Hands up if you have a daughter? Keep them up if she’s played with your lippie. Keep them up still if she’s old enough to be “borrowing” from your makeup drawer.
My hand is well and truly up. As you know.
My daughter is almost 15. And thankfully this has been an easy path for me to navigate with her.
I think partially that’s because most of her life there’s always been A LOT of makeup and beauty products around her. I’ve been writing about – and receiving beauty products – to review for about 13 years.
I’ve thrust that many lip balms at her that I think she was well and truly over the whole makeup caper long before the time most girls are starting to get obsessed.
We’ve seemingly bypassed the “heavy eyeliner” and the orange makeup phase.
Her school has strict rules about not wearing makeup to school, which I’m a fan of, because no matter how much I LOVE makeup – and beauty products in general – I think there’s is plenty of time for girls to embrace a “full face”.
Having said all that, I do know that not everyone has it as easy with their daughters, so here are my top tips for making Makeup 101 as painless as possible:
1. Don’t ban makeup altogether. That’s just crazy. If she’s going to experiment, she’s going to experiment. As soon as you say no, it’s like a black eyeliner to an goth or emo. They’ll be even more determined to do it. And be hanging out at your local shopping centre on a Thursday night. Just because. That’s. What. You. Do.
2. Get someone else to teach her how to apply it. Repeat after me: mums know squat. My daughter did a grooming and deportment class when she was 13 and learned to apply her makeup from a makeup artist. It took me till I was almost 40 to learn how to apply eyeliner correctly. She nailed it that Christmas holidays … but has rarely worn it to that extreme since.
3. Buy her makeup. There’s strategy in this. For starters, you’ll get to “direct” her into age-appropriate products and she’s less likely to covet a drawer full of makeup (ie, yours) if she’s got her own supply of essentials.
Now, on that third point, I was excited to hear about Ere Perez’ launch of Princess makeup kits especially for young girls.
Young skin should be treated to natural, harmless and healthy products. And you can rest easily, knowing that she hasn’t piled on a stack of makeup that will have a counter-effect on her delicate skin.
The kit ($60) contains three essential products: Natural Carrot Balm in Healthy, Natural Rosehip Oil Lipbar in Love and Natural Chamomile Eye Colour in It’s a Girl!
Natural Carrot Balm is a multi-purpose balm that’s great to use as a lip colour, cheek tint and eyeshadow primer and suits all skin colours; Natural Rosehip Oil Lipbar has just a hint of pink and keeps lips healthy and moisturised with SPF15 for additional protection; Natural Chamomile Eye Colour in It’s a Girl is a lovely light pinky ivory eye highlighter and peachy-nude eye shadow.
I’d also add in Natural Calendula Tinted Face Dust $39.90 for a great, natural foundation base that will create a flawless finish but not clog pores with nasties.
Since I wrote this post back in July (last school holidays!), my daughter has been treated* to a smorgasbord of skincare products. On the facialist’s advice we also pulled back on the extreme skincare she’d been sharing with her brother, who has a way bigger zit farm. The result has been amazing.
Apart from a few bumps on her central forehead, her skin is now generally clear. And beautiful.
So, what’s been a part of her routine?
She started off with Clinique’s tried and true 3-step introductory set ($49). I got a bit nostalgic seeing the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion in the bathroom as Clinique was my first foray into regular skincare as a teenager. It no longer comes with the soap bar but the principle is still the same. I love that it is three steps. Easy to remember and easy for a teenager to actually carry out on a regular basis.
And for the past month she’s been more than a little spoilt, thanks to the good people at Elemis sending her these products to trial (all were recommended for her sensitive skin after her facial at Ikatan Day Spa).
I’ve warned her not to get too attached as the price is a little outside of a teenager’s skincare budget but I’m in danger of falling for them myself. Particularly the Gentle Rose Exfoliator. The jojoba beads are rounded and super tiny. Cucumber extract is the key ingredient and source of antioxidant vitamin C and it works to give you a fresh look every day.
As for a moisturiser, we haven’t been able to go past Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion. It’s hydrating, works on her breakouts and doesn’t cause any extra redness. Oh, and it’s very easy on the budget too.
Do you have a tween or a teen daughter? Is she into makeup? How have you kept it under control so she doesn’t appear to have grown up too quickly?
* The products mentioned above were sent to my daughter and I for review consideration. She considered, I reviewed!