Probably for as long as women having been buying cosmetics, little ones have experimented with their mother's lipsticks, eyeshadows, and blushes. But in this day and age of social media and viral videos, it's far easier for the entire internet to attack a mom whose daughter is a natural-born makeup artist. A mom named Suella recently came under fire for videos of her 3-year-old Liriana expertly applying makeup. One of her clips was posted back in October, but it has since gone viral and racked up thousands of views, thanks to being reposted by popular beauty accounts @MyMakeupCover and @HudaBeauty.
In the video, Liriana applies a full face of makeup, starting with, of all things, concealer -- because, you know, she has to look more awake like mama, ha! She then puts on eyeshadow, blush, mascara, and a Tom Ford lipstick. "She does her own makeup from start to finish," Suella explained in an interview with Yahoo. "I just sit there and record her while she does her own thing. She loves to copy everything that I do. Literally everything has to match with me: our outfits, makeup, hair."
But Liriana's penchant for beauty is a problem for plenty of commenters. One took issue with the chemicals in the products, writing, "I like how everyone’s like she’s just playing with make up but no one is saying that it’s wrong for a three-year-old put toxic chemicals that are in make up all over their face that could cause her break out or getting irritation or something. Is basically just white parents being like this is OK. You can literally feel the lack of parenting in this video." Another asserted that beauty isn't an age-appropriate activity, writing, "This is just sad. Kids should be doing kid things." A third accused the video of promoting vanity, stating, "This is why our young girls are so obsessed with looks. This is wrong."
Initially, the negative remarks bothered Suella, she told Yahoo. But it seems that being able to speak out in the interview has given her some peace of mind. "I just wanted to explain myself, that nothing that they were saying was true," Suella shared. "My daughter does not wake up and put makeup on. She just loves to play with it from time to time and I have no problem allowing her to do it because we've all done it. When I was reading people's comments saying I'm trying to sell her or taking away her innocence or that making her not love herself without makeup, I was baffled. I don't think any mother would bring that negativity to their child; this is all for fun. But I'm not going to please everyone and I understand that."
And that's probably the best conclusion she or any mother can come to, whether they're facing an avalanche of nasty remarks or just one. And in this case, it seems like Liriana's happily exploring an innate talent. By supporting that as her mom, Suella deserves credit -- not criticism.