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Self-care is huge right now, but it’s also gendered. Most of the articles we see written about self-care, makeovers, and improving your style are female-focused.

But what about the guys? Male makeover tips and self-care ideas are just as important for boosting us guys’ self-confidence, mental health, and just to make us feel the best we possibly can.

Check out these 9 men’s makeover tips and ideas to boost your self-confidence, remake your look, and help you feel as awesome as you are.


1. Don’t Skip the Basics

Listen, guys: you need to keep up with routine hygiene. There are so many men who skip the ear/nose trimming, clipping nails, washing your face, etc. These things that many men see as “feminine” are, in fact, just basic things that you must do in order to both look and feel good.

Also, don’t forget that the basics don’t stop with your own body. Be sure to iron your clothes, get stains out of your pants, buy socks without holes in them, get rid of sweatstained undershirts, and more. This will make you feel clean and put together.


2. Get a Fresh Cut

There’s nothing quite like getting a new haircut to make you feel like a new man. Either get your current style touched up (crisp up your fade, trim those split ends, etc) or go with something completely different.

Dying your hair is on trend right now, so if you want a true makeover, go for it! Talk with your stylist or barber about what cut and color would look good on you and try it out.


3. Exercise

Exercise will help you feel great both physically and mentally. In terms of a physical makeover, finding an activity, sport, or exercise routine that you love can help you build muscle, shed some excess fat, and look healthier overall.

Exercising is also one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Exercise triggers the release of endorphins in your body. Endorphins, aka “feel good” chemicals, can boost your mood, act as stress relievers, and even fight off depression.

And don’t think that this means you have to force yourself to be a jogger. If running sounds like the worst thing in the world to you, try something else! This could be joining a gym, throwing a frisbee with your buddies, joining a hiking club, or anything else you enjoy.


4. Don’t Be Afraid of Make-Up

Almost any guy you talk to will emphatically reject the idea of make-up seeing it as “too girly.” But the fact is that make-up isn’t gendered, and it can do wonders for a makeover and feeling self-confident.

This doesn’t mean you have to wear lipstick and eyeshadow if you don’t want to. But haven’t you ever wanted to cover up a huge pimple? What about lessening your dark undereye bags?

Try out some simple cover-up or foundation to get your skin looking smooth and to reduce redness. This simple act will make it look like you’ve made over your entire face without having to actually do much.


5. Update Your Wardrobe

Once you’ve got your basics sorted and you’re getting healthy, the wardrobe is the next thing on the list for a men’s makeover. Even if you feel like you’re up with the current trends and you have some stylish clothes in your closet, you should go out and get a new piece or get rid of some old clothes to truly make yourself over.

You should also do this wardrobe update as the seasons (and the trends!) change. You want to be up to date on mens summer fashion in the summer, on men’s fall fashion in the fall, etc.


6. Accessorize

Accessories are another thing that many men forget about when styling themselves or when doing a makeover. Again, this doesn’t mean you have to wear earrings or headbands if you don’t want to (even though those things are on trend for men right now!).

Add a few classic accessories to your outfits to up your style game. A nice watch, a simple chain necklace, and some rings will elevate your outfit to a whole new level.


7. Skincare Is Crucial

Let’s focus on another basic self-care and makeover essential that many men skip: skincare. Simply washing your skin and face with soap isn’t enough. To keep your skin looking youthful and soft, you should be using a gentle face wash designed specifically for washing your face.

If you struggle with acne, look into acne lotions or creams to get rid of those stubborn pimples. You should also look into moisturizers. Keeping your skin moisturized, whether that’s your arms, legs, back, or face is an important part of having soft and healthy looking skin.

Coming up with a skincare routine can turn dry, sad looking skin into soft and touchable skin in no time.


8. Try Out A New Facial Hair Style

Guys have a unique way of getting a makeover that women don’t: facial hair. If you’ve been clean shaven for years, why not try growing some stubble? Or a goatee? Or a full, thick Santa beard?

Switching up your facial hair style is an easy way for men to get a makeover without a lot of effort.


9. Eat Healthy

Healthy eating lines up with getting proper exercise: it will work to makeover your physical body and your mental health. Reaching for greasy (albeit delicious) fast food, fries, burgers, beer, etc every day will not only pack on excess fat, but it will make you feel lousy.

Healthy eating has been shown to help improve your mood and make you feel good. Fueling your body with healthy food will not only help your body look great, it will help you feel great as well.

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