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Should 6-Year-Olds Wear Makeup?

When I was but a baby Bella of 3 or 4, my mama had some purple Clinique eye shadow base that I was obsessed with. Somehow, I'd always get my chubby little hands on it. So I understand a child's love of makeup and color — it's fun to smear yourself with bright pigments, regardless of your gender. But increasingly, small girls are wearing makeup for real, and not just to play dress-up at home.

In the UK, there are reports of children as young as 6 wearing adult-style makeup to school on a daily basis. One little girl interviewed even said she wears makeup each day because "it makes me look prettier." Heartbreaking. Many of the mothers interviewed seemed to think they had no choice but to go along with their girls' wishes; some lamented that makeup and adult clothing have become common for girls (although who's buying it for them, hmmm?). What do you think about this? Would you let your small child wear mascara and lipstick if she really, really wanted to, or do you think it's detrimental to a normal childhood and a healthy sense of self?

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farrahdiba farrahdiba 6 years
i voted that they shouldnt be wearing makeup. my two year old sits on my bathroom counter wathcing me put my makeup on and she follows along with some clean brushes that i got her. she pretends put on blush and stuff but only with talcum powder. i wouldnt want makeup tainting her delicate skin until she's much much much older (say 15?) unless it was for stuff like plays and school recitals or halloween. not for parties though
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 7 years
I wore nail polish starting about age 8, but to me it was always something that was "fun and creative", not "pretty and grown-up". I think make-up on the face is still better left to teens, though I think anyone should understand the reasons why they are wearing it.
ClearSkinDiva14 ClearSkinDiva14 7 years
-once they become a teenager
ClearSkinDiva14 ClearSkinDiva14 7 years
This is just sad. When I was 6, I was running around playing outside with friends and having FUN. I never wore a drop of makeup. I hated it when I had to wear a little bit for dance shows I was in. I only started wearing a bit of makeup daily last year in 9th grade. All I really do wear on a daily basis is a bit of powder, blush, mascara, and maybe eyeliner. I think girls should only start getting into makeup once
care0531 care0531 7 years
I have a 6 year old girl and she loves to watch me do my makeup and has been since she was 2. She will ask me for some and I do the pretend stuff....I use the powder brush on her face and the eye shadow brush on her eyelids. She is just now realizing that it shows nothing on her but I tell her she has wait until she is 13 to wear more.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
Sure, they love to wear make up at that age. But I also liked to eat candy instead of vegetables and I didn't want to go to school. I don't think wearing make up before you are 15 should be okay. I'm 20, and i don't even wear make up.
addictedreader addictedreader 7 years
I think it depends on the child and how you define makeup. Should kids look like adults no. But a pretty lipgloss if it makes a child who has iffy self esteem feel more confident? Or a brainy kid who doesn't fit in and sees themself as an adult (I keep thinking Little Man Tate but female) and expresses it with tasteful makeup? I don't know. In some cases it might be right in today's world (meaning the 6 year olds world not ours). I'm more disturbed by how some of them are dressed than whether they smear on that Barbie blue shadow with an oversized T on art day or add some mascara on the day they read books to the kindergarten. I discourage makeup but I think only a parent can make rules for their child.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
So sad. I keep thinking JonBenet Ramsey.
holbrooke7 holbrooke7 7 years
If she were playing dress-up or beauty salon at home, I wouldn't mind it. But I wouldn't be letting her wear makeup to school until she were at least in junior high.
polkadots567 polkadots567 7 years
No way! Apart from playing dress-up at home, for dance recitals, or Halloween, etc, makeup should not be worn on a regular basis for children under 13. I was involved in theater as a kid, and since I was eight years old I could do a full face of makeup, but if I even tried it for anything other than the stage my mother would kill me.
linkinpark9503 linkinpark9503 7 years
i was born in 84. in first grade-- we did a talent show and we pretended to put makeup on in it... that was the closest i got to makeup until i was probably 9 or 10.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Are these the same girls who got their hands on the Primark's (UK shop) swim suits that had padded bikini set? Way to go mom and dad!
bellazmom bellazmom 7 years
Yikes! My 8-year-old, Bella, is allowed to wear stage make-up because she is a dancer (Ballet since she was four), but we have an understanding that it is for "on-stage only." She is not allowed to wear any "make-up" to school, Brownies, etc. At home, she is allowed to wear lip balm/gloss every day and nail polish on only the most special occasions. I tell her everyday that she is simply lovely just the way she is.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Hell no. She's a child, not a model, mannequin, or a doll. I didn't play with makeup (thankfully I had a mother that wanted me to stay young). I don't understand the desire to sexualize children.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Haha, I loved messing around with makeup at that age! But my mom would never let me wear it on a daily basis.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
Haha. No, I don't think so. A little lipstick/gloss or nail polish every once in a while is no big deal I think, but if your 6-year-old wants to wear blush and eyeshadow on a regular basis... you're doing parenting wrong.
SashaDaae SashaDaae 7 years
Heck, I don't think twelve, thirteen year olds should wear make up! This is so sad and heart breaking to me. I want my future children to be outside playing on jungle gyms and such, not worrying about their appearances. So pathetic and sad.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Makeup is fun. I get it. I was curious about it when I was a kid, and I know my daughter is curious about it. I let her play with makeup, and we have a good laugh about it...and then we wash our faces because we're "pretty without makeup" and put on sunscreen so we stay pretty. I wonder how much of this comes from their mothers' self-image, how much comes from peers, how much comes from media, and whether their mothers are doing anything to convince these kids that there's more to life than looking beautiful.
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