As someone who can spend hours lost in the millions of makeup tutorials on YouTube, I still can't apply a lick of makeup to my face with any kind of precision. However, 3-year-old Liriana has basically become a makeup artist — and even has her own YouTube channel! — after watching her mom put on her makeup so many times.
Color me impressed. Color the internet not-so-impressed (but what else is new?).
Although I was mesmerized by the toddler's skills in a short Instagram video posted by the girl's mom, Suella, the clip was reposted by Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty and MyMakeupCover — each with millions of followers — which made it go viral and brought out the inevitable haters.
"I like how everyone's like 'she's just playing with makeup' but no one is saying that it's wrong for a three-year-old [to] put toxic chemicals that are in makeup all over their face that could cause her break out or getting irritation or something . . . You can literally feel the lack of parenting in this video," one commenter wrote on the MyMakeupCover post. Another simply wrote, "She is too young!!!"
Suella shared with Yahoo Beauty that the haters have gotten to her a bit, making her feel defensive and protective of her little girl. "My daughter does not wake up and put makeup on. She just loves to play with it from time to time and I have no problem allowing her to do it because we've all done it," she said. "I started to record her doing her makeup for my family so when I was reading people's comments saying I'm trying to sell her or taking away her innocence or making her not love herself without makeup, I was baffled. I don't think any mother would bring that negativity to their child; this is all for fun."
Luckily many commenters were able to recognize the playful nature of the videos and had similar sentiments to my own. "Omggg I can't handle this!! Too much cuteness in one video," one said on the original post, which featured a cranberry eye shadow look that I myself am not worthy of. Another added, "I love this. I used to play in my grandmother's makeup and mom's makeup when I was little. To me it was the ultimate fun."