As my daughters are getting older the parenting is getting much different. The issues are evolving into more mature things, such as makeup. Most girls at some point are going to want to tinker with the looks they see all the celebrities showing off. It’s important for us parents to show our children they can come and talk to us about anything, whether we agree with them or not. One issue can be Teaching Your Teen About Makeup, this might seem like not a big deal but to some teens it’s huge.
Teaching Your Teen About Makeup
Often little girls, and sometimes even little boys, will get into mommy’s makeup and have a little fun. However, that messy look that might often resemble Batman’s nemesis, The Joker, is not a good look for when they get older and start wearing makeup on a regular basis. That’s why it is important to teach children that are interested in makeup how to properly use it (and if you don’t teach them or buy it for them, they will still get it and wear it). Hopefully, this helps and brings a way to start teaching trust and openness with your kids.
Different Season, Different Look
There are different looks to go with throughout the different seasons of the year. Often autumn is a time for earthy, natural colors. Use them with blushed and eyeshadow. Winter is great for smokey eyes and purple shades of lipstick and more.
When spring and summer come around, colors will get lighter when it comes to makeup and clothing too. Pastels, neons, and all shades of pink are great in the summer. Use spring to slowly transition into these summer options. You makeup loving kids will have fun experimenting each new season.
Sometimes Less Is Better
Teach your kids to understand that wearing makeup doesn’t mean they need to cake it on. For most things, a little can go a long way. Teach them about the differences between normal wear makeup and stage or runway makeup; that often on stage and on TV people are wearing more makeup because the stage lighting can drown it out.
Show them how to properly apply both kinds of makeup. Let them put some on you too so that learn more about how different certain colors can look on different people because of different skin tones and different hair colors.
Who Are You Wearing Makeup For?
One really important thing to teach your children is that they only need to be wearing makeup for themselves. You don’t need to wear makeup just because someone else says you should. You don’t have to wear makeup just because all of the girls in the magazines do.
There are many people out there that don’t ever wear makeup, yes, women. They are happy and content to not need to spend twenty minutes or making their faces up. Then there are women that need to have at least one type of makeup on at all times, whether it’s their lipstick or their eyeliner.
Teach your children to feel comfortable in their own skin and do things for themselves that make them feel happy and comfortable. A little makeup never hurt anyone!
To make it really fun, consider taking your child in to get a professional makeover done and let them pick out some new makeup they’d like to try. Makeup shopping can be fun for both of you. Teaching your teen about makeup can be a bonding experience and open the door to more open discussions.
Jenna is a freelance writer from Renton, WA who is particularly interested in travel, nature, and parenting. Follow her on Twitter.