Nails and Makeup for kids: what age should they start?

Has your daughter ever begged you for a chance to put on makeup? Kids often see their moms put on makeup and associate it with being more adult. Some of them might even want to try it themselves! If your daughter is a teenager, then it’s not such a big deal. But if she is still a pre-teen or even below the age of 13, then you might want to take some precautions. Not all products are safe for kids to use. Since your kid is still growing, you want to make sure the chemicals in makeup don’t damage their skin.

Here are a few tips you should consider before you let your daughter put on makeup products and nail polish.

1. Make sure the Products are good quality and safe

This is so important. Whether it’s makeup or nail polishes, buy products that are labelled, even if they’re not branded. And make sure there is a list of ingredients at the back so you can check if there is anything dangerous. Stay away from those cheap kid kits of makeup and nail polish products you find at your nearest drugstore or online like eBay or Amazon. It may look like a good idea for your child to have a play around because they are going to break it in the end, but it’s not worth the risk of the child getting an allergic reaction. Children’s skin can be particularly sensitive, so even if the product is fine for adults, you should check with a dermatologist to see if the chemicals used are safe for your kids.

2. Don’t let your child go to sleep with makeup on

Before your child goes to bed, please remove all her makeup, because of the chemicals it contains, the first day won’t really do much but if she has makeup on for a few days, she might have clogged or irritated eyes, which may lead to infections and dry skin. So please remove every inch of makeup before she goes to sleep. The best product to use for treating this is coconut oil because it is 100% natural and it’s a good moisturizer for dry skin.

3. Watch out for any skin irritation on the face or hands

Before your daughter tries out any product, get her to dab a small amount on her arm. If it’s nail polish, get her to paint one nail first rather than all of them at once. If she doesn’t develop a rash after an hour, it’s probably safe for her to use.

But if your child develops red patches or itchiness on her face or hands, remove the makeup or nail polish immediately and get an ice block and place it where the red patch is to cool down the irritation. If it’s not gone in 20 minutes seek a doctor to check it out.

4. Go to a Nail Salon

Be sure that your child doesn’t sniff off the gel polish bottle, or even the non-acetone bottle. Chemicals are very powerful when it comes to the nail stuff. I fully recommend you to take your child to a Professional Nail Technician to paint your daughter’s nails, as they are trained in using chemical products. They also have a better understanding of what chemicals are more dangerous for children. You can even frame it as a special day out for your daughter and make her feel more like an adult!

5. Don’t let your child wear makeup or have their nails painted too often

There’s no need for your child to have makeup on all the time or have pretty nails. I understand if it’s for a special occasion or a school play as little girls love dressing up, but it’s not necessary for them to have it on every day. They have fresh, soft and beautiful skin where they don’t even have to worry about spots or blemishes on. On the nails side, well they have tiny nail beds to paint on.

Using too much makeup could also make your daughter self-conscious. Kids these days are exposed to all sorts of social media, including beauty gurus on Instagram and makeup tutorials on Youtube. But all this exposure could teach your daughter that their self-worth is linked to how much makeup and beauty products they use. If you allow your daughter to use makeup, make sure she associates makeup with fun and creativity, rather than as something she has to do to become more like a woman or an adult.

6. Teach your daughter how to use makeup

If your daughter is old enough to learn how to use makeup on her own, teach her how to use it herself! It will help her learn how to be responsible for herself and you can treat it like a mother-and-daughter bonding session. Go to the store with her and point out all the products you like to use. You can get her to read the ingredients on the product before applying anything on her skin. Remember to teach her the basic hygiene practices, like washing her face every day, using clean hands when applying products on the face, and how to remove makeup safely using a cleanser. You might still want to keep an eye on her though, just to make sure she’s doing everything correctly.

7. Play pretend

If keeping track of all the chemicals seems like too much effort but your daughter still wants to try makeup, you can always play pretend with her. Don’t give her any of the actual product, but give her makeup brushes and blenders so she can “practice” how to do her own makeup. Instead of lipstick, give her a gentle lip balm that she can apply like lipstick. Bonus: This is a great way for her to improve her hand-eye coordination as well!     

I hope you moms out there liked this blog post, and please be cautious when it comes to your child’s precious skin. There is no exact age where you can allow your daughter to use makeup, but in general, you will want to use milder products and keep your makeup products clean for them to use.

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