I find that I'm actually quite conservative in regards to this subject. I don't plan on allowing LO to wear makeup until she is 14. I would consider cover-up if she wanted to hide some blemishes before then, but no lipstick and eye products until older.
hostess / eggplant / 11068 posts
Not until high school. And even then, it might just be gloss or clear mascara.
cantaloupe / 6610 posts
I wore lip gloss and concealer in junior high. My skin was bad and I was very self-conscious.... I think I would let her do this. My mom was a very big makeup person, so I was positively dying to wear makeup after watching her put it on every single day (My mom is a Southern Belle - you are in full-face just to go get the mail!)....And in turn, I am pretty big on makeup, so I can see my daughter watching me and that kind of fast-forwarding things the way it did for me, wanting to wear makeup earlier.
DH may have a different opinion though:) We haven't discussed it.
hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39513 posts
Not until she is 13 or 14.
bananas / 9628 posts
I would let her play with make up at home (like dress up) when she was little. For recitals, it's appropriate from a very young age IMO. But on a regular basis, 12-14 I think, but I think if she wants to wear it she needs to learn to do it well so she doesn't look like a clown, and she should learn what is appropriate & when. She's not wearing evening makeup to school in 7th grade though! But I don't think I'd mind her covering skin flaws with bare minerals or something similar, mascara and lipgloss.
cantaloupe / 6610 posts
How old are kids in junior high? It is early and my brain's not working yet, but I'm thinking 13ish??
grapefruit / 4649 posts
I have a very similar thought process to @Mrs. Bird, I think I will stall as long as possible but I might consider light make-up at 12 for a "special occasion"- meaning school dance or big party with her friends, notfamily Christmas dinner.
GOLD / kiwi / 613 posts
@jholler25: 11-14, at least where I went to school. JR high covered 6-8th grade.
GOLD / wonderful coffee bean / 18478 posts
I will say 7-8th grade but only if she needs cover up. I did not have good skin starting from then and wanted to use concealer so I would let her do that as well. But if her skin was clear, then I don't want her wearing anything until high school unless there is a special occasion.
GOLD / wonderful grape / 20289 posts
My mom bought me makeup for my bat mitzvah at 13. Ill do the same for my lo if she wants it.
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21628 posts
I think 13 is a good age. I started wearing make up around that time.
pineapple / 12526 posts
I would say about 13 as well. My niece turned 13 the first week of February and her mom let me take her to buy her first makeup for Christmas this year.
GOLD / squash / 13464 posts
I agree with a lot of the others that if she needs some sort of concealer in middle school I would be ok with that. But no eye make up or lipstick until high school. I still to this day have zero interest in make up so I hope my LOs make it easy on me and are the same. I have a friend with a daughter who is 14 and she was allowed to start wearing make up in 7th grade and she looks ridiculous every time I see her. She goes to school every day with so much eyeliner and mascara she looks like a raccoon.
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
I didn't start wearing make up until I was 17-18. I'm gonna make sure my LOs wear moisturizer with SPF from an early age. Will probably take them shopping for lipgloss (if they're interested) at 13.
grapefruit / 4800 posts
I rarely wear makeup so I hope that I can keep my daughter to a minimal makeup level but who knows. Cover up I don't really care about, she can wear that whenever she feels self conscious. Other makeup I really would rather it be minimal or only special occasions for getting glammed up but I guess once she's in high school I'll let it go more, I'll just try to compliment natural beauty when I see it.
nectarine / 2530 posts
What I won't do is what my father did, which was have an absolute freakout when my friend suggested we put on makeup one day at her house (I don't remember how old we were) and drag me out of the house while calling me a....not so nice word. To this day I don't wear makeup on a regular basis because of that event. My makeup artist at my wedding had to go with a really subdued mascara to avoid freaking me out ;).
My stepdaughter is 13 and a half now and has been wearing nail polish for at least a couple of years. She's gotten some of the brighter colors out of her system (neon, oi! ;)) and is now buying more subdued shades. She's not really into any eye or face makeup yet. In my mind, as long as it's not overly garish and she's just expressing herself, I would be fine with a future daughter trying things out without really a specific age in mind. But I think I'd also instill from an early age the concept of the key to applying makeup is to look like you aren't wearing any. Lipgloss and such isn't really a big deal to me.
GOLD / pear / 1845 posts
12 or 13? I had terrible skin when I was younger, so we'll see how my girls do.
cantaloupe / 6687 posts
I had terrible skin too so I would probably allow some concealer but do not want her to be applying tons of makeup anytime before high school.
hostess / wonderful persimmon / 25556 posts
High school. I didn't wear makeup much in high school or college and still don't wear it a lot. I hope she is the same way. I hate to see beautiful girls covering up their gorgeous skin with makeup.
GOLD / pomelo / 5737 posts
Depends. Concealer maybe earlier than other things, but even in high school there will be some limits (not a lot but just for the extremes!)
admin / watermelon / 14210 posts
i dabbled in 10th grade (15-16), and started regularly wearing lipstick in 11th grade (16-17). I think high school is a good age.
if only high school girls knew how good they had it. i didn't need makeup then but i wanted to wear it. i should have enjoyed my youth! now of course i don't want to wear makeup, but I need it!
GOLD / wonderful olive / 19030 posts
13 but I plan on teaching her how to wear it.
pear / 1764 posts
Maybe in 7th or 8th grade to cover a pimple or some fun bonnie bell lip glosses.
eggplant / 11287 posts
Probably 7th grade, because that is when I remember starting to have interest in wearing makeup.
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21616 posts
My mom didn't let me start until I was 16 and I was pretty upset about it. I wanted to at 13. But now I look at 13 year olds wearing makeup and they look like little girls, so I think I may have my daughter (if I have one) wait until she's 16... maybe. we'll see when the time comes. I think it also depends on her personality. If she is obsessed with looks and vanity, then I may hold off. But if, like some pp's said, it's more for facial issues I would be more forgiving. I had awful acne as a teen too and I would hate for my DD to feel like she can't leave the house because she's so embarrassed by her skin.
Also, for dance recitals and very special occasions I would allow it earlier.
pineapple / 12234 posts
I think as long as she has some make-up lessons from a pro then probably 12. I just want her to know that moderation is key. I'll definitely teach her good skin care/grooming (keeping neat) at a young age though. Oh and no eye-liner/dark eye make-up until 16! I'll never forget being in 4th grade and seeing girls wear eyeliner to school! Ridiculous.
blogger / honeydew / 7081 posts
I didn't start wearing it until I was 13, and for ages it was only cover up. I think we'll stick to the same rule for our kids, unless there is a skin issue that makes them self conscious.
GOLD / pineapple / 12662 posts
I started wearing makeup at 13 . . . I think it was just a little mascara, lip gloss, and pressed powder (for fancier occasions, like going to church -- I totally wanted to be able to *powder my nose*!). I would definitely allow butterbean to do the same, if she's interested.
persimmon / 1453 posts
When she gets her period maybe we'll pick some makeup out, as a way to sweeten the transition from girl to woman. I can't stand seeing little preteens flouncing around in raccoon eyes and booty shorts. Awful.
bananas / 9628 posts
@Minnie_Girl: I like the idea of doing when she gets her period! It could be a girl day! Like mani/pedi, lunch, and a make up lesson. Sounds like a really sweet way to bond over 'becoming a woman'
cantaloupe / 6800 posts
I like PP's idea of when she gets her period, if not 13-14. Def. not in the "tweenager" years, I think once you're a teenager and in middle school it's fine, in moderation.
GOLD / wonderful apricot / 22646 posts
skin stuff, 14?... eyeliner, etc? not til high school/college!
GOLD / wonderful pomegranate / 28905 posts
15/16 unless it's for acne issues. I'm not a makeup person at all so she won't be exposed to it unless through friends.
clementine / 770 posts
I just stumbled across this old thread and wanted to add to it! I wore makeup (mascara and blush) from grade 7 on. My mom and sister both don't wear it so I'm not sure where my interest came from. My mom didn't encourage or discourage. I think I'll do the same. In my opinion it's up to her to experiment with her image. Even if she looks silly for a bit.
persimmon / 1445 posts
I was allowed to wear makeup for dance recitals and plays as soon as I started doing performances (6 or 7?) with the understanding that it was only for shows. I was allowed to do daily cover up and lip gloss in middle school, maybe some extra stuff like *gulp* glitter eyeshadow for school dances. In high school I was allowed to wear whatever makeup I wanted as long as I didn't "look like a raccoon". I'll probably have the same rules for my DD, even though she is already asking for makeup at two!
persimmon / 1445 posts
@minnie_girl I really do NOT like age inappropriate clothing either! My daughter is two but wears a 3t or 4t and I already see little crop tops and bikini bathing suits in her size! There is absolutely no reason for a little girl to show off her tummy or chest area.
nectarine / 2951 posts
12-13? But I don't have a daughter!
I teach middle school and the girls seem to really grow up in 7th. They are in the midst of puberty and many wear light make up by then.
grapefruit / 4418 posts
Whenever she wants at home/on weekends. I don't know if schools have rules about it, but mine did. So middle school probably or depending on what school rules are. i want her to be free to express herself however she feels best, but be mindful towards what is appropriate and when.
coconut / 8472 posts
I'm not going to put any hard and fast rules on it. I hope to teach her age appropriate looks and proper application.
cherry / 229 posts
My mom got me makeup for primary school graduation, so basically beginning of middle school. She told me repeatedly that she regretted not letting me wear makeup earlier (I don't even think I'd asked to) because I looked so much better with mascara, blush, etc. She meant well and I'm sure genuinely felt bad about it, but for years after I really believed that I looked ugly without makeup and should never leave the house without it. Mostly I'm just hoping to avoid a repeat of this, I don't really have a set age in mind...