Too Much Makeup? Don't Worry, Experts Say, the Clown Look Doesn't Last

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Teens where too much makeup but study says not to worry

Girls, girls, don't you know the natural look is in? Credit: Getty Images


Blue eyeshadow does not flatter anyone. And when it comes to applying makeup, try to put less paint on your face than Ronald McDonald or Bozo the Clown.

Now off you go. Enjoy the rest of puberty.

The NPD Group, a market research firm, tells the Associated Press that the use of cosmetics by girls surges between the ages of 13 and 17. And they tend to spread on the lipgloss, mascara, foundation and powder with a putty knife.

"A lot of tween girls think makeup is really exciting to them when they first start to wear it because it's probably something they haven't been allowed to do," Eva Chen, Teen Vogue beauty and health director, tells the news service.

So they often overdo it, with faces that can only be described as the second coming of Tammy Faye Bakker.

However, as girls near the end of high school, NPD beauty industry analyst Karen Grant tells the AP their interest in cosmetics drops off considerably.

Older teens and young women are more concerned with overall healthy skin and a few tried-and-true cosmetics, she adds.

"You've got girls asking, 'Do I really need this?' " Grant tells the news service. "Maybe it's not that exciting anymore because they've been using it since they were younger."

However, if your young daughter is looking a bit cartoonish in her cherry-flavored lip gloss, don't worry. It's probably a short-lived fad.

"About 13 or 14, they feel like they're over lip gloss," Chen tells the news service." They still wear it, but that's when they want to transition into mascara. But that's one more step for parents to accept."

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