In my last post, I wrote about teens and their wanting to get mom’s permission to shave. Within that, I said my next blog was going to about teens desire to use makeup and mom’s deciding whether it is time. This post is for those teens who want to show their moms they know how to wear makeup and for moms to give in a little on this, even those moms who never used makeup and still don’t want to. (As an aside, I wear eye makeup and a bit of blush and have since my teen years, not that anyone truly cares about ElaineR.N.s glamour routine. In fact, some may say I could do with more and others don’t even notice that I wear makeup, such as my husband. He was surprised once that my “natural beauty” was enhanced with blush, mascara and eyeliner. Sweet!)
Back to the topic: OK girls (old and young) once a girl becomes a teen, I think it is time to allow the use of makeup. Be clear, I am not (as I am sure the teen doesn’t want) advocating for heavy Lady GaGa type of make up. No! While it works for her and I like her unique style, I am in support of light natural looking makeup. By natural, I mean the use of a concealer to dab on blemishes, not heavy foundation; blush for a natural sunny glow type of look, not clown makeup; lip gloss, not red lipstick with liner for a crazy, lips plumped up and gone wild appearance; and, mascara that darkens and thickens, but doesn’t clump and stick together never washed look. Hope I cleared that up!
We are entering the holiday party season. This is the time of year when there are holiday parties and other festive get-togethers when everyone wants to look their best – teens and moms! To prepare, I have a great idea for a great mother/daughter bonding experience. You can purchase make up that you both agree will look great on a teen and then practice using it together. Also consider some skin and eye cleansers too, so you can make sure that you are using products made for those skin zones to avoid irritation. Before shopping, take a look at some online sites of the brands you want to try. There you can find colors and products that suit the look you are trying to achieve. It will help you be more efficient when you are in-store.
Teens: Check with your mom about starting to use makeup. Suggest that you shop together to select what you and she wants to try. Before hand though, and I mention this in the shaving post, do what you are asked to do around the house promptly and with a good attitude. That will go a long way in establishing your mature being to your mom.
Moms: Listen to your daughter and take a reasonable approach. If you are hesitant, consider allowing makeup in stages. First, approve lipgloss and then light blush. Do it together. Be her advocate for reasonable make up use. Enjoy her company, and appreciate that she is growing up and wants to include you in her life as she does. That is a pretty big deal!
For some help, there are several articles on beinggirl.com about makeup and skin care that is worth checking out for helpful tips: