January 3, 2012

Age Appropriate Makeup For Young Girls

I remember as a young child, whenever a dance recital or Halloween would come around, I would get so excited because I knew those special occasions allowed me the opportunity to:

 1. get dressed up, and
2. wear makeup...two of my favorite things!!  

{My Vivian interested in my makeup haul from Christmas!}

Most little girls I know are obsessed with the idea of getting dolled up, however there is the age old question that moms like me have, "What is the appropriate amount of makeup a young girl should be allowed to wear??" Now that I have a daughter of my own and will no doubt have to make a decision about what age and what products are going to be acceptable for her to wear when and where. However I do have a formula for what I use on young girls when I am hired for special events.

{Two beautiful junior bridesmaids (and sisters) I worked with who were happy with the
end result as well as their mother! Mission accomplished. Hair by Mint Salon.}

The picture above shows 2 young ladies (ages 11 and 14) I worked with who were junior bridesmaids in their older sisters wedding and wanted their makeup applied.  Of course their mother and sister were adamant that they wanted "age appropriate" makeup and didn't want them looking older than they should be.  So here is what I did to enhance their natural beauty without smothering them in makeup:

1.  Skin.  Light wash of overall foundation mixed with a liquid luminizer to thin out the foundation applied with a small sponge.  (* this is a step I would completely skip for this age for daily basis application, bc most girls don't need foundation at this age, just concealer to spot treat.  I used it for this special occasion purpose for evening out skin tone because they were being photographed.)  Concealer was definitely used to conceal any blemishes that needed color correcting.

2.  Eyes.  Keeping these colors light and neutral is key.  Your focus is to bring out the natural eye color and highlight the inner tear duct with a champagne colored shadow.  I used my Urban Decay Naked palette on both girls, brown mascara only, and I used a deep brown shadow along the 14 year old's lash line, nothing on the 11 year old.  Clear mascara was used to keep brows in place.

3.  Cheeks and Lips.  Blush was a peachy pink color (my fave Sonia Kashuk color in "melon") and lips had a lip stain plus light lip gloss on top.

Of course this amount of makeup was for a special occasion, a wedding, so I wouldn't suggest this many steps for everyday because their beauty just doesn't need it.  I would think lip gloss and maybe some light colored shadow on the lids would be all that was necessary on a daily basis.

So I'm opening the floor up for discussion for all of the mothers of young girls out there or even you ladies who remember when you started wearing makeup...
At what age did you allow your daughter to start wearing makeup and what products did you start off with (example- blush, gloss, etc?).   


Alison M said...

Unless you count Lipsmackers flavored glosses, I wasn't allowed to wear makeup until age 13. My mom let me start 1 thing at a time and she started with blush. But the rule was: "If I can tell you're wearing it, you have to wash it off." Needless to say, it's taken *a long* time for me to feel comfortable in "visible" makeup and it's still something I struggle with even though LOVE wearing it! After blush came lipstick (my mom chose the color and gave it to me at Christmas - I felt pretty special!), then mascara. Sometime in 8th grade I chose a champagne colored eye shadow and started wearing it without asking first. My mom caught it one day and from then on it was decided I had good judgement. Under eye concealer started just before high school(only because of horrible hereditary circles) then pressed powder, and liquid foundation and eyeliner maybe when I was 16? My mom was smart because she took a, "What would you like to wear / What do you want to improve?" approach and compromised letting me start young as long as it was with moderation. I think each girl is different so every situation is different. Makeup lovin' mamas can't be hypocrites, but also can't let a 10 year old go to school with a full face. My Little V already pretends to put on her "colors" and has started taking pictures for her own imaginary blog. I think I'm in a world of trouble ;)

Ally Garner said...

My Mom was pretty strict about makeup. I wasn't allowed to wear anything until age 14. I inherited her great complexion and never battled acne like some of my friends, so I always heard from her that I "didn't need makeup." She never understood me wanting to wear makeup wasn't about needing to but wanting to, haha!

At 14 she took me to the Clinique counter where I had my first lesson on skincare & was allowed to wear mascara, transparent powder, a light pink blush and a glossy lipstick (raspberry glace was the color) but NO eyeshadow. I wasn't allowed to wear eyeshadow or eyeliner until I was 16. And I was okay with that. It was a good compromise and truthfully she was right. When I look at pictures of me at that age I'm so glad she made me wait. Little girls are only little girls once.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Such a great post!! Love this...and your daughter is so adorable! So happy you left a comment on my blog so I could find yours!

Sarah Roads said...

These girls look beautiful. I let my daughter start waring makeup last year (12) with tinted moisturizer for SPF and lip gloss. She's since discover mascara and this year she asked for eyeliner in her stocking. Still practicing with the eyeliner : ) Luckily she never wears too much makeup, I can't handle my baby looking like a bombshell! Glad you found my blog so I could find yours!

JennySue said...

@Alison- I think I was 13 too- just not exactly sure. Bonne ball lipsmackers and Dr Pepper chapstick (just the right amount of color and tasted sooo good!) was about the extent of it. I like your mom's approach- going to have to keep that in the back of my mind when Viv turns 16;-)
@Ally- I luckily inherited some good skin as well so truly never needed any face foundation or powder or concealer for quite some time, thank God! Clinique was my first dept store makeup experience too!! I agree, little girls are only little once- save the tons of makeup for special dress up occasions like dance recitals and Halloween!! I think my mom instilling that in me made me appreciate the art of makeup more when I got older and actually needed it!!
@Lindsay- you are so welcome!! Glad we mamas found one another!
@Sarah- tinted moisturizer is a great compromise rather than full on foundation! Looking forward to following you back!!

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Kim's Vanity said...

You did a great job with these little ladies. They look so fresh; perfect for young teens. It must be hard to do and keep it looking age appropriate. Oh, and in answer to your question about my foundation on my blog, I use MAC Studio Fix in N5 =)

Clara Turbay said...

I like the way you show your inspirations!


JennySue said...

@Kim- thanks for the compliment on the girls! and yes, it is typically a bit harder to make parents happy w younger children when applying makeup bc you don't want to make them look "overdone"! and it's always about pleasing the parents in this case;-) their mom was super cool and was just happy the girls were confident w their look.
@Clara- thank you- glad you found some inspiration!