This year the Teen began a new middle school. She turned 13 this Summer and begged to get to wear makeup ("like, EVERY DAY") to her new school. Since I have been telling her since she was about 4 that she couldn't wear makeup "until she was 13" I didn't have much choice in the matter.
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We headed to Walmart where I basically went through every make up product there is - from foundation to powder to eyeliner and mascara - even brushes and lash curlers. We also talked about the importance of keeping your face cleaned, toned, and moisturized - especially after wearing makeup all day long - and how to also keep your makeup and brushes clean by keeping them in something like a Caboodles. You can see my Google+ Album with the whole trip here.
The very next day the Teen woke up early and began her new routine. Because she has unbelievably thick and beautiful hair she did her skin care routine after getting out of the shower and blow dryed her hair while her moisturizer soaked in. I tried not to be a "helicopter mom" and give her some space while she put her makeup on, but I must have walked by the bathroom a hundred times until she finally just said "Mom, just come in and help me."
It was fun to spend some time laughing and teaching - and even a little bit of experimenting - with my Teen in the morning and I honestly believe we both had a better day because of it. Instead of arguing for her to get her chores done we laughed and joked and just had fun - it was a much better way to start our day. I realized what a beautiful young lady she is becoming and she absolutely lit up the room when she smiled after her "e.l.f. makeover." Even Midge got in on the action and wore a bit of bronzer to school as well.
She has continued her daily e.l.f. routine and though she doesn't ask for my help much anymore, I can tell she is feeling more and more confident each day. I was worried about her going to a new school and being "the new kid," but now just 2 weeks in to the 2012-2013 school year I know she is going to be just fine.