Men are intimidated by attractive people just as women are.
Also men know nothing about makeup etc. and so are unlikely to notice the actual effort involved. They'll just notice you look better.
Kind of like how if a man gets a haircut or shaves you might not realise why he looks better, only that he does.>>51340
It's both. And you represent yourself will garner different kinds of male attention. Signals you give off might imply something sexual.
Effort or looking like a "good" girl might make them see you as more of a potential long term partner.
Just being actually attractive will probably just get you more of both.>>51363
Coloured hair (like a whacky colour) is a huge red flag for males. It doesn't make them think you're "fun" it makes them think you're slightly crazy and therefore probably very easy.
In fairness to them it's for good reason too. Sudden change of hair styles etc. are a sign of poor mental health. It's a desire for change - i.e. because something isn't going well or bad happened.>>52821
I just can't envision a young moid ever actually saying "she's not pretty". That isn't how they speak. I'm sure it was implied, but they're much more lewd than that in groups - you must be misremembering.