How many of you guys wear make up?

How many men on here wear make-up? I don't know if I should put a little bit on. Not drag queen type but just a little to touch up. Do you guys think it'll be acceptable for a man to wear make-up at the office? I'm not trolling btw I'm actually curious.

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Jul 1, 2021 - 9:19pm

Nobody will look at your skin and think that you are less competent because you have a pimple or mole. If you are really insecure about your face, then start to create good habits. Try to work out/go to the gym, buy a couple of weights that you can use during pointless meetings that don't have substance. Eat healthy foods, and eliminate the junk in your life. No soda, only water. Maximise your macros and while you don't have to go crazy with tracking, you should have a clear idea of what you are putting into your mouth.

Establish a proper shaving routine. (Check out if you want direct shaving info, it's a great community). Moisturise with thick Vitamin E lotions, use specific bio-oils just before you go to sleep (wash off in the morning). Consistently use suncream (high SPFs 30+), especially in the summer (we're expecting another record-breaking year). Wear sunglasses regularly if you have to go out to protect your eyes from the sun, and make sure you have blue light filters applied to any prescription glasses, in-bedded filters, or screen protectors for electronic devices.

Make-up is excessive in my opinion and has historically been used to maximize your sexual marketplace value, a tiny bit of concealer will probably go unnoticed, but it may hurt you in the long run as make-up leads to acne and skin problems down the line - look at any woman who uses copious amounts of make-up regularly, you can practically see the bumps sticking through the concealer regrettably. 

Jul 2, 2021 - 10:41pm

"No one will look at your height and think that you are less competent"

"No one will look at your facial symmetry and think you are less competent"

"No one will look at your skin color and think you are less competent"

You would think so... but all of the evidence currently available indicates that all of the above matter, even in strictly white collar jobs

Jul 3, 2021 - 10:17am

No the only people that care about that stuff usually are those that are highly insecure and analyze every little thing. Unfortunately that is the norm for most people in high finance, consulting, big law because they are cesspools of people filled with insecurity and always compare their lives to others instead of comparing themselves to who they used to be. A lot of bankers have an inferiority complex and I honest to god don't know why but I blame it on Wall Street/White Collar culture. When most of your basic needs are met your brain starts making up problems for you to be upset about.

  • Associate 1 in PE - Other
Jul 3, 2021 - 3:09pm

Id recommend against blue light glasses. Blue light is critical for stimulating your eyes and keeping you up on long nights. Long-term blue light damage is pretty much nonexistent. 

  • Prospect in IB - Cov
Jul 2, 2021 - 12:05am

I probably use as much makeup as the next guy. Just a light bronzer, eyeshadow, lipstick etc.

Jul 2, 2021 - 3:02am

Instead of makeup just get plastic surgery

like that guy who blew up online recently cuz he turned into a Korean

Jul 2, 2021 - 4:09am

Since I haven't seen any colleagues in the last 15 months or so, I am not sure how many use make up. Hard to see on Teams.

But I do know a few men who went to dermatologists and had work done on their facial skin. It had a huge effect on how they looked.
Also, try reducing or cutting out sugar, alcohol, and trans fats to really improve your skin. helps a lot.

  • Intern in PE - Growth
Jul 2, 2021 - 6:41am

LMAO reminds me of my buddy from BS, he´d use kajal like he was Johnny Depp. To top it off, manlet, yoked af (literally double my width) and perma-tan. Such a goofer.

On a serious note, I sometimes use concealer and I have to pat my face free from oil every now and then. Nothing feminine about that.

Jul 2, 2021 - 10:14am

A services co we own used to handle marketing for a men's makeup brand. Weird category. The most hilarious buyers were the boomers. Unexpected and always left interesting reviews.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Jul 2, 2021 - 11:56am

I use some natural looking cover up on occasion when something eventful's going on. My MD and I are both gay but I don't see why looking better would be disadvantageous lmao especially if it's very lightly applied and no one can tell

Jul 3, 2021 - 2:02am

I use concealer for the dark circles under my eyes, its fucking annoying to have people always ask if im tired. Im not tired motherfucker I have thin skin under my eyes.

I'm from Europe 

Jul 5, 2021 - 4:15pm

Unless you somehow find a way to grow thicker skin under your eyes, concealers are probably the only option, at least that's what my derma told me

I'm from Europe 

Jul 3, 2021 - 12:38pm

No one is going to care if you wear a little concealer to cover up a blemish but a full make up routine is something different.  It could hurt you    socially and eventually at work. You are not an anchor on CNBC.

Jul 3, 2021 - 8:08pm

I usually just put an ice pack on in the morning if my face is a little puffy.  Also, make sure to use an aftershave w/ little or no alcohol.

I come from down in the valley, where mister when you're young, they bring you up to do like your daddy done

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Jul 4, 2021 - 5:11am

Hey man, don't do it. As someone who dealt with a stupid amount of adult acne my first year in banking (never having had it my entire life), just own it and be confident in your own skin. Putting on concealer with big pimples is not only going to make it painfully obvious you have acne but will also make people say "what the fuck??" when they realize you have makeup on. When I had it, I just tried a bunch of different treatments until I found one that worked and one day, it all went away. And that is likely what will happen with you. I know it sucks but power through it and own it. It's really hard especially during a flare-up but you just gotta act like it isn't there and make sure your habits are skin-healthy. It will stop I assure you. 

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 4, 2021 - 5:56am

Geez, feels like some of the responses in this thread come from people desperately trying to hang on to some 80's/90's masculine stereo type finance culture where ignorance and skewed sense of gender roles prevail. We're in 2021, catch up and grow some confidence in yourselves instead of trying to show how masculine you are by calling self care stupid.

In response to OP - I feel as long as you do it well, there is zero problems. Obviously make sure your skincare and diet etc is on point, but a little enhancement here and there never hurts. My complexion is a little uneven with some red-ish parts in my face and I don't mind evening that out, especially for like photo-heavy events like weddings etc.

But the key here is less is more - make sure you know how to use the products, talk to a gf/ makeup-wearing friend, or a MUA or something to figure out what works for your skin.

The picture posted above is a great example.

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Jul 4, 2021 - 3:33pm

"Not wanting to wear makeup is such an outdated stereotype men are desperately clinging to"

Found the guy who identifies as "queer" from the alphabet squad 

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 4, 2021 - 3:47pm

I think that's where you're mistaken - the stereotype I am referring to is implying that something like using make-up makes someone gay. It just oozes insecurity, almost like they're afraid of catching homosexuality. 

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