When I first developed an interest in makeup, my mother was one of those who took a middle-of-the-road approach. As my friends started thinking about makeup, I appreciated my motherís laid back nature even more. While I might have been jealous of the friends whose mothers took them on fanciful makeovers complete with new makeup kits, at least I wasnít counting the years until I could buy my first lip gloss and wear it with permission.
The Makeover Mom
There are some moms out there who go whole-hog when their daughters get old enough to think about putting on a bit of makeup for school. These are the moms that help their kindergartners find the perfect color lip gloss so that they can dress up for show-and-tell. These same mothers take their daughters for full makeovers at the make-up counter and buy them all of the high-end cosmetics they need to ensure glowing, luminous skin and a gorgeous presentation. Sometimes the mom is more interested than the daughter in the makeup, but overall, this makeover mom has a daughter who enjoys looking just as polished as her mother does. The daughter of the makeover mother is usually one of the first to wear makeup to school and has the best makeup to share with her friends when itís time for sleepovers.
The Tolerant Mom
The tolerant mother understands her daughter wants to wear makeup, but she doesnít go out of her way to set her up a personal makeup kit. She might buy an item or two if her daughter asks, but generally, the tolerant mom simply compliments her daughter on looking beautiful when sheís added a bit of lip gloss a swipe of mascara. These moms are mildly supportive of their daughterís choice to wear make-up and perhaps just as supportive of her decision to not wear anything that resembles make up. The tolerant mom might set a few ground rules for how much makeup her daughter can wear, but these moms are grounded in reality and are likely not ushering in the Clinque lady for a personal consultation.
The Mom of Opposition
Then there are the moms who hate to see their children grow up. Little girls, even little girls of fifteen or sixteen are still too young for things like makeup according to these moms and her natural good looks are more than enough to make her stand out. While weíre all in favor of natural beauty around here, there is a lot to be said for enhancing that natural beauty, and we understand the frustration of the daughters of these moms of opposition.
The mom that opposes beauty products of any shape or kind often leads her daughter to use make-up secretly or at least creates an uncomfortable situation for both of them as the daughter longs for makeup and mom refuses. If this is the case for you, try to talk to your mom to understand her position and to explain your own. Perhaps you can find a compromise by using just certain products or buying them with your own money. In the end, youíll have your own say, but in the meantime try to avoid keeping secrets and instead work together to find a solution.