Make up- What age and why?

United States
January 16, 2013 10:58am CST
Every parent has a different set of morals and teachings for their children. These days it seems that kids are wanting too grow up even faster then I remember. When do you think it is appropriate for girls too start wearing make up and why? I started wearing make up when I was around 11. I have two daughters one is nine and the other a baby still. I think it is okay for the nine year old too wear make up around the house and too the store and such but not too school. I think if she can put it on herself then she can wear it because thats her choice and her being an individual.
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@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
16 Jan 13
I don't think that we as parents should ever really encourage our daughters to wear make-up. I think more and more it is important to start teaching the value of natural beauty at a young age. We all know that self-confidence and worth is a huge issue that pretty much everyone deals with and with the perfection that many models display in mass media it can create a very unhealthy worry and paranoia in a young girls mind. I also think that a lot of make-ups have some pretty nasty toxic ingredients in them such as petrochemicals that I would never want any female to be putting on to their face. I think that it is fine for girls to wear make-up but I wish that they knew that they often look better without it. The possibility of over doing your make-up is pretty high and when you see someone with too much make-up on it always looks bad. It can also give people really weird looks like their skin being lighter than normal or their being lines on their chin where two different skin tones are seen. We should all start telling women how beautiful they are without make-up because in today's society it is almost expected for a woman to be beautiful. I also think that ladies need to see the beauty in themselves and encourage their own confidence to no longer need make-up. I would also encourage all women to research their personal care products to see what is in them and see whether they need to change their products or not!
• United States
16 Jan 13
Its all about knowing how too put on make-up. Not all make up has chemicals in them...the polluted air we breathe daily is worse then most make ups. To me make up is just like wearing a ring or necklace..its just meant too add a little something not mask your whole look.
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
16 Jan 13
My personal opinion is that makeup is for the high school age, not before. I think that I am only a realistic mom, not old fashined. The problem is that our kids see all those reality shows and magazines that actually steal their childhood. The girls want to grow faster so they can look like those models they see everywhere. The media around us does not really have ethics and morals when it comes to money. I believe that if she makes your live iserable, you know what I mean, you can let her wear makeup but only at home. My grandmother used to say that young people are beautiful as they are and don't need make up, and old people are ugly anyhow makeup does not help, so she was saying that makeup is no good at any age. All it does is ruin our skin prematurely. My daughter did have her fights with me but ended up wearing makeup outside the house only in high school and also not for ling as her boyfriend didn't like her wearing makeup.
• United States
16 Jan 13
I can understand that, but makeup actually is not bad for your skin like it used too be, there are foundations that are made without oils added. A dermatologist told me that wearing foundation is actually good for your skin because it acts as a sheild for the pollution and other nasty things too stick too then you wash if off at the end of the day. With bare skin, all those pollutions and what not seep into your skin before you have time too wash it off.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
16 Jan 13
My daughter has been allowed to wear makeup since she was eight years old. Now I don't allow her to wear makeup to school on a daily basis, but I do allow her to wear makeup to school for special occasions (school pictures, talent shows, etc.) It is my belief that if she is allowed to properly apply her makeup then there is no reason that she shouldn't be allowed to wear it. In addition to that, she goes to a school that has a dress code, so allowing her to wear a little bit of makeup is one way that she is able to express her individuality.
• United States
16 Jan 13
I bet it would be hard too express herself having too wear uniforms and all. When a school has a dress code like that, are they allowed too wear jewelry? I always wondered that.
• United States
16 Jan 13
Hi clv1984, My daughter is 8. She is already in to the makeup and what not. She loves to spend time with her aunt who dresses her up and puts make up on her. While she is visiting her aunts house she wears,but as a general rule she's only aloud to wear lip gloss. I think when she reaches 13 I will let her start wearing it to school. I don't want to hold her back but I don't want her to grow up too fast either.
• United States
16 Jan 13
Definatly, They grow up so fast as it is anyways.
• Lenox, Georgia
16 Jan 13
I guess I am more old fashioned than most mothers now a days... I am a young mother but have very different ways of doing things. My daughters will not be allowed to wear make up until they are 14 or 15 years old. It's not only for the point of growing up too fast but its also not good for their skin. I am also teaching them that looks are not that important in the whole scheme of things. I want them to focus more on their personality and intelligence rather than their looks. Allowing children to wear make up puts an emphasis on how beautiful they can be with all of that mess on, not how beautiful they are already naturally. I know I am a very different parent than most people are in this generation, its okay if you disagree with me I am used to it! Lol.
• United States
16 Jan 13
Thats a very good point, I didnt think about it like that. Maybe I should rethink it a bit then, perhaps just let her wear it in the house for play.
@bvleus (18)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
My 2 year old daughter is bragging me last week to buy her makeup and even asked permission from her doctor. Haha. As for me, I think when she reaches college, she can wear makeup at school but definitely not while she's on high school.
@Archie0 (4669)
25 Jan 13
Girls love fashion and make up at any age. I have seen small girls wearing their mommy's sandals and putting their lipsticks on. Well i think a girl should start putting on her make up when she is in her later teenage, because if too much make up at early age might damage their tender skin. And also it is not needed at the age of study and play.
• Dhaka, Bangladesh
18 Jan 13
Hi, all make ups may not be suitable for all kind of girls. Some girl may not require make at all. Beauty parlor or doctor can suggest more better way for a particular girl in this regards.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
I wasn't that too anxious to start wearing make up. I hate having all the fuzz before coming out of the house. So I just got interested to wear make up when I was about 18 years old. I know that it was kinda late compared to other girls. But I wasn't really into it. I just wanted to have my nails painted instead.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
17 Jan 13
I would let my daughter use kiddie make-up at home when she's a kid, but not to the streets or school until she's 12-14, especially as it may be trendy, but it looks ridiculous on younger girls... and even after 12-14, for a year, I would make her stick with a natural eyeliner (not black, but brown or grey), some mascara, concealer and a non-shimmery/glittery natural lipgloss or tinted balm.
• Greece
17 Jan 13
I would like to ask her why she wants to wear make-up at so young an age. It cannot be to make her skin look better, at her age her complexion is perfect. If she thinks it will make her prettier - then to whom? To boys? Do you really want her to get fixed on looking attractive to boys already? Do boys wear makeup to look attractive to girls? Certainly not. So she may already be developing the attitude that boys are fine without it but girls are not! Enjoy your little girl and encourage her to enjoy herself, the fact that she can put it on herself does not make her mature enough to do so. I imagine that she could put a bra on too but it isn't yet the right time to do so.
• India
17 Jan 13
Thanks for sharing. Things have changed, my wife is 60 now, we got married when she was 16, she never wore make up then nor even now, weekly once applies turmeric and sandal paste made in rose water, my daughter wears light make up, she is 48; but my grand daughter now 28 an engineering student wears make up, she says she has to lol.
• United States
17 Jan 13
I'm really reluctant to allow my daughter to wear make up. Of coarse I am not one to wear make up that often at all. I let her wear lip gloss, but that is it. I don't see the need for her to wear anything else. She is a beautiful young lady (at almost 11) and she does not need that accented. Also, she focuses a lot on how people look, especially how she looks, that I don't want her to focus on that even more with make up.
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
17 Jan 13
I am not a parents but i myself dont wear make-up , I keep my natural skin spotless and fresh . I may wear it when I am older but for now I dont need it . If when I have a daughter and she wishes to wear make-up I think age 13 will be good .
@Keola12 (717)
• United States
16 Jan 13
I believe 13 years old is a good age for girls to start wearing makeup, but there should only be enough make up applied to enhance the features. Other wise it looks unnatural. I believe that there is a higher level of maturity at 13 years old than with any age younger than 13 years old. Also, for a girl less than 13 years to put make up on, it makes them grow up too fast.