How old were your daughters when they started wearing makeup?

Dawn - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 13 and has yet to ask me if she can wear makeup, I know it will be soon, because all her friends are wearing it. I really don't want her to, she has perfect skin and is beautiful without it. Was wondering what other moms did and how old they were. Thanks

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Well, they usually start likin makeup when they are going through puberty or the teen years, I let my daughter breathe a little because when she asked the first time even though I said no, she begged without whining which proved that she was mature enough to handle it, that's like squeezing an overweight person into a super skinny bed, you want them to fit but they can't and you shouldn't make them.

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Chaya - posted on 07/24/2012

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I was about middle school whenI started wearing makeup, but my sister would steal it so I quit buying it except when I went home. I don't wear it now because there's no point in buying stuff for my sister to steal. (She still bitches at me about how I'm such a slob)
My daughter started asking me about makeup, so I contacted a woman in my church who could teach her to do it right. Right being right colours, right amount. Problem solved. If you can't do it yourself, find a friend who can.

Donna - posted on 04/11/2010

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my daughter is 11 and has just started wearing it ......she's only interested in wearing mascara, a tiny bit of blush ....and sometimes she'll wear a bit of coverup and powder......being she's ONLY 11 years old I'm OK with these few things .....
eyeliner, dark eyeshadow etc etc are completely out of the question though

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Geimy - posted on 07/27/2012

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I have 4 daughters and three are old enought to wear it now. My 18 year old was 14 when I felt she was old enough. I had decided to go out and buy her the makeup I felt was for her age instead of her going to school and borrowing her friends makeup and going behind our backs. She was my stepdaughter and it really gave us a chance to really get close. 5 years later and we are as close as if she were my own flesh. And the added bonus is that she has her younger sisters who look up to her and she is so good with her makeup that she has taught them that they needed to wait until I said it was okay and now she is teaching them.
Makeup is one of those issues that none of us mothers want our little girls to start wearing because it reminds us that they are growing up. But it is also one of those issues that helps us to talk to our daughters before they get too old to want to talk to us. And they can understand that we are not just mothers but we did at one point go through pretty much all that they will be going through.
I know that it has helped me get closer to two of my step-daughters and my own daughter as well. We enjoy getting ready and teaching each other techniques and going to the store and buying the latest in makeup.

Jen - posted on 02/01/2012

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I let her wear the simple stuff (eyeshadow, blush) when she was 10, but no mascara or eyeliner until middle school.

Kimberly - posted on 01/29/2012

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My girls are 13 and 12. My 13 year old only wears some coverup for acne. She has no interest in wearing it. I have bought her light colored eyeshadow, powder, blush and mascara for when she's ready. My 12 yr old has been using makeup from girls at school. I am a RN and was so upset as meningitis is spread amount pre-teen and teen girls from sharing makeup. I have told my girls to never share make up. I bought some light eyeshadower and blush for the 12 year old, as she is going to wear it anyway behind my back , I would rather she be safe. She knows she won't be allowed mascara until she's 13. I would rather they wait until 16, but it is hard, all the girls are wearing tons of makeup at school so young know. I have 2 beautiful girls and feel they don't need it, but that is the Mom in me talking!

Thalassa - posted on 01/22/2012

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I allowed my daughter to use eye liner in the 8th grade; eye shadow in the 9th; and, lip gloss in the 10th.

Before then, she was only allowed to wear chap stick or vasaline on her lips.

She is now in the 11th grade and have not yet asked to wear lip stick...and, I am keeping my fingers crossed that she don't. Because, it will not happen! Not until she is atleast 21.

Tayla - posted on 10/29/2011

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i was 11 when i started wearing foundation and mascara. then at 12 i wore eyeliner aswell. im now 14 and i never leave the house without foundation, lots of mascara and eyeliner all around my eyes. i think that you should let your daughters wear makeup as young as 11 because there is nothing wrong with it

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When my daughter was 7, she started wearing it for dance recitals... I let her keep the lipstick, blush, & eyeshadow for at-home play/dress up. She did not leave the house with anything more than colored lip gloss. However, over the years, I've relaxed a bit. She is almost 12yo, and although I've never specifically TOLD her she can/can't wear certain makeup, she seems to instinctively know that she is too young for mascara & eye liner... However, she does, on occasion, wear blush &/or eyeshadow to school (and has been for a couple years, now). I don't believe in the word "No" unless absolutely necessary, and I don't believe she shouldn't wear any makeup, either. Just like junk food, makeup should be done in moderation. If she's wearing too much (which has only happened once, that I can remember), she's told to lighten it up a bit. She's a responsible, respectful child, and as long as she doesn't overdo it, we're okay with it.

Melissa - posted on 09/19/2011

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I let mine wear it very lightly at 11, thats when she started shaving her legs to. I let that happens cuz kids were making fun of her hairy legs at school. She is almost 14 now and hardly ever wears make up still yet but when she does she knows how to wear it.

Jen - posted on 05/01/2011

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I've thought about this for 5 year's now. ;) My oldest daughter is 11; but she was 6 when she talked to me in a very serious tone, about how she'll be old enough to wear make-up whens he turns 7. I told her no. Children's girly lip gloss and nail polish are the only things I let her wear. ;)

I thought middle-school would be a decent age for her to wear a bit more make-up. She'll be 12/13 when she starts middle-school. If she's interested in it; and her friends are doing it too.

I don't wear make-up and I have no idea how to work that stuff or apply it. I've seen young girls who look like street-walkers because they dont' know how to apply make-up. So when my girl is ready...I'm taking her to a professional to learn how to apply make-up in a young girls/teen way. I dont' need her looking like an adult..or a street-walker.

Nelly - posted on 12/05/2010

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My daughter is 14 and still hasn't asked me if she can wear make-up either

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I also taught my daughter how to put on her makeup, which is eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, and blush. I told her should doesn't need foundation.

Mary - posted on 11/19/2010

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I let my daughter start wearing at age 10 but I taught her how to wear it and she only at that time wore eye color and lip gloss...now age 13 she wears eye liner and foundation not much more than that...she loves her eyes and wants to bring more color to it...she has always had big pretty eyes

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I let my daughter wear makeup in 8th grade, with the stipulation that she maintain good grades, and help around the house.

Candi - posted on 10/13/2010

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My daughter is only 10 but her friends are already wearing makeup. My daughter has naturally tanned skin and long eyelashes. Once in a while she will put on colored chapstick. When I have to pile makeup on her for her dance recitals she complains about how it feels and thinks she looks like a clown. I tell her to remember that!! I told her make-up will give her acne by clogging her pores, so she steers clear of it! I tried putting fake lashes on her for Halloween last year, but her real ones were longer and you couldn't even see the fake ones! I know before she gets out of middle school she will want to wear a little of this or that and as long as it looks neat, I don't have a huge issue with it. I was 16 before I wore any. No reason, I just didn't want to. I know kids are growing up faster these days though.

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I was 8 when I started experimenting with makeup at home, and 13 when I started wearing it to school. My 11 year old likes to practice putting on makeup. Show her how to use makeup to enhance her own beauty and be as natural as possible. Makeup to cover acne can be self-esteem enhancing too but she needs to know how to put it on without caking it on. A friend of my mom's was an esthetician and she taught me how to apply makeup.

Luz - posted on 07/13/2010

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My daughter is 12 she likes make up but she knows that she is not allowed my husband frowns on young girls with make up. She can wear lip gloss and nail polish. I applied some for her graduation and prom she wore some mascara and very subtle eye shadow.

Tracey - posted on 05/30/2010

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My daughter is/was 13 when she started to apply a little. She uses a natural foundation blended with her skin tone (covers mild acne) and she wears a little eyeliner. She doesnt wear it to school at all. Only wen we are going out and very little.

Tanya - posted on 05/05/2010

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I allow my 12 yr. old to wear lipgloss daily. On special occasions she is allowed eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick in neutral shades for her skin tone. However, she is not allowed to use mascara, eyeliner, and foundation. When we buy her makeup we go together and pick out shades that suit both her age and skin tone and she has been fine with that.

Carmen - posted on 04/29/2010

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my daughter ask at the age of 11,i told her no but she can wear gloss on her lips only.i dont want my child looking older then she needs to look.shes beautiful without the gook.now when she turns 15 then the choice is hers,but im sure shell opt out of it,she knows she a winner without it

Leigh - posted on 04/28/2010

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My daughter is 10 and wants to wear makeup but I don't let her. Maybe clear lip gloss. i let her play with makeup but she doesn't leave the house wearing it. i keep telling her that I didn't use makeup until I was an adult and that at this point in her life she doesn't need it. She is naturally beautiful and eventually she will learn that most boys like the natural look. I probably won't let her wear "heavy" makeup if she really wants too until she is 16..They groww up too fast already!

Traci - posted on 02/03/2010

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I TOTALLY AGREE! They will do it behind your back, and Id rather get them the right products for their skin, and have them learn from a professional the proper way to use the products, rather than to use a friends in the bathroom and come home with pink eye, or possibly even herpes because they used someone elses stuff.

Cathy - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have two daughters ages 19 & 15. I was more strict with the older & discovered she would borrow her friends make-up at school. I think you are better off buying the lighter colored make-up & showing your child the proper way to wear it then letting them borrow thier friends make-up that could be dark & because of not knowing the proper way to wear it putting it on heavy & not how we would want them to wear it. We can tell them what we want but the truth is they will do it behind our back.

Tara - posted on 02/02/2010

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My daughter was 13 when she really started to wear make-up. I thought it was too soon, but when I think back, that is the age I wanted to wear make-up and did for the most part. But of course her friends are all into it...I don't think there is a whole lot wrong with it..as long as she is taught how to wear it to enhance her features instead of pasting it on. Good Luck!

Christina - posted on 01/30/2010

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my oldest is 13 and her friends are wearing makeup already. my daughter doesnt ask to wear it because she doesnt see me wear it. most of my jobs have been jobs there was no point in wearing it because i would sweat it off. my bf says that if god wanted you to wear it he would have made you born with it. and he also tells my kids that the best looking women is when they wake up next to you with their hair everywhere. that could be why but it could ve cuz she never sees me wear any. i dont wear it because i dont like the way it feels if i need makeup for anything i go use my sisters.

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter was 11. She wanted to cover her acne. I am clueless when it comes to make up so we went to Caryl Baker and got a make up consultations to show her what colours to use and how to apply it.

Ginette - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter was 12 when she started wearing make up but it wasn't caked on either.....she had only eye liner and base to hide her acne.....It's not so bad for her to want to look good but make up needs to be put on tastefully as i'm sure you agree...I showed her how to apply it properly before she started wearing it in public....Hope this helps

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