I know, many of us think that girls begin wearing make-up too young. At what age should a girl begin wearing make-up? There is no age when she should wear make-up, but before puberty, wearing make up is counter-productive.
First, it’s important for girls to understand that pre-pubescent skin and skin in puberty behaves differently. Certain types of make up will react differently on a girl’s face before and during puberty. puberty is a stage of development that lasts for several years. We say that children ‘enter’ puberty. Some kinds of make up can cause girls to have more trouble with acne and oily skin.
Girls who make up at younger ages often aren’t taught how to apply cosmetics properly. Girls need to be taught how to apply make-up so that it looks natural and attractive. If left to their own devices, young girls applying their own make-up may end up looking somewhat silly.
Classmates will also tease girls who wear make-up under around 7th grade. I don’t encourage teasing, of course, but it is inevitable if children are trying to look older than they really are. And that brings me to my next point. Girls look older when they wear make-up. Wearing make-up can easily add 3-5 years to a girls looks. Do you want your 11-12 year old being mistaken for a 16-17 year old? Teens boys thinking that a tween girl is actually a teenager, is only the least of the worries. Adult predators and pedophiles are on the prowl for young vulnerable girls who look older than they are. Why? Because young girls have less maturity and understanding about life. Young girls are easy prey. They are flattered by attention without really understanding why they are receiving attention.
So what is an appropriate age for a girl to begin wearing make-up? Well, to begin with, lets look at what we mean by ‘begin’. A younger girl doesn’t need a full face of make-up; foundation, eye liner, mascara, eye shadow, lip liner, lipstick and blush. That’s way too much make-up. Allow your daughter to begin wearing a light colored lip gloss and maybe a little toner or light bronzer. At 13-14 or so, move up to very light mascara or eye liner with a touch of very light eye shadow. And teach your daughters to properly wash their make up off every evening. This is for health and hygiene as well as beauty purposes. Never shame your daughter for wanting to wear make-up. It’s a rite of passage for girls. Education is the key. Work with your daughter and guide her lovingly.
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