One of the seminal moments in a parents life is when their child decides they want to start wearing makeup. Given the prevalence of makeup in our culture, with many women and some men wearing it, it is likely that at some point in your kid's life they might start to showing an interest in it.
Even many celebrities have their own makeup lines, so the role of makeup in popular culture is undeniable.However, one question that might come up for you as a parent is this- when is it OK to let your kids dabble in makeup?
When Should You Let Your Kids Have Makeup?
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to letting your kids have makeup. Different kids might be ready for this at different times. You child might not even be interested at all. One of the most important things to do is look at their motivation for their interest. It's important to try and help them to develop a healthy self image, which may include conversations about how makeup is not necessary for beauty.
The Makeup Ingredients Matter
According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are a few other considerations to consider when looking at whether your kids should be using makeup. These include finding products that will gentle and safe for your child's skin type, so that they wont be harming their young skin. Another important point they identified is to watch your child's skin just in case they have a bad reaction to the products they will be using.
Kids Learn How To Use Makeup Early
Many kids show an interest in makeup in the tween years. Before allowing them to wear it, make yourself available to talk about why they want to use it, how they want to use it, and to give your feelings about the issue as well. If you are feeling OK with them trying out makeup, talk about the rules (for example using only certain products). Many kids might be watching YouTube tutorials that involve many expensive products that they simply won't need. You will have a perfect opportunity to talk to them about not going overboard with it, and proper hygiene practices (such as face washing).
Ultimately, the makeup decision is a personal one that is made between you and your family. Try and set some boundaries, engage in some real talks about self esteem, and have fun!