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We all know about the charmed life of Suri Cruise. Not only does the four-year-old daughter of TomKat own over 100 pairs of shoes, but she’s had more manicures and fancy salon treatments than most of us can ever hope to enjoy. Turns out the princess is not alone: a growing number of girls are heading to the salon at younger and younger ages. As this video from Good Morning America reveals, one-year-olds are getting manicures. Six-year-olds are getting blowouts and having their curls chemically straightened. But here’s the real shocker: now tweens as young as eleven are getting bikini waxes.
Suri Cruise tests lip colors at a makeup counter inside Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. Photo: dailymail.co.uk
A couple weeks ago, Suri Cruise was out on a shopping expedition with her super-stylish mom at Holt Renfrew and swung by a makeup counter. The celebutot turns five in April, so I was a little surprised to see her test-driving products already.
Then again, it would seem that girls these days are using makeup at a much earlier age than my friends or I did. In a recent WSJ article about Wal-Mart’s new tween makeup line, geo-Girl, the marketing director at Aspire Brands Inc. (which is the marketer of Bonne Bell and Lip Smackers) says, “Girls start cosmetics usage really as young as six,” and goes on to explain that their first foray into makeup is usually a clear lip gloss or nail polish. Funny enough, I distinctly remember owning a ton of Lip Smackers lip glosses and would say that those as well as Hard Candy nail polishes were definitively my first makeup products. But that was in eighth grade. Maybe I was a late bloomer? To investigate this phenomenon, I asked a couple of co-workers when they started using beauty products and if the remembered what they were. Not surprisingly, they all have affectionate memories of their ‘firsts.’ Continue reading for their fun flashbacks. But their testimonials still don’t answer the larger question: At what age is it OK for girls to start experimenting with makeup? What do you think?