So my daughter is beginning to get into the makeup phase and is 11, I need help with products that will be nice to her skin as I know we are going to have a few “clown faces” until she figures it all out….. unfortunately for her, I’m useless at makeup ????????‍♀️

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  • Then only let her play around at home

  • Oh my goodness I hadn’t even thought of this phase for my daughters! I’d be in the same boat as you!

  • 11…..not sure that’s old enough for make up. I never used it, didn’t encourage my daughter to use it as she’s beautiful just as she is.

  • There are so many options for lighter coverage foundations/tinted moisturizers, this could be a good alternative. I wish I had support for this growing up, and was taught that I also had to cleanse nightly if I wore makeup, as well as a good moisturising routine. Perhaps learning that responsibility might turn her off a little? I also wished I had been given a more professional introduction to makeup. Perhaps a visit to a makeup counter of choice (age appropriate) might be useful if they are available to you. I’m no expert on makeup either so totally understand. We can’t be knowledgeable on everything our children pursue so reaching out for support with trained professionals is definitely needed here and there. LUckily for makeup there are many counters that’ll do free tutorials if you buy the products.

  • It might be worth doing a one day in person course – I did this in my 20s via a modelling school – I just wanted to be able to do subtle makeup for work – and it was great.

  • 11 is a little young, her skin is still delicate… I can only suggest to do a skin patch first and maybe take her out to see what she likes from the shelves :)

  • 11 seems so young nowadays to be starting with make-up!

  • Hi, I had the same problem with me as I am not a big fan of daily makeup but twins just turned in that age where they like to look bit fashionable. But my advice is always if their skin is very oily and acne prone then makeup will flare up acne if used in daily routine. I brought all makeup stuff for my twins from Chemist Warehouse pharmacy and u can always ask staff to advise products based on skin tone and texture.

  • I’d first really implement a routine for her of cleaning her face morning and night and moisturiser twice a day too. It’s the most basic skincare that takes you through life.
    Makeup wise – there’s lots of natural mineral makeup now. I’d start with those. No chemicals, mineral makeup by default is natural and allows skin to breathe and not clog up. Which comes more important for teens as acne starts to come into the picture. Don’t go near any make up products that have ingredients that you can’t say or understand. And use mineral makeup which is easy to apply and never gives the cakey foundation look. That’s my best advice.

  • Make sure that her face is well moisturised and has sunscreen on before applying any make up to her skin.

  • I like the australis range i started out with that brand as a teen. I used to like maybelline too, you could book her in at priceline or myer for a consultation and could listen to reccomendations maybe buy some suggestions. Or ask her friends what they buy

  • I suggest a one day professional make up course might be nice, and really helpful, if you can afford it. Modelling schools often offer them. For products, look at something like Nude by Nature that use gentle ingredients.

  • try youtube videos but i would let her try to experiment with different brands as not all brands will be good for her skin

  • With my daughter we started her off with BYS brand from Kmart as I knew it was going to get “well used” and didn’t want to bring out the more expensive stuff just yet….I just taught her that she has to properly cleanse afterwards.. it’s all a learning process, good luck ????

  • Good luck. A most difficult stage and very difficult when money is so scarce and we all know the problems associated with makeup use, especially additives that are turning out to be harmful for skin and which can even trigger other health issues. Not to mention the whole psychological thing that ‘girls must be pretty and need make up for it’ which is a bad burden to carry for anyone… I think your contribution should be towards the products that help get the stuff off. I’ve read that skin can be badly damaged before about 15 years of age and you wan to make sure that she understands the time and effort needed in actually caring for her skin, getting everything off, making sure she doesn’t exacerbate acne or contribute to skin ageing before she’s even started.

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