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Is Your Daughter Too Young To Wear Makeup? We Asked Celebrity Makeup Artist Bobbi Brown For Her Opinion!

Wed, October 27, 2010 10:00am EDT by 2 Comments

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The makeup queen has released a new book called Beauty Rules about makeup and skincare for teens and twentysomethings, but she says it’s important to set some ground rules for your tweens when they start packing on the lip gloss, eyeliner and mascara.

Do you think that young girls are starting to wear makeup earlier and earlier? Well, you’re not the only one. Suri Cruise, who’s 4, even totes her own makeup bag! Celebrity makeup artist Bobbi Brown addresses the situation in Beauty Rules, her newest makeup and skincare guide targeted toward teens and twentysomethings like Hilary Duff, who wrote the forward to the book. I sat down with Bobbi to get her thoughts on teens, tweens and makeup and asked her the question on all moms’ lips: How young is too young to wear makeup?

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What inspired you to write Beauty Rules?
I published Teenage Beauty 10 years ago and a lot has changed since then. These days, there are so many unrealistic standards of beauty surrounding young girls, and they’ve also got the added pressure of social media forums where their images are posted. I wrote Beauty Rules to help girls feel more confident and empowered when it comes to their physical appearance, to teach them how to be their most amazing selves as they navigate their teenage years.

How old should girls be when they start wearing makeup?
I was about 11 or 12 when I first started wearing makeup “out.” When girls start going out to parties, school dances, bar and bat mitzvahs, etc., that’s about the right time for them to start learning about makeup. It’s my belief that at that age, a bit of lip gloss and maybe a swipe of mascara is all you need.

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How much is too much makeup for tweens and teens?
Makeup for teens and tweens is all about enhancing your natural beauty and having a little bit of fun, not using it to cover up what you don’t like. For teens, I recommend a simple makeup routine, like using a Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick to even skin tone and cover up problem spots, a pop of blush on the cheeks, a little lip gloss and a touch of mascara. That’s it.

What is your philosophy on skincare for tweens and teens?
Your teen years are a great time to establish good skincare habits. Each day, cleanse your skin, use a toner, and then moisturize with a lotion that contains SPF to keep your skin looking its best now and for years to come. Also, what you put into your body also affects how your skin looks — drink lots of water and make good, healthy food choices.

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Want more advice? Pick up Bobbi’s new book, Beauty Rules, in stores now.

–Kristin Booker

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