Julia's Christmas wish list says make-up kit, and I have no idea what that really means.
Look at those beautiful, make-up free faces. So natural. I have no desire to add anything to them at this point.
So, what would you do if your 11-year-old asked for a make-up kit?
Julia (left), in my opinion, is too young for any serious make-up, but certainly not too young to learn about skin care and beauty. After my initial shock at seeing make-up kit in place of toys on the list, I kind of got excited. I get to introduce her to this fun part of being a girl.
So yes, I'm in. My 11-year-old daughter will get her first make-up kit this Christmas, and it will come from me.
As much as is possible, I want to be the one who introduces my girls to what it means to be a woman. When each of them turned nine, I bought them The Care and Keeping of You by American Girl. It's a great book about taking care of your body. It's written for young girls and progresses from taking care of their teeth and braces to healthy diet and exercise to the changes they can expect at puberty, including buying their first bra and getting their first period. I bought each girl her own personal copy, and we read it aloud, one-on-one.
So we've already read a little about skin care and make-up in the past, but back then the information was just tucked away for future use.
Sounds like Julia's decided it's time to put it into practice. And that's a good thing.
Sometimes I think we unintentionally shame young girls for their natural, God-given desires, like the desire to be beautiful. We tell them, "You're too young for make-up!" or "You aren't allowed to wear make-up until you are (whatever arbitrary age we pick) years old," without any affirmation for the rightness of their desire to be beautiful.
It would be easy for our daughters to get the idea that their innocent interest in beauty products and looking pretty is wrong.
It's not wrong.
So between now and Christmas, I'm on the hunt for a cute make-up bag and lots of goodies to put in it. I'm thinking facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Sheer lip gloss.Maybe a facial mask, because those just look fun -- like a day at a fancy spa.
One thing she made clear is that she'd like to try eye shadow. Yikes. I'm not ready to let an 11-year-old out of the house wearing eye shadow. But maybe I'll buy one of those inexpensive sets you can pick up around Christmas and tell her it's just for practicing and playing makeover with her friends.
What do you think? Would you buy beauty products for an 11-year-old? Any ideas for what to put in her bag? Brands that are good for young girls without being too pricey?
Waiting to hear your thoughts on this one.