In which my daughter interviews me about beauty and beauty mishaps with a $50 Visa gift card giveaway
Mouse: “Mom, at camp they talked about true beauty. They said we should want people to like us for who we are and not for what we look like and that beauty isn’t about make-up. They even covered up all the mirrors for a day to show how many times we looked in a mirror to see our appearance. Why don’t you wear make-up?”
Me: “Well, that’s a sort of difficult question. Part of it is what you’re talking about. I don’t believe we need to hide that we’re aging. I have some Christian reasons for not wearing make-up, I guess, but honestly outside of junior high, I have never really worn make-up, even before I became a Christian.”
Mouse: “So what kind of make-up did you wear then?”
Me: “I remember having electric blue mascara that I loved.”
Mouse: “Electric blue?”
Me: “Yes. Here let me show you a picture.”
(I looked up electric blue mascara and found a picture of a woman wearing it.)
Mouse: “She looks like a peacock.”
Me: “Then there was the time I bought this bright red nail polish. I didn’t know anything about make-up, but it seems like that was always what the ladies in the commercials wore. So I put it on and I thought it was so beautiful. At least until I got on the bus for school and it seemed like I was wearing neon signs on my fingers. I spent the whole day trying to hide my fingers.”
Mouse: “But you were OK with the electric blue mascara.”
Me: “I was OK with the electric blue mascara.”
Mouse: “It is probably good that you don’t wear make-up.
Me: “It probably is.”
Mouse: “I get how beauty is supposed to be from the inside and we shouldn’t try to hide behind a mask, but I have a horse show coming up and in the few minutes I present Kristie, the judge isn’t going to get to know me or see any inner beauty. How do I get ready for that so that I can do well?”
Me: “Well, you might be surprised how much someone can see in a few minutes. If you are patient with Kristie, friendly and look like you are excited to be there, the judges will notice and it will speak far more to your character than well applied lipstick. But that doesn’t mean that your physical appearance isn’t important at all. What are you doing to get Kristie ready for show?”
Mouse. “I brush her twice a day and comb her mane and tail. I wipe away the moisture from her eyes and nose. I braid her mane to keep the hair from breaking. I can also wash her every day, but I can only use soap once a week so I don’t wash away her natural oils.”
Me: “It isn’t that much different for people, really. If you brush your hair every day, it will be neat and free of tangles but it will also get shinier as you work your natural oils through your hair. Regular showering keeps you clean. And a healthy diet will help your skin glow, just like a healthy diet will make Kristie look prettier because she will be healthier. You can also use lotions or things that help moisturize your skin, like that Satin Care Passionista Fruit Shave Gel you got when we did the review for the Venus Embrace Razor.”
Mouse: “OK. Did you really wear electric blue mascara?”
Me: “Yes, I did. Would you like some?”
Mouse: “No, thank you. Can I go to bed now?”
Me: “OK and yes you may. Thank you for working on this with me. Good night, sweetheart.”
A special thanks to the Share your Story campaign by Venus Embrace for encouraging us to sit down and talk about beauty. For tips on helping your daughter start shaving, visit the tips page from Venus.
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