Kids are amazingly inquisitive aren’t they? Always at the ready with seemingly simple questions that unexpectedly stump even the most prepared parent.
Both of my kids have always had an interest in my makeup application routine. I don’t wear a lot by any means, but a pat of concealer under my eyes, a little blush and a quick slick of lipstick always makes me feel so much better. My kids watch intensely, delve into my makeup bag (that is inevitably full of items that I rarely, if ever, use), mimic my application and eventually make enough mess that I have to usher them out of the bathroom.
While they are still young and happy to play and watch without questioning the why, I often wonder about the many inevitable questions that will soon be coming from those enquiring minds. As I apply my concealer and blot my lips with care I wonder what I will say to my son and daughter when one day they ask me, among many other things, “Mommy, why do you wear make-up?”
Women have worn make-up for thousands of years for many reasons, including religious rituals, to enhance perceived beauty, and even health reasons. Today common motivations are increased confidence, to appear older, younger, more attractive, or simply just for fun.
So why do I wear make-up? I’ve been pondering this question for a while and have come up with the reasons that resonate most with me.
Makeup makes me look and feel less tired…
I’ve always had very prominent dark circles (or bags as many call them) under my eyes. Through the unavoidable lack of sleep that has accompanied parenthood those bags have been promoted to full on suitcases! Pair that with the translucent pasty skin that is a telltale sign of a never-ending Canadian winter, and you have one tired looking momma. Concealing the dark circles and brightening up my cheeks almost tricks me into thinking I’ve had a good night’s sleep.
Makeup application is therapeutic…
Self-care is an all too foreign concept for many busy parents. Taking a few minutes to look in the mirror and concentrate on my face looking back at me is a part of my day that I look forward to. The familiar routine of delicate dabs and strokes around my eyes, cheeks and lips makes each morning a mini pampering session.
Makeup allows me to be creative…
I am fortunate that I have many creative outlets including writing, painting, activities with my family, and projects around my home. I see makeup application as yet another way to express my creativity. Although most days I wear very little, for special occasions I step it up and use a few more items like tinted moisturizer, mascara and eyeliner. I like to experiment with different eye looks and lip colours. My face becomes my canvas and I can create a mini work of art.
How about you?
Do any of these reasons resonate with you?
What other motivations do you have for wearing or not wearing make-up?