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It's dope! Get happy and add a shot of dopamine to your grooming

From male art to neon colour washes; kick your grooming routine into dopamine overload with these gender-fluid trends

26 June 2022 - 00:00
From subtle eye embellishments to gender-fluid hair – the era of dopamine grooming has begun
From subtle eye embellishments to gender-fluid hair – the era of dopamine grooming has begun
Image: Peter White/Getty Images

DOPAMINE GROOMING 

Need a happy boost? Turn to these grooming trends to add daringly cool accents to your routine and raise your happy hormones. The grooming landscape today looks a lot different than it did a couple years ago. From a time when grooming didn’t stretch past getting a beard trim, using a comprehensive but easy-to-follow skincare routine and choosing cologne over a body spray-roll on combo – the parameters in which grooming once played have been shattered.  Given the global movement towards all things that foster a happy state of being, men have been using their grooming choices to not only look on the outside but feel good on the inside. 

Taking cues from retro icons such as David Bowie, Kurt Cobain and Prince who were known for their rebelliously artistic expressions with make-up – there has been a rise in dopamine-inducing trends seen on the red carpets, runways and streets by way of male manicures or “male art” and a graduation in the use of make-up surpassing tinted moisturiser and guy liner. 

Today, modern stars such as Jared Leto, Shawn Mendes, Evan Mock, Kid Cudi and Bad Bunny can be all found with a spot of glitter, crystalline embellishments and nail art and have not only popularised these trends but become advocates for men grooming however they like, and wearing nail and make-up trends with confidence. 

A growing trend that is not only breaking the box of what is considered masculine, dopamine grooming is allowing a men to have way more fun with their grooming without judgement. From subtle eye embellishments to gender-fluid hair – the era of dopamine grooming has begun.

Micro hair accessories served as the unexpected gender-fluid trend of the season
Micro hair accessories served as the unexpected gender-fluid trend of the season
Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

FOUR WAYS TO DOPAMINE GROOM

1. MICRO-ACCESSORIES

In the era of maximalism, it’s a delight to see micro accessories taking over from their oversized counterparts. 

However, dainty hair accessories by way of pearlescent hair clips are not just reserved for women any more but served as the unexpected gender-fluid trend seen on stars such as Jared Leto and Yahya Abdul-Mateen at the Met Gala, who paired tailored suits with embellished pearlescent hair clips interwoven into their hair or dreadlocks.

Channel the Shakespearean grooming trend that has had a big revival over the years – the singular earring
Channel the Shakespearean grooming trend that has had a big revival over the years – the singular earring
Image: Peter White/Getty Images

2. SINGULAR HARDWARE

If micro-hair accessories are not your speed, channel the Shakespearean grooming trend that has had a big revival over the years – the singular earring. 

As seen on the Dior Men runways, the models made a habit of micro-accessorizing at every show by way of a dainty singular earring in pearl, jewel or metal hardware finishes. 

3. BEJEWELLED FACIAL 

We are all quite aware that the world’s obsession with Euphoria make-up has been newly energised so we knew it wouldn’t be long until rhinestones and sparkle on the eyes got a gender-fluid interpretation on celebs such as Kid Cudi and Machine Gun Kelly, who sported rhinestoned eyes and pearl-ladened facial contours that brought a new-found level of fun to Euphoria-inspired make-up for all genders.

Rhinestoned facial contours that brought a new-found level of fun to Euphoria-inspired make-up for all genders
Rhinestoned facial contours that brought a new-found level of fun to Euphoria-inspired make-up for all genders
Image: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Sparkle on the eyes got a gender-fluid interpretation on celebs such as Machine Gun Kelly
Sparkle on the eyes got a gender-fluid interpretation on celebs such as Machine Gun Kelly
Image: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

4. NEON COLOUR WASH

The addition of a flash of neon is enough to raise those happy hormones so add a wash across lids if you’re feeling brave or keep it subtle by focusing placement to just the inner corners or lining your waterline with a neon eyeliner to give guy-liner a dopamine twist.

Nothing says “feel good” quite like a neon colour story so take your cue from Dior’s Men's Pre-Fall 2020 Runway show that saw make-up artist Peter Phillips use neon green washes of shadow across the models’ brow bones, lids and nose bridge.

Nothing says “feel good” quite like a neon colour story so take your cue from Dior’s Men's Pre-Fall 2020 Runway show
Nothing says “feel good” quite like a neon colour story so take your cue from Dior’s Men's Pre-Fall 2020 Runway show
Image: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

HOW TO NAIL MALE ART 

Let the fun begin and enter the world of male art by taking your cue from nail-art masters such as ASAP Rocky with the addition of creative designs and trending colours.

 

  1. Before any nail art can commence, start with a good base. Stop hanging onto long nails and keep nails short for a polished, presentable appearance. Make sure to clip them with a nail clipper from the edges to the centre, and file the nail edge in one direction for smooth, tear-free edges.
  2. Prepare the nail bed by applying a cuticle remover to the nail base and use a wooden cuticle stick to push back overgrown cuticles and neaten up nail appearance.
  3. Use a buffer to smooth out any ridges or unevenness on the surface of the nail and give it a natural sheen.
  4. Finish off with a base coat or nail strengthener to protect the nail against brittleness and breakage, and give it a healthy shine.
  5. Prevent dryness and peeling along the base of the nail by applying a drop of cuticle oil to the nail base and massaging it into the whole nail.
  6. Turn to popular shades such as white, navy blue, grey, deep green, or even black. Keep it simple and go for a solid application of colour over the whole nail for a minimalistic approach to nail art.
  7. Lean into trending art designs such as smiley-face emojis, colour-blocked nails, eye motifs, abstract lines, rhinestone stick-on embellishments or even bold shades such as neon brights, acid blues or metallics.

THE KIT

The Kit.
The Kit.
Image: Supplied
  1. Huda Beauty Color Block Obsessions Limegreen & Aquamarine R485 arcstore.co.za
  2. Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint R650 arcstore.co.za
  3. Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 763 Rhythm R575
  4. Essie Apricot Nail & Cuticle Oil 13.5ml R139
  5. Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Mist 100ml R345
  6. Pearl Drop Earring, R299, Witchery woolworths.co.za

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