Drawing a line on make-up on children at a young age

Makeup artist Kathleen Prideaux. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Makeup artist Kathleen Prideaux. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

MAKE-UP may be Rocky woman Kathleen Prideaux's career, but there was a line she wasn't prepared to cross as a mum.

Kathleen yesterday said she didn't let her daughter start wearing make-up until she was 14.

Former Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria Beckham has put the issue of children and make-up in the spotlight after declaring she doesn't let her young daughter watch her when she puts her make-up on.

The celebrity said she didn't want two-year-old Harper growing up too fast.

Yesterday The Bulletin took to the streets and sought people's opinions online to find out what residents thought was an appropriate age for young girls to wear make-up.

What do you think is an appropriate age for children to wear make-up?

This poll ended on 30 June 2013.

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This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Kathleen Prideaux, who runs Creative Faces Makeup and Nails, says kids watching mum put make-up on in the mirror isn't a bad thing.

"I don't necessarily think girls are influenced by mum putting on make-up," she said.

To Kathleen, a decent age to start wearing minimum make-up would be around 13 or older.

"My daughter is now 25, but she started around 14 or 15 with just minimal make-up."

But Kathleen does agree that make-up is only appropriate for kids if it's part of an event like a musical or ballet.

"I have taught a ballet school how to do their make-up and I've done make-up for school musicals - but it's for a purpose," she said.

Topics:  children make-up parenting

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