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Should Kids Be Allowed to Wear Makeup?

Should Little Girls Play With Makeup?

Lots of little girls like to apply lip balm or play with toy makeup. But what should we do when little girls want to wear makeup for real? Moms are often the ones who are conflicted on the issue, but recently a dad has also weighed in. It's interesting to get a male point of view about the issue, because the dad seems entirely uncomfortable with all makeup — even kiddie "beauty" kits. What's your take? Would you let your daughter play with real makeup, faux makeup, or no makeup at all?

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Jasmine14774231 Jasmine14774231 4 years
Well Yes. My daughter is responsible with her lip gloss and i put a little eyeshadow on her shes youngso i think u should just be careful
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 7 years
summer210 summer210 7 years
I don't think anything's wrong with letting kids play with makeup, but be careful with the cheap "kiddie" kind. A grade-school friend of mine got a piece of glitter from a toy store eyeshadow embedded in her eye and had to get it removed at the hospital.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I think playing with makeup is fine. I did when I was little. And when I say that I played with it, it was always washed off before going out in public. I didn't actually wear it regularly til I was 12/13 (when I started middle school).
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
My three-year-old plays with my makeup all the time. When I'm putting it on, I let her play with the brushes, look at the nail polishes and lipsticks, suggest colors, and so on. I paint her nails. I'll give her play makeup when she gets a little older. While we're playing, we talk. We talk about how makeup is fun, and it's a way to make us look different, but we can be pretty without makeup, too.
Datura2112 Datura2112 7 years
Playing yes, absolutely. Wear out of the house, No. I can see letting them paint their nails and wear a little lip gloss out of the house tough. I did that when I was a little girl so I was not gonna tell my girls they couldn't. That roll on strawberry lip gloss was the greatest!
ladylove004 ladylove004 7 years
this topic is funny bc I wouldn't mind, so long as when she steps outside her face is wiped clean, but my bf has a huge problem w it, he doesn't like it when his niece plays w makeup or even puts nail polish on, so I doubt he would allow our daughter if we get to that point.
simplystella simplystella 7 years
Oh, I remember being a young girl, very frustrated for not being allowed to wear nail polish! When I'll have kids, I'll definitely let them play with make up.. even if they'll be boys. Playing with your look, changing it, is a form of art. I want to make sure that my kids will be free to express themselves and their creativity in every way..
Lucysgottagrin Lucysgottagrin 7 years
I don't see any problem with young children playing with makeup when they're kids. I had tons of make up kits when I was a child, and I grew out of it just fine, and I decided on my own when to wear makeup. I think the problem comes from parents who don't take the time to tell their children that you don't need makeup to look good, and that they should only wear makeup if they want to.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
If I had a daughter, I think I would be fine with letting her play with faux makeup at home, but I don't think you should wear makeup outside the house until you are older. Those shows like "Toddlers & Tiaras" horrify me. They are slutting up little girls with load of makeup and it is so creepy! I would not want my daughter to look like that. I'd only entertain the idea of real makeup for my child when they were a teenagers. I had kiddie makeup as a child, and I never wore it out of the house. I mean, then, I didn't care enough to, but even if I did, my mom would never allow it. I started wearing makeup at 16, and I think that's a much better age.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 7 years
I think little girls (and boys!) should be allowed to play with it at home when they want. They shouldn't wear it out until they can understand the reasons why people wear it, and can voice why they want to wear it.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I would let my daughter play with pretend make-up at home. She won't be wearing make-up outside of the house for quite some time. I want her to understand that playing with it at home is just for fun, just like playing pretend house, or doctor, etc., but it's only for pretend. She likes to sit beside me and play with my make-up brushes and the bottles as I'm putting on my real make-up, but it will be a while until she wears the real thing!
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