Girls as young as 3 or 4 years old may try experimenting with makeup, with or without the knowledge of their parents. While these experimental stages are a normal part of growing up, they are certainly worthy of being monitored. Consider the following when deciding when to let your daughter wear makeup.
When girls reach pre-adolescent ages, typically between 11 and 13 years old, the media and friends begin to influence their desires and choices. Many pre-teen girls look up to celebrities as role models, and the media unavoidably influences many girls’ desires to look and feel beautiful. In essence, the application of makeup helps girls feel like they resemble celebrity role models.
If parents allow their children to wear makeup during this time, they are often concerned with when and how to set limitations. Most parents strive to set guidelines but also want to avoid being too controlling. It is appropriate for mothers and grandmothers to fully be involved in their daughters’ applications of makeup, including demonstrating what is acceptable and age-appropriate for their children.
As girls reach the ages of 14 to 17 years old, many begin to resist their parents’ influence and choose to follow that of their peers. Parents are often concerned with the level of influence children’s friends have. Of course, many girls will continue to want to follow popular makeup trends in the media as well as what is acceptable among their peers. Many parents agree that they should focus on keeping open communication with their teenage girls as well as respect how their daughters feel about their bodies.
It is normal for girls at this age to go through the rite of passage and experiment with makeup. If parents forbid their daughters from wearing makeup entirely, some girls may not understand why their parents are making these strict rules. Rather than totally preventing ones teenage daughters from wearing makeup, a parent might want to teach them what is age-appropriate and help them understand the social implications of wearing “too much” makeup.
How old were you when you first wore makeup? At what age would you allow your daughter to wear makeup?