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Amy Poehler Answers the Important Questions about Teenage Cosmetic Use

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | July 12, 2012 | Comments ()


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Amy Poehler debuted her new web series, "Ask Amy," an offshoot of her series, "Smart Girls," on YouTube this week. Here, she answers the all important question, "I'm 14, and my Dad doesn't want me to wear make-up. What should I do?"

My advice: ALWAYS listen to your Dad.




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  • kirbyjay

    Mom always said that makeup should enhance your looks not cover them up, like a coat of paint on a tired wall ( probably the only pearl of wisdom Mom ever shared)
    Always tried to explain to my lovely teenaged ladies that eyeliner on the inside of the bottom lashes makes eyes look beady and hard, and on the outside, large and luminous. I think it's a mistake most teens make. Now that they are in their 20's they get it.

  • alannaofdoom

    Well now I can't decide if I want Amy Poehler to be my sister or my best friend or my mom or my wife or what. All of the above, I guess?

  • hapl0

    I was going to write how I like Amy but you're a kid not a young woman at 14 and then I remembered the shit they pump into chickens and cows these days that are causing girls to grow up physically faster and I just don't know what to say, momentarily.

    Sure your body's acting like a woman now but mentally you're still a kid. They need to be kept as kids longer instead of everyone throwing in the towel because it's "inevitable".

    No make-up and no dating until you're 18. If only parents can learn to say no as well.

  • hapl0
  • mats19

    Putting an age for how old you can be before you can wear makeup is what makes young girls want to wear make up I think. Restricting it to 18 will only push them to want to grow up even faster.

    However full face of make up, foundation etc seems a bit much for a 14 year old, mascara and tinted lips seems relatively harmless. I think it's all about moderation and less so restrictions. Though considering in middle school the fad for my generation was thick white eyeliner and glittered eyelids I suppose a little restriction would have saved me and my fellow peers alot of future shame.

  • hapl0


    Restricting it to 18 will only push them to want to grow up even faster.

    This is what I'm talking about. This fear is ridiculous.

  • Cree83

    14 is not still a kid mentally. 14 is an adolescent mentally, and it doesn't promote anyone's health or well-being to try to keep an adolescent a child.

  • hapl0

    I see that you took the term kid literally. Ok.

  • Cree83

    Based on your statement that a teenager should not be allowed to wear make up until she is 18. That's a pretty condescending attitude to take towards a high school student.

  • Joanna Robertson

    Am I the only one who listens to that jingle and hears:

    "Ba ba ba ba SCABBIE!"

    I swore I'd listen for the "Ask Amy" when they played it again at the end, but, once again...SCABBIE.

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, me too.

  • Kala

    "I can tell from your email that you're so pretty, you don't even need it. And I think pretty much every fourteen year old is so pretty that they don't need it."

    Amy is so goddamn endearing. I want to make her mimosas and have fucking brunch with her.

  • Leelee

    This was exactly my reaction - I just want to be best friends with her so she can be delightful on a daily basis.

  • BWeaves

    a. My skin looked like a pepperoni pizza when I was 14.
    b. Makeup only made it look worse (i.e. like a beige, spackled, pepperoni pizza).
    c. My dad didn't care.
    d. My mother BEGGED me to wear makeup. She still does. I can't stand makeup.
    e. I get my eyelashes and eyebrows dyed so I don't have to wear mascara or eyebrow pencil.
    f. A little powder to kill the shine, a pinch of blush, some Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, and I'm done.

  • Jerce

    I can't stand makeup. You then go on to list A little powder to kill the shine, a pinch of blush, some Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, and I'm done. Got some bad news for ya: You wear makeup. That's three items of makeup; that's WEARING MAKEUP.

  • BWeaves

    I didn't say I didn't wear makeup. I said I can't stand it. I can't stand driving either, but I own a car and drive, because otherwise I'd never get around this town because there is no public transportation.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    "My advice: ALWAYS listen to your Dad."

    You've got two daughters now, Man! You're life is OVER. BWAHAAHAHAHAHA*weeping*.

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