Young Teens and Makeup: Is it Right?

This post is going to be written based purely on personal opinion.

I will keep it short and sweet, and to the point. I wanted to share my outlook on young teen girls and the idea of makeup. When I say young teen girls, I mean between the ages of 13-15, respectively.

Being a mother of two teenage daughters myself, ages 13 and 15, I do not condone the use of cosmetic products under any circumstances for them. All of their friends wear makeup, true. High school can be a brutal place to fit in. I get that. However; I truly feel they are beautiful just the way they are, and I’m not being biased.

Girls today are under immense pressure to feel and look older, thanks to society’s standards. Unfortunately, magazines and TV make them feel as though they need to compete, or grow up way too soon. Personally, I want to keep them looking and generally being as young as possible for the time I am blessed to have them under my roof. I don’t allow them to wear makeup because I actually care. I care about their future, and their well being.

I wonder how some parents allow their children to leave the house with clothes fit for an adult, and with makeup caked all over their young faces. In my opinion, this is not okay.

There comes a point where we need to set the bar higher, and be positive role models for our daughters. Even though I am a beauty blogger and I write about all things beauty all day long by profession, I believe women of a consenting age (18+) are old enough to make their own decisions – but young girls need to be given direction and guidance. There’s no reason for a little girl to wear makeup to school, or to dress like she needs to show her body off to the world. Morals need to be incorporated into the upbringing of every girl – no matter the age.

I really hope this article gets people thinking, and wakes some women up. Teenage pregnancy is at an all time high. Could this have anything to do with the fact that girls are looking older due to things like makeup? I’m not sure, but it’s certainly possible. I love makeup, I love clothes – but I am a grown woman, and I write for grown women – not little girls.

What is your opinion on the matter? Let me know your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you!

8 thoughts on “Young Teens and Makeup: Is it Right?

  1. I think some makeup us okay. My mom let me wear lip gloss, clear mascara and concealer in middle school and part of high school. Once I started working and making my own money I was able to buy whatever I wanted (more makeup.)
    I honestly don’t think letting teens wear makeup is so harmful. Some of my best memories in high school were when I got together with my friends and we did make overs.
    Bottom line, I think makeup is okay as long as you keep it age appropriate.

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    1. That’s a cool take on it. Everyone has an opinion! I guess I’m a bit more conservative being that I’m pretty strict with my kids. Lip gloss is okay. Anything more than that, in my book, is a no-no. But hey, that’s just my .02! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Hello 🙂 somehow stumbled across your post as felt compelled to reply. Firstly, what a great article – and you are most definitely not alone in your way of thinking, in fact myself and a few other mums were talking about this same issue very recently and all agreed that it was something we felt very strongly against. It’s so apparent that young girls are desperately trying to make themselves look older, feel older and even act older. Last week I was sitting at traffic lights in my car when a high school student (approx 14) walked out of her house in uniform, school bag over her shoulder and a lit cigarette in her hand. My first thoughts were my own reaction as a parent if I were to witness my own little girl do the same! It just would NOT happen. I think as parents we all have a duty to encourage our kids to enjoy their youth and not spend it trying to look older. Don’t get me wrong I was no angel myself come my teens and peer pressure really can have huge effects but thankfully my parents stood their ground and didn’t abide me wearing make-up or inappropriate clothes for my age, and I thank them for it now. It’s one thing playing and experimenting with it at home as a young girl and another wearing it out. I am completely with you on this, and our media has alot to answer for. Even programmes on childrens channels have young girls wearing false lashes and vast amounts of make-up, they’re just too young! My little girl is 9 and I intend her to act her age by encouraging her to focus on being a kid – great post & apologies for such a long reply!! Karen x

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    1. Karen,

      Thank you very much for your reply – and no need to apologize for the long reply. I actually love reading replies to my posts, no matter how long!
      I am so glad I’m not alone in this. I find it mentally disturbing that so many children and teens seem to have no guidance in life. I wasn’t close to being an angelic teen myself, but I have grown and learned over the years. Lucky for me, I had a mother that loved me and still does till this very day – even through all of the monstrosities I put her through. Those of us who have learned as parents that there is a right and wrong way to raise our children in terms of instilling morale into their lives will ultimately have children who grow to appreciate those values. At what point is enough, enough? Parents need to step in and take a stand now more than ever. I’m o glad to have heard from you, and I wish you and your little one a wonderful Holiday season!

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      1. Gosh we are soooooo alike Sarah – I couldn’t agree with you more. I think having the experience of being a teenage girl & recognising the dangers that lurk is very poignant in how we raise our own. I’m so protective over my little girl and really want her to enjoy her childhood for as long as possible, as once it’s gone you can never get it back. SO refreshing to see someone blog so honestly about this topic – I’m with you all the way. Values are such an important thing to instill from early on! Thank you so much for the lovely wishes, and like wise for you and your family!! Also many thanks for dropping by and following Confetti & Curves, love meeting like minded bloggers and really looking forward to reading all your future posts 🙂 Karen X

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