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Young Teens and Makeup

I was just wondering if anyone had a 13 year old daughter that wants to wear make up, because I do. I won't let her because I have a no make up rule till you're 16, unless it's for around the house and then only a little, like lip gloss and glitter. I think young girls look pretty the way they are and don't need makeup and I didn't wear it till then. None of my kids have ever asked before because they know the answer, but now we moved and she asked me. She says she wants to wear it because she wants to be treated like a teen, but I think it's just to fit in. Should I let her wear it or not? I don't know what to do.


By mc4lifes from Sydney, NSW

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June 13, 20120 found this helpful
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I was wearing lip gloss and eyeshadow at 13, though I had to pester my mom for weeks to wear it lol! I think it's pretty normal for girls that age to start getting interested in makeup. Maybe you could compromise and let her wear some sheer lip gloss or something like that? They have fruity-flavored ones that are marketed towards teens. Just something that lets her feel a little more grown-up but doesn't go against your principles.

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June 13, 20120 found this helpful

A lot of girls tend to cake on makeup when they first start to wear it, and it can look very bad and over- done when they are in the process of learning. So I know where you are coming from. I think a small amount of makeup should be allowed. Perhaps you could take her for a special treat to the mall to any cosmetic counter in the department stores (Belks, JC penny etc.) And get one of the makeup artists to do a demonstration on your daughter for a light teen makeup look. I know Clique does your make-up for free if you make any purchase from them (big or small- doesn't matter). They do a wonderful job, and they are very nice and they can show your daughter how to do it very simply.

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June 13, 20120 found this helpful

Being treated like a teen is about fitting in. Basically it is the same thing. When my oldest daughter was 12-13 we weren't allowing her to wear make-up and now that she is approaching 50, if her Dad had his way she wouldn't be wearing make-up yet. Then one day when she came home form school I noticed she had eye make-up on and asked her where she had got it and she told me she had used another girls. This was in the day when the only make-up that girls wore was eye make-up.

Anyway I went and bought her a couple colors of eye shadow and when her Dad came home from work I told him about it and that it was better for her to have her own, than be using somebody elses. I would let your daughter wear the lip gloss and maybe a little eye shadow, she is awfully young to be wearing glitter. Actually I think the only people that should be wearing glitter are people in show business or for a formal event.

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June 13, 20120 found this helpful

As long as she's not slathering on the makeup, a touch of lip gloss and eye shadow are appropriate for a girl in her early teens.

I went to a private school clear back in the 1970's, and I wore a little bit of eye shadow when I was 12. Nobody even noticed, and it didn't violate the dress code. I wasn't dating or anything. I didn't wear it to attract boys. I just wanted to borrow my mom's eye shadow, LOL.

And that was nearly 35 years ago. Nowadays, a little eye shadow and lip gloss are perfectly appropriate for young teens. That's why makeup manufacturers target advertising to them, in teen magazines, etc.

Hope this info helps!

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June 19, 20120 found this helpful

Instead of fighting with your daughter, teach her the proper way to wear makeup. My mother did that for me and I did that for my daughter and we are doing the same for my granddaughter.

Given proper instruction to wearing makeup; she won't look like a painted sacrificial lamb.

My 90 plus year old mother is proud of me. I am proud of my daughter and granddaughter.

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December 27, 20130 found this helpful

I am 13 and I made a deal with my mom I could wear makeup in 7th grade. Teens some times wear it to impress boys because we feel insecure. I wear it because I think it makes me beautiful. My sisters showed me the proper way to wear makeup. I only have it on occasionally. I only wear eyeliner, eye shadow and lip gloss. As long as she does not go all hunger games capital makeup on you. Coming from another teen who tells you how we think you should let her. It will boost her self esteem so much.

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July 14, 20150 found this helpful

Yeah! It's Ok. But not much. Or else thy will look like ghosts!

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July 16, 20170 found this helpful

13 now is like 15 when we were young. I agree girls wear too much too soon, but start out slow, rather than having a strict age limit to start. Look on line together to find fun and age appropriate make up. Make it fun together with give and take from both.

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