When should I let my daughter start wearing makeup?

Real Mom Problem

“Do you let your daughter wear any makeup? My daughter is so concerned about her looks, it is driving me crazy! I am not sure where to draw the line.”

by mommy4u98 mommy4u98

Quick Tips

  • 1. Decide what age is acceptable for your daughter to wear makeup and stick with it
  • 2. Consider showing your daughter, or having a professional show her, how to apply makeup well when the time comes
  • 3. Some moms encourage their daughters to wear natural-looking, light makeup only, and don't allow full makeup till they are older

Real Mom Solutions

Makeup is fun for many girls, but you may feel it's too early to let your tween daughter wear makeup on a daily basis. These moms can help you decide whether to let your daughter wear makeup.

Set an Age When Makeup Will Be OK

  • ashlis3645

    My daughter is 10 and in the fourth grade. Several girls she goes to school with are wearing makeup. I totally disagree with it! I told my daughter she could start with lip gloss and maybe powder when she was an eighth grader but not before.

  • Forget-me-not

    My daughter is almost 14 years old and is just now starting to wear makeup. I personally think any younger than 13 is unacceptable.

  • Lorelai_Nicole

    My daughter started wearing full makeup at 11 years old, almost 12. She was starting eighth grade, and we felt she was old enough. If we waited until she was 16, she would be a senior in high school!

  • guccimomma

    My daughter will be 11 soon and we don't allow her to wear any makeup outside of the house except for lip gloss, unless it's for something special like a dance recital or a pageant. This will be the rule until she is probably 13 to 14 or so. I'm iffy as to when I will allow full makeup. I started wearing full makeup when I was 13 or 14 in the eighth grade.

  • fineyouguyswin

    My daughter will be at least 16 years old when we allow her to start wearing makeup, but we will not encourage it.

  • steelcrazy

    I could maybe see some light pink or peach lip gloss for a special occasion, but not full makeup until they're in high school.

  • zamsmom929598

    I have an 11-year-old daughter, and both her father and I say no to makeup. Kids grow up way too fast as it is, why rush all that nonsense? I told my daughter we will talk about makeup again when she is 16, but not before then. Her dad said the answer is still NO. She has a few friends who wear makeup now and they are younger than she is, and they wear way too much. To me it just looks wrong on young girls.

Make Sure She Knows Makeup Basics

  • momof6nokc

    My daughter, who's 12 and going into seventh grade, does not wear makeup except for the occasional sheer lip gloss or lip balm. When she's entering the eighth grade, I will take her to a makeup store and have the ladies do her face and then have them teach her how they do it. I will buy the makeup they use and she will be on her way! I did this with my older two girls and they are very good at applying makeup and they are quite reserved and natural looking with it.

  • girlsclubmom

    I was thinking for my daughter's 14th birthday I'd get an appointment with a consultant to help her learn the minimal basics of makeup with good products. I was thinking I would make that a tradition in our family for the birthday before high school.

  • minimo77

    My daughter is only nine right now. I'm okay with lip gloss, but that's it. But I have already told her, when she is old enough to wear makeup, I am taking her in to a professional so they can show her the proper way of doing things. That way, she doesn't have to go through the "let's play makeup and make myself look like a clown" stage! I will also stress the importance of skin care and washing her face.

Some Moms Allow Only Natural Makeup

  • FindersKeepers

    My daughter, 12, was allowed to wear makeup starting in sixth grade but only a natural amount. The first few months of the sixth grade school year, she wore it every day. After she realized what a pain in the butt it was, she stopped. I do not wear makeup every day, only if I am going to a work meeting, special occasion, or outing. I do not worry about my daughter wearing too much makeup because so far, she has taken the cue from the rest of our "au naturel" family. I think if we had forbidden makeup, she would have been absolutely drawn to it.

  • Morrigan333

    My 11-year-old daughter is allowed to wear lip gloss, lipstick (paler shades), and LIGHT eye shadow. No mascara yet, no eyeliner, no blush.

  • melanielmcgee

    My daughter recently turned 12. She's allowed to wear only natural colors of eye shadow and lip gloss or balm. She also wears powder and blush. No mascara, no liner, no liquid foundation. If I could find clear mascara, I'd let her wear it because, like everything else, you almost can't see it.

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