Hey, you want to look more handsome than you already are, don’t you? Sure, who doesn’t—handsome wins you women, better customer service and because we live in a sick, sad, superficial world, even a higher salary. And thanks to this list, now being handsome is easier than ever. There’s expert advice, common sense pointers, and even a couple of tips to help you beat bad, ugly, un-handsome habits. But don’t waste your time reading this intro, become more handsome right now.
HAVE A BARBER WHO GETS YOU
If you don’t have one, get one right away because having a barber is rule number one above all others—if the 24 following tips on this list fail, at least you’ll have a good haircut.
So, how can I know if my barber gets me? Because this happens: you go in and ask for the regular and walk out looking like a champ every time. The best way to find a barber like this is by word of mouth and trial and error, but there are a few telltale signs that the guy or girl poking scissors at your head is a contender. They should have the capacity to consult with you in words not limited to the settings on a clipper, be able to translate your direction into a language that your hair speaks and they shouldn’t be done with you in less than 20 minutes.
KEEP YOUR LIVING QUARTERS CLEAN
This is rule number two because handsome needs lots of bright light and germ-free air in order to flourish.
Born with the slob gene? Many a good men were, but for the sake of your good-looking life, do something about it. Go to the car wash, hire a cleaning person, bribe your friends to do your dirty work, seek counseling, get hypnotized … whatever … do something. Don’t let your life’s clutter stop your handsome from happening.
USE AN SPF WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE
Take heed, or be contemplating Botox sooner than you thought: A 2013 study by the Annals of Internal Medicine found that adults who use an SPF daily aged 24% slower than those who didn’t.
Think of it this way: Moisturizers are vitamins for your face, and so they make your mug look healthy. According to Dr. Terrence Keaney MD, Director of W for Men dermatology clinic, you should use a moisturizer at least once a day to keep your skin looking lovely.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR EYES
Poor lifestyle choices can be a lot of fun, but they’ll also turn your eyes into fortresses of foulness. You’ve known about Visine since college, but commit this bit to memory: Creams keep away wrinkles; gels get rid of dark circles and bags.
But wait, isn’t using a face moisturizer enough, you ask? Hell, sure, but it won’t work as well. Eye products are formulated specifically to deal with the thin skin around your sockets, but if you just can’t negotiate using eye creams while being a man, then consider this advice from Dr. Andrew Jacono, Director of the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery: If your eyes are consistently puffy, it could be that you’re eating too much salt, which keeps water retained in the body. If they’re always dark, sleep at least seven hours a night, quit smoking, and treat your allergies, which are all common causes of under eye skin discoloration. Also, wear sunglasses and put SPF around your eyes when outside: squinting and UV rays are the leading cause of crows feet (that wrinkled skin next to your eye).
And new, as of 2013, there’s Botox for your eyes and it can be used as a preventative or as a cure to crows feet. Sounds crazy, this injecting poisonous bacteria so near your eyes, but, confession: we tried it, because that’s our job. Verdict: It was quick, painless, had no side effects and if we looked funny, no one said anything. One treatment lasts up to six months.
WASH YOUR FACE CORRECTLY
Yup, there is actually a wrong way to wash your face, and it can leave you looking less handsome than if you didn’t wash at all. The culprit? Regular body soap which clogs up the smaller pores on your face and sucks up too much natural oil, leaving you mug looking like an old baseball mitt. So, learn this word and look for it on products: Non-comedogenic. It means the product is formulated specifically to deal with the skin on your face. Use a face wash once daily, except for shave day, when you should use a face scrub to exfoliate. And if you have a beard of significant length, don’t use any scrubs ever unless you want to spend the next couple of hours picking micro-beads out of your muff.
According to science (and Jay Carney and Batman), we’ve reached peak beard in 2014, meaning those of the fairer sex may start to be more smitten with shaved faces than hairy ones. Though, if you ask the girls at Elle.com, they have their own, somewhat favorable opinions of our beards. Ah, boy, we live in confusing times. The take away? Do whatever makes you feel more handsome, but if you are currently bearding, you still have to be mindful to manicure that forest of follicles fastened to your face.
SHAVE LIKE YOUR GRANDADDY
If you’re gonna be red and bloody in the face, let it be because you performed some heroic act, not because you still can’t figure out the right way to shave. Dermatologists say that the five blades in your cartridge do a swell job of slashing the strands off your chin, but they also swipe the oils your skin needs to avoid nicks, burns and un-handsome irritation. Therefore: Single blade safety razor, like your granddaddy.
USE THIS MANUAL FOR YOUR EYEBROWS
Do it, because it will make you look less funny in the face, and eyebrow grooming is not an instinct.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR HANDS AND FEET
Hands: Your first physical contact with another human being will (usually) be with your hands, so how your mitts look and feel matters. Wash them with soap and water, clean the gunk from under and around your nails with nail brush, clip your nails, and use a moisturizer every so often so you don’t feel or look like a snake.
Feet: If you like sandals, the beach, and sex (or all three), keep your situation clipped, rub a pumice stone over the ugliest parts and it’s okay to slap some cream on them every so often. We don’t have to tell you that nasty toenails and discolored, flakey feet aren’t helping your cause.
Did we just endure the Mani/Pedi for men? Meh, it’s up to you if you want to sit in a salon and let some lady clip and clean your nails and then rub your hands and feet. But if you do, ask that they don’t buff your nails or it will look very obvious that they did.
Because two words: Clooney and Clinton. But in order for grey to make you look great, it has to be kept groomed or it just looks schlepy, so keep up with your monthly hair cuts, trim your neck and shave. Past that, here are a few pointers courtesy of Vaughn, do-er of Bill Clinton’s hair: Silver hair is dryer than regular hair so use a moisturizing shampoo and/or a conditioner. Take care to use a hydrating hair product; it’s easy for products to dust up on dry, grey hair and flakes aren’t handsome. Grey hair looks finer and can yellow from too much sun exposure and hard water, shampoos for silver hair are made to off-set these issues.
Hating your bald spot makes you look insecure, but we get it—balding is not at all awesome. However, It can be a less horrible curse upon the house of your handsomeness than you think. This guide has all of your answers.
Human? Then it’s impossible to be handsome apparently, because sweating is a thing that nature makes almost all of us do. So let’s be clear: Just try not to be a greasy, oily, sweaty mess when you need to look your best. How so? According to Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, founder of 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center in New York: limiting booze and caffeine helps a lot. No fun, but then again neither are his other tips, like taking a cold shower after the gym and putting on antiperspirant before you go to bed (properly blocking sweat glands takes time). If you go to the gym, still go, but he says men who work out tend to sweat more, so be prepared. Same with overweight guys. Confused? Ready to give in? Well, then get this: If you want to, there’s an app for that, or really few medical procedures like Botox, Miradry, and something called Vaser, that can make you stop sweating from your underarms entirely .
Glasses are the carpet of the face—they tie everything together and they’ve gotta fit in the space they’re given. So if your wearing shades and/or RX, make sure you’ve got a good pair. Say our friends at Warby Parker, “It’s best to juxtapose the shape of the frame with the shape of your face: if you have a square face, choose rounder frames. If you have a round face, look for square shaped frames. Eyebrows should be above the top of the frame and your cheeks shouldn’t touch the bottom when you smile. Try on a bunch of pairs with this in mind and see which pairs feel right. And when in doubt, pick tortoiseshell.” Got that? Good. Next.
OWN GOOD OUTERWEAR
Take a shower with soap, use deodorant, hell … you can even launder your clothes. Easiest tip yet! But what seems most perplexing to the potentially handsome person: the proper way to put on cologne. According to Chad Murawczyk, founder & CEO of fragrance specialists MiN New York, there are a few right ways. If you’ve got a spray, it’s a half a pump on each pulse point on your wrist, followed by a quick dab behind the ear. You can also spray twice in front of you and then step into the cloud—this way also scents your clothing. For oils, all you need are a few quick dabs on the back of your hands.
BRING SOMETHING TO THE TABLE
Know how to cook at least one dish and cook it well. The same goes for cocktails. Know a good restaurant and make sure they know you. The ability to provide good food and drink has been attractive since they invented eating.
HAVE INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF WORK
But not in the Michael Vick kinda way.
Get a tailor—a few tweaks on most of your shirts, pants and denim can make a favorable difference in your overall appearance. Own an iron or a steamer—wrinkles make you look unprepared. Press and/or dry clean your work clothes for the same reason. Have a smart suit. Be able to recognize when ring-around-the-collar and nasty, yellow armpit stains have won the war on your favorite shirt. Oh, and own a good, clean pair of shoes and sneakers. Women really do notice these things.
Good posture doesn’t just make you look and feel more confident, it’s less of a reminder that you’re really just the least hairy of primates.
POSSESS THESE 25 SKILLS
And don’t be a conversation dominator, a one-upper, or someone who yells at the help. Call it manners, call it charm, either way, graciousness and the art of communication upgrade your good-looking quotient tremendously.
Handsome feeds on blood flow, so you’ll need to get yours up. In numbers that means a minimum of between 30 and 60 minutes of physical activity a day, according to the personal training staff at Travaasa Austin, an experiential resort in Texas that in specializes in fitness. Not only does this keep your muscles (or, okay, flab) toned, but it feeds your cells which results in better looking skin.
Sadly, swiping your finger up and down your iPhone screen doesn’t count. If you haven’t joined the cult of Barry’s Bootcamp, Cross-Fit or Soul Cycle or are just gym-averse, don’t worry, here’s a secret: All you really need are these 5 easy-to-do at-home exercises: push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, squats and dips. Beyond that, use the stairs instead of the elevator and consider owning a bike. And if you want some gear, get a kettle ball because it’s every exercise that uses one works the mythical “core” section of your body.
GET AN OCCASIONAL FACIAL
A facial is basically a massage on your face with lots of high-end gels and creams. If you’re going for an always-perfect, Hollywood face, Deirdre Bradford, Spa director a the Four Seasons Los Angeles recommends them once a month, but she says otherwise, they’re just great at hitting the reset button on your skin after the dehandsomizing effects of long haul flights, late and boozy nights, colds, allergies and too much sun.
HAVE WHITE TEETH
Your smile should be a curtain for an elegant dance floor, not be cover for a dental horror show. According to Dr. Eda Ellis, one of Consumer Report’s top dentists in America, to make this so, you should brush twice a day with a soft bristle brush (electric or not) and floss twice daily, preferably with a water pick. Go for regular cleanings every 6 months, unless your dentist says you need more.
The best way possible to whiten your teeth is chair-side with a product called Zoom, and there’s this at home unit that makes them white with fiber optins, and they donatedental care to kids in developing nations. Otherwise, take it easy on the all-day coffee and the after work red wine. Other teeth-staining culprits? Black tea, coca-cola, Red Bull, berries, tomato sauce, curry sauce, hard candy, gum and finally, popsicles. Now you know.
Source : esquire