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How Old?


Everyone has got an opinion on this one....what is yours!? How old should girls be before they are aloud to wear makeup and stilettos? Some parents are really stiff and don't let girls wear heels and mascara until they are 18, but that seems kinda harsh! What is your take?
Jul 07, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

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Once they've entered high school seems appropriate. Girls are growing up way too fast these days, why would a 12 or 13 year old need makeup? And for stilettos, I guess when they can figure out how to properly walk in them
Jul 07, 2011 @ 06:43 pm
Ali de Bold

Depends on the maturity of the person

I think it's totally the parent's call because they know their kids and what is best for them, but 18 is definitely on the older side.
Jul 08, 2011 @ 11:50 am

I'm a mom of a tweenager

My daughter is in middle school (aka junior high) and I allowed her to start wearing mascara and lip gloss this past year. It makes her look a little more grown up but not like a painted clown. I have discouraged eye liner and high pigment eyeshadows (sometimes she likes to wear a little taupe or champagne colour, which I allow in moderation), and she certainly would not be allowed to wear a heavy lipstick or blush.

No child "needs" makeup, but when the other girls are doing it and she's wearing it in a responsible manner, the right choice for our family is to allow it. I don't want to get into a situation where due to peer pressure she'd wear it secretly at school and wash it off before she gets home.

My daughter is a really good kid and I don't worry too much about peer pressure... but I don't want something that to me is "not that big of a deal" to create issues between us when it comes time for me to enforce our rules about other things that matter more.

JMO :)
Jul 08, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

If I ever have a daughter

I started wearing makeup when I was around 13 so I'd probably let my daughter start around the same time, depending on her maturity level. But like mamaluv, probably just some mascara and lip gloss to start. At 13, you really don't need makeup. It'd be more just to learn how to apply, what you like, etc. As she got a little older then I'd probably allow more for special occasions.

As for the stilettos, it definitely depends! Some high heels I'd be fine with but stilettos seem to be a little more grown up. I don't think my husband would be too thrilled if she wore them anyway lol
Jul 08, 2011 @ 06:03 pm


I didn't start wearing makeup until I entered high school, and then it was only the basics like coverup, blush, very neutral eyeshadows and mascara. I don't really think younger girls need it, but sadly we live in a society which essentially forces little girls to grow up fast. They're always given images of older girls/women and that's the ideal beauty image, which can be very problematic. I mostly got into makeup because all my friends were, I never really cared much about it myself at the time.

I suppose the age should relate to how much makeup they wear. 13 year olds should not be wearing a ton of eyeliner and bright red lipstick (then again not many of us can pull that look off period).

As for stilettos, this is a lot harder. I'm 23 and I wouldn't wear them (but this is more a personal choice since I would likely be unable to walk in them), I don't really think they're appropriate for teenage girls though.
Jul 09, 2011 @ 05:07 pm

Based on my own experience

I started seriously wearing make up when I was in 8th grade I think- but it was just foundation, concealer and probably mascara or maybe a bit of eyeliner. When I first started wearing make up, like any at all, I was probably in about 7th grade and my mom took me aside and taught me the very basics and made sure that I had it drilled into my head that less is more. I think most importantly, besides age, is information. If the child is well informed about make up and feel comfortable with it, they won't be making mistakes. As for heels, I think it depends on the actual shoe. If the heel is not too high and it is a comfortable wedge, I say go for it!
Jul 10, 2011 @ 06:15 pm

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