How Young Is Too Young for Makeup?

How Young Is Too Young for Makeup?

Mom Jeanine
June 10, 2010


Beauty, Good Question

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I recently received a press sample of Piggy Paint nail polish ($10) and decided to give it a try. Piggy Paint is a non-toxic, kid-friendly nail polish that is free of  formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone. The brains behind the company have a hilarious catch phrase that describes the polish: “It’s as natural as mud.”

I first painted my nails and I was amazed that there really was no nail polish smell. Intrigued by what I was doing, my almost-two-year-old daughter came over and promptly put out her hand out for me to polish her nails. Because this was a non-toxic polish, I swiped a little across her nails and didn’t think much of it. Dad, on the other hand, flipped when he saw his daughter’s finger nails painted.

He insisted I take the polish off before she went to school the next day and I did, but I really don’t see the big deal. If your daughter is past the hands-in-the-mouth phase, why not treat her to an at-home Piggy Paint manicure every once in a while? One of my daughter’s favorite activities is to play in mommy’s makeup, so can putting nail polish on her or even letting her wear a little lip gloss (which I sometimes do) really harm her?

Moms, I want to hear your take. Do you think a two-year-old is too young to wear nail polish? If so, at what age would you allow it? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Aisha
    June 13, 2010

  • My daughter is 2 1/2 and I’ve been trying to find the “peel off” polish that I wore as a child. While I don’t think that 2 is too young for polish, I do think that it may be too young for most little girls to sit still and wait for their polish to dry. For the past several months I’ve been taking my daughter to a childrens salon near our home – they do their best with the nail dryers but sometimes she just doesnt want to sit still, and that’s perfedctly okay! My daugher wears clear lip gloss also! Some of the department store glosses are a lot better for children’s skin that drugstore lip balms. It’s an added bonus that she gets to feel like mommy, putting on her gloss!

  • Rachele
    June 14, 2010

  • I remember going through the same conversation with my daughter’s dad when she was two. I think nail polish is no big deal and either is playing with mommy’s make-up. I remember promising that my young daughter would not go out in public wearing lipstick and eye shadow, as if nail polish was a gateway drug of sorts. I think to men it’s that fear of loosing their little girl. Nail polish is the first sign they won’t be young forever. Today nail polish, tomorrow lipstick and heels.

  • Lena
    June 15, 2010

  • For the record, I’m not a mom, just an auntie that paints her 3 year old niece’s toenails (only!) on and off for the past year and also gives her a swipe of lip gloss every now and again. Her parents agreed to let me do it and have made a point of letting it be an aunite-niece thing so that their little girl continues to think of makeup as a special treat and not something required to feel beautiful on a daily basis.

  • Jenni Dunfee
    September 25, 2010

  • I paint my 22 month old daughter’s nails and her 3 year old brother’s nail too!