Mods, not sure where the best place for this was, so please move if necessary!
Inspired by this thread, which I haven’t participated in, partly because only male opinions are sought, and partly because I tend to agree with the women claiming that men do notice, but don’t know they notice, I got to wondering about what is a “normal” amount of effort to put into hair and make up. I get the impression that some men seem to think we’re slaves to some inordinately complex beauty routine, but with the exception of one woman who regularly resembles a tiny little drag queen, that just isn’t the case with the women I know.
So - and in the full knowledge that the Dope isn’t entirely representative of all womankind and a lot of you don’t really have one as such - what is your standard hair/make-up/beauty routine? (I’m not asking about shoes as I think the high heels debate has been done to death!) I mean the stuff you do generally most days, rather than for special occasions.
This is mine:
Hair: Shoulder-length, naturally curly. Gets a trim and a semi-permanent colour (to hide the grey) once every 3 months or so.
Gets washed and conditioned about 3 times a week. When freshly washed, I scrunch a curl cream through it and leave it to air-dry - end result looks like this. This takes about 10-15 mins - most of that time being taken up with detangling the curls. When it hasn’t just been washed, it gets bundled up on my head with kirby grips, with a few curls left down to frame my face - like so. This takes about 2 mins. Neither of these seems like an excessive use of time to me.
Make-up: Always foundation or tinted moisturiser, brow pencil, blusher and mascara, sometimes lipstick/gloss or a bit of eyeliner. Either way it takes no more than 10 mins to do. I’m wearing make-up in all of the photos above - by comparison, I’m not in this one, but I have do a tan (and a tortoise!) which I think makes the difference. The tan, not the tortoise.
Beauty: I shower daily, take off my makeup with basic wipes before bed, and use an eye cream and an anti-aging cream every morning. Total time, maybe 15-20 mins. Once a week I try and exfoliate face and body - about 10 mins - and moisturise all over afterwards - another 5 mins. I rarely paint my fingernails, but I do keep them neatly filed and buffed - which takes maybe 5-10 mins once a week, usually done whilst watching TV. Toenails get trimmed once a week (2 mins), and painted weekly or thereabouts in the summer - 10 mins, maybe. Lastly, I shave legs and other hairy bits every other day in summer (10 mins), less frequently in winter.
Writing it all down like that it seems like more time than I’d realised, but not too much time, bearing in mind I’d feel unattractive and lacking in confidence if I didn’t do it. The point is I’ve never done any of that stuff thinking men might notice it - it’s just basic grooming and it makes me feel good. For a date, or to impress someone special, yes, I’d make even more of an effort (whether they’d notice it or not!) - I’m not trying to claim I don’t like male attention - but the day-to-day stuff, that’s just for me.
I’ll be interested to see how I compare with the rest of you!