Eleanor Pendelton is the award-winning editor behind the Australian beauty site Gritty Pretty. Having worked for Australia’s InStyle and Men’s Health magazines, we thought Eleanor would be subject for our What a Woman Wants series. Oh yeah, and she’s gorgeous to boot.
What do you first notice about a guy’s look?
What’s the best thing a guy can do for his skin or hair?
Men’s skin is different to women’s in that it is thicker, has bigger pores, and produces more oil. Because of this, men need to be cleansing and exfoliating regularly. And, as a lot of men are outside every day, wearing an SPF 50+ is also essential.
What’s the worst?
When it comes to styling your hair, you don’t want to look like you’ve just doused yourself in oil. Use a small amount of textured paste or wax and warm it between the palm of your hands. Run your hands through your hair (working from the hairline backwards towards the crown) until you achieve your desired style – the key is to set and style your hair so it still looks soft to touch.
What do guys stress about, appearance-wise, that they really don’t need to?
Facial hair – A little five o’clock shadow is sexy. Don’t worry about your beard looking perfect all the time.
What’s one thing you wish guys understood about women?
Everything. Haha. I’m kidding.
How important is…
It doesn’t need to be neat but it should be tidy. You don’t want to be going over to his place to find moldy pizza boxes and empty beer bottles. Burning a candle is a great way to mask any funky odours.
It should make him happy.
his fitness level?
He should be fit and healthy.
his ability to cook?
It’s always a plus if a man can cook. It’s a very sexy quality. On my third date with my boyfriend, he came over to my apartment, cooked me pasta and brought with him two insanely cute Labrador puppies (as his two family dogs had just had a litter). Needless to say, he tricked me then hook, line and sinker. It worked because that was six years ago.
What’s a guy’s best opening line?
I don’t believe in “lines.” Just introducing yourself casually and politely generally does the trick.