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Kids Wearing Makeup to School

Why Are 18 Percent of 'Tweens Wearing Mascara?

If you thought the story about 6-year-olds in the UK wearing makeup to school was bad, then I've got some unpleasant news for you: adult makeup use in children has jumped sharply in the US as well. Eighteen percent of kids ages 8-12 are using mascara, and 15 percent are using eyeliner and/or lipstick — all more than five percent increases over the numbers from just two years ago.

If makeup usage among small girls continues to grow at this rate, one-third of all third-graders could be wearing makeup on a daily basis five years from now. And this month, a study from Mount Sinai Hospital revealed that girls with early onset puberty had abnormal levels of the phthalates found in some beauty products, possibly suggesting there may be a link between childhood makeup usage and unhealthy development.

Interestingly, though, there seems to be a backlash brewing among teens, as the "How to Apply Makeup Like a High School Girl" YouTube phenomenon and its many tribute videos suggest. What do you think? Should makeup come before puberty? And do you think this is a fad that's about to be on its way out, or will second-graders be giving smoky eye tutorials in Show and Tell by 2020?

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pookybear43 pookybear43 4 years
Also, there is nothing wrong with a little skincare as well. I am going to start wearing sunscreen more often now, not just on beach days! It helps pervent premature aging of the skin! Of course I won't wear any in winter though.
pookybear43 pookybear43 4 years
Big deal! I'm 12 and I am allowed to wear as much makeup as I want, because my mom knows I'm good with it. I'm also very mature for my age... also, I'm not allowed to wear too much or wear anything dark. I feel bad for girls who are like 17 years old and aren't even allowed to wear lip gloss. Lighten up! Makeup is art. Normally I will just wear a natural eye look... today I made a new look with blue eyeshadow, however it is very wearable. I call it "Blue Ombre". I want to be a makeup artist when I get older!
mindtergalactic mindtergalactic 6 years
i don't get it why people prefer make up than skin care. I'm 17 now and i don't use foundation or powder or whatever it is, i prefer to invest my face on skin care. I mean make up, in some point you're gonna feel that it's not enough. And knowing that this girls starts so young, it's like so sad. I only wear eye make up and that's it. And it's not to make me feel prettier or wtv I just like putting colour on it.
bellazmom bellazmom 7 years
Hooray for Girl Jen! I keep telling my 8-year old that she is a beautiful little girl and I want her to stay that way as long as possible. She thinks I'm mean, because some of her friends get to wear make-up (to playdates!!), but I think she's lovely.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Not shocked by this at all. At one Catholic school, there is this little girl that wears mascara.
addictedreader addictedreader 7 years
the thing is that puberty once had an average onset of 16 was down to 13 by my era and is now more like 11 and continuing to drop. sometimes it's as early as 8 or 9 now. what's to blame? a combination of healthier diet (good) and food additives (bad). the result is early onset of acne which is even more traumatic for a preteen surrounded by prepubescent classmates. IMO there's nothing wrong with concealer for acne or scars. nor wanting flawless skin which ends up meaning foundation and mascara and lipstick over the age of 12-13 but it should be age appropriate. I don't care if you're 8 or 18, trampy makeup will look bad and affect how others view you. It's not whether, it's HOW. And it's not makeup to blame here. The kids are imitating what they see. In my day kids were not allowed to watch R rated movies before mid teens and what they did see was monitored. They couldn't download porn and it wasn't sent to their spam folders. Magazines were MUCH less explicit. TV had less sex and violence and it was on later at night. Kids went to bed earlier and had more rules. Clothing styles aimed at kids were "fun" not "sexy". Society has changed how they view childhood, sex, love, romance, propriety and unfortunately has decided we aren't going to preserve childhood as a time of innocence anymore. Unless they have the good fortune to be ethnic--because first generation immigrants are pretty much the only ones still trying to shelter the children. Thank god for them.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I have an 8 month old daughter and this really worries me... I think I started wearing make up (powder and lipgloss) when I was 11 or 12. When I think of a girl that age, I see a little kid, but looking back I was already on my period, I was becoming a woman, so I guess it was a natural step. I won't ever let her go crazy about it. I don't want her to look like a playboy bunny!
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
Makeup can look cute on a 3 year old and it's great for playing dress-up but not everyday on tweens. Give kids time to be kids and don't rush them into adulthood. I'm all for good skincare but not makeup.
Shannolyn Shannolyn 7 years
Interesting to find an article like this on the same site that consistently celebrates THREE-year old Suri Cruise wearing makeup as just the most precious, amazing thing ever.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Meh, I started wearing mascara, concealer, and lipgloss starting in 7th grade (age 11). Then the summer before 8th grade, when I was 12, my mom bought me Clinique "almost makeup" foundation and "almost lipstick." It don't really see why people find it "sad" that 11 and 12 year olds want to wear makeup. The concept of 8 year olds wearing makeup is definitely disturbing though.
ThunderRose ThunderRose 7 years
When I was little, I wore little kid makeup, not real makeup. I'm still only 13 now, and everyone in my school wears makeup. I usually wear foundation, powder, mascara, and blush. Sometimes lip and eye makeup. But we don't put it on in a dramatic way to make us look older... most us us just usually like making our eyes colorful, and stuff like that. It's kind of just a way to express our creativity :)
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Not in my house! I will do what I can to keep my daughter looking like a pretty little girl (haircuts, skincare, braces if needed, new clothing, etc.) because I know how much it sucks to be teased because of appearance...but while she is a little girl, she will look like a little girl.
Faylinn Faylinn 7 years
I wouldn't mind putting makeup on a 6 year old if we're playing dress up or wearing costumes. However, not on a daily basis.
InternGal InternGal 7 years
I think it's a mix of things; that they want to look like people they see in the media, want to look like their moms, or they just want to play with make up. I got my first "make over" at a Clinique counter when I was 12 and it was a reallg great experience. I learned not only about make up but basic skincare and started using their "3 Step System". I got foundation, a little eyeshadow, and some blush (all neutral). It's never too early to learn good skincare, especially as one approaches puberty because it can make your skin go whack, but wearing a "smokey eye" and such obvious make up is a little too much.
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