When did you let your daughter(s) start wearing makeup?

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Registered: 02-16-2012
When did you let your daughter(s) start wearing makeup?
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Wed, 01-16-2013 - 1:14pm

Mine have already started begging, sigh! I 've relented to lip gloss but that's it. They are okay with it for now but it does make me wonder when the "right age" to allow them is? Junior high? High School? Should I restrict it to certain kinds of makeup? Help!

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Registered: 11-28-1999

I would say junior high is ok for sepcial occasions but you have to supervise and instruct them in how to wear makeup.  A young girl doesn't really need makeup of course so you want them to wear very natural looking makeup--light lip gloss, blush, maybe mascara--so they don't end up looking clownish.

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Registered: 09-12-2003

OK I don't have girls but I was maybe 11 or 12. I don't recall really asking but I do remember my mom took me to clinique counter and thinking back its a real nice memory. The lady was great, was more focused on skin care and taking care of my skin then some light foundation, neutral eye shadow and blush. Never did mascara did do eye liner but not at first. I remember eye shadows were big and lip gloss. Think the trick is when you think they are ready have them shown how to. Nothing is worse then BAD make up and it can be a good mother daughter bonding thing.

How old are your girls now? Is it a play thing or are other girls wearing it. I don't really notice grils in DS class yet into the makeup and he is in 4th grade but middle school transition starts next year so I am guessing it will peak. I don't see anything wrong with make up as dress up when they are younger or if you have a special occassion coming up a bit of eye shadow or blush. I like the natural look anyway and just use base to hide some flaws but when going out its sometimes nice and thats a message too thats sometimes importand for girls to learn young make up for just enhance you not define you so a little can go along way. think if you out right so no way ever it just wants them to have it more and then you have them sneaking behind your back.

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Registered: 07-26-1999

Mine was a bit of a "late bloomer" with make up compared to a lot of her classmates that started in early middle school, 6th or 7th grade.  I made sure from early on to teach her that make up should be worn to simply enhance natural beauty and physical features and that helped.  She did wear it for dance performances and gymnastics competitions at much earlier ages.  She wore clear mascara and lip gloss in 7th and 8th grade and really did not start wearing make up full time until 9th grade.  Other than when she is cheerleading at games and competitions which requires heavier make up, she wears her still as a senior in high school very naturally, she wears foundation eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara, rarely blush or lipstick or glosses.

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Registered: 11-01-2001

nail polish and clear lipgloss were never an issue for me.  My fil's summer reseach students pained my dd#1's nails when she was two!

DH and I allowed our girls to wear clear mascara in 6th grade.  In 7th grade we allowed light blush, eyeshadow, and brown mascara.  Lip stick was ok for special occasions.  #1 began to wear foundation as well because she has acne.  

In 8th grade we didn't put much by way of limits, and both girls experimented with dark eyeliner, which ended up being a passing phase for both, #1 by the end of 9th grade, and #2 by the end of 8th.

They both have times when heavy makeup is called for, color guard and musicals, but they really use a pretty light hand for day to day.