I feel as though now that my friends and I are approaching 30 we're beginning to grapple with the concept of what's appropriate at "our age". But, should age define the makeup we choose as well?
Obviously we're exploring "age-defying" creams, serums, and what have you, but what about when it comes to makeup color and style?
When I think about this question the first person that comes to mind is Cyndi Lauper. I love her and I think she is fabulous from beginning to end. She has a funky, unique style all her own that she has maintained regardless of her age. But does that mean we can all get away with it? In my opinion, yes! Does it mean every mommy on the playground or co-worker is going to like your style? Of course not. But I believe that makeup is like art and you have to express yourself in a true and individual way. When I think about how I feel about my own mom and what I feel is appropriate for her, I really don't see any limits outside of what looks good on her particular face (which is the same way I'd feel regarding makeup for someone 15 or makeup for someone who's 50). If my mom wants to wear bright red lipstick and it looks amazing she should! If she wants to wear bright blue eyeshadow I'm all for it.
Don't get me wrong, I personally respect the fact that some work places have certain expectations when it comes to clothing and makeup and I don't have a problem adhering to them, but I'm talking specifically about when we have the option to choose. If you like neutrals, wear neutrals. If you like color, wear color!
I have two small children and I come across many other mothers that seem to have forgotten how amazing they used to feel when they got ready for their day by enhancing the natural beauty of their faces. Having kids (especially young ones) often cuts into your "getting ready" time, but I think this gives us the opportunity to find new products, techniques, etc. that make it so we can still accomplish the look we like regardless.
I think we should look at transitioning into new chapters of life (getting older, getting married, having kids) as a challenge to reevaluate what WE feel is appropriate for ourselves. I don't wear my makeup now the way I did ten years ago for many different reasons--my skills have improved, trends have changed, my face has changed, new products have come out, etc. If you want change then recreate your look, if you don't then leave things as they are. If we don't feel comfortable in our own skins, how happy can we be on a daily basis?
I am proud to say that I love a range of different looks from neutral to dramatic and my mood, more than my age or position in life (being a mom, owning a business, being a wife), dictates what I apply to my face each day!
What do you think? Should getting older or having kids determine the makeup we wear?