What age do you think a girl should be able to wear makeup?

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  1. sassydee profile image70
    sassydeeposted 12 years ago

    What age do you think a girl should be able to wear makeup?

    I dont think my daughter needs makeup because she has that natural beauty thing going and she is 14 years old!


  2. Sheila Lee profile image59
    Sheila Leeposted 12 years ago

    I think when you hit high school is a good time. That is the time when you are going from the childhood school era to a new era. It's a time of change for young girls then. But I do think the start of wearing makeup should be a gradual process.

  3. albertovich profile image59
    albertovichposted 12 years ago

    I don't think any Mom or Dad could really control the use of make up on a (very)young daughter thanks to Nickelodeon and other channel that encourage the use of make but I came to the conclusion that its better to have some type of control over the amount of make up used, plus it also gives them some self confidence and freedom which at that age is essential, so yes be a mom but also be a friend.

  4. cobrien profile image60
    cobrienposted 12 years ago

    At thirteen, my daughter is allowed to wea nail polish and lip gloss, makeup on special occasions only. When she starts high school, she can wear blush and eye makeup.

  5. Emmanuel Kariuki profile image91
    Emmanuel Kariukiposted 12 years ago

    A girl should never deem It absolutely  necessary to wear makeup. Makeup masks natural beauty and should only be used when modelling, acting or to cover up patches that she considers to be flaws. It should then be washed off at the earliest opportunity.

    Your skin actually thrives without makeup which are often made of chemicals and substances that ruin skin in future -ask an octogenarian. Your pores will be covered so that your skin breathes less and there is no pathway for sweat!

    Besides, makeup tends to send out signals to other people that may not be intended by the wearer. If the girl is only 14, these messages may be potentialy dangerous as she may attract older conniving characters.

    However, manufacturers need to make a profit so they market their products as if you would die without them. If I have not convinced you against makeup, let the girl choose the range that is made of plant material only as soon as she hits the age of reason - 18 years.

    1. Emmanuel Kariuki profile image91
      Emmanuel Kariukiposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for voting my answer as 'best answer.' I hope it will encourage girls and women to appreciate their inner beauty while taking care not to upset it with manmade chemicals.

  6. KT Banks profile image61
    KT Banksposted 12 years ago

    I remember that I wanted to when I started middle school, around the age of 12. But I think the amount of make up is the big concern. If they start off only being able to use lip gloss and mascara, then a few months later let them add something else, and so on, I think they learn to use and control it much better.

  7. lyjo profile image60
    lyjoposted 12 years ago

    A difficult time at best...some experimentation should be allowed under supervision and love...don't argue with her, maybe do a before and after photograph with her...make it fun...show her how to enhance her beauty with minimal make-up...and then allow her to put on what she thinks...take a photo...show her the difference and discuss what she likes & dislikes in each photo...without putting her opinions down, you'll get a good idea where her head is at and be able to better guide her...but allow her to make the decision...(it may take some time) let her know you will stand by her decision whatever it may be (and no matter how difficult it is for you) but she must know you still love her and think she is beautiful because of who she is, not what she looks like...but she will probably surprise you and eventually make the right choice however set some boundries, like, no heavy make-up during the school week and only for special occassions...these are crucial times when your daughter needs you more than ever, how you handle these area's will make or break your relationship...it won't be easy...but it will be so worth it....I went through this stage with my daughter at that age...she experimented for a bit...(and it was tough for me)....I held my ground but gave a little so she felt she was in control....worked like a charm...reverse pyscology if you will...but remember she must feel like she's in control...(even if she's not).  Best Of Luck....God Bless!

  8. Moonchild60 profile image76
    Moonchild60posted 12 years ago

    I started at 12, middle school. I grew up in the 70's and we rarely ever judged anyone on clothes, hair or make-up and I grew up in New York. My grandmother raised me that a lady NEVER. Leaves the house "un-kempt' and that meant no sweats and atleast some lipstick so she had no issue with my make-up. I think caring about what "message" it sends is giving others power over YOUR deciisions and I wasn't raised that way either.  Now, having said that, if a 13 year old wants to wear makeup my advice would be let her, but make sure she knows exactly how so she doesn't look like a clown. A young girl should not require all that much to begin with. Let her experiment and see what you can both agree on.

  9. Yaduvanshi profile image58
    Yaduvanshiposted 12 years ago

    Why do you want to hide your natural beauty under the layers of make-up. I suppose you will look better with out it

  10. tiagoz profile image58
    tiagozposted 12 years ago

    Makeup is important for girls to feel good and accepted, we cannot stop them, so let them wear it, but if you can get them to start when they are 13 or 14 years old or even older, it would definitely be better.

  11. K. Burns Darling profile image78
    K. Burns Darlingposted 12 years ago

    I am the mother of two daughters, ages 16 and 4, and I raised my niece, who is now 23;  both of the older girls were involved in dance from the time that they were around three or four, and so twice a year we had dance recitals. The oldest was a cheerleader and involved in drill team/tall flags when she was in high school, the sixteen year old daughter was/is active in theater arts, (both at school and community theater), and performance choir, all of these things REQUIRE some make-up, but the standing rule in our house is that "Until you turn 16, make-up is for dance recitals, theater, and choir/cheer/drill team competitions and Halloween ONLY!" My youngest, who wants to emulate the 16 year old, but who is only 4, began dance this year, and hasn't had her first rectial yet, but she WILL have to follow the same rule.  (It's going to be a harder battle with her, I can already tell....(sigh)... ), I explained to them in the beginning that when you are young you have perfect, beautiful skin, and that using make-up on a continual basis too early will damage it, cause break-outs, and dim your own natural beauty, and I repeated this arguement every time the issue was raised.  I did back off some when the two older girls began Junior High School, and came home complaining that ALL the other girls were allowed to wear make-up, and allow them to have mascara and pink or clear lip gloss.  When they turned sixteen, I taught them how to apply their make-up, emphasised that less is more, and am happy to report that not once have I had to tell either of them to go wash off their "clown-face," and truthfully, neither of them wears much make-up at all.

  12. ssmith1534 profile image68
    ssmith1534posted 12 years ago

    if the child is not a performer in some regard, i would say about 15-16 years old. if the child is a performer, 10 and up. personally, i'm not a big makeup person. but if i had a child and she was naturally interested in it, i would encourage her to go for a more natural look

  13. DzyMsLizzy profile image86
    DzyMsLizzyposted 12 years ago

    I think it is a very difficult thing to control.  When my daughters were young, I did not allow them to wear make up at all until they were in high school. 
    That did not mean that they didn't find a way to obtain some somehow, and apply it after they left the house! Either I would catch them, when they came home and had forgotten to remove it first, or I'd see remnants of hastily-wiped-off "goo."

    Personally, I experimented with it when I was in high school, and for the most part, it was just too much trouble. (I was a tomboy, anyhow.)  I'm now 63, and I still don't wear the stuff--I have better things to do with my time than "fussing with my face."  Anyone who does not like the way I look is free to look the other way.

    What I find disturbing is the AMOUNT of this garbage that so many young girls plaster all over their faces.  They look absolutely disgusting.  Instead of looking like the beautiful young women that they would be without it, they end up looking like 55-year-old hookers who have lost their street corner.  If only they could see themselves as others see them, and see their plastered-on makeup in the same light as the body image issue that causes some to develop anorexia and bulimia, they would never want to wear makeup again.
    Can you tell I'm an opponent of make up, at all, for anyone?  (Except as another person pointed out, for theater and other such 'on stage' activities.)
    If the point is to "appear beautiful" in order to---what? Attract a date or mate?  Then, plastering all that goo onto one's face amounts to false advertising.
    And that's my answer--so I think no one should wear makeup, regardless of age, but certainly prohibited to youngsters.

  14. sen.sush23 profile image61
    sen.sush23posted 12 years ago

    Any kind of face-powder, or stuff usually will clog your pores, unless scrupulously cleaned off. Simply using face-powder for a long period takes away the natural oil of your skin and makes it a bit rough with time. Just as soap on your face does the same. A young child will naturally be excited about make-up as she may be observing the visual transformation in her mom or an elder sister. To take it a bit playfully, allowing her to experiment, while holding her hand as to what is beautiful and what (any excess) can be ugly, is a good way to develop her sense of color, texture and balance. It may not only be for  personal use, but she may actually learn the tricks of the trade and if she has a knack for it, she may very well take on as a make-up artist. But she is young, and open to suggestions, so while allowing her a little freedom, give her the healthy suggestions of how make-up may down-play her naturally beautiful sheen and shine.

  15. shweta25 profile image60
    shweta25posted 12 years ago

    Make-up has no age as such.Even a toddler might imitate her mom with the lipgloss and bangles,whatever appeals to her.Its only when children grow up that we start noticing them and kinda correlate the things they do with what we did when we were like them.Children,as they grow-up love to try out new stuff,be it from "make-up" to "boozing" to anything.It depends on how you tackle them.If you ask her to not put on "make-up",she will do it all the more.You should just encourage whatever she does,and with a positive attitude itself tell her the benefits of natural products and natural beauty giving maybe your own example,or somebody in your family who was very naturally beautiful..

    1. sassydee profile image70
      sassydeeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      very good point thanks

  16. khdijan profile image59
    khdijanposted 12 years ago

    There is much beauty in simplicity, if God has gifted you daughter with natural beauty she does not need any makeup..............As simplicity attracts more....

  17. Alpha-Authentic profile image42
    Alpha-Authenticposted 12 years ago

    Excuse me mam sorry to deviate from the topic. Your daughter  is smoking hot with or without makeup!

  18. davenstan profile image61
    davenstanposted 12 years ago

    I was 14 years old when I was allowed to wear makeup in public.

  19. Swetankraj profile image61
    Swetankrajposted 12 years ago

    Makeup is a thing which every girls love to do but it is necessary to prevent it from excess use of it. There should be a limit in it. As we know there are lots of chemicals and stuffs which will affect our skin not quickly but not too slowly. It should be cared to parents and girls especially that excess use of something can cause bad affects. Be simple and you will definitely look great. If chances arrives for parties and others, parental advise is necessary if you are under 18.

  20. MsKejci profile image60
    MsKejciposted 12 years ago

    Yes, I agree! I thing that just a soft lipgloss and a little mascara is enough - for special ocasion, not for every day, ofcourse big_smile

  21. stanzi11 profile image71
    stanzi11posted 12 years ago

    I was 15 when I started to wear everyday make-up, but nowadays young girls start to wear it much earlier. I have seen girls as young as 8 wearing make-up, that in my opinion is not right. I would say 15-16 is the right age to start.

  22. profile image58
    shorty72posted 12 years ago

    My daughter done the dance thing and only wore makeup for that. Now that she is going into highschool, every now and then she will put a bit of eyeliner on or eyeshadow. She never goes over the top though she says she doesn't need the rest she is happy with the way she is.

  23. researchpapers profile image60
    researchpapersposted 12 years ago

    If this is your daughter then I must say that she is still in make up.

  24. StellaSee profile image75
    StellaSeeposted 12 years ago

    I think it depends on the type of makeup. If it's a little eyeliner/eyeshadow/lipgloss I think it's okay to start around 14. My friend told me that she saw an interview where Kim Kardashian was saying how she used to trade foundation application tips with her friends when they were around 13. Now that's too young for foundation!

  25. Express10 profile image84
    Express10posted 12 years ago

    Total beauty, makeup would only detract. When she gets older she will wonder what she was thinking and wish she could have this natural beauty back. In general, I would say a girl might be able to wear one or two cosmetics at the age of 16. When middle and high school girls wear too much makeup, it simply doesn't look good and can take them forever to put on and take off.

  26. jirel profile image76
    jirelposted 12 years ago

    I think she can start wearing make up when she reaches 16.In my case I started when I was 19.

  27. Valeriepeccarelli profile image61
    Valeriepeccarelliposted 9 years ago

    I was 13 when I started wearing makeup.  However, I think that's too young.  I won't allow my daughters to wear makeup until they're 16.


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