Here’s a snippet of something I read in a magazine the other day that got stuck in my brain: “Skip makeup sometimes, and show [your kids] that you’re okay with how you look…. With or without makeup, you are pretty powerful.” -Redbook (May issue)
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed my current interest in makeup. I’ve always been interested as far back as my memory goes, but lately that interest has kicked into high gear. It’s a temporary flare-up that happens every once in a great while, usually when I have a few extra bucks to spend and Jax doesn’t need new socks or anything. I like to refer to buying a new lipstick as self-care. C’mon ladies, don’t you agree it feels really good to splurge on a new tube, smear it on, and make kissy-faces in the mirror? Or maybe snap a few pics of your pucker to plaster on Instagram?
So when I read that advice up at the top of this post, it made me pause and think about a few things. First, how often does my son see me without makeup on? Second, what does that really matter to a boy, or to any toddler, really? Will Jax really associate my wearing makeup with having an insecurity or with how powerful I am?
That just seems like a stretch to me. But what do I know?
I don’t feel more or less powerful with or without makeup on. And I don’t mind letting going naked sometimes (my face, that is). It’s probably really healthy for my skin (even though I use primarily natural and/or organic products that are supposedly very nurturing for my skin) to let it “breathe.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love taking off my makeup at night, sometimes even immediately after dinner. But I equally love putting it on, like I’m painting on a fresh canvas. And I love how different lighting can change a look instantly.
So I’m going to ignore the magazine’s implication that if I wear makeup I’m not okay with how I look, as well as their implications about parenting while wearing makeup. Wearing makeup makes me feel pretty and happy. Feeling pretty gives me confidence. A confident, happy momma is a good role model for any child.
Hey Jax, pass me that lipstick, will ya?
Photo credit: Dhini van Heeren