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Two-year-old children wearing makeup - is it right or wrong?

FG_AUTHORS: Becky Ashton

When it comes to beauty I always try to remain open minded. Just because I might not like a particular style, trend or product doesn’t mean that I am right – in fact usually I’m far from it.

But one thing that has really wound me up this week was the news that some British mothers are letting their two-year-old daughters wear makeup.


Life is hard enough as an adult, always feeling under pressure to look good and put the face on whether you want to or not but a two-year-old – SERIOUSLY!

Apart from the fact, why on earth would they need it, surely this is just the start of a very slippery slope?

According to the research by[1] nail polish, eye-shadow and lip gloss are being worn by under-fives but the good news is that they have to wait until their teens to be allowed to wear false nails, eyeliner and false lashes – so I suppose there is something to be grateful for.

There is so much talk at the moment about children are growing up too soon and they are under too much pressure when it comes to appearance but surely having looked at this worrying research parents have to take some of the blame.

Those mother’s questioned first of all revealed the age they were when they first started wearing makeup and then were asked the age they think it’s now acceptable which revealed a huge generational change – which surely only we can affect?


When asked ‘At what age do you recall wearing basic makeup, such as eye shadow and lip gloss?’ the average age was revealed as 10 years and 3 months old.

They were then asked ‘At what age do you recall wearing more advanced makeup, such as foundation and mascara?’ and the average age was revealed as 14 years and 6 months old.

This is a far cry from the answers about their own children.

They were given a list of makeup items and told to state the ages they’d be happy for their daughters to use each item. The average age is as follows:

  • Nail polish – 2 years 4 months
  • Eye shadow – 3 years 9 months
  • Lip gloss – 4 years 5 months
  • Blusher – 6 years 10 months
  • Lipstick – 7 years 6 months
  • Mascara – 10 years 1 month
  • Foundation – 12 years 7 months
  • Stick on / acrylic nails – 13 years 1 month
  • Eyeliner – 13 years 3 months
  • False eyelashes – 14 years 8 months

We have all done the odd manicure on a child’s nails – usually using child safe polishes – and you might give them a dot of lip gloss but this survey isn’t talking about trying products for fun. It’s about wearing them.

So are three-year-olds turning up to nursey in eyeshadow, or is a six-year-old rocking blusher at school?

Nicholas Whitmore, Managing Director of[2], commented:

“It’s one of those topics that everyone has an opinion on; should children be wearing makeup, appearing older, acting older even, or should they keep their innocence and enjoy their childhood for as long as possible? Similar to ear piercing, there will be some parents that think it’s OK from a young age, whilst there are others that will prefer for their children to wait as long as possible – there’s no right or wrong answer.”

We want to hear your opinion. Do your little ones have their own makeup bag, or do you share my belief that a child should be a child for as long as possible, comment below.

Maybe I am behind the times, I know times have changed but we are the ones in charge of that change and surely this research reveals that we are the ones putting the on children to look good?


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