At what age did you start wearing makeup?

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Bringing back memories. I was probably 13-14. Blue eyeshadow, mascara, chapstick. : ) I used blush and lipstick occasionally.
I didn't wear foundation until I was much older and didn't wear eyeliner until a few years ago when my eyelashes started to get more sparse.
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I've never really worn makeup. I've tried it a few times at home and I always end up looking worse than a drunken Ke$ha, though I think that may be a paradox since does a sober Ke$ha even exist? JK, but seriously I'm terrible at putting makeup on myself. It seems to me like most women are bad at it too, they just don't have the good sense not to wear if they can't put it on properly. Makeup is meant to enhance natural beauty, not to paint on an entirely different face, but it seems the latter is what most women use it for anyways.
I've never really worn makeup. I've tried it a few times at home and I always end up looking worse than a drunken Ke$ha, though I think that may be a paradox since does a sober Ke$ha even exist? JK, but seriously I'm terrible at putting makeup on myself. It seems to me like most women are bad at it too, they just don't have the good sense not to wear if they can't put it on properly. Makeup is meant to enhance natural beauty, not to paint on an entirely different face, but it seems the latter is what most women use it for anyways.
Originally Posted by PassingOfNights
I totally agree on enhancing natural beauty. If you want to learn more about makeup, you can always go to youtube and search for tutorials. They're are some great people on YouTube who will take you step by step through a look. Some of my favorites are jaclyn hill, Nicole guerrio, and kandee Johnson.
I started wearing makeup at 17, started with eyeliner because I was too afraid to try anything else.
I started wearing make up at the age of 17. I was pretty sure that being natural is the best and i wanted to keep it that way. But today i only wear mascara and a bit of eyeshadow. I love to wear natural make up.~~
started wearing it out of he house occasionally at 13
started wearing it semi-regularly at around 24
started wearing it every day at 30
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First day of 7th grade at the urging of my mom (Avon products, which I still love). I think she was more excited for that new chapter in my life than I was. I rarely wear it, but wish I could get into it more. That was 20 years ago. Right now, I'm trying to clear my skin up, but if I want to wear something, it's eye makeup and lips only!
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I don't understand why parents don't let their children wear makeup until they're a certain age. I don't see anything wrong with it.
Originally Posted by AnsleyBirch13
Makeup can definitely sexualize a child, I find nothing more pitiful that a very young girl all painted up trying to look older. For me under 14 is too early, every age should be enjoyed for what it is and growing up should not be rushed.

At 14 I was allowed to wear facial powder and pale lipstick and blush I think. At 15 a discreet amount of eyeliner and foundation was added. But by 16 I was wearing way too much make-up and even false eyelashes for dances, but one day I learned my lesson, the trend had shifted to a "natural" look and I went to this dance with my hair up and painted like a rainbow while the other girls had their hair down and their faces just looked "fresh". The guys probably thought I was too old so I was a wallflower most of the night, if not all.

My daughter was the opposite, she showed NO interest in makeup when she became a teenager, I constantly had to ask her to put a little blush because she looked so pale. Then, a few years later - boom! She began liking it a lot and spending too much, her downfall has been subscribing to "Allure", that magazine is a trap that entices her to try more stuff...

Youth has it's own beauty that we spend lots of money trying to to replicate years later so I say, enjoy being young mostly as you are. Don't wear too much please, use mascara instead of eyeliner and maybe save the eyeliner for special occasions, otherwise you will have nothing left to look your "best" at those times. And don't worry about what the other girls do, you are unique so concentrate on just being "you".
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I started wearing makeup at age 13, when I joined high school. I wore way too much eyeliner under my eyes and I now know how unflattering it was to my eye shape. It was also impossible for someone with my skin tone to find drugstore foundation pale enough so I was probably a bit orangey. It's only now that I have a bank account, internet access and more money that I found a foundation to suit me I just wish that I could have done it right from the start, but I think in those years I have learned what suits my features best instead of just piling it on and hoping for the best. And I now wear less makeup as a result.

I really don't think that 13 is too young to wear makeup, I have always been very mature for my age and it was a normal thing for girls to do. I would have resented my parents if they had not let me wear make up, and I know it would have made my anxiety worse if I felt like the odd one out That sounds silly because I shouldn't need makeup to make myself feel more confident but the truth is I do. It's not an ideal world.
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It makes me feel old that I genuinely can't even remember. Maybe 14? I literally don't know. Judging from photos of me as a kid at various ages, I'd say 14 is probably about right though.
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It was the summer before High School (age 14) that my mom allowed me to wear pressed powder. I got some CoverGirl and applied it sparingly. My own mother never really wore makeup, so I was a bit in the dark.

When I was 15-16 it was the craze to wear shocking eyeshadow colors, so I bought some chubby eyeshadow stick in an icey blue (it was in fashion, I think?!) and put a thick line on each eye sometimes on the weekend.

Around 17 I used clear eyeshadow, pressed powder and Cover Girl Swiss Chocolate eyeshadow (I wore that for a decade+ before CG changed the consistency w/ more glitter). Later, my mom said I could wear lipstick just for photos, but I stuck with that cheapo Bonnie Bell chapstick I'd had since I was 9, haha. Lipstick was like a racecar and I was still on my bicycle!!

I think you learn to appreciate what you're working with more if you are made to wait until your mid to late teens to wear makeup. (It also isn't a good mix of hormonal acne and pore-clogging oils in a lot of the popular foundations.) So I agree with CGSince2002 that youth has its own beauty.



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I've been wearing concealer since I was 12 because I had acne and used my mothers concealer to cover it up. I didn't start wearing eye makeup till I was 16.
My sister wears it and she's a 15 year old who can do a winged liner better than I can!
15 and still don't wear makeup lol. But I think makeup is awesome
I believe I was about 13 or 14 when I first started wearing makeup. I did heavy eyeliner(raccoon eyes, yikes) and then the year after I incorporated foundation and occasional lipgloss. I didn't like the feeling of foundation so I switched to just concealer. By the time I was about 16 or 17 I toned down my eyeliner a bunch and it looked much better.
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I think I was around 14 or 15 when I started wearing makeup. It was more of a curiosity. These days, I seldom wear full makeup, only on special occasions.
I was 15 and it was because it was a requirement during our dance team performances. I wore light make up (eye shadow, mascara, occasionally eye liner) for a while during high school but pretty much stopped in college. Now I wear it every now and then.
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