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How old were you when you started wearing make up on a daily basis?

(30 Posts)
DrNortherner Wed 24-Sep-08 13:40:45

Having a discussion in the office as colleagues daughters put full slap on before going to school - they are 13 and 15.

I remember taking lipstick to secondary school but being told to wipe it off.

Think I was about 16/17 and in college.

Cappuccino Wed 24-Sep-08 13:41:47

yeah 16

then a gap

then 23

then 35

RubySlippers Wed 24-Sep-08 13:41:53

probably 16 or so

had terrible skin sad

IllegallyBrunette Wed 24-Sep-08 13:41:58

About 13/14 I think.

sagacious Wed 24-Sep-08 13:42:56

16 when I started my Saturday job on the Boots No7 counter.

Bobbiewickham Wed 24-Sep-08 13:43:09

Twelve shock

Wasn't tarty - was one of the good girls.

It was just that I was ugly and had bad skin, and went to a slack school.

And the jade green eyeshadow, electric blue eyeliner and pink shimmer lipstick helped loads hmm

paddingtonbear1 Wed 24-Sep-08 13:45:18

I'm 40
and I still haven't!
not on a daily basis anyway.
only occasional, when I go out (very occasional!)

fleacircus Wed 24-Sep-08 13:45:53

Wasn't allowed to wear make-up before 15. I did anyway, but it was quite a good lesson in applying it subtly!

Romy7 Wed 24-Sep-08 13:48:57

37 and counting, although i did wonder this morning whether it might make me feel a bit more like a grown-up...
might try it one day <wistfully>

Lazycow Wed 24-Sep-08 13:50:32

About 13/14 years old. Not at school though it wasn't allowed until we were over 16.

ComeOVeneer Wed 24-Sep-08 13:51:31

18 when I started uni. We weren't allowed to wear any make-up at school apart from at the weekends.

NotBigNotClever Wed 24-Sep-08 13:52:19

Can't see myself bothering to wear make-up on a daily basis unless my dh does too. (yeuch, horrible thought) Am 43 and no one has run away screaming (yet).

vacaloca Wed 24-Sep-08 13:54:38

I still think I will when I'm a grown-up. I've just turned 35 though hmm

RipMacWinkle Thu 25-Sep-08 09:02:54

every day? honestly?

Only when I went back to work after DS was born grin

So the answer is 30!

lumpsdumps Thu 25-Sep-08 11:55:13


OMaLittle Thu 25-Sep-08 11:59:52


orange foundation + eyeshadow

bad acne

stepmother still brings it up hmm

hanaflower Thu 25-Sep-08 12:02:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Spatz Thu 25-Sep-08 12:03:39

I'm 42 and haven't got there either!

elkiedee Thu 25-Sep-08 12:07:57

About 14 I think - no restrictions at school. But less at university and in my early 20s, very rarely wear it now though I do still carry a make up bag round with me.

orangehead Thu 25-Sep-08 12:08:13


RubberDuck Thu 25-Sep-08 12:08:39

I'm 34 and still don't wear it regularly.

SaintRiven Thu 25-Sep-08 12:10:17

bout 13 but stopped about 19 and haven't worn any since.

pgwithnumber3 Thu 25-Sep-08 12:10:34

I was born with MAC blusher and Bobbi Brown foundation on. grin

browntrout Thu 25-Sep-08 12:19:34

am 36. always wear it for work- at least for last 5 years. at weekends it depends how much other stuff i am doing. quite often dont bother til monday morning

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Thu 25-Sep-08 12:20:54

im still waiting to be old enough to wear make up daily. im 26.

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