7 Gross Beauty Habits We All Need To Stop Doing In Public

We don't like the government telling anyone what to do with their bodies — unless it's to ask them to stop cutting their toenails on the L Train. It's the kind of reminder you wouldn't think we needed, and yet: We saw two people whip out a pair of clippers just this past week.

The truth is, we could probably fill an entire subway car with PSAs of beauty habits we can all acknowledge are better left out of the public forum. And we're not talking about swiping on lipstick — while not everyone agrees, putting on makeup in public is your choice. These are the practices that put you and fellow riders at risk — of contamination or just feeling personally victimized by the site of your nail clippings flying over their morning latte.

Check 'em out ahead, and leave your personal gripes in the comments below.

Spraying Perfume

Ah, nothing beats the smell of dried urine and sweat on your morning commute. But before taking it upon yourself to remedy the situation with a fruity floral body spray, pause a moment to consider that for many, it might make things worse. Not to mention, a large majority of people have serious fragrance allergies that are heightened in a packed subway car. Even with the best intentions, this a definite no.
Treating Yourself To A Transit Manicure

The MTA has taken it upon themselves to fight the good fight against nail clipping, and we're here to fill out the rest: filing, painting, picking, ripping, tearing, chewing — it's all bad. Save your pro manicure for home or the salon, not in proximity to our open mouths.
Tweezing Your Brows

Finding a stray brow hair can certainly put a damper on our morning. But you know what really sends us over the edge? Seeing someone else plucking that stray fuzz and watching it fall next to our feet just inches away. Also dangerous: sudden stops.
Swabbing Your Ears

It's a commonly known rule not to use cotton swabs in your ears. And yet, people continue to do it — and most of those people appear to be our exact bus route. Help.
Popping Pimples

True story: one of our editors actually saw a couple popping each others' pimples on the subway. We're not here to judge your Dr. Pimple Popper kink, but please get a (sterilized) room.
Whipping Out Your Dirty Makeup Brush

This is about you, not us, we promise. After having our makeup brushes tested by a lab, the one that had survived a subway commute was teeming with bad bacteria — including fecal matter. We're not here to judge, we're just watching your back .
Picking Split Ends

First of all: split ends are not meant to be plucked off in any situation — but especially not in a crowded bus where your dried hair is falling all over other riders. Might we suggest a trim or even "hair dusting?"
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