My Mom let me start wearing makeup when I was in 1st grade. So I was probably six or seven. I also started babysitting my one year old brother full time at age seven, cooked full on dinners at age seven, etc... Anyway, my niece is nine and her Mom lets her wear make up outside of school, whenever she wants. My Mom is pissed about it because she has them two days and week and says it makes my niece look cheap. I disagree and think that my niece is just playing dress up. Most little girls do try to look older. I wouldn't encourage it but I wouldn't make her feel bad about herself either. She doesn't dress skimpy, she actually dresses a lot like Punky Brewster. Mismatched shoes and all. I think it is a bit hypocritical of my Mom too. As an adult I wash my face in the morning, put on lotion, mascara and lip gloss. My daughter is almost six and I am totally cool with her wearing lip gloss. As for the other makeup, I will consider it when she is older. So how young is too young to wear make up for a little girl?
Interesting points of view. My Aunt (Mom's sister) has three girls. They are all grown with their own girls now but I remember when we were kids, (I am talking 11, 12, 13 and up) they would get in trouble if they did not "put their face on" first thing in the morning. They wore full on base, powder, lipstick, eye shadow, blush, mascara. My Mom always said it was a Texas thing but I don't really think so, because I never did that. Maybe it was an E. Texas thing? Or maybe my Aunt was a bit insane. Either way, meh.