The beginner’s guide to makeup for men

Despite what some people might think, I’m here to tell you that makeup is not just for women. Men can also wear it to look great, increase their confidence, and feel their best.

To get you started, here are some of the makeup essentials for men. You won’t get too glammed up with any of these items, but they’re perfect for making you look like your best self and helping you learn the basics of applying, wearing, and maintaining makeup.

Laura Mercer Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector SPF 30 (1.70oz)$48.00

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector SPF 30 1.7 oz

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector SPF 30 1.7 oz

$48.00


If you don’t want to look like you’re actually wearing any, but still want to even out your skin tone, a tinted moisturizer is the perfect place to start. Options like this one from Laura Mercer are lightweight, easy to blend, and provide just enough coverage to create a flawless base.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 helps to blur imperfections without looking heavy on the skin. This formula also adds a boost of hydration and SPF protection. It comes in 20 different shades so there’s something for everyone and every skin tone.

Pixi H2O Skintint

Pixi H2O Skintint — 2 Nude — 1.18oz$23.99

Pixi H2O Skintint - 2 Nude - 1.18oz

Pixi H2O Skintint – 2 Nude – 1.18oz

$26.36


While the above option from Laura Mercer is my top choice, you might want to start with something that’s a bit more affordable. If that’s the case, then Pixi’s H2O Skintint is amazing! Just like the Laura Mercier one, it’s lightweight and balances out skin tone for a smooth finish.

Unlike many other makeup products, this formula is water-based, so it feels like nothing is on your face when you wear it. This helps solve one of the biggest issues that people have when they’re first getting into makeup: how uncomfortable it can be at times.

Kosas Revealer Concealer

Kosas Revealer Concealer$28.00

Revealer Concealer

Revealer Concealer

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$28.00


To avoid having to apply something all over your face while still getting coverage in specific areas, concealer is your best bet. Just select the shade closest to your skin tone so that it can blend right in with the areas around it. If you are wanting to wear this on its own, don’t get one that is full coverage. These formulas are usually thicker and will be very noticeable without foundation.

This is where an option like Kosas Revealer Concealer comes in. This formula acts like a concealer and eye cream in one. It provides medium coverage and melts into the skin for a flawless look. It’s also crease proof, so you don’t have to worry about it leading to wrinkles, and it even helps enhance your skin over time. To ensure that you can find a shade that matches your skin tone, the brand offers 25 different options to choose from.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer (0.2oz)$7.58

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Brightener

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Brightener

Maybelline New York

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$7.98


While the Kosas concealer above is great, it’s also a bit pricey. So a more affordable option is Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. This concealer has been beloved for years and is a cult favorite of many.

Whether you’re wanting to cover dark circles or highlight parts of the face, this concealer has you covered. The included sponge applicator makes it super easy to apply and blend out, so you can have a seamless transition from where the makeup ends and where your bare skin meets it.

Hims Blur Stick

Hims Blur Stick Concealer for Men (0.24oz)$14.99

hims Blur Stick Concealer for Men

hims Blur Stick Concealer for Men

$14.99


Hims is a new male-specific brand that encourages men to be their best selves and have the confidence to wear makeup, no matter what societal norms are telling them. One of the company’s most popular items is the Blur Stick Concealer for Men.

The Hims Blur Stick is basically a handheld real-world filter for your face. It’s perfect for covering up acne, razor burns, or scars. This product is ridiculously quick and easy to use thanks to the built-in applicator that allows you to target very specific areas on your face.

BareMinerals Original Foundation

BareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (0.28oz)$19.29

BareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Medium - 8g/0.28 oz.

BareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – Medium – 8g/0.28 oz.

BARE ESCENTUALS

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$25.90


If you really want to lock in your makeup, a good setting powder will do the trick. This is what people are talking about when you hear mention of “foundation”. Just like the foundation of your house, using a high-quality foundation on your face, like this option from BareMinerals, will keep everything in place to ensure you always look your best.

BareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is lightweight while still having buildable coverage. In fact, you can pack this on and wear it all over your face as the perfect foundation for anything else you apply. It comes in 30 shades so won’t have any problems finding one that fits your skin tone. To make it even better, this formula won’t cake up on your face and it lasts all day.

Maybelline FitMe Loose Powder

Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder (0.7oz)$5.07

Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder, Fair Light, 0.7 oz.

Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder, Fair Light, 0.7 oz.

Maybelline New York

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$5.34


While the option above might be a bit better, paying nearly $20 for such a small amount might not be in the cards for everyone. To save a bit of money, try Maybelline FitMe Loose Power instead of a normal foundation. You’ll get more than twice as much makeup for roughly a quarter of the price!


Note that this product isn’t a true foundation like the one above, but this finishing powder provides 12 hours of coverage and smooth out your skin flawlessly. It’s perfect for those days when you just want to smooth your skin and look great without doing a full-face of makeup. For the best results, however, you can combine this with the foundation above for a flawless look.

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