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young girls wearing makeup


Advice please.  How old would your daughter have to be before you let her wear makeup in public regularly.  My thought is at least 14 or 15 (high school), but not earlier.

My oldest daughter is 11 and loves having her nails painted which isn't an issue in my opinion, but eye shadow and lipstick are another matter.  She will wear makeup at Halloween obviously, but when she comes home from her Grandmothers when her Aunt has been there, she'll come home with eye shadow on and I think she's too young.

How do I tell them politely, without hurting their feelings that I don't want my daughter to wear makeup? 

Jul 14, 2014 @ 09:58 pm

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So hard. Had a difficult time with my mum. 15 is old enough for sure. Try to appease both of you with neutral and pale eyeshadow and lip glosses to start. I tiny but of sheer blush will make her happy and hardly be noticeable. She wants to feel like a woman , so focus on finding what makes her feel that way besides makeup.
Jul 20, 2014 @ 05:30 am

young girl wearing makeup

Me I let my daughter of 13 wearing mascara and gloss, when she start secondary. Now at 14 she put a little more but it's always stay natural. When they start secondary, they normally start wearing makeup. If it's natural for me it's not a problem :)
Aug 05, 2014 @ 10:08 am

Tough One

I completely understand your concern. I wasn't allowed to wear makeup until I was almost 14, and before that I only wore light lipgloss/lip balm and occasional nail polish. Definitely tell her aunt and be straightforward with your opinion, since you are her mother, and all of this is up to your discretion. Then, if your daughter is upset because she wants to be more grown-up (I know I was upset at first since nearly every other girl at school had makeup), talk to her about other ways she can feel more mature, like focusing on school or taking up a more "grown up" hobby (maybe cooking, baking, painting, reading, jewelry making, writing, anything that she likes) that will make her feel more like a woman. If she is still adamant, try letting her use very light makeup that's not actually noticeable (like clear mascara or tinted lip balm) because it's more about the gesture and it will make her feel older by wearing "makeup." It's best to be gentle here because she's probably eager to grow up. Good luck and hope I helped!
Aug 08, 2014 @ 08:01 pm

around the house? or in public?

My sisters and I started experimenting with our mom's makeup when we were really little, about kindergarten, and were all given a Real lipstick to wear and play. We LOVED playing house and dress up and this was just a natural extension. We were also allowed to Bingo Dabber our hair (washes out in water) in crazy colours, and then were finally allowed to dye our hair and wear makeup to school in middle school (grade 6 here). Our parents bought us a compact too as we started carrying purses and bags at that time. My sisters and I had rainbow and neon hair and LOVED it, and loved wearing colored eyeshadows and so did our friends. No one ever saw it as perverse, or "grownup", or slutty, as adults seem to assume nowadays. Now as adults in our twenties, I've gone through the whole crazy hair and piercings bit, but we still love to experiment with our looks, and having been given the freedom to do so made us strong individuals with great, interesting jobs and the ability to make the correct decisions in other factors of our lives. Yes, this all stemmed from being given the choice to to what we please with our own bodies in an aesthetic sense.
Aug 08, 2014 @ 08:07 pm


I'm glad I had two sons.
Aug 09, 2014 @ 09:31 am

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