She used mommy’s makeup years ago. Now has her own stash with which to contend.

Christmas Club and Uncle Sam refunds enable the opportunity to get top-notch palettes from renowned makeup artist Jeffree Star. Frugal and cruelty-free cosmetics from E.L.F. (Eyes, Lips, Face) make for more frequent purchases on mom’s budget. Another favorite of hers and mom’s is Younique cosmetics, which touts mascara that nets long lashes.

No need to put on makeup with school days limited to her laptop, my teen daughter still likes to, quoting the enchanted hired help from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “be human again.” Some days I come home from work and she’s dressed looking like she’s ready to go mall hopping, hair styled and makeup done. So pretty. Heck, she looks better than her mama some days!

Last week, my daughter started applying her eye makeup after Disney themes. One day, blues and whites took on a “Frozen” theme. The next day, blue, dark pink, white and a touch of a yellow hue took the colors of Rafiki from “The Lion King.” Over the weekend, she decided to try and do colors of Disney villains. So far, she has her mind set on Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty,” Scar from “The Lion King” and Ursula the Sea Witch from “The Little Mermaid.”

She does rather well with her makeup, and always has. It’s nice when recitals and performances occur. All I have to do is help create the perfect pinned-up French braids or just-in-place ballerina bun.

While my daughter does doll up at times, her usual school day face looks natural. I remember a quote from Aunt Becky on ABC’s “Full House.” When she talked with Uncle Jesse’s niece, DJ, who wanted to stand out in junior high with the right makeup tones, Becky said, “The secret to wearing makeup is to make it look like you’re not wearing any.”

My girl gets it, to her mama’s relief! 🙂