To the OP: Good hygiene and grooming are all that is important. I myself never wore makeup until last spring, and even now I wear a minimal amount: foundation just where I need it, blush, a touch of mascara, light lipstick, and occasionally eyeshadow. I wear these products because I like them, but that's just me. Why should a woman HAVE to wear makeup to be accepted? All she HAS to be is well-groomed, which you've said that you are. So tell your mother that you'll make your own decisions about your appearance.