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I'm reading in my original thread that makeup is different than nail polish to some people. I'm just curious why that is. Are you willing to share?
 

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I don't know.<br><br>
Maybe it's the way I feel when I have one or the other on. When I put polish on my toes, I feel pretty, funky, fun. I rarely wear polish on my nails, and I haven't worn it except once since my kids have been born. My hands are always in their mouths- kwim?<br><br>
When I put make-up on, it is because I want to either cover up something (bags, a blemish) or I want to feel sexy (lipstick- mascara)<br><br>
my everyday makeup is powder and a little eyeliner. When I go out with DH (rarely) it is the whole she-bang.<br><br>
So do I want my DD to like pretty toes? Yes. Do I want her to feel sexy? No.<br><br>
Does this make sense?
 

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mmmhhh, for me it is not about being sexy or pretty but about fun. They like painting their faces, with whatever. Like if we are painting, they will take an excuse to go the bathroom and then I will find them half and hour later painting away happily the bathtub the mirror their nose... Oh, well...so no, for me the make up is like with the polish. I need to see that they're not eating it, licking it off, and then, my 6 yo has no interest in make up, the 4 yo's only interest is in licking it off, so no make up for the time being.
 

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I'm ok with both for both genders. For me it's a fun, kind of theatrical thing. I also like really fancy clothes some of the time. For me, it's not about being sexy, it's about the FUN of dressing up!
 

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For me I don't like the fact that makeup alters your look so much. Nail polish doesn't really make you look like a different person. I grew up with a mother that couldn't be seen without make up because she felt the real her was ugly. I don't ever want DD to think that her natural face is some how bad or ugly and that she has to mask herself to be accepted by other people. I don't know how I feel about doing it for fun unless she is doing full face paint and painting herself to look like KISS or something. I don't wear makeup ever even though people constantly try to convince me I would "look so much better". I think it is appalling.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For me I don't like the fact that makeup alters your look so much. Nail polish doesn't really make you look like a different person. I grew up with a mother that couldn't be seen without make up because she felt the real her was ugly. I don't ever want DD to think that her natural face is some how bad or ugly and that she has to mask herself to be accepted by other people. I don't know how I feel about doing it for fun unless she is doing full face paint and painting herself to look like KISS or something. I don't wear makeup ever even though people constantly try to convince me I would "look so much better". I think it is appalling.</div>
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I was reading the title question and wondering how to explain my sentiments, because I do think the two are different. This poster gave me a good springboard.<br><br>
It seems to me that nail polish is more of an "accent" that is obviously "on top of the real you" if that makes any sense at all. It's like seeing someone in a cute shirt or with a hair do-dad in her ponytail.<br><br>
Makeup, however, can change a person's look <b><i>much</i></b> more. I'm thinking back to a number of cases over the years where I suddenly saw a woman without makeup after seeing her for years (always made up) and being shocked by what she looked like without the makeup. This just doesn't happen when seeing someone with/without nail polish.<br><br>
And that's no comment about whether people do or don't look better with makeup. . . usually in public I wear (what seems to me, at least, to be) a lot: concealer, light foundation, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, lipliner, lipstick. Yet the whole deal takes me only 5 minutes to apply and I've been complimented many times over the years for looking so "put-together without being made-up" and other direct comments about how <i>little</i> makeup I'm wearing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I think makeup can definitely be a lovely way to accent your beauty, rather than just an attempt to conceal yourself. But I also think little girls have lots of years for growing up and need some time/maturity to be able to make the distinction between "being a better you" and "being someone else" prior to lingering in the cosmetics aisle.
 

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I wanted to chime in here because my mom was one of those who only ever wore some natural colored lip stick and that was only to work or to go out.<br><br>
When all my friend's started wearing make-up and experimenting with it, I wasn't allowed to and she would tell me "you have natural color--you don't need all that on your face." Sure, it sounds nice, but I missed out on a lot of that dressing up, fun stuff with my friends. So, now I'm older and would like to wear make-up and do more "primping---for MYSELF" and I do a terrible job. I think about having a professional in a dept. store help me and it's frankly, embarrassing.<br><br>
With my dd, who is 4, she gets nail polish from the easter bunny and can take it or leave it (which is great--HER decision) and I have absolutely NO qualms with allowing her to experiment with makeup with her friends/with me when the time comes. I might have issues if she wants to wear red lipstick to the third grade and hand her a tube of chapstick, and I don't want her looking like a clown to go to the movies, but otherwise, I don't see the problem.<br><br>
I get the whole "I don't want my dd trying to act sexy" thing, but I think I'll save my fight for the clothes and give her a little slack with the make-up.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wanted to chime in here because my mom was one of those who only ever wore some natural colored lip stick and that was only to work or to go out.<br><br>
When all my friend's started wearing make-up and experimenting with it, I wasn't allowed to and she would tell me "you have natural color--you don't need all that on your face." Sure, it sounds nice, but I missed out on a lot of that dressing up, fun stuff with my friends. So, now I'm older and would like to wear make-up and do more "primping---for MYSELF" and I do a terrible job. I think about having a professional in a dept. store help me and it's frankly, embarrassing.<br><br>
With my dd, who is 4, she gets nail polish from the easter bunny and can take it or leave it (which is great--HER decision) and I have absolutely NO qualms with allowing her to experiment with makeup with her friends/with me when the time comes. I might have issues if she wants to wear red lipstick to the third grade and hand her a tube of chapstick, and I don't want her looking like a clown to go to the movies, but otherwise, I don't see the problem.<br><br>
I get the whole "I don't want my dd trying to act sexy" thing, but I think I'll save my fight for the clothes and give her a little slack with the make-up.<br><br>
Sarah</div>
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I have this problem to (though I don't actually consider it a problem) when I was in my early 20's I started working in a bank where everyone was pretty made up. I told the other girls I was raised by a feminist and they immediatly switched from thinking I was a lazy slob to thinking I was some sort of feminine orphan. My parents found this extremely funny and bought me the cosmo makeover cd (its like a computer program where you scan your pic and then do makeup on yourself with tips etc) me and my roomates had a lot of fun with that one..........<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Despite my lack of feminie wiles (and my lack of daughters) I will have no guilt about passing it on, while I slap on the odd lipstick for a date I really don't consider makeup a great idea for children.
 

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hmmm, i let my dd puton this really bright pink eyeshadow and tinted lip gloss when we are playing dress up. otherwise it's chapstick for her. as for nail polish, the girl loves the stuff! it's kinda scary. i hardly ever do nail polish cept a bit on my toes in the summer time.
 

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1. makeup is there to cover up flaws. My little girls have no flaws to coverup yet.<br>
2. makeup makes you look older. they don't need that<br><br><br>
fingernail polish is like coloring on paper, but you get to do it on yourself.
 

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To me nailpolish is like jewelry or clothes. A way to express your individuality. Makeup on the other hand gets into the whole image of women in our society and trying to look like an airbrushed photo of a model. For example I wear nail polish on my toes for fun. Everyone knows my toenails are not purple. Yet I wear mascara to widen my eyes or powder to smooth out my skin tone in hopes people will think I look better then I really do.
 
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