I’m completely aware that it’s been a while since my last post. I’ll save you the “my students have been keeping me too busy to pee” explanation, and head right into a post that I’ve had in my drafts for a while now. Since my blog is based most of the time on health and beauty (with some of my own rants and to-do lists tossed in), the idea of wearing makeup at a young age has been on my mind for a while now and we also had a great discussion on this in my class the other day. You’d be surprised at how many of my young, liberal, and open-minded students were appalled by the idea that mothers allow their daughters to wear makeup. I’m also wondering where other bloggers stand on this issue, especially those of you who, like me, have a passion for new products and love buying them.
For me, I first wore makeup when I was 4 and it was for dance. I danced ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe from the age of 4 until I was 18. Makeup was a thing! We had to doll up for pictures, competitions, and of course for our end of the year recitals. I never thought makeup was a big deal because my Mom did it for me, and it was just something that I was used to. It was nothing different than simply doing my hair for a dance number (but that’s another blog post). I didn’t start wearing makeup to school until I was about 9, and in third or fourth grade. I was allowed to have my Mom put a little bit of blush and lipgloss on, but that was about it until 6th grade when I decided it was time to go with the 90s trends of dark eyeliner (as inspired by the raccoon living in my yard at the time) and nothing else. Today, I wear makeup on a daily basis for work, but to me it was never something I abused because I was taught to do it naturally, and because it was just part of my young life. I feel like when makeup is treated as something forbidden that’s when young girls want to try it out for themselves and it becomes more of a problem. I also think that depending on how parents show and put makeup on their children makes for another problem, typically with what I see on the “Toddlers and Tiaras” shows and the multiple spin-off’s of young pageant girls and their overbearing Moms.
Simply stated, for me, makeup is something that is fun and can be very age appropriate depending on how the concept of makeup is introduced in the household. I also think that guidance is key when it comes to how parents and guardians introduce it. My Mom introduced me to makeup and it was something that was done for dance until I was old enough to ask if I could wear some to school. It was introduced with restrictions (No, you cannot wear my Chanel Lipstick to school for 4th grade photos), but there was a balance (Why not try your Bonne Bell clear lipgloss instead?).
Here are two pictures of me in the 3rd grade at about age 8. One is of me “au natural” for school pictures, and another one is me all dolled up for dance. Are the differences really that stunning?
Either way, I think that letting your daughter experiment with makeup is just fine. There was nothing better than trying out my Mom’s Shalimar or looking at my Mom’s eyeshadow and trying to “look like her.” Moderation is key, and I think that if we can moderate how we introduce makeup into our young girl’s lives there’s nothing wrong with doing it.
What do you guys think? How old were you when you first wore makeup?