Girls and Make-up

@lynnemg (4539)
United States
February 18, 2009 9:16pm CST
At what age do you think it is okay for a girl to begin wearing make-up and shaving her legs? In my opinion, a girl should start shaving once she reaches puberty. I don't think that a girl needs to wear make-up until she is at least 16. And at that point, she needs to be taught how to wear it lightly. I am not talking about a liile girl playing dress-up around the house, I am talking about a young lady wearing tasteful make-up out in public.
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@agreen (39)
• United States
11 May 09
I was not allowed to shave or wear make up until I started high school. It was very embarassing for me to wear shorts in junior high. It really depends on the girl. My daughter loves to wear lipstick and eye shadow but we probably will not let her wear make up until she is in at least 8th grade. Shaving, well, probably sooner than that.
@xhaylea (363)
2 Apr 09
I think girls can start shaving their legs when they are noticable or going through puberty, i don't shave my legs as they aren't really noticeable as they are light. Also, I agree how it would be nice to see less girls wearing too much makeup, because alately girls begin wearing heavy makeup at even the age of 11. I personally, do wear makeup, but not too much, and not every day, sometimes i can give the makeup a break. I think makeup hides girls insecurities, and i think thats sometimes why they wear it, to make themselves feel more confident, then if thats the case its alright but just not too much really.
@katsmeow1213 (28979)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I think about 13 is the magic age. That's about when I started. Actually when I first shaved I chose to do so on my own. Nobody was home and I was sick of the hair on my legs so I just shaved it. With the make up, a family friend taught me how to do it the first time. She told me "the point of wearing make up is to make it look like you're not wearing any at all". I didn't really follow her advice. I've always like very dark colors. I use to put tons of black eye liner on underneath my eyes. I still wear very dark eye shadows, but I've calmed down on the shade of lipstick I wear, and only put a thin line of eye liner under my eyes now.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I think lip gloss is acceptable for a twelve year old. I don't think there is an age where shaving needs to begin unless the hair is really noticeable. A lot of girls start shaving because they think they should or because they think they have to when they really don't and once you start you have to keep it up. As far as a full face of makeup goes, no one needs it at any time. It should be seen as an accessory like a scarf or a belt to enhance one's appearance and should be kept to a minimum. A teenager could be allowed to wear lipstick and eyeliner. Young people aren't the best at caring for their skin and often go to sleep still wearing eye makeup. But young girls get their first examples at home.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
30 Mar 09
There's no reason to let a young girl walk around with hairy legs until she reaches a certain age so, in my opinion, shaving should be allowed when the leg hair starts growing. As far as make up goes, I made my girls wait until they were 16 before allowing it but I believe that my youngest started at 15...I was older and more tired then.
@Ritchelle (3797)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
for little girls wearing make-up i think it's quite okay with 16 as the starting age. for the shaving of the legs, however, you'll know when they should start shaving once they start wondering themselves if they could shave.
• United States
6 Mar 09
I don't think they need to shave until they need to, if that makes sense. I started around 16 I think. I didn't start wearing make-up until then either. I really didn't have a desire to wear any though. I think that the best thing a mom can do is take their daughter into a professional cosmotologist and let her show her daughter how to wear makeup so it looks natural, if she's not sure how to show her how to do so. I mean, we've all known women who need a few pointers on make-up. My two oldest daughters don't wear much makeup, just a bit of lip gloss and they are almost out of high school.
@dianni (196)
• Indonesia
4 Mar 09
I thing in my country if there have party or ceremony of something that a lot of people come... girls or womans are not wear make up... not in school or in home... that because rule of school in my country that all student must not wear or use make up... about in home that really waste make up... I mean for what they wear make up... I have little sister now she is in high school... she never wear make up for school ... not even powder... so... make up is not really important for girls in near in myhome... they just see the most imp[ortant for school and hang out is lotion for face and body and hair style or fashion style ... because they know wearing make up make them look older thatn their ages
@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
2 Mar 09
They never need to start shaving their legs *lol* it's not a must, wearing make - up isn't either. I wouldn't be happy if they did before they was 16, but there is no way I could make them not to if they wanted to do it. I think it's important to teach them how it's done when the time comes - some girls are wearing way to much make up way to early. My oldest is 11 (will turn 12 this year) some of her team mates are already 13 so it's dificult to say - I don't know if there are any of them wearing make up at school yet - I don't think so. I think it differs a lot from school to school.