Looking Your Best for Men: How Tos

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How to Get a Great Shave

Wash your face. Use a brush to lather up with a cream or gel. WAIT 2-3 minutes. Use a sharp double-blade razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows.

How to Wear Suspenders

Before you get dressed, clip or button suspenders to the back waist of your pants. Put your trousers on. Then attach suspenders to the front.

How to Grow a Beard

Endure the itch -- it gets better after a few weeks. Let it grow an inch or more before trimming. And know when to give up.

How to Tame Your Unibrow

For a natural look use tweezers rather than a razor or waxing. Pluck up from the bottom. And stop at your inner eye.

How to Sweat Less, or Look Like It

Watch the spicy foods, drinks with caffeine, and alcohol. Choose light-colored clothes made of natural fabrics that breathe.

How to Get Rid of a Tattoo

There are 3 safe ways a professional can remove a tattoo: cut it out, rub it away, or remove it with lasers. It's not something to do yourself!

How to Fix Shaving Nicks

Cut yourself shaving and don't have a styptic pencil? Try a dab of antiperspirant. The ingredient that stops you from sweating also shrinks cuts.

How to Trim Your Mustache

Use fine-tooth comb on dry hair. With scissors or trimmer, shape from the bottom outer edges, from middle to side. Then trim for length.

How to Soften Corns and Calluses

Soak your feet in water 10 to 15 minutes to soften the skin. Then gently remove thickened areas with a pumice stone.

How to Dress to Look Taller

Avoid contrasts. Wear a single color or vertical patterns. Make sure your clothes fit closely. Go for slim neckties.

How to Moisturize Toenails

Smear a cuticle cream, petroleum jelly, or vitamin E oil over the entire nail. Gently rub it in.

How to Dress if You're Tall

Wear lighter colors to add width to your frame. Choose two-button suits with high-cut lapels. Show minimum cuff. Have a little break in your trousers.

How to Cover for a Lost Waist Button

Poke a hole where the button was. Insert a key ring with a key attached. Pull the key through the buttonhole. Cover with a blazer or belt.


How to Find Your Right Size

With jackets, pants and shirts, keep going smaller until the clothing is just uncomfortable. Then go one size up.

How to Make Natural Tooth Paste

  • 3 parts baking soda
  • 1 part salt
  • 1 drop peppermint or wintergreen essential oil
  • Mix baking soda and salt. Funnel mixture into a small-mouthed container. Add a drop of peppermint or wintergreen essential oil for flavor.

How to Avoid Smelly Feet

Wash them often with anti-bacterial soap. Don't wear the same shoes every day. Sprinkle with foot powder.

How to Avoid Razor Bumps

Shave after a hot shower when your beard is softer. Use a gel and a spring-mounted multi-blade razor.

How to Floss

Get a 15- to 18- inch piece of floss. Slide it between teeth and around each tooth in the shape of a "C." Polish with an up and down motion.

How to Make a Hot Towel

Dab a dry hand towel with scented oil. Pour on hot water, or dampen and nuke microwave 30 seconds. Make sure it's not too hot. Apply to face.

How to Avoid Athlete's Foot

Wash feet often. Dry thoroughly, especially between the toes. Wear fresh socks daily. Use an antifungal lotion or powder.

How to Get Rid of Yellow Pits

For sweat stains, apply white vinegar; wait 30 minutes. Wash the shirt in the hottest water the label says is OK.

How to Avoid Jock Itch

Keep your groin clean and dry. Wash workout clothes, underwear, socks, and towels after each use. Treat athlete's foot.

How to Avoid a Denim 'Don't'

Run from whitewashed, high-waisted "dad jeans." For the most flattering fit, go for <b>medium-rise</b>, raw denim with straight legs.

WebMD Feature Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on May 30, 2013
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