Seriously…we spend so much time perfecting our hair, skin and makeup, but how we carry ourselves has at least as much to do with whether others perceive us as beautiful. I think giving up the following four bad behaviors will make any woman instantly prettier.
1. Tugging at your strapless dress or top.
This isn’t just an issue with everyday dresses and tube tops. You’ve probably all seen a bride buy a strapless gown with a four-digit price tag, pay yet more to have it custom fitted, and drop yet more on fancy undergarments–only to yank the top up all night long. Either go for something that better supports your body, or make a conscious decision not to compulsively tug–it’s distracting and makes you come off much less chic.
2. Snapping your gum.
This is my hugest pet peeve–audible saliva snaps/slurps of any kind make any person way less attractive, in my book. But I know it’s an unconscious habit that’s hard to break (my best friend is a gum snapper). If you don’t, though, you’ll find yourself doing it at a really inopportune time, like during an important work meeting, or when walking down the aisle at your own wedding (as with my best friend).
Do you have any bad habits? Tell us what they are.
3. Calling yourself fat.
Constantly talking about your saddlebags, your fat ass or your latest diet makes you less attractive. I know this, yet I sometimes get in phases where I talk lots of smack about my body to my friends. Then I feel bad; my body is strong and healthy and I should talk about it with love, not hate. Showing how ugly you think your various parts are will never accomplish anything other than making other people question those parts’ attractiveness.
4. Constantly looking in the mirror.
I know one girl who seizes every opportunity to gaze in a reflective surface and reapply makeup, adjust her hair, examine her pores…who knows what else. She’s beautiful, but she’d honestly seem much more so if she didn’t make it so obvious how obsessed she is with her physical appearance. I guess it’s just insecurity?