Parents start allowing their daughters to wear makeup for different reasons.
Christen Tracy, a licensed esthetician with the DermStore, said girls probably start wearing makeup when they are getting breakouts and acne to hide blemishes.
Laura Brown, the mother of a 13-year-old, decided to allow her daughter to wear makeup as her self-image changed.
“Since I knew my daughter, I could see that her self-confidence was developing and she was starting to care more about her outward appearance, so I allowed her to make the progression,” Brown said. “We talked about how too much makeup isn’t a good idea for a girl her age and about what image she wanted to portray.”
Whatever the reason and age that parents settle on, skin and makeup experts offer these tips for parents and daughters.
Take makeup off at bedtime
“You cannot go to bed with your makeup on. If you are wearing your makeup to bed and you are breaking out, that is just ridiculous. It is totally preventable. With privilege comes responsibility,” said Elizabeth Trayford, a licensed cosmetologist..
Tracy agrees. “Even though mineral makeup says you can sleep in it, don’t do it. It isn’t good to sleep in your makeup,” she said.
Learn how to put it on
Trayford, who has a 13-year-old daughter, doesn’t feel it is necessary to go have her daughter’s makeup done somewhere.
“If mom wears makeup and takes care of her skin, she is as much of an authority as anyone,” Trayford said.
But Tracy advises parents to consider having someone other than a parent talk to their daughter, as they might not want to listen to their mother.
Cover blemishes correctly
“When girls are breaking out, their inclination is to cover it up, but that can make it worse. Don’t blanket your beautiful young face,” Trayford said.
The solution? Trayford advises girls to use a little medicated concealer.
Good makeup should:
Let your skin breathe (non-comodogenic).
Have ingredients that benefit your skin such as vitamin C or other antioxidants, green tea or grape seed extract.
Include anti-inflammatory properties.
Source: Christen Tracy, a licensed esthetician with the DermStore in Redding.
“There are skin care lines that have concealers that are medicated. You can actually treat while you are concealing,” Tracy said.
Less is more
“Pick something to focus on like eyes or lips; don’t overdo everything. If you are going to do more eye shadow and liner on the eyes, then maybe go with a gloss on the lips. If you want a bright red lipstick, go light on the eyes,” Tracy said.
That doesn’t meant you can’t have some fun.
“Younger girls can get away with fun crazy colors, and it looks cute. Don’t be afraid to use color,” Tracy said.
Care for your skin
Tracy advises girls to use sunscreen and reapply every two hours to protect their faces for the future.
“What you are doing now to your skin is going to show up 15 years later. It is affecting your skin and will show up later,” Tracy said.
According to Tracy, makeup should be part of the skin care routine.
“The makeup you choose should have ingredients that actually help your skin. Not only is that good for your skin, it can create a protective layer between your face and the environment,” Tracy said.