My friend came to visit me recently and brought her young, teenage daughter with her. My friend and I chatted, and her daughter sat quietly, contentedly scrolling through her phone. Obviously a You-Tube fan, she asked her mother about a new nail varnish she had seen on one of her favourite channels.
This led to her asking to see my ‘make-up collection’!
Now, long-time readers of my blog will know that the following trip upstairs to my bathroom to view my ‘collection’, lasted but a moment! The poor wee girl was so disappointed. I don’t know if this is an isolated experience, but she certainly thought that every bathroom in the country housed an entire collection of make-up and skincare, all of which must sound glamorous and exciting to a teenager. I suppose frequent views of You-Tube must give that impression and I was a sore disappointment.
With growing incredulity, she looked at my (single) foundation, (solitary) mascara and (sole) eyeliner. She momentarily gathered hope when I produced not one, but two lipsticks but that hope was dashed again pretty quickly with the introduction of my only blusher.
If only she had visited me a few years ago! Then I would have had plenty to show her. Dozens of products – some of which were crumbling powder, some greasy creams, some which didn’t suit my colouring or complexion – but all, all of them absolutely vital and necessary.
Or so I thought at the time 😉
What I really wanted to do was to tell my friend’s daughter that she’s beautiful, that she’s so lucky that she doesn’t need a jot of make-up, that her skin is smooth and her hair is shiny. But no teenager would believe that and I wouldn’t have believed it at her age!
Instead, I encouraged her to buy the minimum of make-up and think ‘enhance’, not ‘cover’. It’s never too early to start thinking of these things. I wish I’d found minimalism at a much younger age and the one thing I would have de-cluttered was caring so much about what others thought of me or how I looked!
Have a great week 😊