The beauty industry is thriving at the moment with perfectly painted faces becoming an increasingly popular trend. Cosmetic stores such as Mecca and Sephora are expanding on Australian shores, with the cosmetic industry expected to bring in $4 billion this financial year, and the beauty industry $4.9 billion.
Statistics time! In the US, studies indicate that 54% of girls aged 12 – 14 wear eye makeup and 45% wear foundation. The studies also show that 80% of kids at the young ages of 9-11 use beauty and personal care products, with 42% using them because it provides a sense of confidence. While these stats can come as quite a shock, other research indicates that students who wear makeup achieve better grades in school, and it is all to do with the confidence that the makeup brings. The beauty products make the individual feel a sense of overall enhancement in their self-esteem, attitude and personality.
From an agency perspective, we believe in encouraging body confidence in a completely different way! We believe that kids should be kids, and our clients emulate that in their advertising. They are not looking for mini-adults, they want real kids. When children are called in for castings the rule of thumb is minimal to no make up with natural but neat hair. So when a child books a job for the first time, it evokes a sense of joy and pride, knowing that they were chosen purely for just being them, rather than masking themselves behind a face of product. When the child is on set a makeup artist may do some touch ups using a small amount of makeup, but this should only enhance their natural features more. Here at Bettina Management we are firm on the idea that kids should act their age, as they have plenty of time to look like an adult later.
We can understand where the influencing is coming from, with young beauty bloggers popping up left right and center. Popular makeup artists such as Lauren Curtis, Shannon Harris (Shaaanxo), and Chloe Morello can sit pretty with a full-time career as a YouTube star with a combined following of over 10 million subscribers. Popular Youtube beauty guru, Reuben De Maid, has amassed a following of over 95,000 Youtube subscribers and 180,000 Instagram followers at just 12 years old. We also have Anastasia Kingsworth, 17 years old and 458,000 YouTube subscribers, and 10 year old Jack (makeupbyjack) with 467,000 followers on Instagram.
When it comes to letting your children wear makeup on a day to day basis it really does come down to personal preference. There are no studies to show that wearing makeup at a younger age affects your skin anymore than as an adult. So do we look at it as a confidence builder or a youth killer? Do we let our children wear makeup just because they want to or is that encouraging them to hide their insecurities rather than embrace their natural beauty? Regardless of your choice, at one stage or another you will have to accept that the use of beauty products is a sign that your child is growing up, and to not shame other parents for their choices in the process. From an agency point of view, despite the many misconceptions about children in the modeling industry, we do not encourage makeup, but what children do outside of this is not our place to say. It really does not and should not matter, in the wise words of Hollywood actress Tina Fey: “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”