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How young is too young to wear makeup?!

Started 1335887529.47 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1335924187.503 by Jeanhelen57

Hey ladies and gents! I know this might be "old news" but I am intrigued by the article I read about Lindsay Cross on numerous websites. She is a mother of a four year old beautiful girl named Brenna who wears makeup out in public(according to outlets). Here are two links to different websites with the articles:

http://www.inquisitr.com/228118/4-year-old-brenna-cross-wears-make-up-in-public-too-young-for-cosmetics/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47242461

The mother wrote this on Mommyish.com and many readers became outraged by the thought that a mother would allow a 4-year old to wear makeup let alone out in public. As you will read, Brenna was asked why she enjoys wearing make-up and she replied:

"Because it makes me pretty."

However, the mother claims that it is just a way for the two to bond and that her daughter doesn't understand the concept of what makeup is used for.

What do you think? How young is too young to start playing or wearing makeup?

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Jackie61335888130.37996 PostsRegistered 5/5/2007

I even think 12 is too young so maybe you shouldnt ask me. LOL. I hate seeing babyface girls with eye makeup and gloss. Looks ridiculous to me. Looks like your playing in Mommys things! {#emotions_dlg.scared}

VioletEyes1335888471.6513180 PostsRegistered 2/11/2009

I wore lipstick when I was about 12. I remember wearing it to church one Sunday and singing in the choir and all my girlfriends came to school the next day with lipstick on. I got into lots of trouble with the nuns....... {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

To this day I love lipstick and it is probably my favorite cosmetic...

I started playing with makeup when the Fuller Brush Man used to come to the house and gave me little samples of lipstick when I was about 5. From a very early age, I loved makeup....

BonnieBelle1335888481.74719353 PostsRegistered 4/13/2007

I think 12 is too young also. I would say not until at least 13.

MISERABLE661335889022.634827 PostsRegistered 12/7/2010Noo Yawk

12 and under.

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Jennifera1335889070.383876 PostsRegistered 7/1/2011

I would not allow my daughter to wear makeup, which to me was a little lipgloss, lipstick or tinted lipbalm to school until she was atleast 13! I remember when she was 9 her and her friends went to Walgreens with her girlfriends mom and she came home with a wet n wild lipgloss! She was so upset when I took it away because all of her friends were wearing theirs to school!

SUZYQUE1335889378.351511 PostsRegistered 12/29/2011

My grandaughter is 13 and her parents just started letting her wear lip gloss and a little blush and mascara. Unless she is in a play or recital eyeshadow and liner is out. My DDIL told her she can start wearing a little light eye shadow for her school dance in June. She will be 14 at the end of summer. She also just got her first pair of high heels this past Easter. They are about 2 1/2". Thankfully DDIL is friends with a lot of my DGD's mom's and they agree with each other on make-up and dress. This has taken a lot of peer pressure off the girls since they go to school together and are in the same activites. Most of the other girls her age dress much older and wear more make-up.

Rochester ­Shopper1335889476.2374922 PostsRegistered 7/20/2011Michigan

I go more by school grade than actual age.

No makeup in elementary school. 6th grade, only if at a middle school, natural color lipgloss. 7th grade can add mascara & blush. 8th grade, no limits.

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Good4u1335890222.6473193 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008USA - Midwest

That is way to young for a child to dabble in makeup. I even hate seeing it on "Toddlers and Tiaras" on TLC! Having said that, however; I was very young when I became attracted to make up...12 years old! My, my the attraction is something I never grew out of, unfortunately. My mother was not so much into makeup and it was a HUGE learning curve I had to do on my own...daunting to think what I looked like at 12 y/o!

But it is what it is...

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caligrl13358905269049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

Anything under 13 JMHO is too young~~

Wadzlla1335891198.041955 PostsRegistered 2/25/2009

This thread bring back memories of my Mom banning makeup until high school. All she managed to do is make me carry my stash of makeup with me to school and apply it there! It was actually the beginning of the end to my relationship with my Mother.

I took my daughter to Sephora and other makeup counters to start learning about makeup and skin care when she was in middle school- about 12. The store associates were very careful and subtle with techniques. She learned to apply and use makeup correctly.

Forbidding things makes them more tempting.

GoodStuff1335891391.59314947 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

Little girls have always liked to play with Mommy's makeup. Dressing up and making up are fun kinds of role play and perfectly fine. Wearing makeup out in public every day is a different thing. I'd say young girls might begin wearing a little subtle foundation (if they need it) and sheer lip gloss in junior high. By the time they're in high school, they may choose to wear a bit more makeup, but someone needs to teach them to apply it tastefully and in moderation. What Mom wants her daughter going to school looking like a hooker?

pepes mom1335892320.2975289 PostsRegistered 7/21/2005SW PA
On 5/1/2012 GoodStuff said:

Little girls have always liked to play with Mommy's makeup. Dressing up and making up are fun kinds of role play and perfectly fine. Wearing makeup out in public every day is a different thing. I'd say young girls might begin wearing a little subtle foundation (if they need it) and sheer lip gloss in junior high. By the time they're in high school, they may choose to wear a bit more makeup, but someone needs to teach them to apply it tastefully and in moderation. What Mom wants her daughter going to school looking like a hooker?

Apparently more than you'd think!!

I think when a girl is in 7th grade that lip gloss is OK, foundation if there are complexion issues. I hate to see baby faced girls with heavy makeup, especially eye makeup.

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I'm cool toned. Yellow foundations make me look jaundiced. That is NOT the look I am going for.

Lowry831335893331.983392 PostsRegistered 8/15/2008

I started experimenting with makeup in 7th grade, and I still think that's about the right time for a girl to start.

It's fine for very young girls to play with a little bit of makeup if they're playing dress-up at home, but definitely not wear makeup outside of the house.

KatherineW1335894550.4628130 PostsRegistered 3/16/2009Alabamian by Birth; Southern By The Grace of God

I let my DD start experimenting in 6/7 grade




RedConvert­ibleGirl1335894956.82714145 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005Pacific NW

Playing around with makeup at home is one thing, letting your daughter out in public is another.

Tinted lip balms and light colored gloss I think is OK around 12-13 or so. I would not do let them do anything else.

Full makeup, no matter shades and how lightly it's applied, I think should be around 15. They should at LEAST be in high school.

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Kiss my mu­tt1335895208.1571314 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006

13 and under. Why rush it-they have the rest of their lives to wear it. I don't want my girls looking older than they are.

chrystaltr­ee1335895591.41712314 PostsRegistered 5/10/2010

I definitely think baby girls should not be allowed to wear makeup when they come home from the hospital....they should wait for their christening parties. LOL Seriously though, I have two daughters who are in their 20's and I did not allow them to wear makeup until they went to high school and even then, makeup was "phased in". At 14 I let them wear lip gloss in a color that was appropriate for young girls. At 15 I let them wear mascara. At 16 they could wear anything they wanted to wear but it had to be appropriate for their age and for the occasion.

MandaKay00­211335895804.3471351 PostsRegistered 12/9/2010Knoxville, Tn

there are students at my school that are in 3rd grade wearing makeup...that is 8-9 years old. About half the girls are wearing eye makeup by the time they are 11/12 (6th grade) at our school.

I think its too young, but apparently parents allow it....I know the parent of the 3rd grader encourages it.

Becca341335896143.023761 PostsRegistered 7/30/2009CA
That is too young to wear makeup. In my opinion once you start your period you should get to wear makeup to prove it is not all bad being female lol!

Makeup Hoa­rder1335896264.0731459 PostsRegistered 1/20/2012

Just take a look at those toddlers in that "Toddlers and Tiara" show...

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brewhaha1335896282.31743963 PostsRegistered 1/14/2007Sitting in front of my computer

I think 35 is a good age to start. That's when you start to go downhill.

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LipstickDi­va1335896583.41338182 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio

I agree with those that say playing dress-up at home is a lot different than wearing make-up outside.

I think a freshman in high school is about the right age. Maybe 13-14 I would allow a lightly colored lip tint or balm of some sort.

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JustWantBe­autifulSkinn1335896608.651364 PostsRegistered 11/13/2005

Lipgloss CLEAR (fruity) roll on type is fine at ANY age: 7, 8, 9, 10 .......

Mascare LIGHTLY at 13 w/ lip gloss

Liner & Eye Shadow LIGHTLY at 15.... 16 w/ lip gloss

I've seen 10 years olds with a street walking mess FULL face CAKED on makeup

Layers & layers of mascars, full lid eye shadow & THICK liner AND blush AND lip stick - HORRIBLE!!! It's tough these day KIDS absolutely DO NOT listen

They will EITHER leave the house with it OR do it up when they get to school

di-mc1335898044.317430 PostsRegistered 12/4/2006the real world

Lipstick or gloss at age 11-12. No eye make-up before 16, except for possibly some mascara, eyeliner is too harsh, it looks bad. Foundation only to cover spots.

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MotleyCrue­4EVA1335898140.523096 PostsRegistered 7/17/2009South of Baltimore
On 5/1/2012 MandaKay0021 said:

there are students at my school that are in 3rd grade wearing makeup...that is 8-9 years old. About half the girls are wearing eye makeup by the time they are 11/12 (6th grade) at our school.

I think its too young, but apparently parents allow it....I know the parent of the 3rd grader encourages it.

When her daughter ends up pregnant by the time she's 13, who will she blame?

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