Make Up For Kids? 6

Did you wear make up too young? I know I did, by 11 years old I was hiding myself behind the make up. I felt ugly, and had to cover acne.

These days I still can’t go out without at least foundation. I am covering acne scars and other scars.

Girls as young as ten are feeling the pressure to wear make-up.

According to recent findings by leading UK based beauty and cosmetics retailer Fragrance Direct.

Are our children under pressure to grow up too quickly? Fragrance Direct, a leading UK based beauty and cosmetics retailer, conducted a survey of 1,600 of their Facebook fans to get their view.

Research revealed that almost half of female respondents started wearing make-up between the ages of 10 to 15, while they were still at school.The summer launch of the One Direction “Little Things” makeup line reignited the debate around whether our children are in too much of a rush to grow up.

Catherine, a 13-year-old student at St.Mary’s High School admits that a strong influence from her friends, celebrities and social media have made her think about wearing make-up to school. “I’m not allowed to wear make-up to school but all my friends wear it, which makes me want to try it out. It makes me feel more confident and I like experimenting with different make-up looks.” When asked what her biggest influence was, she replied “A lot of the celebrities I like wear amazing make-up looks. I usually look at these in the magazines I buy or online, via Twitter and Instagram.”

Fiona Anderson, beauty expert at Fragrance Direct, said: “Our findings reveal that an astounding 45.2% of our female respondents started wearing makeup between the ages of ten to fifteen.  This figure clearly suggests that females are beginning to experiment with makeup at a younger age than perhaps past generations”.

But is it fair to place this responsibility solely with celebrity culture, peer pressure, and social media? Or should we also be looking closer to home?  Out of the 1,600  respondents interviewed, over 25% claim to have been taught how to apply makeup by their mother.

Melanie, a 38-year-old mother of two gave her view: “I don’t mind foundation on teenagers to cover bad skin as it boosts their confidence. A tiny bit of mascara or lip gloss isn’t bad either. If it makes the difference between them feeling confident or wanting to shy away from everyone else, then what harm can it really be doing?”

The majority of UK schools prohibits the use of make-up during school time and actively encourage young girls to put down the make-up brushes. Some schools have even banned the use of mirrors in their toilets in an attempt to deter young girls from spending more time applying their makeup than completing their studies.

Nichola Morris, a secondary school English Language and Literature teacher gave her opinion on the subject “The use of make-up sexualizes young people and makes them look older. Students are at school for an education; not a fashion parade. Make-up exhibits a social status. If they wear it, they instantly feel more confident and it sets them aside from the other pupils. In school, everyone should be equal. Outside influences should be kept for home time.”

Clearly, there are a variety of different viewpoints on this debate, and it shows no signs of settling down as X Factor winners Little Mix launch their teen targeted makeup range to a mixed reception. As role models to a majority of young girls, Little Mix have been accused of contributing to the ‘early sexualisation’ of pre-teen girls.

I don’t see the harm in a little make up, such as lip gloss or glittery hair gel. The thing is it’s a fine line between allowing girls to dress up as princesses and fairies, and them feeling they must wear make up as adults. Even if I’m late, I need to do my make up and will even apply it whilst walking my son to primary school. The idea of being surrounded by my peers “nude” bothers me, A LOT.

Do your children wear make up? Or did you wear make up to school as a child?

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6 thoughts on “Make Up For Kids?

  • lauranne

    I have always had really bad skin – with polycystic ovaries and being a teenager my skin was awful, and even now I always have spots. if my skin gets too dry it comes out in spots, I use something that doesn’t agree with me, spots, I get stressed and I get spots – I hate them and it really affects my confidence and I feel really unattractive – I wouldn’t leave the house without makeup. However whenever I go on holiday and get some skin clears up and I enjoy two weeks of only applying mascara and gloss. I envy my friends their great skin.

    However following my recent holiday where I broke up with my other half, I stopped wearing makeup on my return to normal life (or some sort of hell that vaguely resembles it!) and am fighting against using it again – I do use it if I am having a social event and I want to feel a bit more confidence but now daily to work I am not wearing any makeup.

    I am hoping that in doing this I will re-discover my self worth and confidence.

    I think talking to teenagers is always problematic – how can you lecture them about not wearing makeup when you have a face full? Maybe if society stopped wearing so much make up all the time, kids wouldn’t think they needed it to be pretty??

    • JulieRoo Post author

      I’ve got wonkey hormones, and I have shockingly teenage skin for a lady in her early 30’s. I try not to wear make up if I’m staying home, but if I’m going out… Even just to buy bread, I must put foundation on as a minimum. Normally foundation and lip colour. The sad thing is without this “mask” I’m judged differently. Shop security guards follow me, and put the “shoplifting” code words on the tannoy/radio. With make up, I’m not followed!?!

  • Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families

    I personally and not a huge fan of wearing make up. I will wear it occasionally. My daughter on the other hand is more girly and has been wearing some makeup for about two years now. I didn’t buy her a bunch of makeup until she as old enough to apply it herself. She will be 17 this year and I think children younger than 12 should enjoy their natural beauty and not wear make up other than lip gloss.

    • JulieRoo Post author

      I used to have make up as a kid, but was childish. For example nail varnish that faded off in water, or lip gloss with glitter not colour. 🙂 sadly I have to wear make up outside, such is my lack of confidence. 🙁

  • Single Mother Ahoy Vicky

    I didn’t wear make up until I was relatively old – but more because I didn’t know how to apply it properly. I hid behind my hair instead!
    It petrifies me now, to have a little girl, and think that in a few years she might be so dissatisfied with herself that she wants to wear make up. The idea that children feel the need to wear make up, for any reason other than a fancy dress party, depresses me!

    • JulieRoo Post author

      Thank you for commenting. I agree it is sad young girls feel the pressure to wear make up. I can’t go out without my make up on, I’d feel naked, vulnerable and exposed.