Girls and Makeup, at What Age is it Appropriate?

February 15, 2014

Many of you know that we’ve been asked the mascara question regarding my daughters’ eyelashes a million times since we started this hairstyle website back in 2008.  {Viewers often thought that I used mascara on my young daughters.} As you have come to know me and my family, you can see that those are my girls’ 100%natural eyelashes.

This does bring up an excellent question, however… “At what age is makeup appropriate for our daughters?”

Girls and Makeup | At What Age is it Appropriate?

The answer may vary, depending on the parents and also the child. There really isn’t a right answer, although we can all agree that lots of makeup on girls at a young age isn’t the norm. {Dance recitals, and other events of the like, excluded.}

In our home, my girls have always loved lip gloss and Santa usually provided some each year in their Christmas stockings. By age 12, we allowed Brooklyn and Bailey to wear a little mascara to help accentuate their eyes. By age 13, we allowed them to use a limited amount of concealer or powder to help hide acne.

Today, at age 14, my girls can wear pretty much what they want, and I am happy that they have decided that less is more!

My mantra with the girls is, “Makeup should only be used to accent your natural beauty, not cover it up.”

If you are looking for a little extra help, many makeup stores and counters will have cosmetologists who are more than happy to give you and your daughter a beginner makeup training. {Also, my twins are posting a video series on their YouTube channel, BrooklynAndBailey, where they teach beginner makeup tips.}

To see more about our position on makeup in the CHG home, please click the #MomMinute episode below…

What suggestions do you have on age appropriate makeup for girls? At what age did you start, and with what?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

37 thoughts on “Girls and Makeup, at What Age is it Appropriate?

  1. I’m 15, and I only wear make up if I’m going out somewhere. And by make up, I mean some lip gloss, powder, and a little bit of blush. I started wearing lip gloss at twelve, and when I turned 13 I started wearing powder and blush to cover up acne. My mom says that now that I’m 15, I can wear more make up if I’m doing something special, but I really don’t feel the need to wear more until I go to college :)

  2. Even though I’m a teenage girl, I don’t really like wearing makeup. It feels all gross to me. I occasionally put hair conditioner on my eyelashes and that looks like mascara without making my lashes stiff. I heard brushing cocoa powder on your skin works like foundation, but I’m not too sure…Were I to ever wear makeup, it would all be the natural stuff. The “real deal” feels so goopy, and impossible to get off. Does anyone else feel that way? Also, a tip – I’ve found saliva gets mascara off really easily.

  3. Wow, 12 sounds very young to me :/ I wasn’t allowed to use any makeup products until high school, and even aged 15, I could only wear mascara ^^ I never ever used any foundation products but I started using eye makeup and lipsticks at 18 years old. I believe it’s quite dangerous to allow teenagers to use makeup, as they’ll grow up with the idea that makeup is a necessity… whereas it’s not!

  4. I’m 13 and I don’t wear any makeup at all. Well except for Chapstick if I’ve got some handy but that’s more of a health/hygiene thing than makeup. I don’t know about you guys out there, and everyone has their own opinions, but if someone wants to wear makeup, here’s what I think is appropriate for different ages:
    under 12-no makeup (except for Chapstick or maybe clear lipgloss)
    13-lip gloss
    14 to 16-lip gloss and mascara
    17 and older-up to them!
    Honestly, I think that wether you’re just starting middle school, or are a grown-up or even an elder, makeup just isn’t necessary, especially in all those colors! All people need, I think, is Chapstick. It’s awesome.

  5. I am 12 and I wear: Toning Spray, moisturizer,eos,light lipstick (Which I also use for blush) clear gloss, I shimmer my eyes, and I wish I could wear mascara!!!!!

  6. I’m 13 and I don’t wear makeup except for chapstick but that’s not exactly makeup, lol… :) on occasion i might wear mascara.

  7. I was about ten when I would have to wear makeup for dance concerts and competitions. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup to school and I didn’t really like wearing it but had to for those events. I would wear makeup in my teens to dances and things like that and when I started working and after I graduated from school with my further studies. I didn’t wear it all the time and since I have become a mum I don’t really wear it.

    My daughter is eleven and wants to wear makeup. I am not against her experimenting but I am against the chemicals that are put into the products these days. They tend to damage this skin so I encourage her in the direction of products that aren’t so built up with the harmful ingredients. She has so far used nail polish and lip gloss and has with some products realised that she needs to avoid some brands as they irritate. I think for now this is the extent and we will see what happens within the next couple of years.

    Great post.

  8. I was 10 when I used pink eyeshadow from the makeup-doll palette. It looked awfull haha. I just loved to play with it. When I was 11 I started wearing lipgloss and mascara. At 12 I added eyepencil and sometimes a bit powder. Later I added different kind of things like foundation, concealer, bronzer etc. I started doing my brows at 14 because I have really almost no hairs. Now I am 20 and I use makeup wehen I go to things like work, school etc. When I am home or doing groceries I don’t wear makeup. greets from the netherlands.

  9. Except for performances, i’ve basically never worn more than lipgloss and lipstick out before~
    My mom never introduced me to makeup so i only started when i was about 19 which was when i started having access to Youtube and financially able to buy makeup~But even so, i only have a couple of items and so far they are only used at home to play around with~I’m still not confident enough to wear them out (which is pretty weird since many girls use makeup to boost confidence) and plus i’m just plain lazy to do my makeup before going out XD
    Btw, i’m turning 20 this year :)

  10. I STARTED WEARING MAKEUP IN 6TH GRADE AND IN 7TH GRADE I WAS USEING EYE SHADOW AND LINER NOW I’M ABOUT TO BE 36 YEARS OLD AND I STILL DON’T WEAR THAT MUCH BUT TRYING TO COVER UP MY DARK CIRCLES..AND A LITTLE BIT MORE WHEN I GO OUT..

  11. I’m 16 and i started wearing make up at that age. i use foundation almost everyday when i go to school. i ussualy use eyeliner when i hang out with my friends.

  12. My nine year old has permission to wear mascara and lipstick in neutral tones. She followed in my footsteps by applying it religiously for 2 weeks…sporadically for a month more and now she applies it for organzised social events rather than for day to day wear.

  13. I’M ACTUALLY 12 BUT MY MOM NEVER ALLOW ME TO WEAR ANY MAKEUP EXCPET IN EVENTS LIKE WEDDINGS AND BIRTHDAYS….. BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO CONVINCE HER TO MAKE ME WEAR MAKEUP SO WHAT I’M ASKING IS HOW TO CONVINCE HER WITH MY OPINION SHOWING HER THAT I’M NOT GOING TO BE LIKE A CLOWN PUTTING EVERY THING ON MY FACE I WILL USE NATURAL THINGS? SO TELL ME HOW TO CONVINCE HER PLEASE???

  14. I let my 3 year old daughter wear a little bit of eye shadow and mascara to church… which may seem very young, but we never go over the top with it and we always do it just for fun. She knows that she is beautiful and I am beautiful, but we like to wear make up for fun – not because we aren’t beautiful without it.

  15. I started wearing mascara at 11, but wore a lot more but the time I was 12, now I’m 14, but only in these past few months did I learn how to wear makeup properly since my mom never taught me

  16. I started wearing mascara in 6th grade so I was 11 or 12. Eyeliner on my waterline came in 7th grade. Freshman year I started using powdEr. Not until this year (my senior year) did I starting using liquid foundation and tinted lipbalm(baby lips). I will use lipstick and eyeshadow on special occasions. But every day I just use is some mascara, eyeliner, And powder, sometimes foundation depending on my skin. Makeup was never an issue in my house. It was up to me when I started and what I was allowed to wear.

  17. I am 11 and I am embarrassed to talk to my mom about wearing makeup. I think it is very interesting but I am not sure how to talk to my mom about it. Do you have any tips?

    • Hi! I’m your same exact age. DO NOT be scared to ask your mom. Remember, she was one an 11 year old, just like you! You can just simply ask her when she started wearing makeup and ask for tips. She’ll probably get the hint that you’re interested and talk about it with you. Remember, ease your way into talking about it if you’re embarrassed. Hope I helped! :-) ~ Kyla

  18. I’m 13 and I don’t wear makeup I don’t like the way girls my age like to wear tonnes of makeup an they don’t realise how odd they can look, I have eyelashes like cgh 3 and I’m proud of them!!

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