Spring Shade: Top 5 Trends in Sunglasses

Finding the right sunglasses for your face is half the battle. They also need to be fashionable. So if you haven’t already ditched those gas station shades (go ahead, we’ll wait), let these five trends from the runways help guide you to something that REALLY flatters your face.

The Square Frame

Gaining momentum from the S/S ‘17 runway shows, the square silhouette continues to grow in popularity, with more and more designers opting for geometric shapes. Smokey grey colors work well and go with pretty much everything.

Left to right: Sun Buddies, Gucci, Alexander McQueen

The New Aviator

Aviator sunglasses have always been popular (and still are), but smaller-sized lenses are becoming more important as we move into the summer months. Rounded shapes with a minimal look work well with metal frames and brow bars.

Left to right: Garrett Leight, Acne, Bottega Veneta

Rounded

With the popularity of retro dressing, the round eyewear silhouette remains a strong one for the season. A slightly minimal look works well with metal and wire frames, or for the braver of you out there, opt for a tortoise shell pattern.

Left to right: Thomas Maier, Ace and Tate, Mykita

Tinted

Brands like Gucci and Prada have pushed 70’s styling right into the forefront, giving lots of attention to tinted lenses. The eyes are still visible through soft blue, yellow, and smoky grey lenses that give a modern retro look.

Left to right: Barton Perreira, Gucci, Oliver Peoples

Mirrored

Working perfectly for aviator and military-inspired styles, mirrored lenses are key for the summer season and move into the winter months with ease. Many brands are choosing clear frames or metal frames that match the lens for a seamless look.

Left to right: Gentle Monster, Allied Metal Works, Local Supply

Five Lush Products You Can’t Deny

Lush was founded in Poole, England over twenty years ago and today is a household brand around the world. They are a very ethical company that makes all of their products by hand (each product has an illustration of the person who made that batch), they don’t test their products on animals (instead use human volunteers), and they have a great tongue-in-cheek quality to the way they connect with their clientele and branding.

With their original claim to fame being their undeniably iconic bath bombs, I decided to see what they had for male grooming. For some reason, I always felt like Lush was like a kitsch cosmetics place for hippies and vegans. But after this past week, I’ve realized how wrong I was, and I’m officially addicted to some of these products now. Here are the five to try:

Prince Shaving Cream

I realized as soon as I used Prince that everything I have ever put on my face has never felt like cream (there’s a joke here somewhere). I noticed after using it that my face felt moisturized, and as the week passed, I did notice the anti-inflammatory ingredients working well to give me a smooth and nourished complexion.

Main ingredients: Witch hazel extract, rose water, cocoa butter, and beeswax.

Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash

For all you beard lovers who wonder how to clean your beard without using something too oily, look no further. Kalamazoo is a very gentle cleanser for both your face and your beard. I recommend this for all the lumberjack hipsters who channel Lord of the Rings style beards. It leaves your skin feeling soft and your facial hair feeling great.

Main ingredients: Fresh pineapple juice, apricot kernel oil, organic jojoba oil, and almond oil.

RB Hair Moisturizer

RB Hair moisturizer is a lifesaver for those who like to have hydrated hair that leaves an alluring scent. When I first opened the jar, I was overwhelmed by the perfume, but after using only a pea sized amount on my short hair, I had people asking me what that beautiful scent was all day long. Using it is simple; just rub into wet or dry hair and your hair is nourished and protected.

Main ingredients: Oat milk, organic avocado, extra virgin coconut oil, and orange flower absolute.

Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

This guy I used to date worked at Lush (this was like 10 years ago), and I remember he introduced me to Ocean Salt (there’s another joke here too). It’s extremely effective as a skin buffer and exfoliator. Due to the fine sea salt, it smells exactly like the ocean, and the avocado butter and lime gives it a bit of a cocktail kick. Your skin immediately feels improved, but it smells really salty, so I wouldn’t want to use it every day.

How it’s made:

Main ingredients: Hand harvested sea salt, grapefruit, lime, and avocado butter.

Cup O’ Coffee Exfoliating Mask

OH MY GOD. As soon as I opened Cup O’ Coffee I was in heaven. The aroma of cocoa and coffee was divine. This face and body mask is a dream, and I think will become a weekly ritual for the rest of my life. All you need to do is spread it on your face and body, then scrub it away after 10 minutes. The agave syrup leaves your skin feeling soft, and the smell of cocoa and coffee lasts for hours (also the coffee grounds exfoliate). This is a must-have for rejuvenation, and I’ve finally figured out a way to enjoy coffee without the shakes.

How it’s made:

Main ingredients: Coffee, vanilla absolute, vetiver oil, cocoa extract, and agave syrup.

GBF-ing It

There are two things women can’t live without: rosé and GBFs. That’s just science. Likewise, we can’t live without our girlfriends. They provide the drinking, dancing, and dishing opportunities that our fellow gays can’t always deliver on. And you know, letting us vent when our love lives goes south. This is a special relationship, so let’s cut the crap and just own it.

As part of our collaboration with Galore Magazine, we had a chat with some of the Galore Girls and their GBFs and let them break down why their connection is errrrrything.

Luna Lovebad and Anthony

What’s your name?
Anthony.

How old are you?
27

What’s your sign?
Gemini.

Where are you from?
Chicago.

What’s your ideal date?
I would go dancing or go to a cute Airbnb together, like a nice “staycation”.

How did you and Luna Lovebad meet?
We met through Instagram!

What’s a personality trait you like about Luna?
I love that Luna gives zero fucks and has a loving nature.

Luna, what’s a personality trait that you like about Anthony?
He has a “down for whatever” attitude. And his pink hair.

Grace McKagan and Quentin Haarpaintner

What’s your name?
Quentin.

How old are you?
19

What’s your sign?
Scorpio.

Where are you from?
LA.

What’s your ideal date?
A hike that’s not too challenging, but it gives you something to look at and chat about. I don’t like being sedentary with someone I don’t know, so it helps to be moving around.

What’s a pick up line that always works on you when mingling or on a dating app?
When someone says “You look familiar” I always answer. Or if they say something like, “Were you at so and so’s party this weekend?” Or dropping mutual friends.

How did you and Grace meet?
We met in 7th grade.

What’s a personality trait you like about Grace?
Grace’s free spirit.

Grace what do you like about Quentin?
He’s always in a good mood and brings positive vibes everywhere.

Harmony and Vice

What’s your name?
Vice.

How old are you?
24

What’s your sign?
Gemini.

Where are you from?
Harbor City, CA but born in Hawaii.

What’s your ideal date?
A half-day at Six Flags riding roller coasters so we have an exciting time together, and we can get to know each other while we wait in line.

How did you and Harmony meet?
We met at a mutual friend’s party about a year ago.

What’s a personality trait you like about Harmony?
Her legs [laughs].

Harmony, what’s a personality trait that you like about Vice?
His energy.

See what Galore said about us here.

Un-hangover Yourself

You wake up gasping for breath like you’ve been shot, your mouth is dry like the desert, and what feels like razor blades falling down your ear canal is actually your alarm. The haze slightly subsides, the migraine begins to creep in, and you realize you have around thirty minutes to get your shit together and convince your boss you weren’t out all night, starting with your face.

Stay calm. Here are five beauty products to make you look like you’re a responsible adult that only had ‘one drink’.

1. Glamglow POWERMUD Dual Cleanse Treatment

I found Glamglow when I was traveling, and it honestly took around three years off my face in ten minutes. At first, I thought I was being ripped off, but it revolutionized my face regime. You can literally have seven shots of tequila, follow with double vodka sodas, and still have super clean velvety skin the next morning. So after cleansing your face with a facial cleanser and patting dry, this goes on!

2. Elemis SOS Survival Cream

It’s important to have a daily moisturizer and a backup moisturizer that can literally pump the elixir of youth back into your face. Elemis is formulated as a high performance, daily skin moisturizer, but this skin treatment cream is the optimum solution for sensitivity, irritation, dryness, and blemishes (naturally your perfect sidekick when you’re hungover AF). Once you have finished your face mask, tone, and then slap this baby all over your face and neck.

The powerful formula of marine extracts, lavender, and myrrh instantly soothes problem areas and leaves the skin perfectly hydrated and comfortable after a night of debauchery.

3. Visine Maximum Strength

This is going to be your best friend to get rid of the redness and irritation in your eyes. I recommend putting this in as soon as you’re awake so they’re crisp and hydrated. Don’t wait until you get to work. You might need a couple of rounds of it.

4. Quicksand by Hanz Defuko

This is for those of you who are lucky enough to pull of Viking length hair or something a bit more ’One Direction’ inspired. Quicksand will save you time so you can skip the ‘wet hair’ bit of drying your hair when it’s already a mission to stay alive.

Quicksand is one part styling wax and one part dry shampoo. The gritty formula contains diatomaceous earth, a soft granular rock similar to pumice that sucks up excess oil on the hair and scalp. So it’s perfect for oily, slept on hair.

5. Anything by Le Labo

Lastly after you shower, you need to have something beautiful to spray on your once disgusting self. I recommend Le Labo because their fragrances are so soulful and arresting, and people in your office will be so taken with your scent that they’ll hardly notice any other flaws.

Here are some extra home remedies that will help you (at no cost, only copious amounts of willpower) before crashing and after rising to help you get back to normal.

Before crashing:

  • Drink two pints of water to stop dehydration.
  • Take two painkillers to prevent a headache.

After rising:

  • Drink two more pints of water (your body needs it).
  • Eat a proper meal with carbs, fat, and sugar to absorb alcohol.
  • NO coffee. It’ll cause a headache and promote your old friend anxiety.
  • Eat plenty of fruits to rebalance sugar.
  • A simple breathing exercise and meditation can soothe the pain away.
  • Put two tablespoons in the freezer for 15 minutes, and then hold under your eyes until they are warm, this will minimize blood vessels and puffiness.

Or my personal fave recovery method? Sit in a bath of extremely hot water (for approx. 15 mins) until you sweat out all of your toxins, and then take an extremely cold shower to wake the system up. Shaving and a beard trim are also crucial.

Hang in there.

Do You Even Conceal, Bro?

Whether you have a first date, big interview, or just need to look your best, every guy should have a concealer in his grooming arsenal. Here are our five favorite concealers:

Glossier Stretch Concealer

Miracle worker.

I feel a little bit like the girl in Swimfan when it comes to this concealer: Obsessed! The texture is a light to medium and does wonders under the eyes. The micro-waxes move with the skin and never crease. The finish is hydrated and natural. It seriously looks just like healthy, hydrated skin. This is a great option for guys who do not want to be clocked wearing make up.

Milk Makeup Concealer

All purpose handyman.

The convenient stick applicator makes this concealer great to carry with you. Just dab it on and blend it out with your finger. This is a solid medium finish, and it’s great for any blemishes and for putting under the eyes. The melt technology helps the product sink into the skin for a flawless finish. This would be a great addition to any gym bag.

Tom Ford Concealer for Men

Gag on the eleganza.

Tom Ford equals luxury, and this product is no exception. This sleek roll-up and easy to use stick formula concealer is worth its heavy price tag. The full coverage factor makes this stick great for photos and formal events. This product is also really great for oily skin types, and the long wear formula doesn’t break down throughout the day.

W3ll People Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer

Ingredient conscious.

If you prefer to avoid artificial chemicals like parabens, propylene glycol, and dimethicone, W3ll People is the brand for you. Not only is this concealer vegan and made from sustainable energy, W3ll People replaced the harsh chemicals with beneficial natural ingredients like algae, coffee, peptides, and pomegranate. This concealer brightens and de-puffs while concealing.

NYX Concealer Jar

Amazing price, amazing product.

This high power concealer is full coverage and only $5.00. NYX makes high-performing products for very reasonable prices. This concealer is heavy duty and great for covering any kind of imperfection from blotchiness to pimples. The staying power of this concealer is ideal for a night out dancing or even the gym. You can also pick this up at almost any drug store. Just be careful not to use too much.

Selecting a shade:

Try to find a perfect skin match, especially if you’re looking for blemish coverage. The concealer should melt perfectly into the skin with no signs of demarcation. The only exception to this is if you’re focusing primarily on coverage for under your eyes. In that case, you can go a shade lighter to help brighten up your face. If you prefer shopping online, I recommend Googling swatches on someone’s arm to help you select the color. The shoppable color selections can be misleading.

For the most natural application, use a clean finger. Take a tiny bit of concealer, and place it on the tip of your finger. Then, take your finger and gently dab until you have sufficient coverage. The heat from your finger will help the product melt into the skin. If you apply directly from the tube or stick, you could risk applying too much. Here’s a great tip: If you’re focusing on under your eyes, imitate a Nike check by starting in the inner corner of your eye and follow up your cheek, blending along the way. For extra effectiveness, apply a great eye cream first.

If He Ignores Your Message, Should You Send Another?

We’ve all seen that hot, local guy online who makes our toes curl. He might be the mysterious stranger with the perfect amount of scruff and an adorable smile. Or he’s that geeky jock or that twink with the swimmer’s build or that furry stud—whichever flavor fits your fancy. Sure, you’re just basing your attraction on one pic, a few words, and a possible Instagram link. Yet, you’re pretty certain that if you met up, the encounter would be nothing short of a great time. So, you take a deep breath and send him a quick hello.

Then, he doesn’t write back.

Maybe he didn’t see it? Nope, he was online in the last 30 minutes, and you sent the message two hours ago. Maybe he’ll get back to you later? Or maybe he won’t. Without talking to him, you’ll likely never know. You already feel like a stalker for checking his online status. But, this isn’t just some guy, it’s the total stud you see online every day, and he loves road trips or rock climbing or Pokémon—and you could easily pretend to love that crap, too.

So, if he’s totally your type and he didn’t message back, should you write him again? You know, just in case he didn’t see your first contact or there was a glitch somewhere. Do you wait a few hours? A few days? A few weeks? Never? Or do you just bomb him with “Hi” over and over until he questions your sanity? If you’ve ever fallen prey to the “hi monster”—that guy who writes “Hi” or “Sup” to you every day until you eventually block him—you’d know that tactic feels restraining-order-worthy. So, without coming on too strong, what do you do?

Personally, I wouldn’t message someone again who didn’t reply to me. If you’re both in the same area, he can see you, too, and send a message if he feels like it. However, if you still want a second try, wait at least four days. Some guys need a lot of time to message back. It’s possible that he didn’t see your first one or that he forgot to respond. It’s also possible that he just didn’t like your profile. The worst that could happen? He blocks you. The best? You hang out!

However, there is a fine line between a second hello and becoming the “hi monster” – namely, if he ignores you again, don’t keep bugging him. It’s also best to avoid writing “I sent you a message and didn’t know if you got it.” A message like that isn’t a good start to a fun conversation. Keep it light, keep it real. Still, understand that sometimes the local eye candy is just meant to be—well—eye candy. Rejection doesn’t say anything bad about you. How well you handle being ignored, however, that speaks volumes.

Being Gay and Jewish is the Chicest Thing Ever

Like most closeted 17 year olds raised in an Orthodox community, I did not think being gay or Jewish was remotely chic. Eventually, I graduated from high school and came out; three years, two Lady Gaga albums, and one British boyfriend later, I loved being gay. But I could not forgive my Jewish schools, teachers, synagogues, and mentors for leaving me in the dark my first 17 years. Out of anger, I did my best to create a life devoid of any Jewish affiliation. I failed epically, primarily because…I am the most Jewish person ever. Everything about my curly hair, chest hair, mild anxiety, and Barbara Streisand obsession screams American Jew. It got to a point where people would laugh in my face when I tried to deny that I was Jewish. Faced with a serious problem. I used the gay heritage I loved as a framework to understand my inextricable but wholly unwanted Jewish heritage. I found that I like being Jewish for the same reasons I like being gay. This comes as no surprise because the gay and Jewish communities have a lot in common.

Jews and gays have always existed and lurked in the shadows of history. They often experience prejudice and violence at the hands of the same oppressor. Anti-Semitic societies tend to be homophobic, and Jews and gays were murdered alongside each other in the Nazi concentration camps. Most importantly the gays and the Jews are both survivors. Despite societal intolerance, systematic governmental oppression, and genocide, both groups thrive today.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently said, “The true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle. It is the pendulum. And when the pendulum swings too far in one direction it will go back.” On one hand, both communities have legal protections, governmental funding, and media visibility. On the other hand, we have a sharp rise of anti-Semitism since Trump’s election and a new Attorney General who voted against every major piece of LGBTQ legislation since serving in Congress. How can a gay or a Jewish person ever feel truly safe?

Therefore, in these moments of relative peace and acceptance, it is vital that the Jewish community and cisgender gay community stand by others who need help. To me, being gay means protecting anyone anywhere who is discriminated against for who they love or their gender identity. To me, being Jewish means taking a stand against any type of religious or racial discrimination. Since Trump took office, I have seen both of my communities step up in a very serious way.

I saw a massive Jewish presence at the Trump travel ban protests. At least five signs blared the Elie Wiesel quote, “No Human Being Is Illegal,” and kipot dotted the crowd. In Battery Park, hundreds of Jews chanted “Never again” as the Statue of Liberty stood behind them. The night Trump rescinded federal protection for transgender students, I posted on Instagram about a rally at Stonewall. Thirty friends met up with me beforehand so we could walk over together- all gay men. We carried signs that said, “Fuck with our sisters and you fuck with us.”

I love having two communities I can turn to in a crisis. My ancestors, my friends, and I have all been persecuted. Therefore we know to show up when others are persecuted. When I feel weak or broken I find strength in the challenges my ancestors overcame. I think to myself that if they can do it, so can I. Anybody who is gay or Jewish or black or Muslim or Mexican or an immigrant or part of any previously oppressed group can call on that same power. My intersectional identity allows me to draw from two incredible power sources. And I think that’s just the chicest thing ever.

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Barber Shop Breakdown

The formula for a good hair day starts with regular trips to your barber, mixed with the perfect product, and then blessed with a little #iwokeuplikethis. We can’t help you stay faithful to your barber or where and how you wake up, but we can give you the lowdown on what ourfavorite pomades, waxes, and texturizers are.

Wax

The wax category also includes putty, molding creme, paste, and clays. Waxes are usually a medium hold and great for minimal shine and a lot of texture. Both wavy and straight textures can benefit from a nickel size amount of product worked through dry hair. For an unkempt look, apply to wet hair for more hold and separation. Wax is best used on short to medium hair.

Hanz De Fuko, Claymation Bumble and Bumble, Sumotech Blind Barber 60 Proof Hair Wax Shu Uemura, Shape Paste

Traditional Pomades

Traditional pomades are generally high shine with a medium to high—but flexible—hold. Pomades are usually either oil or water-based. I recommend water-based. It’s healthier for your scalp and easier to wash out. Oil-based pomades may have better hold, but can also lead to breakouts if applied to the skin. Pomades are most famously used in creating pompadours, side-parts, and longer styles. Layrite Super Hold Pomade Cool Grease XX Oribe Original Pomade Fellow Barber Strong Pomade

Texturizer/Dry Shampoos

Washing your hair every day is not recommended. Your hair can dry out and your scalp can actually start to create excess oil. Aquick fix is adding dry shampoo or texture paste to you hair arsenal. Not only will it help you achieve a more bed-head texture, it will also help absorb excess oil while giving you a light to medium hold. This is especially great for wavy hair textures. RCo Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste Hanz De Fuko Quicksand

10 Best Ways to Escape a Bad Date

Like it or not, most of us are going to endure a dud date during our Grindr escapades. So comedian Dom Top took some time out of his busy schedule of pestering men for pics and re-telling jokes stolen from Will & Grace to put together tenways to GTFO of there.

Disclaimer: Not Dom Top, not Grindr, nor anybody else endorses the use of these methods, or do they vouch for their legality or efficacy. Except that last one. You’ll see what we mean.

#1: The Romy (& Michele)

If you’ve ever seen the seminal piece of cinema that is Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (and you SHOULD have), you’ll remember thh2at Mira Sorvino’s Romy comes up with the perfect excuse to 86 a bad date. Upon learning that her gentleman caller is a suit salesman, Romy declares that she has sliced her foot open and her toes are now swimming in a pump’s worth of sangre. Then she hobbles away dragging her leg for authenticity, leaving Men’s Wearhouse far behind her. It’s hard to argue with a performance THAT committed.

#2: Start a Small Fire

Now let’s be clear, a SMALL fire. Like a napkin or a floral arrangement on the table. Easily started with a tealight candle and put out with a dishrag. You just need something disruptive enough to distract the dud while you bolt for the door. If you’re lacking anything flammable, a viable alternative is to discharge a fire extinguisher. It should provide a big enough cloud of foam to obscure your exit á la every cartoon villain ever.

#3: Start Stanning for Your Diva

This can go two ways. Either your not-so-great date will be bored stiff by your fanatical ramblings about Madonna’s “Bedtime Stories Tour” or Britney’s scrapped David LaChapelle video and peace-out of the date himself. OR he could geek out and start collectively stanning with you, in which case you may have just found your soulmate. Or at least someone to practice dance routines with. It’s a win-win!

#4: Sing. Right. At. Him.

This may not work in a karaoke bar. But if your first date is at a karaoke bar, you’ve got problems already. Hopefully, pushing your mug right up against his and warbling “The Rainbow Connection” is likely to cut a slow night delightfully short. Unless, of course, you are an undiscovered siren/chanteuse, in which case you might steal his heart. From what we understand, that seemed to work for Emma Stone in La La Land.


#5: Toilet Talk

Generally speaking, emerging from the bathroom and announcing the size, shape, and consistency of whatever you produced in there is considered a dating faux-pas. However in some cases it might bring you closer together. If that’s the case, good for you both! No kink-shaming here, everybody’s got their something. I guess.

#6: Get on Grindr

Not feeling the date? Log in to the world’s greatest gay social app and find yourself another, right there and then. #shamelessselfpromotion

#7: Text Them

Make a humiliating phone fuck-up work for you. We’ve all sent the wrong text to someone, from telling your best friend that you just waxed your ass to informing your parents that you hooked up in a club bathroom. So why not twist it to your advantage? Simply sending something along the lines of “Have you disposed of the body?” followed by “SORRY WRONG PERSON” should get you out of there pretty swiftly. Even if it does mean being hauled in for questioning after.

#8: Kill aRelative

FIGURATIVELY. A death in the family is a time-honored and almost irrefutable excuse for worming your way out of undesirable situations. Just remember who you killed the next time you bump into your dud at the mini-mart. ProTip: the best uses of this lie usually involve an already-deceased person. See, they did die just not… recently.

#9: Drink Everything (responsibly)

Sometimes the only solution is to order up two bottles of wine and just suck ‘em down. Then do some shots. Then drink the mouthwash offered to you by the bathroomattendant. Either your date will become infinitely more appealing post-Pinot binge or he’ll be so appalled at your hot-mess-sloppy-drunk shenanigans that he’ll retreat. Just don’t forget to order yourself an Uber home first.

#10: Be Honest

Okay, so, maybe this one isn’t quite as dramatic (and we know some of you just LIVE for the drama) but it’s probably the best option. If you don’t feel the spark, it’s likely that he doesn’t feel it either. Even if he does, better you don’t waste any more of his time, right? He’s looking for the right guy just like you are. Who knows? Maybe you’ll bond over that. Without the stress of searching for a romantic or sexual connection, you might just make a new friend. Still, even if you don’t at least you can have a drink, head home with your head held high and know that your conscience is clear. Tomorrow you can hop back on Grindr and find another date, right?

Fix Your Face: Five Grooming Products for a Fresh 2017

Our community predominantly considers the use of beauty products to be a feminine trait, but once we broaden our scope and realize that grooming can be easily incorporated into our daily rituals…the results can look amazing.

Here are my top five beauty products to incorporate into your daily regime. These aren’t overpriced luxury products that break the bank or are too difficult to get your hands on. These are meant to be low-impact in terms of use but high-impact in terms of making you look fantastic.

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream

Most men use a facial moisturizer that they have bought at the drugstore or just take body cream and put it on their face. Moisturizer is important for keeping the skin hydrated, but what we yearn for is a cohesive complexion, and we should have something specifically for the face. Enter the BB Cream! People often confuse this as a tinted moisturizer, however, it’s a lighter product that adapts to your skin tone and gives you luminous skin without the need for foundation or powder.

Cosmetics à la Carte Brow Ink

One of the most common and unspoken issues in male grooming is patchy beards. Some men almost feel emasculated because they can’t grow one or it just doesn’t seem ‘full enough’. This tip and trick is something I learned while working with Cosmetics à la Carte. During their male grooming shoots, they would recommend using eyebrow ink to fill the beard. This perfects the architecture of the beard and gives a fuller and sharper look. You don’t need to use that much for a nice effect and you can even use eyeliner and simply blend it in (obviously suited to your beard color) but Indian ink looks great and comes off with face wash (and even in the shower if that’s too much of a step).

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer

After a hard day or even a crazy night, we can’t deny the fact that we wake up with designer eye bags. This is my go-to product to fix that. You simply wash your face, apply this under the eye socket, and tap away the excess with your fingers. With its caffeine-based ingredients, it gives you a natural alertness and can add a couple of hours of sleep to what probably was a night you can’t remember.

Aēsop Geranium Leaf Body Balm

I know everyone has their favorite moisturizer but I swear by Aēsop’s Leaf Body Balm. It smells delicious and mine has lasted an entire year. So although it’s pricey, it actually goes a long way. The key to moisturizing your body is to do it as soon as you get out of the shower. Instead of drying off completely, grab some moisturizer and lather it all over to lock in the moisture. This gives you noticeably (I hate it when people say this but it’s true) softer skin that your partner or Grindr date will notice instantly.

Bulldog Original Face Scrub

Lastly, I recommend everyone use a facial scrub at least once a week. It’s important to exfoliate and get rid of the wear and tear of the week (especially on your face). Bulldog is amazing because it’s organic, made from natural ingredients, and feels amazing after you use it. I recommend steaming your face with hot water (just pour boiling water in a bowl and sit with your face over it using a towel to keep in the steam so you open your pores) and then scrubbing in a pea-sized amount in circular motions then rinsing. This will revitalize your face and you’ll see the difference in the morning. (Note: Don’t touch your skin with your hands after you wash your face…because then what would be the point?)

Ryan Lanji is a Fashion and Beauty Curator. He has curated exhibitions for beauty brands such as Revlon and Cosmetics à la Carte.