What age for makeup?

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  1. mrachelle87

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    i have a 12 year old daughter. I was thinking about buying her a basic makeup kit for Christmas. Do you think that is too young?
     
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    Is she showing interest in makeup? Is she asking about it? If she's curious and wants to play, I think having her first influences come from you is a great idea and that is about the age when girls might start wanting to be "grown-up" and wear make-up. I would just be sure (as I am sure you would) to make sure that she knows she is beautiful just the way she is and that make-up is just for fun!
     
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    I think that 12 is perfectly fine for light make up in pale/neutral colors. Heavy foundation, bright red lipstick and super black eyeliner/mascara might be a bit too much, but a power type foundation, lighter-tending-towards neutral blushes, eyeshadows and lipsticks, along with light brown or grey (depending on skin tone) eyeliner and mascara (or clear mascara even), would be perfectly appropriate to my way of thinking.
     
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    What I found is the girls who started with the make-up early whether at the mom's desire or the daughter's ended up pushing the envelope early in many other areas. Of course, it wasn't all, but it was the majority. But then again, at 12, it was still elementary school where I am.

    Why give her something to help her grow up before she needs to?
     
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    When my daughter was 12 I didn't want her to wear make up yet. Instead I bought her very nice scented body wash, things for her hair, lotion, and lip gloss.
     
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    I had no desire for makeup in 7th grade except for the embarrassment of the dark circles under my eyes. My mom refused to acknowledge my insecurities and so had to sneak cover up from my sister 4 years older then I am. I guess it depends on what she wants it for. I never pushed the envelope as it really wasn't about make up, just wanted help in an area I knew would help my self-esteem.
     
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    1st--she is a tom boy...her idea (and mine) of makeup is light or clear lip gloss, a powder foundation, and maybe a light eye shadow and mascara. No eyeliner, reds, or blush. I am thinking also a nice powder base might help with even her skin out. She is concerned about that. And she is in middle school. Honor student, gifted, and level headed. I just wanted her to have something special. I would also make arrangements for a make up session to teach her how to apply it with a specialist.
     
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    I think if you set some rules like she can ONLY wear make up that you pick out, you have final say on amount, etc. then it should be fine.
     
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    I first wore a full face of makeup for an 8th gr dance at age 13/14, in which my mom took me to a dept store to get a whole set of cosmetics. Before that, I only wore a little colored lip gloss on an everyday basis if I recall.
     
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    I had older sisters, so makeup was no huge mystery to me. I wore light makeup in middle school, and started wearing everything in 9th grade. I didn't wear makeup everyday, and still don't, but I don't think it's a big deal.
     
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    My daughter is 12. She picked out a little makeup kit in a store and asked if she could buy it. I said yes, but that it was not to be worn every day. My thinking? If it isn't a big deal to me, she won't bother pushing it and sneaking it at school. I was right. She wears it very rarely, and never very much. Now when she goes to high school next year it will be one less thing for her to push on!!
     
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    Lip gloss and maybe some neutral eye shadow is fine for MS, IMO; but, face powder/foundation, mascara, dramatic eyeshadow, dark liner, and lipstick should wait until HS. Once again, this is only my opinion.

    We have alot of our 8th grade girls wearing false eyelashes this year which must be a trend among them because few of our HS girls even wear them. Our HS girls like the super bright lipstick trend with heavy, dark liquid liner and crazy/colorful nail art. On the vast majority of our girls, I think all of it is too much for daytime/school.
     
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    My daughter is 11. This past summer she asked for some makeup. (best friend wears it) She is allowed mascara and lip gloss. She doesnt wear it everyday.
     
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    I see makeup as a form of self expression. I grew up being in plays and operas, so I was used to wearing heavy makeup on stage. It wasn't a big deal to me. It doesn't bother me when the girls wear trendy makeup at school because they are expressing themselves and finding themselves. I wore silly makeup in middle school and high school, and so did my older sisters. I wore pale foundation and dark, matte lips. My sisters wore blue and purple eye shadow and bright pink lipstick. It's fun, and one of the few ways girls can express themselves with the dress codes.
     
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    It's fun how girls are so different. My daughter is almost 14, and despises all makeup. She will sometimes do some foundation, but forget any kind of eye makeup.

    mrachelle, do you have any Mary Kay consultants near you? You may not like the products, but a fun party idea for girls is to have a intro to makeup session-then she can get ideas for herself, and you can buy what she likes. HTH!
     
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    When I was in middle school my makeup was roll on glitter!!! I wore that stuff everywhere! Haha!

    In my opinion for middle school tinted lip gloss or Chapstick is fine and light eye shadow. (And of course- roll on glitter!!)
     
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    My mom did this for my 12th or 13th birthday...I was going to suggest the same thing. :)

    Plus, they also demonstrated their skin care products--a good thing for this age too!
     
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    I like it! And I think a Mary Kay party would be really fun!
     
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    I would get her a gift certificate to Sephora. Or any make-up kiosk at your local mall (think Nordstrom, Macy's). She could go in, have a consultation and get some light shades and neutrals. Then you could gift her with some lipgloss and lip balm, maybe a cute cosmetic case to keep it all organized.

    Some kids I see wearing make-up def overdo it and look like clowns but I honestly think it's because no one has taught them how to apply it properly. Having a consultation can let her know what her skin type is, what shades work for her and can teach her basic technique & every day application.

    What an exciting time for your daughter! :)
     
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    That does make a difference. There is a definite mind shift when kids leave elementary and go to middle school.

    I bet she will like it.
     
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    I think I got one of those kits right around that age. I still rarely wear makeup. Maybe once a month if I get a bad zit?
     
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    I went to a Mary Kay party when I was 12/13...it was really fun! The lady was able to cater it to us young girls :)

    When I was that age, I started wearing light powder foundation to even out my skintone, like you suggested your daughter might want to. It helped tremendously with my self confidence. I never went heavy on anything else...maybe wore some lip gloss and mascara. I kept it pretty light throughout high school, too. I think if it makes her feel good, and you approve, let her. You are the parent, and it's no one else's business.
     
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    I think it is a good age. 6th grade (jr.high) is pretty standard for makeup around me.
     
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    I starting wearing makeup (foundation, blush, mascara, tinted lip glosses) at 12. I was in 8th grade. That's also the year I got my first pair of heels (3" peep toes).

    I never pushed the envelope in any way. No revealing clothes. No dating. No drinking, smoking, or drugs. No staying out too late. I was always an honor roll student. Ran with a good crowd.

    I'd recommend a makeover so she can get age-appropriate makeup. I'm 44 now, and I still wear makeup every day, but it's not even close to the same kinds I wore when I was 12. I get makeovers every so often just so I can change with my age.
     
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    I don't wear Mary Kay makeup, but I do use its skin care products, and I will put in a plug for their teen line. My daughter uses it and as long as she is regular with it, it really helps with breakouts. Much easier on the skin than Proactiv.

    mrachelle, I would suggest making sure your daughter has a good skin care routine down before starting makeup. It took a while before my daughter realized that she had to keep up with twice a day washes, or the breakouts would be insane.
     
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    I remember starting to wear makeup around age 12. I didn't wear very much then, I don't wear very much now. My 10 yr old daughter has come in to watch me put it on and wanted to try some, but I told her that she would have wait 2 years before she starts to wear it. She's ok with that. And I think that when she does start to wear it, it will be very little because that's what she's used to seeing.
     

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