Argan oil. Primer. BB Cream. Foundation. Maybe a little concealer. Pressed powder. Bronzer. Blush. Eyeshadow. Another color eye shadow. Eyeliner. Eyebrow pencil. Mascara. Lip gloss.That’s 14 products. I use 14 products to achieve my usual daily makeup look, which most would describe as “natural.” Fourteen products go into making me look like I’m not wearing 14 products. Strangely enough, I probably use a few less products when I’m going for something bolder or less “natural.” The point being, it actually takes as many if not more makeup to achieve the “natural” look.I am pretty sure many men don’t realize this, however. Take, for example, Tom Matlack, founder of the Good Men Project, who contributes his thoughts to The New York Times‘ “Room For Debate” discussion about women and makeup today.
The Times posed the question “Does makeup help or hinder a woman’s self-esteem?” to seven people, including two makeup artists, two authors, and one straight man (Matlack). As Amanda Marcotte pointed out in her piece on Slate about the topic, “the ‘debate’ positions range from ‘wear makeup if you like it’ to ‘wear makeup or don’t, depending on what you prefer,’” so, really, there wasn’t a debate at all. But Matlack’s response stuck out because of his obvious effort to emphasize that while women should do whatever they want makeup wise, he loves his wife “most when she has nothing on.”