Growing up with three sisters and a brother, the practice of "primping" in the bathroom mirror was discouraged. We were reminded that "Other people need the bathroom, too" (mom) and what sounded like "Selpt loept schtinct" from dad. He mostly said it with a sigh of tolerance and humor. I don't remember any of us spending more than a few quick minutes fussing with our hair, and only one of us ever seriously got into make-up, and that was in her room. (The cardinal sin there would be "putting it on with a trowel", and women who did were pointed out to us with a wry laugh).
What brought this to mind was a few photos of dad's grandaughters when they were around 5 & 9 years old....they found a stash of old make-up and applied it MOST dramatically.
I would never hear the end of it if I posted them here.
What adages did YOU hear when you were growing up?