Boy Beat: How to achieve a polished, gender-fluid look that’s perfect for daily life


By Redzhanna Jazmin

Boy Beat: How to achieve a polished, gender-fluid look that’s perfect for daily life

If you believe that you’ve found your craft, we’ve rounded up a few veteran boys in beauty who will surely be a great help in improving your makeup skills and taking them to the next level.

However, if you’re new to the art of makeup, rest assured that this is a beginner-friendly guide. We’ve curated an easy, natural makeup guide to polish up your everyday look and get you feeling confident from within. Ahead, find plenty of tips and tricks to pulling off a natural boy beat—it’ll take five minutes of your day and minimal effort.

Without further ado, here’s everything you’ll need for the ultimate boy beat (and how to use it):

Brow Gel

If you take nothing else from this list, please just invest in a brow gel. Brow gels are ridiculously user-friendly and will instantly make you look more polished. Simply use the spoolie (the brush bit) to brush your brows up and out and tame the beasts!

TIP: If you’re more sparse in the brow department, you may want to invest in a coloured brow gel or even a brow pen!

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Spots, dark circles, and blemishes are no match for a nifty stick of concealer. The key to a perfectly natural boy beat is to get the right shade match. Trust us on this: You’ll want the match to be pretty exact.

If you’re unsure of your shade and undertone, we’ve got a fair number of guides to help you out. Alternatively, you could always get a second opinion from friends or in-store professionals as one-to-one consultations are a little difficult to pull off via web.

To wear concealer with a natural finish, dot it sparingly over problem areas and tap to blend. If you need more coverage, build it up gradually and keep your layers thin. We recommend blending it in with your fingers as the warmth from your skin will melt the product to give you the most natural finish.

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Foundation or tinted moisturiser

Struggling with patchy redness or an overall uneven tone in your skin? A complexion product like a tinted moisturiser or light coverage foundation that has been formulated to cover your whole face is probably a better option for you. We recommend using more lightweight formulations as they are generally more forgiving—not only are they easier to blend, but their light coverage looks the most skin-like.

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Setting powder

After you’ve got your brow and complexion routine nailed down, it’s important to ensure that all of your makeup stays put—this is where setting powder comes in. Not only does it help to keep your base in place all day, but it also works to absorb excess oil and keep you looking fresh all day long.

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Lip Balm

Now that we’ve covered the eyes and face, it’s time to tackle the most important feature: Your lips. The easiest way to bring life back into your face is to give your lips a little TLC. A smooth, plumped, and hydrated pout goes a long way in rejuvenating your overall look, so make sure you’re investing in the right formulations.

In fact, if you’re feeling ambitious, you could even give tinted lip balms a try—there are plenty of formulations that have been designed to give your lips a subtle wash of colour as opposed to big pigment payoff.

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