Young Girls And Makeup: Too Cute or Too Grown?
At what age would you allow your daughter to wear makeup? For most moms, this question can be a source of conflict between them and their adolescent daughters. An argument can be made that young girls wearing makeup may attract the attention of boys and indicate that these girls are trying to be too grown up. While I understand these fears and concerns, I have a different take on this issue. To me, wearing makeup at a young age is not necessarily taboo. Makeup, like clothes and hair, is a way for girls to be creative and express themselves. They should remember to be tasteful and know where and when to display their creative looks. Moms and daughters should discuss the parameters and come to an agreement.
Moms, ask yourselves, “Why shouldn’t my daughter feel good about the way she looks?” If makeup helps your daughter feel confident and pretty, what’s the harm? Anything that raises a young girl’s self-esteem is a good thing. As a mom, I have instilled certain values in my daughter, so wearing or not wearing makeup will not change her outlook. We have open communication, and I am involved in her life. So if you have a close relationship with your tween/teen daughter and have set boundaries, including no dating, drugs, drinking, smoking, or premarital sex, then makeup should not be a concern. Moms, know your daughters and pick your battles, so you can avoid the pointless shouting matches.
Recently five year old Suri Cruise was seen “parading” around Manhattan on Fashion Friday wearing red lipstick. Some question her parents’ liberal attitude, but I say, “Who cares?!” Teach your daughter the right values and makeup will not be a concern. And which mom hasn’t indulged her young daughter by allowing her to wear mommy’s lipstick? Critics, give it a rest!