Some of my most fun childhood memories are from when I used to play dress-up and wear my mom’s makeup. I had a small selection of makeup that I was allowed to use from her purse. There were also the occasional products that I could use from the bathroom drawer. Playing with makeup always made me feel pretty and happy.
I loved my mom, admired her so much and always wanted to be like her. And wearing makeup did just that. According to Johanna Mooney, director of beauty products for Disney Consumer Products, ”girls see Mom and they want to imitate Mom.” And that is exactly what I did.
Now that I am a mother myself, I let my two little girls play with makeup. Yes, they overdo it sometimes, but it’s all in great fun.
Now that my oldest daughter is getting closer to the teen years, she is questioning when she can start wearing makeup in public. This is not something I had put much thought into, but rather waited for the question to arise. And it has.
I remember that I was allowed to wear makeup when I was in sixth grade, which was also my first year in middle school. I was 11 years old. My mom allowed makeup, but not anything too bold in color. I had to stick with the light shades in everything. I didn’t mind too much. I was just ecstatic that I was able to wear it!
During that time, I also had trouble with blemishes on my face. I couldn’t stand them! So the foundation was definitely my favorite, along with my pink lipstick.
I definitely think it is perfectly fine for young girls to wear foundation to help cover up their dreadful blemishes. Foundation, the thick liquid used to cover your face, covers blemishes very well. It is hard enough having to transition from a little girl into a teenager, so I don’t think a tad bit of makeup is harmful. These girls are labeled as “tweens”—between childhood and adolescence.
According to Teen Vogue’s beauty and health director Eva Chen, “A lot of tween girls think makeup is really exciting to them when they first start to wear it because it’s probably something they haven’t been allowed to do. About 13 or 14, they feel like they’re over lip gloss. They still wear it, but that’s when they want to transition into mascara, but that’s one more step for parents to accept.”
I don’t suggest that girls be allowed to wear any kind of makeup whenever they want. I would suggest for them to wait until they are in middle school. When they do begin using cosmetics, they should only wear light colors and waterproof mascara.
I also think it is extremely important for parents and guardians to always strive to improve their child’s self-esteem. They should always remind them how wonderful a person they are. “Teenagers have this glow, this beauty, that adults try to reproduce. They are very lucky to have it. Don’t cover it up!” says Chen from Teen Vogue.