Beauties, do you remember when you first picked up a lipstick or sprayed your mom’s perfume? With so many websites, magazines, and television shows, it can be quite confusing for young girls—and their mothers—to decide when it's appropriate to start using makeup (Toddlers and Tiaras, anyone?).
Beginning around 10, allow them to play with lip gloss, tinted balms and nail polish," says Dr. Wechsler. Skin care is another area to be careful with, as many teens can be embarrassed by blemishes and breakouts. Reinforcing healthy skin habits such as moisturizing and washing your face is important for girls that are heading into puberty and becoming more aware of their appearance. While makeup may not seem suitable at a younger age, a proper skin care regimen can boost a young girls confidence and encourage good grooming habits later on in life. And sometimes, reverse psychology is the best way to go. By trying to convince your daughter it's not appropriate to wear makeup, you'll only push her into it more. As young women start to experiment with makeup I think it is most important for them to be reminded of these mantras:
- You are beautiful with or without makeup.
- You can use makeup to enhance features rather than completely change your look.
- Makeup can be used as an accessory and means of expression, and you can always change your style with the times.