My 11-year-old has al­ready dis­cov­ered a fine taste for make-up

Bray People - - NEWS - Justine O'Ma­hony

SO The 11 Year old has dis­cov­ered make up. At first I was kind of de­lighted. She skipped the whole dolls phase of child­hood which left me feel­ing a bit cheated. I had been look­ing for­ward to us bond­ing over Baby Born and pick­ing out­fits for Bar­bie for her date nights with Ken.

But she showed ab­so­lutely no in­ter­est de­spite me spend­ing a for­tune in Smyths try­ing to en­tice her with dolls that did ev­ery­thing bar make a cup of tea for you. So I was se­cretly quite pleased ini­tially when she asked me could she look at my make up one day. Then she asked me could I buy her some make up. Ob­vi­ously I wasn’t go­ing t let her pa­rade the town, as my mother used to say, wear­ing war paint but I thought ‘sure there’s no harm in her play­ing with it at home.’

Into Pen­neys we went and she filled a bas­ket with dodgy coloured eye shad­ows, sickly pink blush­ers and enough lip glosses to keep the Kar­dashi­ans go­ing for a decade. She came home and locked her­self in her bed­room for days try­ing out dif­fer­ent looks, only show­ing us when she thought she’d per­fected it.

Then she started ask­ing for the Mac! The Mac I tell you! For those of you not beauty afi­ciona­dos, Mac is a pre­mium cos­metic brand, only sold in Brown Thomas and cer­tainly not some­thing you’d be buy­ing for 11 year old daugh­ters.

I re­fused. ‘You are too young to be wear­ing make up any­way. When you’re older I’ll buy it for you.’ She re­treated to her bed­room silently and to be hon­est I thought I’d got­ten off lightly. But you don’t do you? Get off lightly with 11 year old girls.

Go­ing into the bath­room the fol­low­ing evening to dolly my­self up, I found my good Yves Saint Lau­rent Foun­da­tion rest­ing on its side with the lid off. My Chanel bronzer had been gouged with what looked like an 11 year old fin­ger and my mac eye­shad­ows had all been mixed to­gether.

I shouted like a ban­shee for the cul­prit who ap­peared be­fore me com­plete with smokey eye and flickey eye­liner. I for­got about giv­ing out to her. ‘Where’d you learn to do that?’ I asked gob­s­macked.

‘ know...just watched some tu­to­ri­als on Youtube,’ she replied non­cha­lantly. ‘That’s re­ally good, what did you use?’ I asked in awe, to­tally for­get­ting to be­have like a re­spon­si­ble par­ent and far more in­ter­ested in up­skilling my cos­metic abil­i­ties.

‘Um­m­mmm, well first I used this primer,’ she says tak­ing a bot­tle of some­thing that I didn’t even know I had, never mind what it was for! ‘ Then I ap­plied a light layer of foun­da­tion, then some high def­i­ni­tion pow­der (who knew there was such a thing?) then a lit­tle bronzer, then some high­lighter, then a touch of blusher and then I did my eyes and fi­nally my lips,’ she pouted ac­cord­ingly. She’s 11. What will she be like when she’s 18? Not em­ployed any­way judg­ing by how long she takes to do her face!


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