What is the Right Age for Girls to Start Using Make Up?

A beauty consultant can help determine the right tones and type for foundation make up.

A beauty consultant can help determine the right tones and type for foundation make up.

I’ve been asked many times by parents of tween and teen girls about the right age for girls to start wearing make up.

The reality is that every family differs on the right age they feel comfortable about allowing their girls to start down the make up and beauty road.

If we take a page from when older kids start being invited to parties with dancing and music, the age for make up is about the same, while in middle school around 12.

Many girls actually experiment with make-up much sooner.

From dress up parties to simply having fun with their moms, aunties or grandmothers, many girls like to start wearing even just lipgloss at a young age.

Whether you start at 10 or 12 is actually less important than maintaining the actual make up very age appropriate. I consistently repeat the messages of just take it slow!

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I know it’s not easy to see your little girl wearing make up (in my case there were 2!) but there is a silver lining- you have the opportunity to really teach your daughter the basics and focus on good skincare.

With my goal in mind to make this a ‘teachable moment’ we headed to ULTA, which has a new Miami store.

We started with the basics for any make-up look – the foundation. Since most young girls have some acne to manage or want to prevent causing acne breakouts – we searched for products that would cause the least clogged pores.

The ULTA beauty consultant spent time asking the girls questions about their skincare cleansing routine and their type of skin, activities, etc.

ALSO READ: HELPING YOUR ADOLESCENTS CREATE A SKINCARE ROUTINE

After a few tests and products sampling we decided that the Bare Minerals powder was the best variation for them considering their skin types and the very natural look we’re seeking. Their first make-up was purchased with a birthday gift card from their aunt and uncle.

Selecting the right type of make up that reduces clogged pores for teens is very important.

Selecting the right type of make up that reduces clogged pores for teens is very important.

Top Tips for Shopping First-time Make up for Teen girls:

  • Keep the make up age appropriate. It’s their first make up not their wedding day so try to keep it as simple and youthful as possible.
  • They should be involved- girls want to make their own choices. Make sure you’re there for guidance. Don’t just purchase items and give them what they can wear.
  • Bring someone to help you communicate better, like a special aunt or someone that your girls listen to. Should there be a tense moment of disagreement, your ‘influencer’ is more important than ever.

And my best tip- try to relax and have fun. Enjoy the moment. Take it slow and try to focus by not being on a cell phone or just wanting to buy items for you. Today is their day.

Cristy Clavijo-Kish

Cristy is the founder and publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, as well as the co-CEO & partner of DiMe Media, based in Miami. Born to Cuban parents, she’s a ‘Jersey Girl’ who is the proud mom of twin teens and wife to her college sweetheart, a “gringo” with a Latino soul! Cristy is also a teen cancer survivor, lover of travel, tech, good food, all-things beauty related, family cooking and social sharing.

3 thoughts on “What is the Right Age for Girls to Start Using Make Up?

  1. Cristy, qué tema! Yo creo que todas las niñas son diferentes, a las mias recién como a los 16 les empezó a interesar pero es cierto que es importante enseñarles a cuidarse la piel, son chiquitas!.

  2. Muy importante, muchas gracias por la información, realmente es muy útil para mi porque tengo una niña de 9 años que crece muy rápido, siempre es lindo ver estas lindas jovencitas! Un abrazo!

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