Most women watched their mothers applying makeup when they were young and it’s only natural for your own daughter to want to follow suit as she grows into a young lady. Now don’t freak out. You can certainly be a part in the process and control how fast she incorporates cosmetics into her own beautification routine. The important thing is to educate your teen or tween on the role of beauty in the most responsible way possible. Remember your fight with Mom over what look is or isn’t age or school appropriate? Well, now it’s your turn to guide your daughter to use makeup to enhance her natural beauty, and not overpower it. A natural approach to cosmetics doesn’t mean that they have to look boring. So when is the “right” time for your daughter to wear makeup? Good question. They say that 13 is an appropriate age to start wearing makeup in subtle ways. There really is no single answer as to when to introduce young girls to makeup but here’s a good rule of thumb: whenever you and your daughter are comfortable and ready for it. Trust your instinct. In case you’re looking for some tips for curbing makeup use, we’ll share a few things to keep in mind and our favourite teen-friendly (and affordable) beauty products.
Prepare yourself for some eye-rolling, whining or huff-puffing when enforcing what you think is best for your daughter. When starting out with makeup, set clear and realistic boundaries and rules. Remember, there’s no right answer for allowing her to leave the house wearing makeup. Think about whether you’re comfortable with makeup for special occasions only, a dance recital, photo day, birthday parties, or whenever she feels like it. Something else to think about is making sure a cleansing routine is deeply engrained in her mind and that sharing cosmetics with friends is a total no-no because of the risk of spreading conjunctivitis and other diseases.
You don’t have to choose between letting her loose into the world of cosmetics and completely forbidding it. You must give her choices whenever you can that will make both of you happy. For example, pick out 3 neutral palettes of eyeshadow at your local beauty store and ask her which one she likes. Providing your daughter with these choices can reduce the chances of a makeup aisle free for all and purchases you’ll regret.
Not only are you influencing your teen’s attitude towards using makeup, there are many other outside influences out there. Most teens and preteens are dying to wear makeup. It’s no wonder they feel pressured to look a certain way in todays age. Think of the popularity of the “selfie”, Facebook and the millions of young “YouTubers” out there sharing their favourite looks and products. Not to worry. Your daughter is smart and confident enough to understand when you explain that real beauty is about their actions and how they carry themselves.
Start Out Naturally with These Teen-friendly Products
Skin Renew BB Cream by Garnier
This BB cream is an all-in-one skincare product that perfects combination to oily skin. Get instant results for anti-shine, uneven skin tone, hydration, pore minimization, protection and a mattifying effect.
Baby Lips Crystal Lip Balm by Maybelline
You and your daughter will love Baby Lips because it gives you just the right amount of tint, shimmer and moisture. Not only can it make your daughter feel like a mini glam queen, this balm visibly renews lips in 4 weeks!
La Couleur Infallible Coconut Shake Eye Shadow by L’Oréal Paris
Natural eye shadows are most appropriate for a young lady to wear. This waterproof shadow resists blinking, creases and rubbing; A perfect cosmetic that will always look like it’s in the right place.
Great Lash Mascara (Clear) by Maybelline
Beauty experts suggest clear or brown mascara for teens starting out. Great Lash Mascara is North America’s favourite clear gel formula. It separates brows and lashes perfectly, conditions with panthenol and is Ophthamologist-tested.
Colour Rich® “Not a Cloud in Sight 111) Nail Colour by L’Oréal Paris
For girls who love wild colours, they can surely experiment with nail polish. Teal is a popular colour for fingertips and there are tons of other luxurious hues by L’Oréal Paris that shine for almost 2 weeks.
Ready, Set Gorgeous
This pressed powder foundation formula has all the benefits of an oil-free foundation. It covers like a liquid to even skin tone for a natural look. Your daughter should stay away from having a full face of foundation but it’s fine to use it to lighten up just under the eye area.
Fresh Eye Makeup Remover by Skin Naturals Fresh
This remover is perfect for delicate skin around the eyes and tender skin. The grape water solution and non-irritating formula has the same pH balance as tears. It’s non-oily and is effective for normal to combination skins.
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