Whether closely assessing the celebrity outfits chosen for glittering fashion events such as the Met Gala and the Oscars red carpet, or nit-picking at the slouchy choices of celebrity men such as Justin Bieber in day-to-day fashion, hair, and skincare, it seems that men can never please the tabloids. Indeed, as men, we’re often accused of having little to no regard for self-care, appearance, fashion, and style game in general.
This may be true in some cases, but it isn’t a cover-all statement that fits the overall attitude of each and every man – though, it certainly stands to reason that there are many tips and tricks men could fit into their self-care and style repertoire to up their game a little.
As we moved into the early 2000s, the grungy, unkempt look that had dominated the male population for the vast majority of the 90s began to be replaced by what was, at the time, deemed the ‘metrosexual’ look. This encompassed a growing group of men who were keen to take meticulous care over their style and appearance, engaging in tanning rituals, mani-pedis, moisturizing, teeth whitening, and, in some cases, body and facial waxing to up their style game.
Obviously, fashion has moved on since then, with facial hair and tattoos being ‘in’ and tanning and waxing being ‘out.’ However, some elements of the aforementioned attitude have remained to this day. It’s no longer unusual for a man to care deeply about fashion and setting trends – in fact, it’s more unusual for a man not to care, particularly amongst the Millennial and Gen-Z generations.
But, if you don’t quite feel as though you’ve reached your potential with regards to your style game, we’re here to help, providing tips and tricks that will not only make you look and feel great but that will also help you on your way to success.
Never underestimate the importance of good skin – there’s a reason why women invest so much time and money into caring for it: glowing, well-cared-for skin signals health and happiness, both of which indicate success.
To obtain this, you need to research and devote money to procuring a skincare routine that suits your everyday obligations and schedule, as well as your skin type. Sure, moisturizing on its own will be a big help on your way there, but if you want to take your skin to the next level, an entire routine is needed. The very basics consist of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, and to find the right routine for you, you need to have a good understanding of your skin type – dry, sensitive, oily, or combination.
Generally, with your cleanser, you want something that either contains natural ingredients designed to remove dirt and debris or, if you frequently find yourself plagued by blackheads and the like, items that contain salicylic acid and retinol. Try not to go for anything too harsh, though, as the complete removal of oil from your skin will cause your pores to overcompensate and produce an overabundance of oil, which will then lead to spots.
If you still find that your skin is problematic, there’s always makeup – many brands and famous faces now produce products specifically designed and marketed towards the male population. A touch of foundation and/or concealer will help you to achieve that glowing skin you want without looking too obvious or cakey. Go on, give it a try.
It’s often said that the first things people notice about others are their teeth and shoes – and we all know that, whether we like it or not, first impressions count. So, it’s definitely worthwhile investing time and energy into ensuring that you have a glowing smile! After all, you want to make a good impression, right?
If you have wonky teeth that you’ve always felt self-conscious about, there are options available to you that include invisible braces and aligners. To find out more, just research ‘clear brace cost UK.’ Based upon your dental impressions, these solutions are specifically designed for your use and will help you to obtain that perfect smile in an embarrassment-free way – check out these invisible braces, aligners, and retainers offered by straightmyteeth.com, who offer two affordable options for you to take advantage of. Alternatively, they also provide a night-time solution that you only need to wear whilst you sleep or are at home alone. And, even better, they include a free tooth whitening kit with both options!
As stated, first impressions can make a huge difference to the way others perceive you – and this extends to the way you dress and how well you take care of your appearance. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the luxury of the endless amounts of money required to bedeck ourselves in outfits that cost thousands of pounds to look suave and sophisticated – and this is why shoes are an important aspect of any outfit.
You can wear a relatively cheap suit but pair it with a decent pair of fairly expensive dress shoes and look amazing – they will succeed in completely elevating your entire outfit beyond the price tag; on the other hand, pairing an expensive, tailored suit with a cheap, tatty pair of shoes is going to ruin the entire look.
As we said, your teeth and shoes are two of the first things people notice, so it’s well worth investing in both of these, even if you cannot do so with anything else.
So, if you want to appear like the suave and successful man you are, it pays to take a little time over your general appearance, with specific focus placed on your skin, teeth, and shoes and up your style game. Oh, and don’t forget to keep your beard trim, too – no one likes a scraggly, unkempt mass of hair on your chin.
Featured Photo by Brodie Vissers from Burst