There is no such thing as natural beauty*
It helped that one of my closest friends in high school worked at a local MAC counter. She was often bored when working weekday shifts so I would go over and have her give me a makeover just so that she would look busy. I of course would then want to buy something so her manager wouldn't take me for a plant. For a while, MAC had this deal where if you turned in 10 used lipstick containers for recycling, they would give you a free one. I never had trouble coming up with 10 lipsticks.
When I moved to DC, the much more humid climate meant that I had to change some aspects of my makeup but I still wore it all the time. What can I say, I'm one of those people who needs it to look alert and healthy. When I don't, even strangers will sympathetically comment to me that I must not have gotten a lot of sleep the night before.
So no surprise that my daughter knows about my makeup routine: take a shower, then get dressed and do makeup. She still is in a major mama phase where she wants to sit with me any time I am sitting down (except for on the toilet, and knock wood that that never changes), so she sits in my lap and dabs herself with brushes and chews on compacts while I get ready. I enjoy it and it keeps her happy and quiet - the latter of which is the end goal of any parent to a toddler.
It has gotten to the point where when I announce that I'm going to take a shower, she starts chanting, "Bake-up! Bake-up! BAKE-UUUUUUUP" and doesn't let up until it is indeed time to put on makeup. No big. Even on the weekends, when I would pre-kid go make-up free, she wants to do it, so I oblige her.
What I take umbrage at is when I get makeup suggestions from her. Yesterday, we were running late for her playgroup, so I didn't have time to shower or put on makeup. On the way home from playgroup, we were waiting in the metro and she looked at me and asked very hopefully, "Bake-up?" Everyone's a critic these days.
* I finally saw the Lifetime version of "Steel Magnolias." I have thoughts about how they redid it, not all complementary. But at least they kept in most of the good lines from the original.