September 30, 2010 3:19 AM Subscribe
My mother never shaved her legs or painted her nails. It's too late now for me to be reading teenage magazines. Tell me how to do these things properly.
posted by mippy to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (54 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
My mum never wore make-up either, but I figured that out myself (started at age 15 with a drugstore palette with one light blue, one dark blue shadow - so decided that the dark blue covers the lid and the light blue goes all the way up to the brow. No wonder I didn't get kissed.) I can pluck my eyebrows well enough. But when it comes to shaving and nail-painting, I seem to always get it wrong.
Shaving - my personal preference is to keep things smooth if they're going to be on display. I tend to shave after the shower with a disposable razor, and then a few hours later realise I've missed bits, or have hairy feet. I also end up with a rash irregardless of moisturising afterward. I thought wearing my glasses and sitting near bright light would help, but it hasn't. I'm not keen on waxing, so I wondered if depilatory cream would help - but it's expensive and says you can't use it on broken skin, and my legs are pretty much always scarred and cut somewhere.
Nails - I am very clumsy so reluctant to paint fingernails too often, or buy expensive polish. My toenails look like a toddler has fingerpainted them - as though the polish has been dropped from a great height. How do people do this properly? And with fingers, is there a topcoat that anyone would recommend to keep polish good (a bit like UDPP keeps even cheaper eyeshadow where it's meant to go)? Any recommendations on drugstore brands? I have the feeling that cheaper means more chips, but the more premium ranges do fairly dull colours.