Hey Mom and Dad, When Should You Let Your Daughters Start Wearing Makeup?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

Girls have been sneaking makeup past parents for generations. They'll wait to get to school to put it on, and wipe it clean away before they dare step back in the house. It's an issue that's not likely to go away any time soon. That got us wondering when girls should be able to stop sneaking around and openly wear makeup.

At what age is it appropriate for girls to start wearing makeup?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Matthew Browne: I don't think there is a particular age. The way I see it, teach them self respect when it comes to looks. Makeup is something I've always seen as a privilege earned once a certain level of maturity and responsibility is shown by the child. If you can see those things in your child, and you think she can handle herself without being too easily influenced by today's destructive social media, then she is ready. If your child is one of those girls who follows up on every celebrity trend and worries too much about being the popular girl in school, then maybe she needs to wait awhile longer. — Batavia Patch Facebook

Cheryl Moss: Letting her experiment is a great way to help her not go overbored when shes in public. Also its important mom interacts with her when it comes to make up. Youtube is a great learning tool for mom and daughter fun. As far as age, most girls start around their first dance. — Elmhurst Patch Facebook

Susie Richter Adams: I would say 7th or 8th grade....Only mascara maybe a little blush and lip gloss. Nothing heavy. Teaching them to take care of their skin before puberty is probably more important. — Geneva Patch Facebook

Stephanie Webber: High school. — Lisle Patch Facebook

Karyn McGuire Kudrna: Depends on the girl. 14ish. — Naperville Patch Facebook

Tracy Paddy: Depends. I think they need to experiment with it at home before heading out of the house. Lip balm or glass in middle school, some mascara if they like that. The other things like eye liner can begin in high school. — St. Charles Patch Facebook

Sue Stozek Mayeda: 12, if they are resposible enought to remove it at night also. — Wheaton Patch Facebook

So what's your take? Tell us in the comments. 

Buford Pusser January 29, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Adam January 30, 2013 at 06:54 PM
After they get married
Emily February 01, 2013 at 06:28 AM
I'm in middle school and high school next year. Most girls even started wearing makeup in 5th grade. Just lip gloss and mascara. But in 6th grade it actually matters to keep your friends sounds stupid right? It is. But they may act rude if you say no, because they are risking losing their friends or maybe a crush. In 7th grade (I have acne kinda bad) I mostly covered up blemishes with foundation and cover up. And some mascara with LIGHT eyeshadow. And in 8th grade anything goes. So if they show responsibility and if they can do it themselves why not? If it makes them happy.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »