If you could go back in time and...................

(105 Posts)
BerryBlast Mon 17-Jun-13 16:01:49

give the 14 year old you one piece of beauty advice what would it be ?

Mine would be - always use a moisturiser with a SPF.

Told this little gem to my DD at the weekend and I thought there's got to be some other ones I'm missing and thought "I know who to ask".... over to you now S and B Ladies smile

lizzypuffs Tue 18-Jun-13 12:35:19

Perms. Just say no.

LaQueen Tue 18-Jun-13 12:35:48

Oh, and for goodness sake sort your eyebrows out. Don't wait until you're nearly 28 to have neatly groomed eyebrows. Your eyebrows are quick thick, and they need professional shaping - there, look see what a difference? They open up your eyes and frame your face smile

And...FFS...stop wearing heavy jeans, DM boots and big, sloppy jumpers...you're 5ft 7, weigh 9 stone and have a body to die for ...stop deliberately hiding it, just to prove that you're not a bimbo, and show you want to be taken seriously as a literature student.

persimmon Tue 18-Jun-13 13:37:38

Don't wash your face morning and night - it just aggravates the oil glands and gives you worse zits.

LaGuardia Tue 18-Jun-13 14:17:55

You are so pretty so smile more.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 18-Jun-13 14:19:43

Don't shave your legs
I am sure I wouldn't have to do it now - hairs on my thighs are uber blonde and not long

Cocodale Tue 18-Jun-13 14:22:53

Deal with facial hair as soon as possible, wish Id had the means to do that earlier.

curryeater Tue 18-Jun-13 14:24:31

Don't diet. It never ends. 8.5 stone is fine.

Jelly15 Tue 18-Jun-13 14:26:06

Stay, or get to and stay in a healthy weight range and never yo yo diet, your skin won't snap back when you are 40 and lose weight, also learn to love excercise.

YoniTime Tue 18-Jun-13 14:29:48

With the don't shave your legs message, do you mean "go natural" or remove the hair in some other way?

Lonelynessie Tue 18-Jun-13 14:31:50

Do not cut a fringe in, just back away from the scissors shock

BerryBlast Tue 18-Jun-13 14:41:57

LaQueen we had a windbreak that was silver on the one side and I would sunbathe with that facing me, so to reflect the sun on to my face, which was coated in oil (baby oil blush ). If you've seen the film "Something About Mary" you'll know what I mean.

I wish I had learnt to sleep on my back and not on my side - with one side of my face "squished" into the pillow. This has resulted in one side of my face, especially around the eye, being a lot more creased that the other side !

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 18-Jun-13 15:04:23

I may have gone natural?
I dunno
But the hairs that are there now are nothing like the ones before.

YoniTime Tue 18-Jun-13 15:12:01

I thought the darkening hair was an age thing!

NoGoatsToe Tue 18-Jun-13 15:47:11

Never start shaving your legs - if you start waxing/epilating the hair will get finer and you won't feel like an ape anymore. Stop worrying about your hairy arms ... Nobody notices.
Ignore your brother ... You do not have a fat arse so you don't need to wear long jumpers all the time.
Don't try to save money by getting your hair permed at the same place your Nan goes. And don't cut your long hair off just to piss your mum off.
Oh... And please go to university instead of getting married at 18!

My 14 year old self would be disgusted at the boring conformist I have become. I was planning to be a goth forever.

dontyouwantmebaby Tue 18-Jun-13 16:00:53

My beauty advice would be to: wear what you like and feel comfortable with and don't stress about what other people think. Be yourself and don't feel you have to conform.

(however if you want to conform, that's fine too) smile

I'd also say remember you are young enough to get away with anything, ANYTHING! outrageous colours/glitters/metallics that (on me anyway) doesn't quite look right when you get to forty something. wink

AKiss same here!

Get your bra properly fitted, girl, instead of just jigging around in the changing room.

However, your plucked out eyebrows will return (and a better shape), and well done for persisting with the GP to sort out your acne. By 25 you'll have given up daily foundation.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 18-Jun-13 17:21:36

Bra size - don't assume that your boobs getting bigger = a bigger band size. Don't be shy and get measured! You are a 30g not a 36c.

And don't wear your aunty's hand-me-down bras.

MiauMau Tue 18-Jun-13 18:28:42

Stop worrying about what other people think of you, being different is good and they are as insecure as you.

Fillyjonk75 Tue 18-Jun-13 20:27:15

I think the main message would be to tell my teenage self I was not fat but just to get a decent sports bra and trainers and start running earlier than 21 and how to do it. Also to chill the fuck out. Boys do like you.

Actually my mum said most of these things, my dad tried to take me running so it would probably have made not one jot of difference!

My mum took me to a pamper evening at 13 and from then on I was pretty hot on the old cleanse, tone and moisturise.

Jux Tue 18-Jun-13 20:42:42

To my 14 yo self - actually you're pretty bloody lovely as you are so believe in yourself (and you're not fat either).

That'll do.

I wouldn't have believed me though grin

Amazinggg Tue 18-Jun-13 20:56:00

You are gorgeous, really genuinely so. You don't attract male attention because of your brain, you fool, they don't give a shite about that. So look after yourself and don't sleep with the first prick who compliments you.

And please be gentle to your skin, keep it clean, wash and moisturise twice a day and go to a doctor for harsh drugs to get rid of the acne. It will revolutionise how you see yourself.

And just... Dunno. Believe you're worth it, or summat.

@ smellylittleorange <<There are more shades of lipstick out there apart from Rimmel's Black Cherry and Heather Shimmer.>> Ha ha! that really takes me back - I can picture both of those in fact I think I may still have the Heather Shimmer somewhere

Did you have the Boots 17 green and mauve eyeshadows too?

WinkyWinkola Tue 18-Jun-13 22:23:08

Sun block always on the face, throat and backs of hands. Then fake tan. Factor 30 for the rest.

Try to forget what you look like. Mascara and lip gloss is really enough for youth.

Keep everything simple. Keep some things to the imagination. There is no rush.

Then enjoy yourself and forget how you look.

KarlaPilkington Wed 19-Jun-13 03:20:58

Please can I do more than one:

1) The only way to have nice, shiny, healthy hair is to leave it alone. Don't use heat tongs, dryers or irons. Use lots of oil on your hair.

2) Look after your teeth and it's OK to have cosmetic dentistry if it's subtle. I think a nice smile is worth a million pounds spent on makeup.

3) Look after your skin. Stay out of the sun, use eye cream and SPF. Don't sun bathe. It's ruins your skin.

4) Only pluck your eyebrows in the middle and a bit under the outer edge to tidy up. Liza Eldridge is right about not plucking. Thin, non existent eyebrows are the quickest way to look 10 years older once you hit 40.

5) Don't waste loads of money on fashion and makeup. Instead spend that money on improving what's under all that. Go to the gym, have facials and look after your health.

6) Don't reinvent yourself, be grateful for what you have and be the best version of yourself, not what you think is in fashion or how everyone else looks. One of the saddest things I have ever seen is a friend of mine reinvent herself. At 16 she was a stunning, natural beauty. She looked like a young Rita Hayworth. She didn't like having browny red hair so dyed it platinum, went on a sun bed for the next 20 years and wears loads of makeup.

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