Makeup for Kids? Attack of the Pink & Sparkly Girly Times


keeki gift packMy 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?


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Kelly Ann Tiffany

"when I saw we're not talking smoky eyes and red lipstick here, but cute perky kid appropriate things...."

In My Opinion, there is no such thing as kid appropriate make-up. My child will be at least 14 or 15 before I let her wear any.

jeann... jeannesager

I don't count polished nails as "make-up." If you're putting fake nails on a toddler or even taking them for a weekly mani/pedi, then it's insane. But a little polish at home is OK in my book.

sstepph sstepph

IF, and when I have a girl, nailpolish is fine, but I think theres a time & age for makeup. They start waaaay toooooo young now!

MissF... MissForth

I can speak from personal experience and that of those around me. And I know that making a big deal out of makeup only assures that it's going to be worn behind your back and it to much more of an extreme than if you let a girl wear it. If you let it be just a fun mommy and me thing you get to teach her how to wear it. Would you rather the other girls at school taught her? And putting an age on it only makes her frustrated and keeps her waiting to be that age. She ends up missing out on the joys of the age she is. Happened to me. Happened to my cousins. Won't happen to my little girl.

Lynette Lynette

how neat!  I will have to look into that nontoxic nail polish!  No makeup yet, my dd is only 19mo.  I think when I was a kid I ws allowed to play w/ makeup at home and then in 5th grade I was allowed to wear a light blush, lightly colored lip gloss, and brown mascara.  Looked very natural.

kryst... krystel.justice

I have a two year old boy, so. . . no. However, I was allowed to wear Tinkerbell brand makeup when I was a little girl by my grandmother (when she had me for a few years). My dad had a rule about only wearing makeup in the house when I was a kid. 

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

If I had a little girl, I'd let her wear the non toxic make up in the house.  It's just like dress up.  I wouldn't let her wear it out of the house though.

It's too funny that she won't wear pants!  My dad still teases me about being in preschool and REFUSING to wear pants.  It was dresses and tights for me, even though I'd play hard on the playground and ruin a pair of pantyhose almost daily!  I'm not sure where this idea came from (as my mom was queen of the power pant suits back in the day) but I thought only boys wore pants!  God forbid I dress like a *gasp* BOY! ;)

momof... momoflilangel

My 3 1/2 year old can wear lip balm and Piggy Paint nail polish only.

frysh... fryshannon34

I let them wear some make up but just around the house

tazdvl tazdvl

They can wear nail polish, I don't count that as make up. Haven't thought about make up, I don't wear it often so I think that is why my girls haven't asked about it yet.

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