If you are between the age of 9 and 15… more than likely, you will want to start wearing makeup. Your friends are wearing it and you feel out of place. Maybe you have been thinking about this for some time now, and are afraid to ask your parents. It’s perfectly normal for a tween or teen girl to want to wear makeup, after all, it’s all part of maturing. Rest assured that there is nothing wrong with you. Secretly, your parents probably have been waiting for the day to arrive that you ask for permission to wear makeup. I’m not saying they want you to start wearing makeup, but they know it is coming. Take into account the first time you walk out of your bedroom with makeup applied; your parent’s hearts may skip a beat! Their young daughter has become a beautiful young woman.

How Much Makeup Is Too Much?

After you have obtained permission to wear makeup, the next step is wondering how much is too much for a tween or teen girl. Most girls this age apply thick, vivid black eyeliner and cake on the foundation. This is a no-no. A young tween or teen only needs a tinted moisturizer, mascara, skin-toned eye shadow, blush, and lip-gloss. If you must wear eyeliner, consider a lighter shade like brown or grey. A lighter shade can look more natural looking. Many girls make the mistake of applying too much foundation, and foundation that does not match their skin tone. Have you ever noticed a girl in your class is wearing foundation and her neck is a different color than her face? She applied the wrong color of foundation. The trick of applying makeup is to accentuate your features, not change them.

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Tween and Teen Skin Cannot Handle A Lot of Makeup.

You watch TV, you read magazines, you watch movies, and you notice that many teens and adult women have a lot of makeup on. Maybe you want to try to create that smoky-eye look you have been admiring. It’s important to keep in mind that your skin is not ready to handle a lot of makeup. Your hormones are going wild, and breakouts are part of life for many tween and teen girls. Applying a lot of makeup will clog your pores, causing serious breakouts. Instead, using a tinted moisturizer will work in place of thick foundation – it will hydrate your face, and prevent pores from clogging.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which sells for $42 at Sephora, is a great tinted moisturizer that’s oil-free and has SPF to protect your skin from the sun. Laura Mercier can be an expensive brand, so if it’s a bit out of your price range (or your parents’), there are plenty of other inexpensive alternatives at your local drug-store.

Mineral makeup is also a great solution for young sensitive skin, because it’s made of natural ingredients. Sephora sells the Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Customizable Get Started Kit for $42, and includes an instructional DVD so you can learn the basics.

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What Age Do Most Girls Start Wearing Makeup?

At what age do most girls start wearing makeup? Maybe your friend started when she was nine and you are 14. This is ok. I have researched this, and it really depends on the family. An average age for girls wearing makeup is 12 years-old or 8th grade. Lip-gloss and blush is fine for younger girls, ages 9 to 12. Girls ages 12 to 15 should be able to start experimenting with applying more makeup, but keeping in mind that less is actually more at this age.

For Parents

It’s hard when your baby girl matures and starts wearing makeup. I know this personally, as I am the mother to six, two of them girls. My daughters are 11 years-old and 15 years-old. When your daughter walks out of her bedroom or the bathroom with makeup on her face, your heart may skip a beat. The baby girl who you cuddled is now a mature young woman. When this time comes, you may want to take your daughter to the makeup counter at your local department store so that the makeup artist can help her learn how to apply makeup properly. Most makeup artists will do this for free, so that they can try to sell you their products after your daughter has already fallen in love with them. The makeup artist will also show your daughter what colors look best on her and will match them to her skin tone.