Stephen Handisides Style Living
TV presenter Stephen Handisides is the grooming editor on Channel 10’s Cruise Mode and the brains behind the Global Aesthetic Awards. As a former model, journalist and an all-round male grooming expert, there isn’t much he doesn’t know about men’s style. In the lead up to party season, we spoke exclusively to Stephen to get the lowdown, on looking sharp and what women really want from men.
Male grooming has never been more important for us guys and just because Queenslanders are fairly relaxed, men can still be stylish and casual.
MyFaceMyBody recently conducted a survey from a cross-section of women, from four different continents on what aesthetically they look for in a man. The results give a valuable insight into what many men can improve on.
The overwhelming response from women, was that when they met a man for first time, they instantly looked at shoes, smile, hands, hair and eyes. Basically a man’s overall appearance and presentation, so first impressions really do count!
You don’t necessarily have to wear designer clothes to impress. It is all about how you present yourself. You can’t go past a sharp suit for style factor, but if the occasion and climate doesn’t allow it, then a crisp linen shirt, casual chino shorts and good quality pair of leather sandals can look really stylish. Dress for the occasion, black tie formal, wear a sophisticated tuxedo, casual dinner date, smart shirt and dress jeans. Just remember, your look doesn’t have to be expensive. There are some great men’s brands around where you can emulate the high end, designer looks for a fraction of the cost. Check out men’s fashion and grooming blogs and Instagram for men’s style tips and inspiration.
Male grooming, is important, but spending hours in the bathroom isn’t essential for men, if you maintain the basics. A good haircut, crisp shave, or neatly trimmed beard, clean hands and short nails, no dirty fingernails please (this was a major complaint from the survey results). Your barber is your friend. Visit a good barber’s regularly and on the morning of, or the day before any important events. They’ll give you a great haircut, good shave and remove any of those mono-brow issues.
Don’t be afraid of men’s grooming products. Men’s grooming is the fastest growing area of the beauty industry and there are some great ‘manly’ products out there. My personal favourites are Ultraceuticals, Dirt for Men and Aspect Dr, but experiment and find what you like. Moisturise, use deodorant, wax / pomade and a find a great aftershave that isn’t too overpowering. A classic scent won’t date and won’t be too strong. You want them to remember your scent, not be knocked out by it.
Manners, nothing says ‘gentleman’ more than good old fashion manners. Open a door for a lady, offer your seat, say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, or compliment her on what she is wearing, and your mum would be proud!
Lastly and most importantly, confidence and smile. Look people in the eye, smile and be confident. A friendly smile immediately breaks down barriers and lets the recipient know that you are open to conversation.
For more information, check out Stephen Handisides on the web:
My Face My Body’s Facebook @myfacemybody
Modern Male Mindset Facebook @modernmalemindset
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