From lipsticks to lashes and everything in between, real men tell all.

By Jené Luciani
December 07, 2011

Think guys don't care about makeup? Think again. They may not know much about it or understand exactly how it gets applied (and that's ok, we don't expect them to), but they definitely have an opinion when it comes to how much of it you should be wearing, and when.

We talked to 15 guys-including one Hollywood A-lister who actually prefers his gals au' natural-to get the scoop on what they really think about the face-enhancing goop.

Glenn Yeffeth, 49, Publisher, BenBella Books


"I think a lot of makeup actually makes women look worse. Have you ever noticed how the women look on the final episode of Survivor, when they're back from the island and finally get all made up? They go from being naturally beautiful individuals to sort of generically pretty."

Adrian Grenier, 35, Actor


"Less is more. Definitely. You don't want to overdo it. If you don't exude beauty from within, no amount of makeup will be able to cover that up."

Dr. Ira Handschuh, 49, Cosmetic Dentist in White Plains, NY


"All three of my ladies (my wife and two teenage daughters) are naturally beautiful, so I like when they wear no makeup or just something to highlight their big, beautiful eyes... As a cosmetic dentist, it's all about the smile to me!"

Andy Melenbrink, 28, Financial Consultant


"Bottom line: if she looks good with her hair up eating Chinese food and wearing sweat pants, then she doesn't need makeup."

Brian Kelsey, 42, Radio Host


"I love seeing woman in makeup, but like a lot of guys, I don't like seeing a heavy amount of it. Let the makeup highlight your natural beauty!"

Lewis Liebert, 39, CEO, Performance Flight


"Keep it simple and natural. To me, this is the sexiest look. Nobody wants to kiss a clown!"

Dr. Rondrick Williamson, 38, Podiatrist


"I saw a picture of my mother when she was younger and she was the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on. Naturally beautiful, there's nothing in the world like it. I think a woman's makeup should only accentuate her natural features. Too much makeup tends to take away from her appearance as opposed to adding to it. Less can be good."

Pierre Woods, 30, Professional Model


"Makeup can either enhance or defile natural beauty so when in doubt, less is more."

Jim Sommers, 36, Comedy Writer


"I think most women, my fiancée included, are pretty enough and don't need a lot of makeup. I mean, it's great to be able to hide a few blemishes or to enhance what you already have, but women who wear too much make up seem insecure and unsure of themselves."

John Everette, 23, Public Relations


"I love seeing my girlfriend look nice because it makes her happy, but there's no need to overdo it. I think a moderate amount of make-up is sexy, minus bright lipstick."

Oscar Parra, 34, Regional Director, Trader Joe's Inc. and Dad of 6


"Men want to kiss a woman's face and not the makeup that's on it. Who wants to feel like they are kissing a mask?"

John Gent, 34, Advertising and Marketing Executive


"I hate when you can see where the makeup stops at the neckline. My thoughts on a woman's makeup vary from woman to woman... for the most part, if you're going to breakfast and you just woke up, throw on a hat and go. But if you're going to a wedding, don't be afraid to kick it up a notch."

Matt Westmore, 40, Matt Westmore Media


"If I can't see skin and her eyelashes look like Tammy Faye Baker, it's too much!"

Ted Williams, 54, Advertising and Marketing Grant Writer


"[I think] you can tell a lot about a woman's personality by the makeup she wears. If it's heavier, especially during the day, she's more exaggerated and theatrical and may be hiding something. If it's lighter, she's more down to earth."

Massimo DiCicco, 42, Salon Owner


"If I notice your makeup, it's too much."

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Comments (3)

August 19, 2020
Since when did a man's opinion on makeup matter?
February 19, 2019
If you’ve ever found yourself laying up at night, chewing your lip and feeling incredible anxiety in your chest because you don’t know if a man truly *loves* you (or is just using you or waiting for something “better” to come along)… Then you need to go watch this presentation and answer the 7 questions it asks right now… =>
February 13, 2019
Shape, sis, what are you doing? Most women don't care what men think about their makeup. Additionally, women wear makeup for a plethora of reasons. A woman can do what she wants, when she wants and how she wants. For you to post this women bashing content is shameful and outrageous. Since you will, in the same magazine, tell women how to be sExY or coVeR tHeIr iMpeRfEcTiOns bY uSinG maKeUP. Finally, many men can't tell if a woman is wearing makeup unless she has a red lip on. We aren't here to take advice from men who use 6-in-1 products, Sweaty.