When do you think it is appropriate for girls to start wearing make up?

@mamasan34 (6521)
United States
March 20, 2007 6:57am CST
My daughter is going on 13 soon and I have allowed her to start wearing minimal eyeliner. I have my reservations about my decision though. I wasn't allowed to wear make up until I was 15 and I had to buy my own. So, my fellow mylotters? When you do you think it is appropriate for girls to start wearing make up?
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• United States
20 Mar 07
I was allowed to start wearing make-up at 13 however I couldn't wear dark and loud colors. I received an allowance so I would purchase my own make-up. However at xmas and birthdays, if I asked for make-up, my parents didn't have a problem getting it for me. I have let my oldest daughter play with make-up since she was a young child however she has not asked to wear it yet. She will wear occassional lip gloss (she is 9 and wil be 10 in September). I have put make-up on her for dance recitals. I think that 13 is a good age to allow this to start if the child wants it however, clear boundaries need to be drawn so that the make-up doesn't get overwhelming.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
20 Mar 07
It hasn't gotten overwhelming. She is very reserved in what she wears on her face. She was never really into playing with make up as a child unless her friends came over. It is good to know I don't feel alone in my decision! Thanks!
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• United States
20 Mar 07
You're very welcome. My daughter when she was little loved to play with make-up. Once she 'made up' her older brother. I have pictures of that--black mail pictures my hubby calls them LOL And even to this day she will come to me, 'mommy can I make up you' and I don't mind at all. It lets her expeirment with things a bit and it lets me teach her with hands on experience that make up is to enhance, not cover up. Unfortunately I had to learn myself as my momma didn't wear make up at all. Needless to say that there was a time I had bright blue eyeshadow all the way up to my eyebrows!!!! What a site that must have been LOL
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
21 Mar 07
That is funny! I put my mom's rollers in my brothers hair when we were kids. He wouldn't let me put make up on him though!
20 Mar 07
It is difficult to make this decision. My 5 year old has make up at home that she can play with but she doesn't wear it out. I do occasionally put a bit of glitter on her for parties. I don't know if its a bad thing really as kids find ways of loking older or sneaking make up on if you dont' let them.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Tell me about it. When I was 14 my girlfriends mom was an avon representative and she would get her samples and we would split them up and wear it to school. We looked like a bunch of clowns in hindsight, but I hid it from my mom. I don't want my daughter doing that. She is very reserved so far. She only uses eyeliner. I myself hardly wear make up at all anymore. My fiance likes the natural look, and I am fine with that!
@Marie2473 (8517)
• Sweden
20 Mar 07
Hmm, difficult decision. My parents never told me that I couldnt wear makeup, and I almost never felt the need to. Still today at the age of 26 I hardly ever use any. i feel comfortable by just beein Me =) I think that as long as it is just alittle and not painted all over the face it is ok at the age of 13,. i am sure that most of her friends also are using it already since she obviously wants to start. there is nothing like pearpressure in that age =)
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
20 Mar 07
You are right about peer pressure. She doesn't want to wear the whole shabang, but she feels the need to wear eye liner. I told her that its ok, but it doesn't need to get out of hand and if she wears it she needs to wash it off before she goes to bed. I can still hear my mom saying "You will age 10 years if you don't wash the make up off."