I used to find them rather amusing. No matter how casually they were dressed - even in running shorts and T-shirts - every day these Southern ladies greeted the world with fully made-up faces and perfectly styled hair. The Memphis humidity made this an even more impressive achievement.
Aside from the fact I wasn't a native Memphian, I wasn't one of those women, and didn't think it likely that I would become one. There were aspects of my life that just didn't encourage it, including a pretty casual workplace - literally, it was a zoo - and a husband who made no secret of his preference for a makeup-free face, to the extent of seeming disappointed when I did wear it (even if he otherwise complimented my appearance).
I no longer live in Memphis (or with a makeup-averse spouse). And it occurred to me not long ago, as I was applying eyeliner and mascara and putting on some lip stain, that I have become one of "those women" who almost never leaves the house without putting on makeup. Heck, some days I put it on even if I'm not leaving the house. How did this happen?
...The answer to that question can be found in the rest of this post on the Los Angeles Moms Blog.