In the eyeline of the beholder

2011-06-25 09:17

Every season, women wait in anticipation to find out the must-do beauty trends of the international catwalks and celebrity red carpets.

If Nicki Minaj can do bright-green eye shadow, why can’t you?

If Rihanna can rock the red hair with hot-pink lipstick, what’s to stop you from doing the same?

But while you may think you look supersexy, the guy in your life may be on another wavelength.

So, we asked a couple of guys to give us pointers on some of our make-up regimens.

Heavy foundation

“Foundation should be used to enhance your skin, not hide it,” says editor of Destiny Man Kojo Baffoe.

“I’ve seen women put on so much foundation that it looks like plaster.”

The main gripe with foundation is that it rubs off on a pristine, white shirt after an embrace.

Says Ole Ledimo, designer of menswear at House of Ole and Loxion Kulca: “It’s bad enough that I have to explain the make-up on the shirt when I get home, but do women have any idea how difficult it is to get rid of?

I’ve started giving out handshakes instead of hugs just to avoid it.”

Bright eye shadow
Every season, make-up and beauty experts from across the world bring us the latest colour palettes, and most women love ­experimenting with them.

This season, the trend is ­colour-blocking, which allows you to play with different colours that complement each other.

But GQ South Africa’s associate editor, Siphiwe Mpye, thinks we should tread carefully.

“It’s unfortunate that whenever trends come up, they are not made with darker skin tones in mind.

That’s why, most often, the results are disastrous. It’s better to be careful with trends and go with something safe,” cautions Mpye.

Fashion-savvy TV presenter Siyabonga Ngwekazi says: “Eyes are the first thing we see.”

He doesn’t believe women should follow trends. “Don’t let your eyes get lost in all that bright make-up.

Rather use colours that accentuate them.”

Bald and pencilled-in ­eyebrows
It doesn’t matter what you do to your eyebrows, as long as you don’t shave them off and draw them back on. All men hate that.

“No!” says Baffoe, as does Mpye, who calls them McDonald’s arches. Model Stevel Marc calls the victims of this eyebrow fad Ms Surprised.

“The problem is that the women always look like they are perpetually surprised. That’s not a good look.”

Ledimo adds: “Another problem is that the eyebrows drawn on are never the same length or width.

It’s highly disturbing and scary. Sometimes they’re so long they reach the hairline on the side.

Other times, the arches are not the same. Rather just stick to trimming your natural eyebrows.”

Hey, you can even grow out that monobrow, which Ngwekazi says he finds attractive.

Thick, shiny lip gloss:
Most women liberally apply a coat of lip gloss. There’s no better way to make lips appear more sexy and give them extra pout. It turns out that, with the exception of Marc, guys don’t find shiny, sticky lips all that exciting.

“Look, it’s all fine to put on some lip gloss, but don’t put on a whole tub of it,” says Baffoe.

One person who absolutely ­detests it is Mpye, who believes lip gloss is “juvenile”.

“There’s no reason a grown woman should be ­using lip gloss. Use lipstick.”

Long nails and ­embellishments
Since Beyoncé and Fergie started wearing those fancy Minx nails, they have become all the rage.

And so is the ever-trendy French manicure and tips embellished with diamante studs.

We may think they are cute and funky, but men aren’t so crazy about them. Most says they prefer short, maintained nails.

Mpye says: “Unless you’re Rihanna and you’re paid to put on multicoloured long nails, it’s better to stick to your own.”

Baffoe says he doesn’t notice much about women’s nails, but he will notice if the nail polish is chipped.

“I’m nonchalant about nails, but once there’s something off, I will notice.”

Rosy cheeks
“If I don’t see it, it means that you’ve done it right,” says Baffoe, who believes that a bright blush has a tendency to give a woman a “clownish look”.

Hair extensions
Hair is very important and no woman wants a man to tell her how to wear it.

But that doesn’t mean men don’t have opinions about our beloved extensions.

Baffoe says: “Just recognise that you’re setting a precedent when you put in long hair extensions.

We expect to see you looking like that all the time.”

Ledimo says: “There comes a point when we start seeing where the real hair and the extensions meet. That’s not good.”

While he’s okay with well-maintained extensions, Marc says he’s not a fan of wigs.

“Look, if it makes you look good, that’s great. Just don’t let me see you take it off or put it on.

That’s just nasty!”

Ultimately, what all the men agreed on was that the less you notice the make-up, the better.

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