My daughter started out life as kind of a tomboy, loving to run and wrestle and not really being overly concerned about what she wore. Not being a girly girl myself (although I love a nice mani-pedi), this was a bit of a relief.
Then she attended her friend's princess-ish birthday party when she was 3 1/2 and we were off to the races. The pink, purple, sparkly, ruffly races. Now she will not wear pants at all, fights me on even skirts and dresses that aren't pink or purple, and is constantly trying to get me to put makeup on her. I'll relent for a bit of tinted lip balm or some (usually) pale nail polish, but I never gave any thought to what scary toxins I might be putting on her gorgeous skin.
Moms Natalie Buss and Katy Scheffler have, and created a cute line of organic, non-toxic cosmetics and nail polishes called Keeki.
I must admit I was a little surprised by the idea of makeup for kids, even non-toxic organic stuff, and somewhat surprised at the cost. I don't pay $9 for a tube of nail polish for me, much less my kid. However, when I saw we're not talking smoky eyes and red lipstick here, but cute perky kid-appropriate things, it started to sound lots more appealing.
It also made me rethink my makeup indulgences with my daughter. Like all little kids, she is naturally beautiful and I'd rather not have her think she needs something else to enhance that. On the other hand, makeup is fun. When I was a little older than she is now, I used to sneak my mom's makeup and couldn't wait to be old enough to wear it. While my teenage days of four eyeshadow colors and three shades of blush are long behind me (shut up, it was the '80s), I still like putting on makeup and playing with different looks when I have time, which is every other never. I think I'm going to ramp up the discussion about being beautiful just the way you are, and meanwhile let her have the thrill she gets from polished nails or shiny lips.
Do you let your child wear makeup?