i have a mental block with makeup. either i was brainwashed by my mom, or i am genetically predisposed to agree with her that everyone looks better without makeup. they don't - that's a fact that i, as a rational human being, recognize. but when i even contemplate some polish, i am aware of the criticism i heard growing up, and that which i have since internalized, whether my mom is at home, 3,000 miles away, or right here visiting. tomorrow i will attempt to wear eyeliner, which i've been psyching myself up for lately, even though it will solicit a tsk tsk from her. i can't believe that at my age, i am still struggling with the influence/approval of a parent. i guess no matter your age, you're always someone's child.
did any adult figure in your childhood dispense style advice or opinions? did they stick or did they bounce?