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Aesthetic Milestones For Teens?


Hey ladies! When did you start wearing make-up? Shaving your legs? Waxing your eyebrows?
A recent survey by Today and Parenting magazine found that:

On shaving their legs -
71% of parents said 12 was an appropriate age
27% said 10 was appropriate
2% said 8.

On wearing make-up -
63% said 14 was okay
33% said 12
4% said 10

On Tweezing and Waxing-
32% said 16 was appropriate
30% said 14
19% said 12

Looking back on your tween/teen years were there specific ages you were “allowed” to cross some of these aesthetic milestones?
Ladies with little girls: when will you let your daughters start wearing make-up and tweezing?

Mar 25, 2011 @ 10:31 am

7 Replies

Ali de Bold


I did all of that stuff pretty early. There are some pretty embarrassing blue eyeshadow pictures of me as a 10 year old. I think I started shaving around 10 and then I started plucking my way into super pointy eyebrows at 15 years old. Then I realized at around 20 that professionals were the best way to go and it was smooth sailing from then on.
Mar 25, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

Mine was gradual

I started wearing make-up at 10 or 11 and soon after my paranoid mom though I might over pluck my eyebrows at a sleepover so she took me to get them waxed. I didn`t start shaving until I was 13, instead I started using a hair remover cream when I was 11 or 12 because I was too afraid I would cut myself with a razor.

I think it`s acceptable at 10 to start experimenting with beauty products and I think it`s completely acceptable for parents to take their daughter to professionals, as long as it`s because they daughter wants it and it`s not the parents forcing her. What I don`t agree with are the parents who take their little girls (6 - 8 -year-olds) to get them waxed or even botoxed.

Yesterday on the radio I heard about a mom who is giving her 8-year-old daughter regular botox injections to help her compete in pageants.
Mar 25, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

Pretty early

I started experimenting with makeup from quite early on. My parents never stopped me from wearing makeup and painting my nails, but I did try shaving my legs when I was 11. Later that day my mom discovered what I did when she was cutting my toenails and was NOT pleased. Perhaps a good indicator is: when you are old enough to cut your own toenails, you are old enough for other grooming! :p
Mar 25, 2011 @ 01:05 pm

Good to experiment

I think that it's good to let your child start experimenting with makeup when they show an interest, but until they master how much is appropriate encourage them to wear it only at home. If a preteen or teen really wants to wear makeup to school they'll likely sneak it like Steph on Degrassi (remember that?), and might end up going overboard to overcompensate. I saw plenty of that when I was in junior high.

I started shaving my legs when I was ten, but snuck my mom's razor. Since I didn't know what I was doing I shaved my arms too! I think it's better to have conversations with your kids about your own habits and why you do them and start the conversation off earlier so that when their peers start talking to them about it they already have a clear idea of what they think and what's acceptable at home.
Mar 25, 2011 @ 02:23 pm

On a similar tangent

Makeup and shaving is one thing, but having to think about their preteen breasts being perky enough seems extreme.

This is from Abercrombie & Fitch's children's swimwear line (via racked.com), aimed at girls from ages 7 to 14. While we're sure girls are pretty aware of the changes their bodies are going through, do they really need to be thinking about lifting yet, and why that would be desirable?
Mar 25, 2011 @ 02:50 pm

late bloomer

I remember in grade 6 I wanted red streaks in my hair, so I took my mom's favourite red lipstick and "streaked" my hair red. I then went to show off my new do to her, she laughed :-) I used to wear her heels and of course end up breaking them in half 'cuz my feet were about half the size as hers (I outgrew her size pretty fast though lol). I remember this one time in summer camp we had a stage dance show. All the other girls on the dance crew were older and had more padding up there and because we were all wearing the same costume, my under-developed figure was pretty obvious. So I took one of my moms bras and stuffed it with tissue! I made sure to fold the tissue nicely so you can't see the jagged bumpy bits ..lol

Other than that, I was a pretty late bloomer. My mom had the hygiene talk with me right as I hit puberty, so I knew what to take off to keep clean. Besides the cleanliness factor, I didn't do anything else until much older. I think I started wearing some eyeliner at 16, and didn't do my eyebrows until 19. I didn't have those parents who forbade makeup, I think I just enjoyed being a kid too much to want to grow up faster. I still do... :-)
Mar 28, 2011 @ 02:35 pm


I love that you just admitted to stuffing your bra - I did it ONCE with those bathing suit inserts.
Mar 29, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

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