32 Things Only Low-Maintenance Women Will Understand

Once upon a time I was a high-maintenance girl. In college I always wore makeup. Washing my hair would be a three-hour extravaganza that thankfully (because I have dry hair) I would only do once a week. But still, the washing, deep conditioning, detangling, rolling (yes, I put my hair in curlers) and sitting under a dryer for at least an hour took a lot of work.

And when I wanted to look especially cute, my makeup included putting on eye shadow and highlighter – things that I wouldn’t dream of doing now. When I started working I always looked professional, even down to wearing pantyhose. My first few months in Los Angeles involved getting pedicures and eyebrow waxes every fortnight.

But then I got lazy. The news agency I worked for was based in Venice, California, back when the locals were laidback hippies, not hipsters. Like my bosses, my uniform became jeans, a T-shirt and flip-flops, my hair scraped back into a ponytail, never getting dressed up or made-up for work unless I had to interview someone in person or cover a court case. Twelve years later I work from home and I’ve perfected the art of being very low-maintenance.

If you are too, here are a few telltale signs that you might recognize.

1. You can slap on your makeup in less than 10 minutes.

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2. You tell yourself you’re going bare faced because you’re rocking Alicia Keys’ au naturel look but it’s really because putting makeup on means taking it off later and you’re too lazy to do that.

3. If you live somewhere warm flip-flops are your go-to footwear.

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4. And you wear the two or three proper shoes you own until they’re about to fall apart or they’re so scuff-marked your mother gives you a dirty look.

5. You think one of the best things about being single is you don’t have to shave your legs and lady bits until you really have to (like swimsuit season or when you’re fairly certain you’re gonna get laid).

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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