Here’s a joke that my boys love to tell. Question. Why do girls wear makeup and perfume? Answer. Because they’re ugly and they stink. Funny, right? Maybe if you’re a 10-year old boy who still thinks that girls are gross and may possibly have cooties.

So, if that’s not the right answer, then why do women wear makeup? There are many reasons why women wear makeup. Some women wear makeup because they’ve been wearing it for so long that they feel naked without it. Others wear makeup because they think it makes them look prettier, younger or sophisticated.

No doubt some of the reason that women wear makeup is because women are supposed to wear makeup. Society and our culture says that makeup is what makes women look youthful and beautiful. But, could makeup be more than that for some women? Could makeup give some women confidence to let their real selves shine though? To put on their best face for the world?

The testimony this two brave woman gives will help you look at makeup in a whole new light.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of the University of Montana, animal lover and writer.