Kourtney Kardashian's Mom Dilemma: When to Let Penelope Wear Makeup

kourtney Kardashian, penelopeI would have thought the rules about the appropriate age to wear makeup would be pretty lax in the Kardashian household. After all, they have made millions by living glamorous, stylish, enviable lives. Though, while Kourtney Kardashian says she was allowed to slap on cosmetics at an early age, there will be different rules for her daughter Penelope.


Here is her surprising take on the issue:

I've been wearing lipstick since I was in 7th grade. That was our form of daring self-expression, because we had to wear uniforms in school. It made our teachers so angry. Now that I have a daughter, I've been thinking about how I'll define beauty to her. I watched a video of Kendall when she was three, and she was putting on makeup. I don't know how I feel about that. But my daughter already watches me do it. When do you let them start wearing it? I don't know yet.

I suppose the fact that she is a mom dealing with the same concerns we have can get lost under that uber glam look she often sports alongside sisters Khloe and Kim. This is certainly an issue every parent of a girl has to deal with -- no matter the zip code.

I think most would agree that children shouldn't wear makeup. That said, we have to get real about whether that is a realistic rule. How many of us were told that cosmetics were off limits until a certain age? And how many of us still bought lipstick, eye shadow, and mascara behind our parents' backs and put it on at school?

Fact of the matter is, our daughters will do that too.  So I would actually propose a different rule if you want to avoid a lipstick rebellion. If your child shows interest in makeup at an early age, nourish it. I'm not saying let your 7-year-old go full Gaga. But if she wants to wear lipstick, allow her to wear a clear gloss. The next year, a lightly tinted chap stick. After that, a subtly colored gloss and so on.

Or perhaps have a rule that she can only wear it on the weekend. That way, she feels that you understand and respect her needs and wants. Plus, there is less allure to it when it isn’t absolutely forbidden. You can only avoid this issue for so long, so I suggest you come up with a game plan you are comfortable with. From what I see, even toddlers love playing with mommy's lipstick!

What are your rules about your children wearing makeup?


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