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!
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.
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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.
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.
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.