Metrosexual me

2014-04-20 15:02

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City Press sports reporter Mawande Mvumvu accepted the challenge of a male-grooming session.

The truth is that men spend as much time looking in the mirror as women.

Mawande Mvumvu getting Macked. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

We also want to look good.

So, a curious me could not miss out on an opportunity to explore the MAC Cosmetics male-grooming experience.

It’s about your skin, I’ll find out. The rationale is to create a fresh, healthy complexion in an invisible way.

Emphasis on invisible. I mean, male sports reporters can’t be seen to be wearing make-up. Trust me on this.

Anyway, gents, it’s not about changing your looks, but rather enhancing what you have to be more presentable.

Men’s skin is generally oily and mine is no exception, so once I am seated in MAC’s Sandton City store, we begin with Green Gel Cleanser, which helps clear excess oil.

“But what about where my beard grows?” I ask the MAC artist. (I’d mention his name, but MAC insists we refer to him just as “a make-up artist”. It’s their branding, or something to that effect.)

“Because the beard area is usually dry, we use the MAC Fix Plus spray to soothe the skin,” he says.

“This you can also pop on in the office from time to time. The skin tends to get dry as a result of air conditioners.

“By the way, the beard is camouflaging the skin so it is impossible to see any discolouration there,” says The Artist.

The rule is no colour products on the beard. I nod.

Men naturally have more than one skin tone and the products being applied seek to even this out.

The region around the nose is the prime suspect – also the area underneath the eyes.

As The Artist finishes applying Prep and Prime CC Colour correctors to these areas, Lucky the photographer says: “You look like an Eastern Cape rural boy who’s just been transformed into an urban hunk.”

That’s me.

After the Prep and Prime BB Cream (a.k.a. eight-hour cream) has been massaged in, my skin has a bizarrely healthy, natural glow.

The slight discolouration underneath the eyes calls for Mineralize Concealer. Yes it does, take my word for it.

Can we talk about shine? Especially on the forehead. I now meet Blot Powder.

If it’s good enough for TV presenters under studio lights, it’s good enough for me.

A man has to take care of the eyebrows and then the lips. Hello Lip Conditioner, and all your nourishing and repairing.

I look in the mirror again. It’s me. Just better. Would I like to own these products? Hell yes. My eyes narrow.

So what do they all cost and how long would they last, I ask The Artist.

“It would cost you about R2 000 and last you for five months if you use it sparingly,” he says.

And just like that it’s over – in 15 minutes.

Can I afford it? Hell no. What part of sports reporter don’t you get?

Would I buy it if I could afford it? Of course. Who wouldn’t?

The face currently looking back at me in the mirror is looking damn fine.

.?Win a MAC male-grooming experience. See details on P11

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