Children shouldn't be wearing makeup
Why do parents allow their young children to wear makeup?

By: Zayaan Schroeder Mollagee

A few weeks ago 4-year-old Mia got into her mother's makeup bag and well, this is the result:

Kid's are sponges and they take in everything. So when Mia sees her mother doing her makeup and makeup tutorials it's just a normal part of life for her. I'm not sure how I feel about kids wearing makeup to be honest.

As a child I was never interested in makeup because I mostly played with my brother and older boy cousin so makeup wasn't really a thing that was played with. And while I did have the odd Tinkerbell lipstick, I was never interested in my mother's makeup. So to this day I don't wear makeup unless I'm going to a fancy function. It's not that my mother didn't wear makeup but she always did it behind closed doors for some reason. And it's not that I'm against makeup, but I just don't have the time for it.

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But let's get back to basics, what is the point of makeup? It's to enhance the face, to make you look or feel pretty, to increase your confidence (I may be wrong - I hardly wear makeup so let me know if I'm way off base). So when Mia puts on that much makeup and says that it's because she wants to have a "skinny face like you" it makes me a little sad. She is four-years-old! 

I do understand that not all little girls were like me and they like dressing up and playing with makeup. On the one hand I feel like this sends the message that you need to "fix" your face, that you need to be prettier and I rage against that notion. And it upsets me that little girls get this message early on. But I do understand that sometimes makeup has it's place, there's nothing wrong with wanting to feel pretty for yourself and colours are always a fun thing to play with. 

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It's inappropriate for children to wear that amount of makeup though and her father has now banned her from wearing any, to which she has this to say:

She's a bit too precocious for my liking though and I don't think I'd be comfortable with my daughter wearing any makeup. Let them be children, let them not have to worry about being pretty or not because don't worry - society will soon enough let them know that they should be worrying about it, even though I wish it wouldn't.

What do you think about young girls wearing makeup?

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