This is my mum's powder compact. She used it every day. Along with some red lipstick, a bit of blusher and some perfume. I don't remember seeing any foundation or eye makeup. Finding this got me thinking. Always dangerous.
Mum's lack of interest in makeup and skincare had the opposite effect on my sister and me. We're both very interested. Another influence is my bestie, Karen, a professional makeup artist. She taught me the importance of decent brushes, blending and what is now know as the smoky eye. Thanks mate!
Then there's bloggers, magazines, newspapers and celebrities ... There are thousands of videos teaching you all the skills that Karen taught me, plus how to take care of your skin and what products to buy. Some of this is great. Hopefully, knowing what you're doing helps you look good and feel more confident.
Sadly, with all the good stuff, comes less positive influences ... People trying to sell you things you don't really need, want or can afford by playing on your insecurities or pretending to be something they're not. Buying that lipstick will not give you a brilliant life or make you look like her. Buying the expensive skincare may not give you perfect skin or make you 10 years younger.
I'm old enough to take much of what's out there with a bucket of salt, but I worry about the impact on my daughter. The pressure of needing to look prefect all the time just in case a photograph is shared on social media ... The push to consume, consume, consume ... "I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves".
All suggestions for handling that one gratefully received! Please let me know in the comments.
The other thing I thought it would be good to do is a very short series focusing on the positives. The good sources of beauty information. The lessons learned. Just because. It's also an excuse to talk about lipstick. Which is always good. [ETA: Next month! Just because I haven't written it yet]