WHY IS MAN GLAM SUCH A BIG DEAL?

Above: Cover Girl's first ever 'Cover Boy,' James Charles - Via ABCnews.go.com

Above: Cover Girl's first ever 'Cover Boy,' James Charles - Via ABCnews.go.com

Yes, I’m letting the cat out of the bag, I wear makeup. Although it may not be a daily habit of mine, I am shocked at how closed-minded people are to the thought of men wearing makeup. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as I’m always in front of a camera for my blog shoots, but I have definitely come across people who have shared their unsolicited opinions on what I choose to put on my face.

The fact of the matter is that, pretty much every man you see on screen, every male model, and every guy walking the red carpet is wearing some form of coverage. But it shouldn’t just be limited to those circumstances that a man can wear makeup. Over the course of four years that I have been in the Toronto fashion industry, I have met many men who wear makeup on a frequent basis, and even some men who include makeup in their daily regimens. A lot of these men have shared their experiences with dealing with people who are not open to the idea. From being called discriminatory words, to being shamed for something that to be honest, shouldn’t be such a big deal.

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On a more positive note, the makeup community has become more and more populated with men who are open about wearing makeup. With the likes of YouTube & Instagram beauty guru’s such as Patrick Starr, Jeffree Star, Wayne Goss, Manny MUA, Mac Daddy, and Covergirl’s very own Cover Boy James Charles – gaining a significant following on their respective platforms, there seems to be more a inclusive movement for men who do wear makeup. However, these gentlemen still are subjects of hate online, and have been brave enough to bring attention to these comments.

An image of myself wearing make-up. 

An image of myself wearing make-up. 

What surprises me the most about this is the fact that it’s 2017, and you would figure that people would a) be more progressive with what they consider to be ‘masculine’, b) be less judgemental of others, c) not knock something before trying it.  I personally wear make-up for two purposes, blog shoots and important events, and I would definitely be open to the idea of wearing it on a more frequent basis. While I don’t have the most obvious makeup routine as it just consists of foundation, concealer, setting powder, bronzer and highlight – I don’t judge other guys who go full glam.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic of men’s makeup! Would you be open to the idea? Also, if wearing makeup may not be your cup of tea, I would love to know why? Please share your thoughts and tweet at us @TPGCulture.  Be sure to subscribe via email for more awesome content.