When you think about grooming you probably think of it in the most elaborate of ways. You imagine the hundreds of dollars spent on dying your hair, makeup, etcetera. This can be true, but it doesn’t have to be. Sure, a red lip and sleek hair do is your iconic grooming, but elegance is also about simplicity.
You can dye it if that suits your fancy, but really it’s just about: getting it trimmed so you don’t have split ends, brushing or styling it, washing it. That’s it. In the shower, I use shampoo and conditioner, out of the shower I run a little bit of argan oil through the ends. Nothing crazy or time consuming about it. It looks great, it feels great and it takes no time at all to get ready.
Regardless of if you wear makeup or not, skin should be a priority. You can do something like the five step morning routine or more, but something must be done. People always are baffled by the morning face washing, do not skip this step! In your sleep you sweat and produce oil and if you leave all that on your face, you are going to look less than fresh. With amazing skin, less makeup is required anyway.
Polish is a great, affordable way to participate in the makeup trends. Its not as tricky as applying liquid liner and even if you work at a conservative job like a bank teller, you can wear fun colors. A fresh coat of lacquer isn’t required to be elegant though, just clean, maintained finger nails. They must be all the same length. If you have long nails and one breaks, they all go. Keep your hands moisturized. Trim hang nails and dry cuticles.
This doesn’t have to mean perfume. It could be a perfume oil, a body mist, or just your shower gel. The key is not to stink. If you suffer from body odor, you need to know this about yourself and correct the problem. If people can smell you, they will not want to be around you. Even worse, you do not want to be known as the woman who stinks.
This is non negotiable. A lot of the things on this list are up for interpretation, this isn’t. If you’re wearing a sleeveless top, shave under the arms. Skirts and shorts – shave the legs. There are lots of ways to achieve the goal of hair removal. If you are less likely to want to do it, go for something like electrolysis.
Here’s the thing, I love to swear. I use it for inflection and I feel the need to inflect pretty much anything I am saying. This only applies to when I am actually speaking. When I am writing something like an e-mail, I see how much I swear and I don’t like it. I end up deleting all of them. It isn’t ladylike to swear. I have quite an inner battle on this matter because I really enjoy it. If you remember the three P’s, presentation has been thrown out the window in this regard. So the next time you want to swear, try using a different word instead. (As a side note, if your substitute word is so obvious which word you’d rather be using, it is just like swearing.)