Ask A Guy: Do Guys Like Makeup?

Dear Ethan,

Do guys like makeup or care if girls wear makeup? Like, do they notice when we wear it at all? Is it a turnoff when we wear a lot of makeup? Sometimes I feel like I have to wear makeup to impress guys but then sometimes I feel like maybe they don’t like it. I’m so confused.

How much and what kind of makeup you wear isn’t entirely lost on guys – but just as with lingerie (as discussed in last week’s post), the type and amount of attention we give to makeup is quite different from that of you ladies.

For one thing, since we never wear it ourselves (minus rock stars, gay men, and Russell Brand), makeup isn’t something that guys spend much time thinking about. In fact, when it does pop into our consciousness, it’s likely only because a lady’s makeup is especially bad. Good or bad makeup still won’t permanently make or break your chances with any guy, but it might help you to grab or divert his attention. Generally, a successful female makeup job could be considered one which a guy won’t notice at all.

That’s not to say men find makeup inherently unattractive – we just don’t want to be preoccupied by it while looking longingly into your mascara-drenched raccoon eyes. There will always be the rare dude who’s simply into the “porn star look,” but makeup should ultimately be used – if at all – to subtly enhance your natural beauty, rather than turn you into something entirely different (e.g. a circus clown).

Of course, some women may suffer from more serious cases of acne or skin conditions that cut into self-confidence. In such scenarios, the treatment of the actual problem should always be of primary importance – try leaning on excessively heavy foundation and concealer only as temporary solutions in emergency situations. Lots of guys (including myself) would prefer to date a girl who handles such surface flaws more honestly rather than painstakingly covering them up every day. I think you’ll find that you’ll get much more attention from guys by accepting your imperfections with confidence while accentuating those of your features that you are indeed proud of!

Good luck!

Ethan Fixell is a writer and comedian from New York City best known as one half of comic “dating coach” duo Dave and Ethan. He is also the creator and editor of For more on Ethan, visit…or call his mom, Robin.

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  • orangenarwhalgurl

    Personally, I like wearing makeup (but I never overdo it) because I like the way it looks. If a guy likes you he won’t care what kind and how much makeup you’re wearing. Once when I wasn’t wearing makeup I asked my boyfriend if he thought I should have worn it and he couldn’t even tell. I don’t really find it necessary to stress over it for guys just do what you want.

  • miakoda

    it was really offensive when you said that gay men wear make up i mean some of them do but some of them are way masculine and don’t plus some straight men wear make up i know some so even if you were joking it still is just helping feed the stereotypes

  • Ann

    I have make up and try to use it only one time. I am lazy of cleaning my face so i prefer natural hehehe, i noticed too that i look better without make up. I think make up is good if you look good on it and bad if you look bad on it. Anyway, it is useful esp for making movies, commercials, and so on.

  • nathan

    Okay listen up in my opinion if I had to pick someone who cares so much about how they look or someone who can talk about things and be friendly without worrying every second about your eyelashes or skintone. Seriously guys don’t notice e them stuff I like a girl who is self confident and fully in her own world where she is herself I mean if your worried listen to a little song called you are beutiful by Christina. Agulera

  • Mattie

    ^^ If you say you are going to wear whatever makeup you want regardless of what a guy thinks… why are you reading an article specifically telling you how guys(or at least A guy) feel about it? This is written to girls who actually want to know what a guy thinks, not to girls who don’t care. Not that being independent is wrong. I am a firm believer in ‘dressing for yourself, not others. But this however did answer the question asked. And therefore I think it’s great. Thanks. 🙂

  • Raven

    Honestly, if I want to look like a clown…I’m gonna put on some makeup and make myself look like a clown. If guys don’t like that, that’s cool. But saying girls should ontl wear makeup for one reason for another, that’s not cool. What I put on my face is my business

    • Sneha

      This is exactly what I was going to say!! Glad someone agrees with me