This week I did something I thought I would never do: I sent my young daughter to school with makeup on! It was class photo day, and she had an absolute shiner of a black eye. It was every shade of green and yellow and black and blue you can imagine! The bruising (as a result of playing around in the loungeroom and bumping into a cupboard corner) was still visible. I just took the edge off with a bit of pressed powder.
I don’t mind really that she had a black eye for the photo. She’s a kid. She plays and laughs and lives and bruises like a kid. It’s all part of the package. That said, I still felt the need to cover it – just a little.
I shared on facebook, and asked whether other mums would cover a black eye, or leave it. The response was mixed, but lots of mums jumped in to give their thoughts..
One reader shared that some school photographers are now offering to photoshop “blemishes” from your child for a fee. This is where it crosses the line for me. Even if I had the option to photoshop my daughter’s bruise out, I wouldn’t. I’m ok with covering it with a little foundation, but I don’t want to pretend things aren’t there. And more than that, I am really, really concerned about the message this might send to my kids. My children are not blemished. Not in any way. Not even with bruises! I don’t think anyone’s children are blemished. I don’t think anyone is blemished. We are who we are, and we are all beautiful.
What do you think? Would you have covered the bruise a little, like I did? Would you have left it in all its colourful glory? Or would you go so far as to select the “photoshop blemishes” option if offered?
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