to your eyes. Simply consider how those colours complement your skin tone as well as the colour of your eyes. Colourful eyeliner doesn't exactly suit the invisible, natural look — if your eyelids have a teal highlight, people will clearly notice you're wearing makeup — but it's an easy way to move into more noticeable makeup trends.


We Recommend: Lakme Absolute Shine Liquid Eye Liner, Price @ INR 360


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