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How old do you think girls should be before they start wearing makeup?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on October 13, 2008

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Photo of Jan Conard

“I think it depends on how much makeup and what kind it is. I think it’s kind of a gradual thing.”

Photo of Tom Schnitker

“I would say probably when they’re in junior high. They’re wearing it younger and younger, so probably 13.”

Photo of Laura Baker

“At least junior high; none of this grade school stuff.”

Photo of Tom Arnold

“I would say 14. That’s when they are about to start high school, so that seems like the right age.”

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Maddy Griffin 9 years, 7 months ago

why do they ever have to start? Let a girl know she's beautiful so0 she doesn't feel the need to wear that stuff.And don't let her get started in that "follow the pack" crap.

jonas_opines 9 years, 7 months ago

13 years, 4 months. 25 days, 6 hours, 37 minutes, and 8 seconds.

Deja Coffin 9 years, 7 months ago

My daughter is almost 4 and she has the play makeup that she puts on when she has friends over and they play dress up. She also has used it to make her daddy look like a princess. When she has a dance recital we allow her to put on a little makeup and glitter like the other girls. At her age makeup is solely for play so I don't find it to be a problem. I think 14 would be an okay age for moderate makeup but I think lip gloss and chapstick are okay at any age.

number3of5 9 years, 7 months ago

As a woman I feel that makeup is an unnecessary item. It takes away money that could be put to a better use. Makeup clogs pores and causes many cases of skin problems. We women should put our foot down and have the nerve to be who we are, no makeup, no bras with wires to poke, no holes in our noses, belly buttons, eye brows, lips, tongues, or ears. We do these things to try to be more beautiful and attract men, but if you ask most "real men", they will tell you that they prefer women without these added adornments.

preebo 9 years, 7 months ago

For most women I am not concerned, however, for my daughter, Abigail, I would say 45 to 50.

dajudge 9 years, 7 months ago

Make-up at 13.Insectoid sunglasses to cover it up at 13.1.

notajayhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

preebo (Anonymous) says: "For most women I am not concerned, however, for my daughter, Abigail, I would say 45 to 50."I was going to say the same thing. And add 'or whenever I'm dead, whichever comes first.'

sunflower_sue 9 years, 7 months ago

This takes just a minute to watch and every girl (and boy) should see it:

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 7 months ago

Having caught more than a season of Survivor, I'm always amazed at how attractive the women are... that is, until they appear for the finale, slathered in "gharish" makeup.

trinity 9 years, 7 months ago

hawklet21, WHY do you wear that junk on your eyes, you're beautiful without it!!!!!! (remind ya of anyone???)makeup. ah, heck, two of my girls were skilled in the "less is more" concept early on, the third one just never really cared, lol...and none of 'em wore it too early or inappropriately. i think 13ish is a good age to start with basics, little things, etc...but please no raccoon eyes!

dminear60 9 years, 7 months ago

my daughter is 13 and she only wears minimal makeup on special occasions, i.e. a school dance or a social function. For the most part, she is not interested or does not take the time to put make up on and that is just fine with her parents. We have tried to instill in her the concept that less is more.

Buggie7 9 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like it huh Bob? lol I never thought of that.

hawklet21 9 years, 7 months ago

I would say around first-big-honkin'-zit time is a good age to start learning how to properly apply makeup. There is never a right age for raccoon eyes. Ever.

the_chamber_grandjury 9 years, 7 months ago not disrespect me bud-dee...........Allah Akbar....

denak 9 years, 7 months ago

I'm kind of an old fuddy duddy so I don't think they need to wear make-up until they are well into high school. I, also, don't think they should get their ears pierced until they are at least a pre-teen and can take care of their ears so they don't get infected.Luckily, I don't have any daughters. I have had two foster daughters though and they knew that I didn't not allow them to wear it outside.Now, when their girlfriends were over and they wanted to play around with makeup(they were 8 and 16 respectively) they could but it had to come off when they went out. I think there is something to be said for letting children be children and I do think that our society "sexualizes" our girls way to early. Look at those brat dolls. They are marketed to pre-teen girls and those dolls look like porn stars. Pouty lips, heavy makeup, skimpy clothes. That isn't what I want my girls playing with.Anyhooo, getting off the subject. I think makeup is ok for fun, or for very special occassions like a school recital or dance, but in my opinion, they don't need to wear it until they are close to 16 or 17. Dena

yankeevet 9 years, 7 months ago

I would say about 60 years old; that would most likely be a good

Buggie7 9 years, 7 months ago

The rules in our house No ear piercings before the age of 13 and at 14 my mom bought light colored blush, light blue eyeshadow and lip gloss When I turned 16 I could wear foundation and other things like mascara but they always had to be natural looking. Thats when I remember hmmm how natural looking is blue eye shadow.

Tony Kisner 9 years, 7 months ago

If I can get my girl to brush her teeth before she heads out the door mission accomplished. Funny thing about young girls and makeup they want to put it on but have no need for it.

Poon 9 years, 7 months ago

Whenever they are tall enough to see over the makeup counter.

acg 9 years, 7 months ago

It would depend on the kid and the makeup, I think. When I was growing up, it was a gradual thing. Certain things were approved starting at 14 like a little light lipstick or very light eye shadow. Liner and mascara wasn't approved until 15 to 16. And it was still regulated. I grew up in the era of 2 feet of black eye liner and mall bangs. My mom put up with the bangs and the giant ozone hole over our house but she would freak if you tried to leave the house made up like a hooker. As for my own daughter, it won't be a problem When she turns 13, I plan on shipping her to a nunery in the Alps somewhere, so she won't be affected by the evils of make up and dirty boys. :)

mom_of_three 9 years, 7 months ago

We didn't have any rules in our house to that, but the subject didn't come up until 8th or 9th grade, and it was only mascara and a little liner. Even for prom, it was very little makeup. Thank goodness. When my sister was in the 9th grade, she wore tons of make up, and drove my parents crazy.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 7 months ago

Natural beauty is most beautiful and respectfully frugal.Otherwise it's a family matter

mmmskyscraper 9 years, 7 months ago

I started wearing makeup on special occasions when I was twelve or so. Didn't even consider wearing it daily until I was 16. My mom was careful to buy me relatively tame, light, natural colors, so I never got into the raccoon eyes or heavy layers of foundation that other girls my age favored. If I ever have a daughter, I'll probably do the same thing - buy her some makeup, make sure she doesn't overdo it, and let the rest be up to her.

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