Why do guys hate makeup?

Why do guys claim that they hate makeup, and wish girls looked beautiful naturally.. or make girls feel bad for wearing it but are totally attracted to girls who do wear makeup? Obviously it works because you fall for it. I've never known a girl who has gotten hit on while wearing no makeup (and don't say it's a confidence thing), but be honest, guys prefer makeup. Of course every girl wishes she looked pretty without makeup (I think I do) but guys treat me so much better in public and in my group of friends when I have more makeup on than when I don't.

I understand thinking a bunch of makeup melting off your face is disgusting, and looking like a p*rn star or completely different person is obviously not what I mean, but don't say you like girls who are natural and then go hitting on girls, who from a girl's perspective, are wearing a pretty considerable amount of makeup.


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  • I read an article that in a study of 100 men and 100 women what men considered natural was actually what most women consider medium makeup. It showed pictures I wish I could remember the link. It was basically mascara, eyeliner on the top lash, lip liner with lip moisturizer, tinted moisturizer, concealer, and blush.

    Most women could throw that together and make it look fairly natural, using only a little of each.

    men considered wearing makeup to be fake eyelashes, lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation, the works and women considered it heavy makeup.

    basically if you wear makeup right, a guy won't notice it, and that's what they want.


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What Guys Said 18

  • Best Answer in one hour? This is a joke...I don't say one thing and do another and I resent the hell out of being accused of it. Also I never said that I wouldn't accept ANY makeup...I think that mascara looks nice..don't mind eyeliner...can even tolerate eyeshadow...I don't mind lipstick...but just let me rail about foundation and/or bronzer or whatever else you use a trowel to smear all over your face and I get all kinds of stupid sh** for response:

    1) I don't know what I am talking about

    2) we wear it all the time and you don't even know

    3) You think you don't want us too wear it but you really do

    4) if we don't wear it you won't hit on us

    5) I don't wear it for u..I wear it for me

    6) I feel naked with out it

    7) all the other girls wear it

    8) it's good for my skin

    That stupid crap you smear all over your face should be totally banned: obnoxious, environmentally unsound, hazardous to our health, public eyesore, waste of resources, waste of time, waste of

    money, and makes me want to throw up

    • I meant to direct my question to the guys that do say they don't like makeup, nowhere in my question does it say ALL guys, though it may imply it which is my bad and I apologize. I guess its just frustrating as a girl not knowing how much to put on! I don't really wear it everyday but when I do put makeup on it's hard to know how much I really should put on, because essentially it seems as though guys (in general/majority) like it when girls have a bit more on, just from what I've observed.

    • If I came to pick you up for a date...and you had that crap all over your face.. I would leave...eyes? that would be ok(or lips) ...Bozo the Clownface...nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    • I see what you mean, I'm really not a fan of that either. This definitely answers my question as to what kind of makeup guys hate.

  • Tastefully done make up makes girls very attractive.

    When guys say they hate make up, they are talking about too much make up.

    Good make up should enhance beauty and should not scream too loud.

    • So when a guy says he wants to see a girl 'without makeup' he means he wants to see her in enough makeup on to look good

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    • I think it also depends on what kind of attention and from what kind of guys. If some type of make up works for you, go for it.

    • I would rather have no makeup at all than too much...and yes...I DO know what females look like with no makeup...

  • MY hat is off to you Question Asker...when you started this I felt animosity towards u...but you have changed my mind..i think you picked the best answer..and I feel like you asked me and THEN you listened! Have gained my respect! You have a Friend here...

    • Well thank you! You guys helped me understand as well!

  • Every time I kiss a woman with a ton of makeup, tastes terrible! YUCK! Makeup makes a woman look like she's on the warpath to battle. It hides her true looks and most women just have no idea how much is good enough. When it comes to makeup, less is better. Unfortunately, we men cannot control how much a woman puts on her face so often we have to overlook that and try to interact with women anyway. Men are normally not so shallow about it, makeup can be taken off.

  • I prefer it when girls wear little to no make-up. But all guys are different. Don't make generalizations that everyone's the same.

    • I didn't mean to generalize every guy, I meant to address the guys who say they like natural girls but still hit on girls who wear lots of dark eye makeup and what not, oh well thanks for your reply!

    • I hate cake faces :/ and people with raccoon eyes. A small touch of makeup to bring out color is just fine, but anything beyond that is too much for my eyes to handle. But that's just me

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What Girls Said 4

  • Guys don't hate make-up, it's just politically correct to encourage the "natural" state rather than being "fake."

    Most men have no clue what a chick without make-up looks like

    • Of course the only person who understands my question is a girl. I probably should have re-worded the question for all of the guys, but thank you!

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    • U are cynical Evangelina...I have lived with my wife for almost 16 years...she will not usually leave the house without her "face" on..but I c her a lot with no makeup...and I have not turned to stone...

    • I know im late to this, but here's my two cents. Hate is a bit over used these days. In this situation, i will admit that i have said on numerous occasions, that i hate makeup, while seemingly hypocritically gone way beyond flirting with a girl with makeup on, be it a light coating or a plaster. It would be more appropriate to say, make up is less desired, and less makeup, is preferred. I suspect, most guys, like myself, always, or almost always, know when a girl has makeup on, as long as there is adequate lighting, it will be seen, and there is a smell. I will look at you, and behave as though all is well while wishing you didn't have it on, especially if im enjoying the time with you and im getting somewhere, if you get what i mean. I have simply, made my peace, weighed the pros and cons in the brief moment, and made my choice. I like pretty people, i just do, and the makeup, gives the impression that you are pretty people. And thats nice. but i won't stay longer than i can stand

  • the thing is men can't tell whether it is natural makeup or natural face (bare face), if they can tell it means the girl has put on a lot of make up which isn't good.
    as a lady, i don't like make up too and never understand why many would want to spend so much money on it? minimal is fine but too much is really unnecessary

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    They wish.

  • they have unrealistic standards of women. they think you should wake up looking gorgeous and think you're "fake" for having to apply beauty aids to reach the standard of beauty that will attract men to you. basically ignore guys' opinions on makeup because they don't know what they're talking about anyway. they will see a girl with natural makeup on and think she has no makeup on. they'll say they hate too much makeup but ogle a girl with a face full of it. makes a lot of sense, huh? yeah so just ignore them and do what makes you look good.


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