Mum asks if it's OK to let her 11-year-old daughter wear makeup

Mum asks if it's OK to let her 11-year-old daughter wear makeup

So when one mum took to Mumsnet to ask for advice on whether she should let her child wear makeup, it sparked quite a debate.

In her post, the woman explained that her daughter is still a pre-teen.

She's never allowed her to experiment with blusher and eyeshadow, but one of her friends has told her that it's about time she bought her some beauty products.

The mum wrote: "I have an 11-year-old daughter and I've never let her wear makeup as I personally think she is too young.

"However, my friend has told me I'm unreasonable and all 11-year-olds wear it although not to school?"

The post really seemed to divide parents, with some insisting that 11 is far too young for cosmetics.

One commented: "My daughter is 11 in a few weeks and there's no way in hell she'd get near makeup.

"She's still into My Little Pony and fairies and long may it stay that way."

Another replied: "I suppose each to their own but I think it's inappropriate for primary school children to be doing themselves up in makeup. They are children."




However, others didn't have a problem with it.

One said: "It's tough to watch them growing up but it's like most things, everything in moderation doesn't usually do any harm and the more you ban it, the more coveted it's likely to become."

Another message read: "Wearing makeup isn't growing up too fast.

"It's a matter of personal choice about her body and if your 11-year-old wants to wear make up, shave her body hair etc you should encourage her by giving her considered advice (or directing her to it)."

A number of parents offered the woman tips on how to handle the situation if her daughter did ever ask to wear makeup.

One message read: "At 11, I allowed my daughter to wear it round the house, and if it was subtle, the odd bit out of the house once in a while.

"There are colours/looks that wouldn't be appropriate, and then I just gently told her that's more of a 'dance' look, and that she can't wear it out of the house."

Would you let your child experiment with beauty products at 11?

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