Mom Goes to Parent-Teacher Conference With Makeup Fail and Jokes About the Experience in Viral Video

One mom thinks she's lost her mind, but she actually won the internet.

An image of the makeup.
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Back-to-school season undoubtedly means a return of PTA meetings and parent-teacher conferences. And while we are in full support of you showing up to school events in any manner that you are comfortable in, if you are someone who does like wearing makeup, this is your friendly reminder to apply it to your entire face before heading out.

Our reminder comes courtesy of one TikTok mom who forgot to put makeup on half of her face, and the video she posted is hilarious (and relatable for busy parents everywhere).

"I don't know if I'm laughing or not. I don't know if I'm crying," starts the mom of four, who posts as Meeshylynn on TikTok, as she keeps half of her face covered.

The mom starts the video by describing how she had just left her kid's parent-teacher conference, and she was pretty pumped about it.

"I get back in the car, and I'm like, 'Wow, that was great,'" she beams. The other parents were friendly toward her, and she was excited for her daughter to get to go to birthday parties and playdates with all her new friends. Then, her expression changed, and she frowned a little (while somehow still laughing).

"They were nice to me because they felt bad for me," she says, removing her hand from the other half of her face to reveal that she forgot to apply makeup to the other half of her face. One eye rocked a full make-up look while the other was perfectly bare.

"What is that?!" she says, raising her voice. "I look like an emoji. Why am I like this? Are moms just so put together that mom brain isn't a thing anymore, and I'm just rolling in here like a hot mess all the time?"

Honestly, it happens to the best of us. And for the record: "mom brain" is a controversial term, as some say it leads to bias against pregnant people and new parents. But there's actually some science to back up the claim that your mind changes during pregnancy and postpartum—but it's not all bad! For example, a 2017 study published in Nature Neuroscience found that people lose gray matter in their brain after giving birth and that can affect a person's memory.

The good news: Aside from making all of us who head into school pickup looking less than our best, the TikTok mom got a whole lot of support in the comments section. Many said they'd love to be her friend.

"Girl, I used to work in a school office. The moms like you were the ones we loved most. The REAL ones," said a TikToker. "This would literally make me want to be friends [with you] more," said another "This is how you find true friends," another pointed out.

And one person spoke for moms everywhere when they said, "Tell me you're a mom without telling me you're a mom." Meeshylynn pretty much put together the picture-perfect response to that prompt: Rock your half-makeup look with pride. You have four kids, a sense of humor, and had time to put on some makeup, so you win.

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