How to Avoid Makeup Men Hate

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Don’t scare off men with your makeup! Here’s how to avoid the looks guys despise.

Step 1: Avoid heavy foundation
Don’t wear heavy foundation that looks like it was applied with a spatula. Do choose a color that matches your skin tone. A different colored cheek and neck appalls men and women alike.

Step 2: Keep it real with lips
Avoid lipstick colors that are nowhere near the shade of actual lips. If you use a lip pencil, make sure it matches your lipstick perfectly; men don’t like lips whose outline they can see from a mile away.

Step 3: Don’t overpluck
Don’t overpluck your eyebrows and then pencil in thin ones; most men find that look about as appealing as a unibrow.

The products that help eyelashes grow can also be used on eyebrows.

Step 4: Watch the blush
Apply blush with a light touch. When men see crazy red cheeks, they think of their great aunt Ethel.

Step 5: Ditch the panda eyes
Smoky eye makeup can be sexy, but don’t go overboard. Many men think it’s only a good look for a panda.

Step 6: Eschew blue
Don’t even think about blue eye shadow, unless it’s veeeery subtle. Most men find bright blue eye makeup clownish — especially when it’s paired with the previous no-no’s. So, can we get you a washcloth?

20 percent of men wish their partner would wear less makeup, according to one survey.

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