Guys like to say they prefer us to look totally natural, but when presented with actual makeup looks versus bare faces, guess what? Most guys do like us a little enhanced.
In a pretty unscientific study, a pretty fine looking woman tried on a bunch of different makeup looks and had her husband–who, honestly, isn’t much of a looker himself, but was pretty nice about it–rate them on a scale of 1 (sea hag) to 5 (slammin’). His answers weren’t too surprising.
He rated her completely natural look–as in, roll out of bed and do nada–as a 3 out of 5. It should be noted that this lady has nice hair, gorgeous skin and pretty eyes, so she may have it a little easier than those of us who woke up with Mt. Vesuvius on our chins (thanks, PMS!).
She tried her “no makeup” makeup look next–tinted moisturizer, lip balm, one coat of mascara and a bit of cream blush–as a 3 out of 5 too, proving that she may as well have literally worn no makeup at all if she were only looking for his approval. She did note, however, that the no makeup look–which actually uses makeup–made her feel confident, so that likely would make her more attractive in the long run.
Getting a 4 out of 5 were two relatively glam makeup looks that used foundation, bronzer, and fake lashes–think Saturday night. One used smoky eyes and nude lips, while another used more understated eyes and a bold rep lip. (Who said dudes don’t like red lipstick?!)
Earning a 5 out of 5? Kim Kardashian-esque eyes (complete with two sets of false lashes), contouring, the works.
Faring not quite as favorably? The “full on vamp” makeup look, which paired smoky eyes with really dark red lips, bringing visions of Morticia Addams. Her hubby actually said she looked uncomfortable wearing all of that war paint.
The moral of the story? If you don’t feel confident in what you’re putting on your face and you think you can’t pull it off, no makeup looks will work. But if you own it? Guys like that more than anything.
What’s your favorite makeup look? What makeup looks do guys like that you rock? Tell us in the comments!