Meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time is nerve-racking on several levels. Worrying about how your hair and makeup look shouldn’t be one of them. We can’t help shut down the voice in your head that’s constantly telling you your red lipstick is on your teeth, but we can guide your getting-ready routine with help from real parents. We asked moms and dads everywhere to share the beauty dos and don’ts they hope their children’s significant others follow for the first family get-together.
Keep reading for their hilarious and heartwarming advice!
“I hate when I can’t see your eyes under all that black stuff. I want to be able to see your eyes clearly.” — Chris
“Don't overdo the face and eye makeup. Play it safe with light mascara and a simple hairdo.” — Mike
“As long as she looks like she put some effort into getting ready (it shows she cares about making a good impression), I don't care what she wears!” — Jason
"Don't overdo anything; makeup, perfume—it should all be natural. Don't try to be overly impressive, and just be genuine." — Dennis
“Hair pulled back a little; the older generation doesn't like your hair in your face.” — Kellie
“Do keep it natural and show your true beauty. Your makeup shouldn't distract from your glowing personality.” — Diane
“Do wear makeup and styled hair. Both can be done simply and tasteful. No need to spend a lot of money on this.” — Susan
“Stick to your best natural beauty look and make sure to smile. Blend your contour to make it very natural—you don't want a Mom thinking you have dirt on your face when it's makeup.” — Jan
“Wear whatever you feel most beautiful in, whether it's red lipstick or a more natural look.” — Janet
“I would say that too much makeup leaves an impression. You don't want to look like you're going to a nightclub. So, in my opinion, less is more. I like someone who presents themselves without being over the top.” — Lee
“Don't wear lots of eye makeup. That can leave parents staring at you, wondering what you look like without it.” — Kelli
“Do not overdo it! You are trying to win them over, not make them think you came straight from performing in a show or think you are significantly older than you are.” — Jan
“Don't try out a new beauty look—stick with what you are most comfortable in so you aren't nervous about how you look the whole night! Then, let your personality shine through. Too much hair spray is always a bit jarring. Really dark, heavy eyeliner seems inappropriate for a holiday setting. A subtle smoky eye is nice, though.” — Janet
“I guess too much makeup would be a turn-off, and obviously not being clean, or being sloppily dressed? But really just be friendly and smile; that is the best accessory.” — Cynthia
What do you think of these beauty dos and don’ts? Will you follow these rules? Tell us below!