Contributing Author: Lisa Renata
ot long ago, a few friends and I were enjoying a nice brunch and conversation when the topic of makeup came up. Two of us wore makeup just about all the time and the other two didn’t. We talked about the reasons why we chose to wear makeup or not. The two that didn’t wear makeup (or rarely did) mentioned how, after becoming moms, it just got harder to keep up. Understandable. The two that did wear makeup mentioned how no matter what, wearing make up was a must before leaving the house.
Then I realized something. The two women that found it important to wear makeup all the time were Latinas. Me, being one of them. So it got me thinking about all the Latina women that I knew and if I ever saw them without any makeup outside of the home. I couldn’t think of one! Not my mother, not my sisters, not my abuelas, not my tias nor amigas. None.
Why is that? Is it because we were taught from a very young age that we need to look good no matter how tired we are? That we need to impress our men?
Or is it because as Latina women we know the importance of taking the time to take care of ourselves?
I don’t know the answers to those questions, what I do know is that I was never told I had to wear makeup to impress anyone, nor to keep my man at home. On the contrary, makeup was never an issue at home. To me it is a personal choice. I choose to wear makeup because it makes me feel good. Finished. Presentable. I don’t wear it everywhere either. Not to the gym, nor to the pool or when I am at home. But I do find the time to put some makeup on whenever I go anywhere else, even grocery shopping. I do it because it allows me to pamper myself even if for just a mere few minutes, knowing that the rest of the day will be taken up by two active little lovely beings and…life in general. I deserve that much.
How about you? Are you a Latina? Do you wear makeup? Why do you do it?
Lisa Renata is the creator of Sabor a Cajeta, where she share her crafts ideas, and her passion for sewing and photography.