Everything You Need To Know About Teaching Your Kids To Apply Makeup

One of the milestones of your kids growing up is when they start showing an interest in makeup. Wearing makeup is fairly common, and in the age of contouring with Kardashians, it can be hard to navigate the world of makeup with your kids.

When your kids begin to show an interest in makeup there are some very important things that you should consider. First of all, you might be wondering when should they wear makeup? What's age appropriate? And how do you teach them how to use it?

Well, truthfully there are no right answers when it comes to these questions. The topic of makeup for kids is so individual, based on the child, and the values of your household. That being said, there are some basic guidelines and things to consider when it comes to makeup for kids that you should keep in mind.

When should kids wear makeup?

There really isn't a one-size-fits-all answer for this one. Whether your child is ready for makeup depends on a few things, including their own maturity level and their reason to want to wear it. It's important that kids understand that makeup is not necessary for acceptance.

Typically kids that get interested in makeup do so around the middle school years, however this may vary by child. If you wear makeup and your kids have seen you apply it, they may become interested even sooner. This isn't a bad thing, it's just important to make sure that they know that they are be

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How much makeup should kids wear?

So maybe you've decided that makeup is OK- this ushers in the question: how much makeup should they be wearing? The answer depends on the child's maturity, and also the rules that you have a set as a parent regarding what you feel is appropriate for their age.

While some people might decide that some small items such as lip gloss might be ok as early as age 9 or 10, other parents might make a rule that there is no makeup at all until 16. Every family is different.

Even if your child shows an interest in makeup at a young age, like in elementary school, generally it probably isn't a great idea to have them wear a full face of makeup. They don't need it, they may not be emotionally mature enough for it, and it probably isn't a very good idea for their developing skin.

Generally, things like lip gloss and light eyeshadow might be OK for young ones in middle school, whereas heavier makeup application might be best saved for later on in high school. However, it's always important to note the importance of proper hygiene when it comes to makeup.

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Teaching kids about makeup hygiene safety

One of the most important things to teach your kids when it comes to makeup safety is to ensure proper hygiene practices. Although a lot of people don't consider this, there are actually some ground rules that  you should be following when it comes to makeup. First of all, people who use makeup should wash their hands before applying, and also should take care to wash their makeup off at the end of the day.

This is especially true for young people, whose skin is still developing and may be vulnerable to contaminants. Another thing to consider is that sharing makeup should be avoided, to prevent the spread of infections.

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Another hygiene "rule" for makeup is that all applicator products should be washed regularly. It's also important to note that all makeup products usually have a "best before" date on the packaging.

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How can you teach your kids to apply makeup

What if your kids are interested in makeup and you aren't? How would you go about teaching them how to use it and apply it properly? Although many mothers out there might be in a position where they can teach their kids how to use and apply makeup, this isn't always the case. If you aren't much of a makeup person yourself, you may be able to enlist a friend or family member to help. And when all else fails, there's always YouTube!

This video by Pretty Hair is Fun - Girls Hairstyle Tutorials shows instructions for a light makeup application for tweens. Another video by WarPaint International Beauty Agency shows the "Do's and Don'ts" of tween makeup.

Ultimately, if your kids want to wear makeup it's important that they dabble with cosmetics with guidance to keep their skin healthy, and to make sure they don't overdo it.

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