How Young Is Too Young for Makeup?

June 10, 2010 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

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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