should an 11 year old be allowed to wear make-up?

Rhonda - posted on 01/29/2010 ( 157 moms have responded )

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My 11 year old wants to wear make-up. She says all her friends are allowed.

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Savannah - posted on 06/15/2013

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It's totally normal for your 11 year old to wear makeup. But talk to her about her confidence, let her know she's beautiful with or without makeup. With most girls, makeup makes them feel prettier. Only let her use natural and light colors that match with her skin color. Black eyeliner is fine, depending on her skin color you may want to try a brown though. Preferably only on the top, Mascara..try to look for a clear mascara, it might fit her best. Eyeshadow, try to only let her use browns/tans/whites. A pink/purple depending on how light it is will probably look okay. as long as it's light amounts, lipstick is a no although. Lip gloss it a yes! whatever colors you think fits her best, maybe a shiny pink lip gloss that doesn't stick out too much. Makeup is totally fine, you just need to make sure she only uses light amounts so it looks natural, Most girls around 11 are ready to wear makeup, wanting to feel confident and grown up. and it's totally okay! Let her be herself, but make sure she knows to keep it natural. and don't listen to all the girls saying it's gross and not normal looking and she shouldn't wear makeup. It just depends on the amount of makeup that she wears.

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I'm turning eleven next week and I was allowed to wear eyeshadow about last week, only to girls parties. I just wanted to try it out, it seems so cool and fun! I like using it but just cause I like it, not cause I wanna blend in. My BFFS aren't allowed but they are allowed to play with it, I wanna ask my mom for more but I figured I should be thankful, she said no mascara since its heavy and hard to get off and my eyelashes are the kind people use mascara to have. So I'm allowed to wear tan eyeshadow and I really like it, I'll ask for cover up soon. The parents just think that u want to blend in when really you want to have fun, you still are a kid. Just give her some freedom like tan eyeshadow and cover up and clear mascara.all parents say that we are beautiful but we don't think we're ugly, we just want to enhance and still be kids :)

Kerry - posted on 08/12/2013

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Yes.. Only blush and lip gloss and maybe some light shadow and like a bit of mascara only for parties. That's when my daughter started

Aimee - posted on 04/07/2013

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Im 11 and only just recently started with makeup, but i now kind of have an addiction to it:/ Lol but i don't cake it up i wear it normally, even without makeup I look 13 just because i am quite tall and i just look 13 loads of people say even without makeup lol, so if i just touch up my face with some makeup i still look 13 even though i'm 11, My mum knows i wear some stuff but she is fine with it, she still is nice and all lol xx hope this kind of helped x

Carmen - posted on 08/14/2013

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no ,not at 11. make up. just messes up your face. she too young
How were you when you strated. wearing it?

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Perla Sophia Perez - posted on 11/01/2014

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Yes girls at 11 years old should wear makeup they can wear mascara,Lipstick,eyeshadow,eyeliner,blush,makeup,they can feel in there eyebrow's and also girl's at 11 can wear high heels they have left their puberty at 10 years old so they are already teenager'so once they turn 11 they can use anything teenager girl uses high heels makeup and they can go on dates and stay over at there friends house even at her boyfriends house she can go there just to play so whatever your girls ask you you give them that

Hello.. - posted on 08/08/2014

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I'm 12, and I'm allowed to wear makeup, and I have been for quite a while, ever since I was little really. I think if she enjoys using it and stuff, let her. But, if your daughter just wants to wear it because all her friends are, or because she's insecure, I think you should talk to her about it :). I personally wear makeup because I like makeup, and I've always been into anything artsy. For school and day to day, I don't think she should be doing a Kim Kardashian look or anything. But other than how it can damage your skin, make up isn't harmful, just make sure when she does wear it she cleans it off every night, and that she doesn't use it wrong. Other than that wearing makeup isn't harmful at all. Wearing makeup isn't some rebellious or big thing, it's just in my opinion another form of self expression. :)))

Saoirse - posted on 07/06/2014

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well just because there alloud u shouldent ware makeup till ur atleast a teen

Saoirse - posted on 07/06/2014

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im 10 my mom thinks i shouldent wear makeup until im atleast 12 because it gives u spots and your beauty dosent grow on make up and if people make jokes about how u look there jelouse of u x :)

Olivia - posted on 06/29/2014

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I'm 11, almost 12 and I where makeup. I think translucent powder, mascara, light color eye shadow, conceler(if she has acne) and lip gloss is fine.teach her the basics and let her know she is beautiful.

Girltip - posted on 03/27/2014

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It's ok to wear makeup as long as its a light amount. When you are playing you can honestly wearing it how much you want. But here is a tip if you wear too much make up daily it makes your eyes itch and your skin will become not soft. Try to use natural products and use light colors, otherwise if your colors are to heavy and you rub your eyes you will look like a raccoon and if your colors are too heavy its gives you less of a natural look. Wearing make up really depends on how you feel and your parents. You should wear make up if you're comfortable with how it feels mentally and physically and if you are happy how you look wearing make up you should perhaps wear makeup ,it also depends on your parents too because they should agree on how you look otherwise they mights you may not wear it. Honestly wearing makeup is not just for adults, but only wear it if you like it and feel happy.

Kate - posted on 12/22/2013

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My daughter started wearing makeup this year and she doesn't wear a lot Just tell your daughter yes you can wear some just dont look Like a Barbie

Leah - posted on 12/16/2013

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I'm 13 and I do have makeup but i only wear foundation blusher and mascara. I have hardly any spots or redness. I started when I was in year 7 about when I was almost 12 in February. Only use a small amount but I think it boosted my conference because I was almost the only person that didn't wear it so don't let your child feel like that.

Hope this helped x

User - posted on 10/15/2013

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I'm 11 nearly 12, i wear make-up like foundation,concealer,lipgloss. I've recently moved up to my comp where everyone wears make-up and once you start to try it and start doing it most days you get used to it so you just start putting it on. To be honest i only wear it to cover up spots because i've started to get alot recently. I think you should let her because it's so nice to feel like you fit in because every girl i know in my comp wears make-up. I think it's a nice way to show your child growing up.

Ariya Mone - posted on 06/15/2013

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my a 11 year old says wants to wear make-up and she says the samething to

Suzi - posted on 06/01/2013

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She should wear it if she wants to (regardless of what the school says, if you ask me!)

Lauren - posted on 05/20/2013

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One Of My Kids, Kayla Is 12 Now . She wears makeup but not a huge amount of it. She dances so she is used to makeup. If your daughter feels comfortable in makeup then let her try out a few days and make sure that she doesn't go over the top. We all want our children to stay little. This is the stage where we, the parents know that this is when my child is growing up. But. She's still only 11.

Rebecca - posted on 05/20/2013

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I'm 17, and I remember being that age. Nobody my age wore makeup when I was that age to be honest! To be honest, it's not whether you let her wear makeup or not, it's how she views herself wearing the makeup. If she thinks she is ugly without it, and makeup will make her beautiful- that's a problem. But the makeup itself won't harm her!

Delaney - posted on 05/04/2013

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Im twelve in three days, and my mom just granted me permission to wear light makeup today. Her words were something like "I think at your age, honney,very light amounts of makeup should do justice. I dont mind, just dont go running around town like Baby-Boo Boo or something." after I asked if I could wear makeup. After correcting her Baby-Boo boo mistake, I jumped for joy. As I'm so not a mum, I thought maybe another pre-teens point of view may help. I honestly think even my age is to young, from a mature point of view, but makeup sounds fun, and harmless. I dont plan on wearing it everyday, maybe just some mascara, light (very, very, very, very, very light) eyeshadow, lip gloss and that's it.

Aimee - posted on 04/07/2013

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If you secretly want to wear makeup you could just go on your own into town with some money and buy some makeup and some things that AREN'T makeup so if your mum asks you what you got, you could hide the makeup you bought and just show her the things that aren't makeup so she isn't suspicious. (If that makes sense) Try and show her your responsible enough to wear makeup and wear it correctly:) Hope this helped lol

Aimee - posted on 04/07/2013

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I have been 11 for about 2 months now, (Yeah I know i'm not a mum lol) And i sometimes wear makeup like foundation and blush and that stuff, my mum (im english) said she doesn't really want me wearing makeup cos she said i don't need it. Im going to secondary school in september and in the secondary school i'm going to, your not allowed to wear any other makeup except from foundation. (I will probably just wear foundation and brow pencil) I know i'm young for makeup. but for ages i've seen loads of youtube makeu guru videos and i know how to use makeup and making it looking natural+my mum sometimes tells me a few things too. My mum never gets angry at me wearing it, sometime she doesn't even notice! But anyway i think it doesn't really matter what age, but they at least have to know how to wear it responsibly enough:) Hope this helps lol:)

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My mother says that I can't wear make up
Until I am 18- 19 years of age. The reason I predict she doesn't want me to wear make up is because when she was my age she grew up in a strict country and with strict parents that would really disapline her in a very abusing way and not let her have thing she wants it. However, my mother says that make up would damage your face but the thing that bothers me is that I told her that we are not back home , we are in Canada and almost all the girls that are the ages 12-13 can wear make up. She is saying to me that I am a bad kid that is getting leaded to the wrong road. Plz give me some advice

Sallie Ben - posted on 04/02/2013

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Luckily for me the school has rules about it. Call your school and find out, don't take her word for it. Then I allow my daughter (also 11) to experiment with make up on the weekends. If it isn't a total freak show I let her wear the make up when we go somewhere.

On Monday it is back to no make up. If she gets a blemish I do let her cover that for school but that is all.

Maybe start with a weekend policy. Good luck!

Ebonie - posted on 03/25/2013

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I just turned 11 and I'm allowed to wear makeup. I've been allowed to wear makeup since the age of 7 (The way little children would mess around with it or wear it to other children's parties) I currently wear foundation, several face&eye creams (for bags and moisturising) lip gloss/stick, mascara, eyeshadow and occasionally eyeliner. My mom's always taught me how to put it on correctly, and not to make it look gaudy. If you want them to wear it, but not look ridiculous, maybe show them some of YouTube beauty guru videos. Most beauty guru's videos are family friendly and easy to do. It's better for them to wear it and look gaudy/ridiculous now, than when they're older and fooling around with boys. Starting at this age will teach them how to apply makeup correctly for when they're older, and make them feel more mature. I know I do. Also, it can help raise self-asteem. I used to have terrible self-asteem, but I noticed that makeup makes me feel more beautiful. Plus, if you wear makeup, why can't they?

Penny - posted on 03/23/2013

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Well, only if they don't get two carried away! The other day I saw a little girl with blush on all over her face... I thought it was cute, but maybe teach them a thing or two first!

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I'm 11 in the 6th grade and I wear some makeup. I really love it and love researching different products. I wear mascara, concealer, eye primer,powder, blush, and lip gloss. I really want more like eye liner and bronzer but my mom says that I don't need it that I'm too pretty. But overall yes I think 11 year olds can wear makeup if they can apply and wear it properly.

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Agreed!!. My grand daugher has her own make up and is 13 but at 13 she looks 15. She tall slendar and she puts on her makeup very well not heavy very light and age approiate. Its the 11 and 10 year olds wearing makeup and they look 15 that is rediculous.

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I hope your mother cares what you do . At eleven you should do what your mom tell you and if you mom allow eye make up ok. but please never share your make up other people may have bacteria on them you don't have and cause infections or blemishes that leave scares . Be responiable and have your own eye make up don't share moms.

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I let my daughter apply any makeup she wants, as long as it's well applied. I know I'll get a lot of backlash for this, but she's 13, and it's her face. I'm not the one that has to be seen in it. she is.

Denise - posted on 02/10/2013

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It is amazing that they are using make up at this age, however, my daughter's school friends are. She is a fair skinned blonde and wears clear mascara and clear lip gloss. I have explained to her that more would be garish and look ridiculous on a young tween. I was surprised when we went bra shopping and I had difficulties in finding a bra that did not have heavy padding. I believe our current culture and advertising encourages these children to grow up too quickly, but it is what it is.

Low - posted on 02/10/2013

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why not you should let her im 11 i was alowed at 10 well actully 9 i wear eyeliner mascara bronzer foundation powder lip gloss of corse lip gloss goes every were with me i dnt realy wear eye shadow let her its just stuff u put on ur face to make your self feel good

Anya Emma - posted on 12/09/2012

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It really to you. I have a daughter at 9, was 9 in June there, and she's not allowed , maybe a little mascara and lipgloss but you don't want to let them plaster themselves in makeup at a young age, they've got their teenage years for that.

Sam - posted on 12/02/2012

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I'm an 11 year old and I wear concealer, bronzer, mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow everyday. I only wear neutral colors (except eyeliner, I wear black). In 4th grade I was allowed to have light blush, cream eyeshadow, and clear mascara, in 5th I could wear mascara, eyeshadow, concealer, and light blush. Now I'm in 6th and my mom doesnt care what I do. All my friends wear it, it's really no big deal, as long as the kid knows makeup is supposed to enhance your features and can apply it correctly. Hope I helped! :) Sam ♥

Keekee Marcella - posted on 11/11/2012

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My daughter is 11 finto be 12. Who thinks i should let her wear eyeliner cause its just her face?

Sydney - posted on 11/04/2012

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yes let them there getting to that age i have a 11year old who wears makeupp only on weekends though not to school should i let her wear it to school

Sydney - posted on 11/04/2012

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my 11 year old wears makeup she does not wear it to school only on weekends should i let her wear it to school????

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Remember the quite ones the ones you have to worry about the most. Those that are loud and are usually all talk .

Starr - posted on 11/01/2012

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I think that at 11 some light foundation or powder (especially if they are developing acne but no heavy caked on) along with mascara and a light lipstick or lip gloss would be appropriate. I would try to encourage her to stay away from too much color, as in eye shadow etc. Maybe if its something special a lighter shimmer shadow and liner would be okay but not for everyday just going to school thing.

Dusty - posted on 10/28/2012

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Well that is your choice as a mom. You know young girls always want to fit in with everybody else. I let my little girl start wearing makeup around 11 1/2 -12. For the same reason any mom would. Every mom wants their child to be happy but that doesn't mean saying yes to everything but as our. Children grow up we shouldn't pull the rope back even more we should let them have a little more freedom. Not to much freedom but just enough to wear they are happy and you aren't pulling your hair out anymore haha!. So yes i think as a mom you should let her wear makeup but not to much make up.

DONNA - posted on 10/16/2012

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I had a friend who sold marykaye cosmetics and we had a tween makeup party and she showed them how to cleanse their faces, how to always take their makeup off @ nite..and how to apply a transparent looking soft, light make-up...she said the trick was to make people think you're not really wearing make-up...but look naturally beautiful...it helped them alot and I allowed my 11 soon to be 12 yr. old to wear it like that...it teaches them how to apply make-up, and not to look like a made up street walker when they go to school...for one thing boys really do not like that...it scares them...@ 11.

Katie - posted on 08/18/2012

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i think shes is old enough. Kids needs to be alowed to find their own way to express their personal style and makeup is a non permanent way for them to do so.

Mirissa Ellen - posted on 08/16/2012

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Im a pairent of a 12 year old girl she turnes 13 In january she wears heavey makeup and she looks beautiful ♥ withit and without it she is fine high matenance but fine if u dont let her she will eventually start sneeking. It from u thats what her best friend does xxxx hope this helped x and at the end of the day if they end up with spots thats there fault xxxxx

Brandy - posted on 08/15/2012

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My daughter, cause of her sport she does ( all star competitive cheer) has been wearing make up since she was 8. She's gonna be 11 this month and wants to wear it more often, my rule is only when she's competing, they're still lil girls I don't even like the amount they put on but understand why but told my daughter that right now at her age she can not wear it. I feel if there's no need for it then they shouldn't be wearing it, I don't even want her wearing it in high school. But that's my opinion I didn't and still don't wear make up except for mascara and that's just so I don't look tired lol

Hannah - posted on 06/24/2012

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First ask what kind ok of make she wants to wear and compromise my persional opinon is only eyeliner and mascara

Allison - posted on 06/03/2012

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Yes, you should allow her to wear makeup. My daughter is 14 and started wearing makeup at age 10. She started out wearing foundation, mascara, eyeliner (lightly on top only), lipgloss, and eyeshadow. A lot of her friends did not wear makeup until she did, but thats okay its what she wanted to do. Now she wears foundation, eyeshadow, heavy eyeliner (Top and bottom), and heavy mascara. She looks beautiful with and without makeup. Remember if you let her wear makeup, remind her its not everything. She's beautiful no matter what.

User - posted on 06/01/2012

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I have one girl 11, and I set a rule or two- she can wear or not wear anything she likes at our home, and loves getting gaudy and flouncing around with her friends here, so cute! She knows full well that it is only for at home, and for school is is bare face or very light makeup, okayed by me. When she wants to play dressup and less or more, she is free to do that at home only.

Vicki - posted on 05/31/2012

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NO NO MAKE -UP ... MAKE-UP WORN ONLY SCHOOL PLAYS OR HOLLOWEEN:

ASK HER WHY DOES SHE WANT TO WEAR IT. EXPLAIN SHE IS NOT OLD ENOUGH BECAUSE SHE DOES NOT NEED TO LOOK OLDER, EXPLAIN TO HER ITS NOT SAFE TO LOOK 14 WHEN YOUR OMLY 11. AND WHY.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/31/2012

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I don't think 11 is an appropriate age to wear make-up. I think that maybe wearing a little bit of lip gloss would be alright, but beyond that i think that's wrong for a child of that age to be wearing make-up.

Grace - posted on 05/28/2012

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when i was 4 i was allowed to wear childrens make up and when i was 9 i started wearing proper make up. i think you should have et her at a younger age. no offense only my opinion

Holly - posted on 03/22/2012

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yes let her wear make-up. im a mom of a 12 year old daughter and I let her wear a thin eyeliner mascara and lipgloss with some lipstick that blends with her lip color but a little more pinkish

girls at a pre teen age love to experiment with makeup but dont make it heavy. my daughter is thinking about wearing eyeshadow when she is in 7th grade but only light colors, back then in the 90s preteeb girls didnt wear any make up but girls these days just wanna be girls :)

Wendy - posted on 02/15/2012

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I wear makeup so I can't tell my daughter not to wear it. She is very young now and I have a few years before she will be asking for it. But the rule will stand that she can't wear it until she's 16. Our kids grow up so fast as it is, and our little girls are faced with a lot of self image issues so often. They need to see wearing makeup does not make you better.

User - posted on 02/12/2012

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I have an 11 year old and I do allow her to wear makeup.. but with some restrictions. I allow her to wear a little eyeshadow and light blush if we are going out somewhere special and are dressing up. I ensure she knows that this is not an everyday thing and that she doesn't need to wear makeup to be pretty. She is however not allowed to wear it to school as I think its inappropriate. This seems to be sufficient for her and is a good compromise.

Christi - posted on 07/16/2011

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It's not about her friends. You don't want her to get started as being a follower. It is up to you and if you are comfortable with it. My daughter is 8 and she likes to wear makeup too but it is as a play thing. It is important that makeup does not define her. She is beautiful without makeup. But if she does want to and you allow her to wear makeup then you need to be the one to teach her how to do it. She can wear makeup without looking like she is wearing makeup. Less is more these days. I see nothing wrong with it as long as her self esteem is still up there and I would wonder if she is doing it to fit in. That's not a good thing because then what is next?

User - posted on 07/14/2011

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just because her friends parents allow them doesn't mean your 11 year old should be doing the samething, it's like all the girls are the same so they should all dress the same, I DON'T THINK SO!

Jeannine - posted on 07/13/2011

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my daughter is 12 and will be 13 in October. she is going into 8th grade this year. all her friends wear eye shadow and mascara. at first I didnt let her wear make up but now that all her schoolmates are I didnt really want her to be the one to stand out and not be sucluded from other girls. so i've let her wear mascara but now she also wears alittle of eye shadow. but no blush and no foundation. i told her that would make her breakout with pimples at this young age. she is also the only one who can't shave. i've told her that she is very lucky that she has blonde hair on her legs and if she starts shaving it will grow back really dark and thick and that she would regret doing it. I think i did a good job so far but i will have to let her shave at some piont because they are hairy! ha. her cycle has'nt started yet so she's lucky for that too. i told her its painful, makes you feel horrible so now she's happy that has'nt started like all her girlfriends did. I love her and wont denie her the changes of life but i just coach her and help her understand life. good luck!! and hope this helped just a little.

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