Eoin Macken

‘Any guy who says that he doesn’t have an interest in his appearance is lying!’

Eoin Macken has become a household name through playing the character Gawain in in the BBC One TV series Merlin. He clearly knows a thing or two about looking good as whilst modelling at a University of Dublin fashion show, he was spotted by an agent and quickly became a face of Abercrombie and Fitch! A keen filmmaker he has directed several short films, as well as a documentary on the Irish fashion industry. Having studied acting in both Dublin and Los Angeles his combination of raw talent and brooding good looks have seen Eoin land roles in ‘Centurion’ opposite Michael Fassbender and in Lee Cronin’ s film ‘Through The Night’. Here Mr Macken shares his no frills approch to grooming…

What does being well groomed mean to you?
Being well groomed just makes me feel cleaner, not sure if I feel more like a man, but hey advertising works on me these days!

Have you paid more attention to your appearance since being in the public eye?
I don’t think the public eye has much to do with it, I’ve always done modelling since college and especially in America your appearance is very important for getting castings and jobs… I recall hearing how one guy wasn’t cast cos he stank… so ya gotta do the basics!

Looking good can take time, what’s your daily routine?
I just wash the old hair, use some face wash and a little bit of moisturiser and then I’m good to go….I once had a girlfriend who started trying to pluck my eyebrows and that didn’t last very long let me tell you…

Do you think more guys are getting into grooming then?
I think any guy who says that he doesn’t have an interest in his appearance is lying…..but I think it’s women’s fault, they tend to criticise so what’s a guy to do?

Do you have a favourite fragrance?
I received so many aftershaves for my 21st birthday ages and ages ago ( mostly by Giorgio Armani and YSL)  I still have most of them, so I just use whichever is closest, I’m not sure which one works, it’s a bit like like pick n mix….

Any grooming mistakes?
Yeah, well most disasters are usually when I clean/wet shave and cut myself to hell….and then go red and puffy and it stings when I put on aftershave…that happens a lot…

Do you ever borrow products for your partner?
I’m not in a relationship at the moment, maybe because I stole her moisturiser too often….that probably killed all my relationships!!!

Who gets it right and always looks great?
I think Natalie Portman always pulls it off well to be honest…..but you want a guy right….: Micheal Fassbender always looks cool and well dressed….

Lastly is there one product you can’t live without?
I guess that’s my shampoo….I’m a fan of Head & Shoulders…it does exactly what it says on the tin and I like a good frothy scrub….

1. YSL Pour Homme EDT £ 56.00 for 100ml at House of Fraser

2. Head & Shoulders 2 in 1 Shampoo 500ml £4.99 for 500ml at Boots stores nationwide

3. Natalie Portman

4. Tweezerman Deluxe Shaving Brush for Men £18.00 at John Lewis

5. Emporio Armani Ltd Edition Diamonds Black Carat for Men EDT £38.16 for 50ml at John Lewis

6. Michael Fassbender

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