Dear Carol

"Dear Carol, I like makeup, but one of my close friends says I shouldn't wear it"

Dear Carol,

I like putting on makeup (not a crazy amount—just like mascara, lip gloss and maybe blush), but one of my friends thinks girls shouldn’t hide their true selves, so she never wears any. Your opinion?

- Makeup

Dear Makeup,

You do you. It’s great when a girl jumps out of bed, brushes her teeth, runs a brush through her hair, looks in the mirror and likes what she sees. But if you’re headed out and a little makeup will make you feel more fun or festive or powerful, then go for it. There is no right or wrong. And it’s your choice. I hope every girl reading this feels beautiful and confident right now, whether she’s in PJs or all glammed up.

Carol Weston is the author of 16 books including Speed of Life, her novel (and audiobook) about a 14-year-old girl who writes to an advice columnist. Learn more at, and follow her on Instagram @carolwestonnyc.

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by GL | 2/16/2024