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Lipstick-Loving Girls Become Blush-Blasé Teens

Every two months or so, a newspaper will publish an outrageous story about girls wearing makeup, getting bikini waxes, or doing other grown-woman things before they've hit menarche. Then everyone (including us, for what it's worth) worries about Girls Growing Up Too Fast, and the concern dies down until the next article. But this time it's different: girls who try makeup at earlier ages usually become blasé about cosmetics earlier, too.

Before high school, more girls are using cosmetics than before — so the concern over kiddie spa parties may be warranted. But compared to just a few years ago, high schoolers are wearing less makeup. Experts from The NPD Group, which researched how girls use cosmetics, suggest that the initial thrill of using makeup wears off by the time the teen years roll around. "You've got girls asking, 'Do I really need this?'" says NPD beauty analyst Karen Grant. "Maybe it's not that exciting anymore because they've been using it since they were younger."

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hazelberry hazelberry 7 years
How do you get those dancing bananas? Anyway, imo just make sure you don't give some toxic lead driven makeup to your kid...and NO regular nail polish pls get the waterbased ones.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
My three-year-old is extremely interested in makeup. She always wants to play with it. She wants to suggest colors for me ("Mom, you have to wear the blue on your eyes because your shirt does has blue on it too! And maybe you can wear pink on your lips."), play with the brushes, draw on herself with eyeliner, and so on. She shows the same level of interest in her uncle's cooking and her dad's toolbox, though, so I chalk it up to preschoolers' desire to emulate adults.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Oh, my banana didn't work. :pepino:
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
^^ Haha, I love seeing these bananas everywhere. :banana: I played with makeup when I was little during dress-up time around the house. I started wearing makeup regularly in middle school. I wear much more makeup now than I did in middle school and high school, but in a much more tasteful manner. Meaning, no more blue eyeshadow+blue mascara like in middle school! Yikes!
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
Krissy90220 Krissy90220 7 years
I feel like this just explained my addicted for makeup LOL. I've been wearing makeup since 12. I don't think that young girls should start that early but you get use to people looking at you like you're already doing something out of the norm. I would wear a natural look but as adult I had no fear of wearing color. I can't say the same about my friends that started later lol.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
True for me! I wore a ton of makeup in middle and high school. Now I wear just a bit of concealer, blush and powder on an every day basis.
chequettex chequettex 7 years
I loved makeup as a young girl, and once I was allowed to wear it out of the house, I wore it to school every day. I was probably a freshman then and by the middle of sophomore year (about when I got my braces off and the old perm was finally grown out, ha ha!) I stopped wearing it all the time. I guess I was just more confident about myself and realized it was a pain to put on and take off makeup every day. It became fun again when I saved the makeup for special occasions or for "makovers" with the girls. I have to wear makeup at work now, 9-5 every M-F, so on weekends I usually go out with a clean face - I'll focus more on my outfit or hair.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Huh. My mom let me use play makeup as a kid but never outdoors. Maybe that's why I love makeup so much now!
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