Young Teens and Makeup: Is it Right?

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Young teenage girls are slathering themselves with makeup. Do we, as a society, find this to be acceptable? Photo Courtesy HuffPost

 

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 15 and 17, 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, social media, 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 a street walker, 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. Teenagers are still little girls.

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, and 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!

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