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What is the link between wearing makeup and food banks?

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

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When I was asked to talk about women over 50 and makeup on a radio show, I wasn’t expecting the topic to be linked to food banks!

Following the announcement of the results of a recent study where it was revealed that women over 50 spend more money on beauty products than their younger counterparts, I was asked to participate in a radio interview on BBC Tees to discuss.  I was told that another participant spent very little on beauty/cosmetic products, so they just wanted to confirm that my views ahead of time.  I assured them that one look at my bathroom cupboard would reveal taht I am veru much a product junkie. In fact when I travel I think my lotions and potions probably take me into the realms of excess baggage.

The discussion did not go quite as I had anticipated. The other lady asked to join the discussion did not only NOT wear makeup or use any form of beauty products (soap and water would do), but seemed to feel that to spend any money at all on such things was immoral with so many people  obtaining food from food banks.

She suggested that being fit and healthy and inner beauty were more important and should not be replaced by makeup.  I was quick to replay that I agreed, but had no problem eating well, exercising, smiling AND wearing make up to give nature a helping hand . Why not look give your confidence a boost with a dash of lipstick and help your skin with some carefully selected products.

She was not to be swayed. Makeup in her view was totally unnecessary- we should accept our ageing faces (I do, but would NEVER leave the house without mascara) and walk around bare faced as nature intended. And of course my spending money on make up was contributing to global starvation (I exaggerate – a little!)

I think you could say that our opinions were polarised.

But did she have a point?

I would love to hear your views on this one. If you want to listen to the discussion here’s the link – it starts about 45 minutes into the programme.

I’m off to powder my nose!



Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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