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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  • well I think 15 should be age a young woman can wear makeup. The exception of couse is if she’s a model or actress. My mom allowed me to wear makeup when I turned 16 and I haven’t looked back since.

    Now I was allowed to play around with makeup in the house before I turned 16. I could beat my face pretty well by the time I turned 12.

    on young girls I don’t like heavy foundation and overly shinny lip gloss.

  • ARosenBklyn

    I think high school is about right for girls to play around in make up. If I have a daughter, she can feel free to spend her allowance at the drug store building up her make-up palette, but she’s on her own, because I don’t know the first thing about make-up application. lol I wasn’t allowed to paint my nails until I was 10 years old. My idea of make-up in high school was Bonne Bell glittery lip-gloss! I’ve since graduated to eyeliner and mascara, for a night out on the town, but ummmm, that’s about it. lol

  • Nevans

    I’m a make up artist. My daughter is 5 and I have nieces who I’ve helped raise, they are 11 and under. I started wearing make up around the age of 13, aside from ballet performances when I was younger. I was always impressed by it’s transformative powers. I think self expression is a wonderful thing and, as a parent, I’m excited for everything my daughter does to express her individuality, it shows me she’s beginning to know who she is and what she likes. Even at this age, she has an understanding of applying make up, but what I stress with her and my nieces is their skin care. Nothing is wrong with them playing with a little color, as long as there is childlike intent. If I were raising them with the impression that make up was a tool for seduction, I believe this would be a different story. Here, lipstick is an earring or a hat. You can be to young to wear the big earrings and the red lipstick. Old enough may be 14 or 15, but I think that depends on who my daughter is at that age…if she’s flirtatious and boy crazy and her grades aren’t up to par, she won’t be the girl wearing make up.