I was asked by a reader to talk about how I’m managing the world of makeup with my teenage daughter. I will be quite honest, it sort of snuck up on me. She had a friend who wore makeup when she was 13, but all I was comfortable with at that point was lip gloss. I figured it was good for my daughter to stay young as long as she could, and makeup seems to take you straight out of girlhood and into womanhood, so I balked at the notion. I was also looking for signs that my daughter could handle the responsibility of applying makeup, and about the time she turned 15, I felt she had arrived. So, we embarked on a simple and modest makeup routine, that didn’t look fake and was easy for her to apply.
Let me start by explaining exactly what I was looking for in her behavior and demeanor before allowing makeup.