Increasingly, men are making the effort to groom their facial hairs and we largely have ‘the selfie’ to thank for that, but some netizens feel that the rise of the Beard Gang confirms that the beard is to guys what makeup is to women.
Over the years, men have felt the need to criticise women for not daring to embrace their natural looks. The argument has been that a woman is truly beautiful if she does not have to rely on makeup to enhance her looks, and that guys do not have that luxury.
But, when Drake shaved off his beard just before a recent Saturday Night Life appearance, the ‘world wide web’ went into mourning. He suddenly went from say an 8 to a 5 on a scale of 10 as far as aesthetics go.
We may not all agree with Drake’s decision, but we can definitely agree that in its wake, the conversation on the role of the beard on a man’s face got 3-D real. Inspired by the reactions to Drake’s before beard and after beard looks, we have collated tweets that gauge how people feel.
The guys who are fessing up:
My beard for me Is what make up Is to women 🎅🏾
— ✨ (@whatchujump4) May 20, 2016
You know how girls love watching make up tutorials, I have a similar feeling when I see a barber shape up someone’s beard.
— Dave (@DaveFromDesh) June 7, 2016
You girls think doing your own make up is art? Bruv the real art is lining up your beard yourself 🙌🏼
— . (@OnlineUzzy) June 3, 2016
Guy: Take off your make up you don’t need it
Girl: Shave your beard
Guy: No?! It’s a part of me
Girl: Good now we understand each other
— Jessica Taylor (@Je5s14Taylor) May 16, 2016
I swear a lined and trimmed beard is the equivalent to make up and contour for a guy.
— KAWI (@CoolieBaiSankar) June 2, 2016
How come everyone compliments girls on their hair and make up. Like why doesn’t anyone notice that I lined up my beard and compliment me
— pablo (@MrMxlik) May 30, 2016
tf fam, why did they do this to him? i guess a beard really is a guy’s make up pic.twitter.com/qXISGByHwZ
— s (@jadeyonce) May 29, 2016
You don’t like make up…Fine!…Now shave your beard and let’s see your “raw” face 😏
— ½Mn½Amzing (@NiggaNamdChoppa) May 29, 2016
The power of make up is definitely on par with the power of a beard. I’ve seen some man transform from Mowgli to Lion King. Just like that.
— D (@PassionFruitD) May 13, 2016
I don’t understand how girls can say beards do the same as makeup…. A beard is natural and made by testosterone. You have to buy make up
— JP (@Jaypee_Toomuch) May 28, 2016
“Beards are make up for men” WHAT?!?! Men don’t spend £100’s on contouring their beards or trying to blend the beard with their skin tone
— Barn (@BarnabyAwcock) May 17, 2016
Lol, so what do you think? Beard to men as makeup is to ladies?