It’s Rush Week at many colleges and universities, a special, meaningful time for bonding, sisterhood, meeting some new best friends and IF You do not APPLY MAKEUP I’ll DO IT FOR YOU. I don’t care if you are late for class. I will stop you.
That’s the message from a truly delightful and entirely unhinged email we received from an anonymous tipster, which outlines the appearance guidelines for the women of the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at University of Southern California.
The directives break down each and every way the AXO ladies have to look their best during “polish week,” the week before they start meeting potential new members (dubbed PNMs in the email). That includes a tireless commitment to full makeup, waxing, Spanx, non-visible roots (and no hair colors “not present in nature,” obvs). The e-mail was sent in 2013 and the letter-writer, who we won’t identify out of kindness, has graduated, but, our tipster adds, “They’re definitely still doing it.”
Listed here are some of the most cogent pearls of beauty wisdom; the total email is at the bottom. All bolds are mine for emphasis, all capital letters were in the original.
I cannot stress how important spanx are to make you look your best. Even in case you are very thin, Spanx will provide you with a greater “line” whenever you wear clothes (no awkward bumps!) Plus you don’t have to fret about sucking in all the time or being bloated!
On Head Hair
Remember: your hair needs to be one normal color. No crazy ombre, no color you wouldn’t see in nature.
(Also, if you’re occupied with going from blonde to black or vice versa, do so after recruitment. You will not know for sure what it is going to appear like, and if you hate it/your hairstylist does a bad job, that won’t fly.)
You can not have roots during recruitment
, so when you dye your hair like me, please take care of that before arriving back to highschool.
And here, a picture of Drew Barrymore with brown roots is inserted, together with the word “NOPE.”
On Eyebrow Hair
Eyebrows shape your face. Bad eyebrows will make you look less beautiful than you actually are! Your eyebrows need to look neat (as in not messy) for recruitment. I know “full” eyebrows are in style right now, but “full” doesn’t mean “BUSHY” or “WILD.”… Alternatively, if in case you have SPARSE eyebrows then it’s essential to fill them in.
On Health (meaning thinness)
Being sick or feeling gross during recruitment sucks. Start eating healthy today and you’ll feel so much better by the point polish week and recruitment starts. Keep away from fried and super sugary foods. Your face will seriously brighten up. Also, exercise. Start now and you’ll have way more energy and endurance for the long hours of recruitment.
On Hair Styling (NO WAVES)
For recruitment, your hair has to be curly or straight. No waves.
On this case, you either have to have a curling iron (for our curly gals) or a flat iron (or a blow dryer when you have pin straight flat hair and you are super good with hair so you possibly can blow your hair out.) Do not count on other girls letting you borrow theirs or doing all of your hair for you because then she’s going to don’t have any time for herself because she’s stuck doing everyone else’s hair (God bless [redacted]). If you are not good with these tools, now is the time to practice.
Note: if you have straight hair and you want to wear it curly, don’t.
Your hair must be able to carry for 15 hr days and hairspray crunchy or limp hair is not acceptable. Also, get some heat protectant and shine spray. Damaged, frizzy hair shouldn’t be going to draw PNMs. When you have bangs, they have to be styled correctly. In the event that they’re long and you are afraid they’re going to be in your face the entire time, get some bobbi pins that match your hair color (except on house tours day/door chant, obvi).
We don’t need to look “emo” or like we’re actually trying to flirt with PNMs by touching our hair on a regular basis.
You need to have foundation, concealer, something pinky/neutral for the lips (stain, gloss, etc), BLOT POWDER/OIL BLOTTERS, eyeliner (BLACK or BROWN only), mascara, neutral eyeshadows, bronzer, and (optional but recommended) blush.
If you aren’t wearing the required makeup, I’ll stop you and apply it myself. I don’t care if you’re late for class. I don’t care if you’re a sophomore or an excellent senior. I will stop you.
If you don’t know how to use all this makeup, take a look at my Pinterest board. I picked out all the videos and products with you guys in mind!
Neutral pinks, french manicures (toes might be just a little brighter but no blue or green, etc.) GET GELS.
It’s a great investment.
Your nails will not chip and that is one less thing to fret about.
On Glasses (Do not wear them, obvi)
We want to strongly encourage that you just wear contacts during recruitment. Obviously if that’s not an option for you or if you’re uncomfortable doing so it’s not at all mandatory. However, we would like the PNMs to be able to see your lovely eyes the best they’ll and strongly encourage wearing contacts over glasses. Poking your eyes is worth it just this once, promise!
On Social Media
Please make your profile pics, cover photos, etc. something cute and Alpha Chi.
Don’t use an image where we’re making ugly faces or are in a visibly not sober state!
That does indeed cover every square inch, would not it? Anyone else feel such as you need a nap? Or suddenly like dyeing your hair, nails and pubes a brilliant emerald green?