How young is too young for makeup?
It's a question pondered by parents, school administrators and young women themselves. It's also on Kourtney Kardashian's mind as she raises her 16-month-old daughter, Penelope. The reality star spoke candidly to Into The Gloss this week and mused on the role of makeup in her own childhood:
I've been wearing lipstick since I was in 7th grade. That was our form of daring self-expression, because we had to wear uniforms in school. It made our teachers so angry. Now that I have a daughter, I've been thinking about how I'll define beauty to her. I watched a video of Kendall when she was three, and she was putting on makeup. I don't know how I feel about that. But my daughter already watches me do it. When do you let them start wearing it? I don't know yet.
It might sound surprising coming from one of the Kardashians, they of the darkly-rimmed eyes, heavily-glossed lips and spray-tanned visages. But even Hollywood moms take the makeup question into consideration. Victoria Beckham told German magazine Icon, "I can't put on make-up when Harper’s around, because she would join me immediately." And Drew Barrymore took a more strongly-worded stance when asked about her daughter, Olive, earlier this year:
"Kids shouldn't wear makeup, I strongly feel that way... You should be a kid for as long as possible. I think when you start getting in your teens, then all bets are off, and you should just play, play, play. And figure out what kind of woman you want to be -- the training wheels are off. So kids in makeup, no. Starting in your teen years, absolutely go for it, and start to discover who you are."
But there are those famous moms who seem to have a different approach. Most memorably, Suri Cruise was spotted wearing lipstick alongside mum Katie Holmes, and Heidi Klum's daughters have worn some rather bright lip colors.
Whatever parents and their kids choose is, well, their own choice -- and many women, like Kourtney, might not know exactly how they even feel. What's your take on little girls in makeup?
Makeup or not, celeb kids sure are cute: