My 12 years old daughter G asked me last winter when she would be allowed to wear make-up. My honest answer was starting from her 16th birthday. She added that she didn’t plan to begin with wearing make-up either, she just wanted to know.
She then told me most of the third graders (14 – 15 years old girls) wear full make-up at school. G only wears lipgloss daily. She puts on mascara for special occassion. I explained to her there was no need to wear make-up because she is beautiful just the way she is. And make-up makes young girls look older and riper than they really are. It could enhance their sex appeal too. Not many young girls are aware of this effect on boys/men.
Two weeks ago, I discussed about this with friends. There is one who allows her 10 year old daughter wears make-up. This friend was suprised I don’t allow G to wear make-up, she thought I was strict. I said I am G’s mother. I decide for G, for now. That friend remarked she allows her daughter to do so, so that her daughter wouldn’t be left out. Personally I find it too young but it is her choice though. I let her know that my daughter would stand such peer pressure.
I know what decorative make-up does to young skin during my time as a dancer. I began to regularly perform since I was 5 years old. This is why I started to wear make-up (lipstick & mascara only) in my first year at the university. I was 18 years old then.
Nowadays there are 15 – 16 years old girls who wear full make-up to school thanks to Kardashian & Jenner sisters among others. Caked foundation, smokey eyes, wing black eyeliner with contouring around the nose and cheek bones. Browse on YouTube, you’ll find countless make-up tutorials by teen beauty bloggers. Some are really good, I see some talented make-up artists in the making, but they are so young. 13 – 15 years old who are busy with make-up daily. Why can’t they embrace their natural look instead?
To me daily make-up is supposed to enhance natural beauty not conceal it. This applies for young girls and adult women. I am relieved I seemingly have convinced G about this.
How old were you when you first wore make-up? And at what age would you allow your daughter to wear it?
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