Younger Girls Are Using Makeup, Reports Mintel

Posted on February 14, 2012 @ 08:48 am

Sixity one percent of girls aged 9 to 11 would like to wear more makeup than their parents allow, according to new research from Mintel. When it comes to regular usage, 37% of girls aged 9 to 17 say they use lip gloss/stick every day, while 33% report applying mascara on a daily basis. Twenty-seven percent stencil on eyeliner seven days a week and 16% use foundation every day. The use of foundation, eye liner and eye shadow are also increasing sharply from age 12 to 13. "This suggests that the first of the actual 'teen' years and the beginning of junior high school marks the expansion into more adult cosmetic products," says Kat Fay, senior beauty analyst at Mintel.

"Between reality stars like the Kardashians and bestselling books like Twilight and Hunger Games, character merchandising plays a large role in how manufacturers are marketing makeup and accessories to the tween and teen crowd and parents might struggle to keep their children from wanting a part of it," explains Kat Fay, senior beauty analyst at Mintel. "In order to attract this group and get support from parents, products must be subtle in appearance and emphasize that ingredients are safe for young skin, while still playing on the books and TV shows that tweens and teens find appealing."

More than half of all teens indicate that their mothers help them make cosmetic choices, but this varies greatly by age. As expected, tweens are most likely to rely on their mothers to help with purchasing decisions (73%) while only 39% of girls aged 15-17 say they need (or want) mom's help.