The point of no-makeup makeup is to look as though we aren’t wearing any makeup. This has confused every man I’ve ever known. Then what, they want to know, is the point of wearing any makeup in the first place?
Because, hello! Haven’t you seen my pores and pimples and under eye circles and wrinkles that came out of fucking nowhere, not to mention scars and spots and freckles that look like scars (or spots)? Haven’t you noticed my short-stack eyelashes and face without shape and the fact that cold air doesn’t flush me, it just dries me out?
Uh, no, they respond.
My answer back: that’s because of no-makeup makeup!!! Most men still do not get it. (These same men also do not seem to know that iridescent blue is not a natural eyelid trait among human beings who are not part pop star or fish.)
But we cannot fault these dudes for what they do not know in the dark arts of mind-altering cosmetics. Rather, we simply have to catch them on a blotchy, post-wine skin day — maybe they’re feeling a little vulnerable about their jawline; maybe Mark in ad sales has way better cheekbones — and show them the light of tinted moisturizer, a multi-purpose stain and a great mascara.
That’s where Isaac Hindin-Miller, our ask-a-guy, came in. This is Isaac before.
Like Leandra and any other human being on this planet who chooses to not wear makeup — regardless of their reason (do you need one?), Isaac Hindin-Hyphen Miller is beautiful without. Look at him! He is undoubtedly a good looking dude.
But let’s say he had somewhere to be.
Somewhere where proof of a late night needed to be hidden, immediately.
Or perhaps he just wanted a pick-me-up to compliment his new outfit.
Can a man not have the freedom to hide his pores and sculpt cheekbones should he so choose?
He totally can, dude.
…But would Isaac “so choose?”
“For a photo shoot, why not,” he said (enthusiastically). “We all get pimples.” Of course, Isaac is a bit of an outlier. He works in the industry and gets his picture taken a lot, so he’s used to touch ups with powder for the sake of not reflecting a camera flash.
But is he now a no-makeup makeup convert?
Well, theoretically, if he perfects the craft, we’ll never know.