Dr. Laura Saunders – FOX 61 News at 10 – Teens and Make Up

Dr. Laura Saunders – FOX 61 News at 10 – Teens and Make Up


– Well, kids are picking
up the makeup brush younger and younger. – Experts are concerned
about the factors influencing this trend among young girls. Erika Arias is here with more. – What little girl hasn’t played
in her mother’s makeup bag? I know I used to, and my two
girls have done the same. But when’s the right time to allow them to wear it out in public? That question can be a
tough and controversial one. Are there any hard and fast rules when it comes to kids and makeup? – I started wearing makeup
like really young for dance, but that was like full,
heavy makeup like foundation, eyeliner, false eyelashes,
mascara, everything. But like, on a daily basis,
I don’t wear a lot of makeup. – [Erika] Isabelle Chamla-Saunders
doesn’t wear much makeup other than mascara now. At 14, she doesn’t feel the need to. But she knows a lot of her peers do. – Straighten their hair every
day, put a lot of makeup on like lip gloss, eyeliner, mascara. I feel like a lot of people. – [Erika] And she’s right. A study by marketing agency
Mintel found that 80% of 9- to 11-year-olds here
in the U.S. use some form of beauty products. More than half of 12- to 14-year-olds use mascara, eyeliner and eyebrow pencils. And 45% also use foundation
and concealer products. That’s basically a full face of makeup. – When I was 9, I think I
was playing with Barbies. I don’t think I cared much about makeup. But I’m like 14 now, it matters more. I don’t think when you’re
9, you shouldn’t really be getting into that kind of stuff. Isabelle’s mom, Dr.
Laura Saunders, is happy with her daughter’s choice to wear less. But the family psychologist knows it can be a tough battle
between teens and parents. She suggests starting the conversation by asking your child why
they want to wear it. – Is it a peer-driven thing,
or your peers are wearing it? I do think that makeup
often is geared towards attracting males. And so, when young girls enter puberty and they’re more interested
in attracting people, they might be more likely to wear it then. – [Erika] So is there a
hard line when it comes to what age is okay? – There is a hard line. I
could see upper middle school being a time to start. Definitely not in elementary school. In elementary school you should be focused on playing and making friends. – [Erika] Most parents would agree, but what if their children don’t? – I think it’s really
understanding the reason why they wanna wear it and what’s tasteful, what is appropriate, and really create a discussion around it. I think there’s room for compromise. – If you’re able to
come to that compromise like Dr. Saunders suggests, there are tens of thousands
of products available. However, the younger
consumers tend to know exactly what they want. – [Isabelle] The Morphe®
line, there’s a lot of collaborations with people who are really popular on social media. – I think it has a lot
to do with social media, with the younger generation
really being in control of the future of tomorrow
and utilizing technology. Throughout the years I’ve seen a change. The age is becoming younger and younger. A lot of the new, young beauty enthusiasts they’re more so pre-teen
opposed to like 17, 18. – [Erika] But how is it
affecting young girls and their self-esteem? Getting back to that study by Mintel, at least one in 5 girls ages 8-14 has negative feelings about themselves if they’re not wearing makeup. Dr. Saunders says it’s important that your child likes who they are both inside and out. – The hope would be that
makeup enhances appearance. When you’re doing more drastic
things to change appearance, that’s more worrisome because
then you’re seeing yourself as deeply damaged or flawed in some way, and that’s more concerning. – Dr. Saunders is gonna
be here in our studio tomorrow morning to dig
further into this issue. So join us when we’re
all local, all morning. I’m Erika Arias. See
you tomorrow, right here on the Fox 61 morning news. – That’s tough. I know
social media has not helped with this whole route. – I’m sure it hasn’t. It would really help if you
could have Dr. Laura Saunders just kinda walk along with
you as you’re parenting. – Yes, just sitting on your shoulder. – Just hold my hand, tell me what to do. She is so wise. – Brent say this, Brent say this. Yeah, she’s the best. – All right, we got much more-

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