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My mom didn’t wear makeup when I was growing up, and she doesn’t do so now. The only time she wears makeup is on very, very special occasions – maybe once or twice for the entire year! I think in some ways the fact that she didn’t use it, and I wasn’t exposed to until I was much older, made me feel compelled to make up for lost time, LOL! Now, it helps keep me grounded that wearing makeup is not a requirement for success or beauty.

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My mom wore makeup when I was growing up but it almost had an opposite effect on me. It would take sooo long for her to get ready and we were late for everything as a result. She also used to bug me about wearing it when I was a teenager, so as a result I refused to wear much more than foundation and mascara for awhile.

When I finally got into it though I’m like you, I was a late bloomer and constantly feel like I’m playing catch-up to everyone else lol

My mother doesn’t wear makeup, and she never has, so my passion for makeup is all my doing.

I have a daughter, though, and I often wonder if she’ll end up being influenced by my style.

My mom used to wear makeup, then stopped for a long time, but her outlook on it was always “Makeup should look like you’re not wearing anything.” And *that’s* influenced me a great deal as I’ve started to look around and play with things and experiment. I’m still drawn to neutrals and subtle makeup and am only now starting to get into bolder looks. Even now when I wear blush I’m always worried it’s too bright, too obvious, etc.

My mom wears VERY minimal makeup. A little foundation, blush and a lip balm. On special occasions her lipstick color was Revlon’s Ginger Glaze (which was discontinued a LONG time ago – but I actually found several of them after searching for about year and bought them all for her – I think it was something like 25 lipsticks! LOL!)

So no, not much of an influence 😉 Though I DID try wearing her foundation before I had my own. I was 12 or 13 years old and far too shy to shop for makeup myself so I started sneaking into her foundation before school. Only trouble is she’s not nearly as pale as I am and very warm toned (I’m not). People kept asking me what that dark yellow stuff was all over my face. LOL. Sigh…

We finally had a talk about it and afterwards she took me to the drug store where she bought me my first liquid foundation and powder.

You know… for the amount of times she looks at me like I have a monkey sitting on my head and she just can’t understand a thing I say or do, she’s still pretty cool 😉

Oh yeah! It seems the only color of lipstick my mother ever chose was brown. Brown red. Brown orange. Brown brown brown. I will not wear any resemblance of brown lipstick!

My mother don´t wear make up, just dark lipsticks. I don´t like dark lipsticks. But my sister and me, we both are make up junkies and my little doughter will be some one too, one day. She is just 10 and colect all what i don´t need anymore. A lot of stuff in her big basket.

Well, my mother has been gone for a very long time. She passed away young, but yes, her makeup and skincare influenced me both positively and also on what NOT to do!

Even though she was a model, she never learned the art of BLENDING. OMG! I remember the orange line of demarcation created with Cover Girl foundation that stopped at the jawline followed by the startlingly white neck and decolleté. She believed she needed to “add color” to her porcelain white complexion. Good Lord. And she was ALL about the blue eyeshadow and frosty peach lipstick. NEVER changed.

The positive things I learned were to remove makeup and moisturize well before bedtime, work those lashes like there’s no tomorrow, especially at the roots and always put a good face forward, although I believe she took the latter a bit too literally. She wouldn’t go anywhere without makeup, highly influenced (no doubt) by her modeling career. I was offered a space with Ford Models in my 20s and turned it down flat because I didn’t want to be like her — vain in every way imaginable.

As I grow older, I find I am more forgiving. She was a product of her era, the platinum blonde Marilyn look, and since she was beautiful, she felt the pressure to always be “on”.

I found early on that I had a natural talent for makeup application and find it funny when I listen to YT “gurus” who offer advice that always came naturally to me, often receiving requests from young women to do their makeup or their wedding day makeup.

Other than her eyelash wiggling trick, I avoid all of her makeup atrocities, but the passion is definitely there. I love beauty as an artistic outlet more than a cover. I am fine with walking out the door showered with moisturizer only. (Well, maybe a little lipgloss, but nothing else).

Good question that brings back lots of memories.

I was totally inspired by my mom to get into makeup. When I was younger she would compete in salsa dancing competitions so she always wore costumes and dramatic “smoky” makeup. I was actually introduced into using pigments before any other makeup as that’s what my mom had at home. She still does a mean dramatic eye to this day 🙂

My mom wore makeup in the 80’s & most of the 90’s (I wasn’t around in the 50’s & 60’s, and she gave it up in the 70’s)), and her makeup style was regrettably so bad that I have modeled my own product usage to be anything but how she did hers. Mom always wore Cover Girl liquid foundation smeared on with her fingers, then an orange Maybelline eyebrow pencil, followed by a very thick, uneven application of dark brown pencil liner, and sometimes a little shadow on the lid. No mascara because she had tiny-teensy lashes, and she hated lipstick because she had very thin lips which she pinched together from stress all day, and was always licking. Chapstick–she owned a million Chapsticks. Her brows, liner, and shadow were always smeared terribly after a few hours, and sometimes her foundation was sweating off. In her 60’s, maybe about 10 or 11 years ago, she went into a Sephora and discovered Urban Decay, and she felt like she was the hippest woman in California. I confess, I refused to buy anything from UD until a little over a year ago because it was just screaming “MOM!” at me. I’m lucky to have a daughter who wants to be like me and have the things I have, but woah… she sure didn’t get that from me and the way my mom’s makeup icks me out! I swear, I still cringe when I see a Chapstick (not all lip balms, just that brand), or if I see someone slapping liquid foundation all over with bare hands. Orange eyebrows also creep me out really bad. 🙁

I think to some extent I am the same way you are, I also never had a big makeup wearer in my life, my mom only had makeup for special occasions as well and not much at that. Just a few Clinique things.

I never thought of it that way but maybe I hoard makeup too to make up for lost time. I only started with it when I was 24 or so and I don’t think of makeup as the road to beauty or anything either, just something fun.

Similar to some of the other comments made, my mother wears no makeup and it takes a very special occasion for her to even put on a bit of lipstick and mascara. My love of cosmetics and fashion very much comes from my auntie (my mom’s much younger sister) who is only 7 years older than me and also my mom’s best friend during my formative years; Helen Crow. I still remember and love her name, can picture her perfectly in my mind’s eye and see her groovy hip style in the 60’s and 70’s. Armed with these two women in my life, it was a case of divine style intervention and I turned out diametrically opposed to my mom’s LLBean signature look. Not that there is anything wrong with that.. just not me.

My mother wore some makeup in the late 80s/early 90s or thereabouts. Before that time, and since that time, she hasn’t.

Her mother was a bit into skincare, though. Not so much into products (except for Ponds cold cream), but keeping her skin firm. According to my mum, she used to massage her face (mainly jaw line, I think?) every night before applying said cold cream.

So I suppose the beauty gene skipped a generation. 😉

I’ve been more influenced by other women I’ve known who did wear makeup, plus the internets.

Absolutely, actually.

My mom made me up for Halloween and for when I played dress-up (which was pretty much every day)… that was my introduction to makeup, I guess. So it’s no wonder that I put give my imagination supremacy over “flattering” or “pretty”.


Same here, my mom did not wear much. On special occasions, she wore it and looked very glam. However, I had an aunt who lived with us for a bit. She was a career woman and bought all kinds of makeup, perfume,jewellery, fun furs. She let me play with all of it. Heaven! All this stuff is still heaven to me! For a really fun blast from the past, my mom used to use Maybelline dry mascars in the little red box!

My Mum only ever wears makeup a few times a year, and when she does it is lipstick only. Years ago, I do recall her powdering her face with Max Factor Creme Puff and applying lipstick when she went out somewhere, but that’s all. I never had anyone ‘teach’ me how to wear makeup. I don’t even have an older sister who could have taught me.

As a result, now I’m much older, I can’t resist buying lots of pretty makeup, but I don’t actually wear much of it. Mum despairs at me buying so much. If only she knew the half of it! If I go to put lipstick on before leaving the house my parents ask why on earth I need to put it on, and I’m made to feel guilty for wanting to make myself look halfway decent.

Growing up, my grandmother was always hesitant to let me try makeup. She would always say I was too young. But I thought she was the most elegant woman in the world. I lacked a close bond with my mother. So through my grandmother, I got in to basics when I was in my late teens. She always told me that I was beautiful and to make sure I wasn’t putting so much on that I didn’t look like myself. That became coupled with my stepmother (who is a charming explosion of color), who started dating my father when I was about 24.

With that, I always seem to love the extravagant lip or the extravagant eye. They really taught me to balance how to look like myself and still have a little fun. All in all, I owe the most to my stepmother (well, she’s still just my mother to me). She took the white shirt and jeans girl and gave me some very bright lipstick.

Ooo! We have the same exact story 🙂 My mum didn’t wear make up either – I think she did so more before she had me but growing up all I saw her usually do was put on lipstick every day. She spent more time on skincare and making sure she was taking care of how she looked without make up, especially since she wanted to “prevent” aging (though to be honest, being Asian, we don’t age that quickly anyway haha).

I discovered make up on my own and learnt everything through my own research on blogs (like Temptalia!) and watching beauty gurus on YouTube JUST when they started getting more popular (there were few back then, now there’s a million people doing it).

So, no, my mother’s make up doesn’t influence me, but her attitude in caring for her skin makes me super obsessive about taking care of mine now. She used to always say it’s more important to look good without make up, so it does echo what you meant by keeping you grounded that wearing make up isn’t everything.

my mom was always a Dior makeup and Clinique/Lancome/Estee Lauder skincare person. I grew up using those brands because she’d get those bonus gifts and let me try it. I guess she did influence me quite a bit because I love buying Dior makeup and am fairly into skincare now too!

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