In a day and age where virtually everything is accessible through the Internet, it isn’t any surprise that children are maturing way before their age. No longer are the traditional heart-to-heart sit-downs occurring between parents and kids because adolescents can answer any and all of their burning questions with a search on Google.

I’ve seen swarms of girls under sixteen years old with more makeup on than I have ever worn and the question must be asked: what age is too young for girls to begin wearing makeup?

During her appearance on The View, First Lady Michelle Obama revealed that she and daughter, Malia have started to discuss makeup: “Malia’s like, ‘Mom I need to talk to you,’” Michelle recalled. “And it was 10:30 [at night], and we talked, and we talked, and we talked. We talked about makeup, actually.”

Michelle said President Obama seemed to have mixed feelings on his little girl growing up: “He says he’s cool … but, you know …” Michelle said, laughing. “The first time Malia went out for a party … she had her hair done, and she’s tall, and she had on a pretty dress, you could see him, he was sort of like … ‘gulp.’ And I was like, ‘Easy, dad.”

Malia is just twelve years-old and I’m sure her mother will limit what kind of makeup she wears and how much. And in those cases, makeup can be light-hearted and fun, and even a bonding moment between mother and daughter.

But are there different rules on makeup for young girls when it’s unsupervised and excessive? What’s your personal opinion on wearing makeup at a young age? Would you let your daughter experiment with makeup in her early teens if it was under your watchful eye? Should makeup be reserved for older teenagers and adults? How old were you when you started wearing makeup?

-Faith Cummings

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