Thoughts? Questions? Hypotheses? On makeup in general, I love it. I don't think you should put on makeup with the mentality that you are 'fixing' yourself, but honestly I just find it fun. It's photoshop for your face, I can look basically any way I want to and it's a great sense of accomplishment at the end, like looking at work of art. There's this stereotype that people wear makeup because they don't want people to see what they really look like, and I'm sure there are some struggling people who do that, but it's definitely not true of makeup users in general. Some of us just like having so many options for how to look! Anxiety over what someone will think of you without makeup is to me no different than what someone will think of you in a bikini (or, pertinent to the topic, a speedo! ;P). Everyone has their insecurities, but I don't think wearing makeup and being insecure about your looks are mutually inclusive. Now! That said! The idea of makeup for guys, and it being acceptable for men to wear makeup! Personally, I love the idea. And not just because I thought Adam Lambert was hot as hell in his guyliner. I once saw a tutorial on makeup where a guy used a matte charcoal eyeshadow to brush over his stubble and fill the bare-er patches, and I thought that was so cool. I wondered how many dudes want to rock the stubbly/scruffy look, but don't because their hair unfortunately grows in patchy (and like of course my view is if you want to rock a look, rock it. I'm 5'10" and I once cosplayed Konata, who's the shortest person in her series, so fuck expectations. But like, if someone wanted to have a smoother stubbly look, access to cosmetics would help with that!). I bet there are probably also a few dudes who wish they could have some way to banish dark circles and stuff and not deal with "you look exhausted/like shit". Although, I guess men get less comments on average about how they look in terms of appearing fresh and attractive. Either way I feel like there are dudes who would use a concealer if they could. And then there's stuff like acne and razor burn....A friend of mine who was raised a sort of alternative way had never worn makeup before, so I got to teach her the ways over christmas (she asked me to). She asked if I thought she should get a concealer, and I told her basically my thoughts on hiding 'imperfections' like acne and blackheads and dark circles in general. "I mean, if you want to, go for it. I wear it pretty much every day because my sleep schedule is shit and so I always look tired if I don't. And it's not like I'm trying to hide that I didn't sleep well or I worry what people will think, I just don't feel like dealing with people mistakenly thinking that I'm not doing so great, and I don't want to advertise that I only got a catnap last night - it's nobody's damn business and I can hide it if I want to" I feel like this right should be extended to men. Even just in terms of this kind of stuff I feel like makeup for men is a cool idea. And if that took off, well, it'd be cool to see where it went from there! With women the trends are to make the eyes and lips appear large and vibrant, and the skin smooth and clear, but who knows what visuals would be promoted in men's cosmetics? Would beauty marks return in the way of artificial scars? Would the bold brow extend across both genders? I think the stubbly look would take off for sure, too. Would highlighting make jaws look wider and more square? who knows? It'd be cool to see though What do you guys think?