There’s no set age for girls to wear makeup, but 12-13 is the minimum age to wear makeup in daily life or school. Younger than this age should not be expected. A Mintel’s research revealed that more than half of US 12-14 year olds use mascara (54%), as well as eyeshadow, eyeliner and eyebrow pencils (54%).
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What Age Should Girls Wear Makeup?
It seems that girls are wearing makeup younger and younger. Many girls start wearing makeup at 12 -13. There is no age limit to wearing makeup. It really depends on why they want to wear it, how much make-up they are wearing, and their parents’ reaction.
Some girl wears makeup because she has a passion to learn it as an art, some may use it to cover a blemish (ex. acne), while some do it as others do it.
Light Makeup With Interest
At the age of 12 to 13 (puberty), many girls want to try different looks by applying makeup as they think it is interesting. They go to school with mascara or something mild like that. This behavior can be understandable but it is not good if wearing makeup with a full face.
If you’re the parents who can accept your girl wearing light makeup, give your child the room to develop their own personal style.
Wears Makeup Due To Pressure
It is not good if the main reason your daughter’s makeup is because she feels pressured as most girls among her do wear makeup at an early age. As parents, better to raise your children to think independently, not to follow the crowd or be pressured by others.
Should You Let Your Daughter Start Wearing Makeup?
Understanding the Pre-Adolescent Mind
When your daughter enters puberty, she starts to present herself by her personal styles, such as makeup, clothing choices, and hairstyle. Hormones control your child’s behavior, not you. A girl wearing makeup sometimes means she is growing up. And you may not want your child to grow up fast.
The way young girls look at themselves is quite different from their parents. You can think when you were young. So as parents, you’d better listen and allow your daughter to express their own identity. You have no authority to control her appearance, but you can persuade and guide what certain styles to wear, and what not.
Wait But Can Start with Light Makeup
Many parents prefer their children don’t wear makeup until she is a bit older. Talk and explain to your child waiting is the better opinion if she is too young. But as you know, once she develops an interest in makeup, you can’t make her not love it. So you cannot simply stop her from wearing it.
You can make a compromise that she could start with light makeup (ex. lip gloss, mascara) that makes her feel good, but the amount and type should be restricted.
Teach your child how to make up properly and buy makeup as gifts for her. Spending time together with your girl in watching YouTube makeup videos. In this way, you can learn more about your girl’s interest and attitude towards makeup.
Every girl can have makeup, but shouldn’t wear makeup too early. If she is really interested in it, start with light makeup. As parents, you’d better listen to what your girl thinks about makeup and guide her in this new thing in their life.