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How young is it appropriate to start wearing lipstick?


BEAUTY, Beauty Articles, Featured | by — September 28, 2012

Suri aged 5 [Image source]

When a three year oldniece of a fashion designer is dressed in uber-cool fashion from top-to-toe, she is considered adorable and a fashion mascot.

But what about children wearing red lipstick?

I stumbled across these images of Suri Cruise and Heidi Klum’s daughters – all wearing lipstick at different ages (2, 5 and 8) and was quite taken aback by how early these girls are allowed to wear lipstick outdoors.

Heidi & her daughters Lou (aged 2) and Leni (aged 8) [Image Source]

Despite feeling uncomfortable about the idea of children wearing red lipstick, here’s my verdict on both looks.

Lou & Leni – Bright red lip

Too cute! Especially on Lou’s (the 2 year old) colouring. But mostly it’s because the bright red lip was applied perfectly making it look more like a fashion statement than trying to grow up too soon.

Suri – Berry red lip

Although there’s much to be said about Suri’s upbringing, her berry lip is not over the top given her lips are quite small & is matched with her bold pink top.

That’s my “open minded” verdict, but I’d love to hear your opinions too.

Do you think it’s appropriate for children to wear lipstick?

7 Responses to “How young is it appropriate to start wearing lipstick?”

  1. xiao says:

    I just find it a shame. Like it or not, lipstick/makeup is tied to the idea of looking presentable/keeping up appearances/being a woman/consumerism (I know a lot of us do it “because we want to,” but I think we say it quite flippantly, not considering why we even had the impulse to do so in the first place). I guess it’s okay when it’s a child sneaking a lipstick out of his/her mom’s drawer to scribble face with, but when applied perfectly for an outing, I think it’s way too early to be exposed to that part of life. Though I guess the kids themselves probably don’t know what it all means… /wrestles with self.

    Anyway, I only really started wearing lipstick at 18. I’m really a late bloomer.

    • Yishan says:

      Thanks xiao! Appreciate your open feedback. I think I wore lipstick outdoors from around 16 or 17 – can’t remember exactly, but it was only for special occasion not on weekdays. Plus it was some Gift with Purchase in a bronzey nude shade! *cringe* Soon after my mum bought me a “my lips but better” lipstick shade. But my first experience with lipstick was much younger (eg.under 10), sneaking into my mum’s Chanel lipstick collection to have a play. If I had a daughter now I would probably not allow lipstick until after she turns 16, but tinted lip balm before that is ok in my books.

  2. Sarah says:

    Hello, I love your blog I have been following it for years 🙂

    I think in Heidi Klum’s case it looks as though they are wearing the same shade as their Mom, they probably saw her putting it on and they wanted to wear it as well. They are with their mother, not at school, they are just having some nice girl time I see nothing wrong with it.
    Suri on the other hand looks way too grown up with her little nails painted and a coffee (I’m sure its hot coco or something) in her hand with that dark lipstick on. She also lets her wear heels which is a different topic but is wrong on so many levels to me (I am a foot doc but also I think its too much too soon)
    Sorry to ramble, this was a very interesting post to think about 🙂

    • Yishan says:

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for taking the time to comment, it’s so lovely to hear all your feedback. I agree, Heidi’s girls carry the look much better than Suri.

  3. Tram says:

    I think it’s cute actually! The red lipstick looks so cute on the little girl with the darker skintone! But once in a while is okay.. and if you’re a celebrity, it’s okay. If I had a kid, I wouldn’t take them out shopping with lipsticks though. Around where I live (middle class and lotsa Vietnamese/Chinese), people will call me crazy. Hah!

  4. Buggsiebee says:

    I think the occassional ‘play’ with mom’s make-up or being allowed to sport the same lippie/ nail polish as mom once in while is harmless. On the other hand, Suri’s upbringing & her subsequent permanently precocious behaviour gives me the absolute heebies!!! Her childhood has been stolen.

  5. Lana says:

    I think it looks gorgeous on them BUT ….if you’ve not a child model then no. I only agree with children wearing light nail polish and light lipgloss.

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