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Do You Have Any Inherited Beauty Quirks?

Have You Inherited Any Family Beauty Quirks?

For generations, the women of my family, otherwise avowed makeup fiends, have been refusing to wear eye shadow. My grandmother always insists that "it simply doesn't flatter us, unless you want to look like a hussy," at which point my mother shushes her but agrees.

Incipient hussiness hasn't stopped me from using shadow altogether, but sometimes I do find myself issuing similarly laconic warnings about its dangers to my younger sister and niece. It might be more than a little silly, but there's something sweet about a little shared weirdness. Does your family have any beauty quirks of its own? And have you inherited them, or did you leave 'em in the proverbial scrap heap?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
This is so funny to read every ones stories. My Grandmother on my Dad's side would tell me to look nice and put make up on, and she would say, "you never know who you might run into." I swear she was right. She wore nice makeup but she had ugly hair from the time she was born. She would perm it, color it, cut it. And no matter what it looked just terrible. It was a dark red, dark brown or something. My mother had porcelain perfect skin and blond hair. Her eyes were an almond shape and bright green. Beautiful really. Her eyebrows were so light she had to use an eyebrow pencil. But her mother was a brunette. Brown eyes. We were all so different. But we all wore lots of make up and we all like it. My mother got three pimples her entire life and she would get away with some nice eye makeup and perhaps a little lipstick. Not so with me and my sister. I got lousy skin that tormented me in my high school years. I had to see doctor after doctor for severe acne. I would use heavy foundation to cover it up for nearly ten years. My sister as well. We did get her blond hair, her green eyes, but the thickest black eyebrows you ever saw. Thanks Dad. Ughghh. I hate them with a passion. Me and my twin sister constantly battle with waxing and tweezing them weekly. Then after that my hair grew to a darker blond that I call oyster. Not blond. Not brunette. It's a terrible color. Just an ugly hideous dark blond. I really go over it with blond highlights constantly. So does my sister. What can I say. I'm one of those people who benefit a great deal from all the extras out there. I would look like some kind of a country weirdo without it all.
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
My mom, sister, and I don't wear lipstick! EVER! Not because it doesn't look nice, but we all have such tiny mouths so it looks odd. Plus, our lips get irritated easily. Weird, huh? The only thing we can use on our lips that doesn't make it look as if we've been sucking on red popsicles all day long is vaseline.
grlykool grlykool 7 years
My dad looks 40 (he's 61), everyone in his family looks real young. My grandma looked like she was 60 when she was 80. The same is true on my mom's side (though not as dramatic). I still get hit on by 13 year olds, when I wear my hair a certain way, and people give my husband dirty looks. WE are also from the south so my Dad and mom iron everything, and are always dressed to the hilt.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Yes, all the family women in my parents' generation do not wear make-up. They don't bother with it. I'm the only female in the new generation that adopted this -- no make-up. All my female siblings and cousins wear make-up.
Frenched Frenched 7 years
My mom has always worn quite a bit of eyeliner and as soon a I started applying makeup, I started wearing eyeliner, too. My sister also wears eyeliner. We all just feel like we'll have little tiny puny eyes if we don't! LOL. Also, all of us really don't have a lot of talent with styling our hair that's why we pretty much always just try and get a nice haircut and that's that. We don't do fancy updos or anything 'cause we all just don't have the skills.
vanitypot vanitypot 7 years
on my mother's side, i was always warned back in high school that i shouldn't wear blush.. since it brings out more redness on our genetically reddened cheeks (i'm half Chinese; my brother, cousins and i redden easily) but i got away with it in college! :D i use blush now and i solved the problem of my 'tomato' cheeks with some green-tinted primer and clarifying products.. :)
kulikuli kulikuli 7 years
For my family its all about the eyes, on both sides of my family actually. No one really wears foundation or lipstick, but eye make-up is key. We all have big eyes, one side of my family, the middle eastern side, with our almond shaped eyes, and my mom's american side with their green and blue eyes all love to do bold eye make-up. They said to draw attention to your best feature. So my sister and cousins all are big on concealer, eyeliner, and eyeshadows of various colors. Everything else we keep subtle and neutral.
secondstar secondstar 7 years
RobyTose I do the same thing! I picked it up from a friend and do it every day now.
RobyTose RobyTose 7 years
I learned how to do my eye makeup from my mom and CAN'T STOP extending my eyeliner line just a little bit past the outside corner and up every day. Even when I've got the simplest face on I do it. We all do. Started with Grandma and her sister, then down to my eight aunts and onto us. We swear that it lifts the outside of our eyes and makes us look more "awake." Ha!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
Oh I misunderstood the point of the article. lol No I haven't. lol
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I definitely have my moms arched eyebrows and full lips
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
All the women in my mom's side of the family are born with a wierd left eyebrow. For some reason there's a hairless gap right in the middle of the left brow that just won't grow hair on any of us! We all have to pencil color into the gap.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
We all own expensive perfume. Or did at one point (My sister dropped hers at the bus stop). We're also all allergic to perfume. XD
hottpink hottpink 7 years
All of the women on my mom's side of the family have very naturally pink lips so we don't wear lipstick that often. It's also very difficult to find a lipstick shade that doesn't change once it hits our pink lips!
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Well, I'm going to go with an important trait we all share, we all love the way we look and don't care what other people think about us. I think thats a very important thing to have... love for yourself
brandysbug brandysbug 7 years
none of the women (on both my Mom and Dad's side) wear makeup except for the occasional foundation. My Mom wears a little bit but I'm the only one who is obsessed with it! And I'm okay with that! :)
nourhayaty nourhayaty 7 years
the Snow White white skin!!its so stupid it has been running from generation to generation in my family thank god many in my generation start believing thats its stupid!!whn my cousin was getting married my grandma and most of ants and uncles was shocked coz the bride have a darker skin!!! thats so stupid!how ever when my brother got married every one was saying that the bride is a beauty queen just because she is sooo pale!!my cousin wife is so much prettier than my sister in-law!my grandma is always telling me that i should use whitening cream my skin is the color of Renée Zellweger skin can u believe her?!!well ive never thought about that except when i was writing this but thats racism!!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 7 years
I can't really think of any at the moment - the vast majority of women in my family really don't do makeup (I'm the main/most notable exception). Although we all look essentially identical - you can line us up by age like nesting dolls and get an age progression, and pictures of my great-aunts from the 1940s (and my great-grandmother from the turn of the last century) look like me, my sister and my cousins, just in old-school clothes. (So I know what I'm going to look like as I get older, anyway... forewarned is forearmed!)
Allytta Allytta 7 years
Anonymous, you're right brunette is a French word yes? And it means black hair, brown hair beauties have their own name, which I can't recall in English now :)
Allytta Allytta 7 years
My mum always told me i'd look terrible blonde, as we have darker hair (read: she has light brown hair, i have dark brown hair) and it just doesn't suit people like us. Well guess what? I'm a blondie now and everyone loves it on me. My mum as well. She also said she doesn't wear eye liner because it doesn't suit her and her mum too, but they have gorgeous HUGE blue eyes of very nice almond shape... so silly init?
yepitssandra yepitssandra 7 years
i think i'm one of the only females in my family (the makeup wearing females that is) that doesnt pile on the foundation and powder and etc. The women either don't wear any makeup at all or the others who wear everything. I'm the only in-between!
aleshchins aleshchins 7 years
my mother and i have decent skin so we don't use foundation. actually, it totally confounds us. we also don't wear lipstick because the coloring of our lips is already intensely pink (i also have very rosy cheeks). if we wear any lipstick, it's red, and very rarely. nude totally washes us out. in fact, we russians believe that cosmetics remove natural pigments over time so we avoid them for the most part. but we pile on mascara.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
The women in my family can't do hair, period. I just don't understand what it is. We have african american hair, but really, it's not that hard to style. My mom, her sisters and their mother all have thin soft hair and I'm the oddball with the thick hair. I don't think my mom and my aunts ever straightened their own hair in their life. I mean, my mom asks me to straighten her bangs whenever I'm around. But I shouldn't talk, I could barely clip in my extensions or do a bun/pony without it looking like a mess (and that's when it's straight!). And sadly, the younger generations inherited this trait too :( So, the only way I wear my hair is straight and down. No fancy poofs or twists for me!
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