Lisa Eldridge

‘I appreciate guys that don’t over-groom and look natural’

With a signature look which is best described as a fresh, flawless and understated, the lovely Lisa Eldridge is one of the most highly regarded make-up artists of her generation. Her modern approach to beauty, has made her popular with supermodels, celebrities and magazine editors alike. It has also seen her collaborate with many of the world’s top fashion and beauty houses, both on their shows and advertising campaigns. The list of celebrities she has made up reads like a who’s who of the world’s most glamorous women and includes Cameron Diaz, Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, and Demi Moore. Here she shares her thoughts on male grooming, looking good and smelling great. Thanks Lisa!

Do you think that more guys are making an effort with their appearance, if so why do you think that is? 
Yes, absolutely. I think that men today are far more aware of how they look and are perceived. I have seen a huge change in behaviour over the last five or six years and think it has been in part encouraged by the expanding grooming industry with men-specific grooming ads and skin care lines for men, etc.

What is the most common mistake a men makes with his grooming?
Over-grooming is the worst!. Many young people seem to overpluck their eye-brows and that is never attractive.

What’s one product you use that a guy could benefit from?
Shine free primers are great. They remove the shine from your face and also help to close pores, they take the edge off! They are available in prices to suit most budgets from  Dr Brandt ‘Pores No More’ to No7 ‘Pore refining Serum’

Does the guy in your life borrow any products from you? Should he?
He doesn’t, I have to say he is very old school and traditional. I have tried to introduce him to certain products but have officially given up! The worst was seeing him use body wash on his face! *laughs*

Do you have a favourite male fragrance?
I currently like Fantastic Man by Byredo, Dior Homme and Tom Ford Arabian Wood.

So what does well groomed mean to you?
It has to be about overall cleanliness. Neatly cut hair and clean fresh skin are all little things that go a long way.

Which guys do you think in the public eye get it right?
I appreciate guys who don’t over-groom and look natural, sometimes even slightly rough around the edges! Sean Penn is a good example.

1. Fantastic Man Eau de Cologne by Byredo £130 for 130ml from Liberty

2. Sean Penn

3. Tom Ford Arabian Wood Eau de Parfum £270 for 250ml from House of Fraser

4. Dr Brandt Pores No More Refiner £39 for 30ml from Space NK

5. Kate Moss

6. No7 Pore Refining Serum £13 for 30ml from Boots

7. Dior Homme EDT Spray about £59 for 100ml from Debenhams and John Lewis

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