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Poll: What age were you when you started wearing make-up?

Speak your truth.

I STILL REMEMBER my first official beauty haul.

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It was 2002, I was 15, and a few days before Christmas my mam presented me to a woman in Boots, and asked her to advise me on a few products.

This was long (very long) before the days of contouring, highlighting and strobing, so my spoils at the end of the consultation were on the simple side, to say the least.

I came away with a tube of tinted moisturiser, a Maybelline mascara and a clear (and excessively sticky) lipgloss, and Christ, I was buzzing.

Up until then, I hadn’t been allowed to wear make-up, and these were the first cosmetic products I could officially call my own.

Naturally, it wasn’t long before I started conforming to questionable noughties trends, like ironing my hair and doing my level best to recreate Avril Lavigne’s kohl-lined eye look.

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By today’s standards, my make-up collection at 15 is probably laughable, but I find it vaguely heartwarming that I considered a tinted moisturiser the height of glam in secondary school.

In a recent interview with Refinery 29, Kim Kardashian said that her five-year-old daughter, North, regularly applies make up. Indeed, North has been photographed rocking a few looks in her time.

However, the mother-of-three says she draws the line at North wearing fake eyelashes or a dark lip.

I don’t think she should wear lashes or too dark of a lipstick. It is a form of expression. So I want her to express herself, but I want her to be appropriate, too.

Good to know.

What about you? What age were you when you started wearing make-up regularly?


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Niamh McClelland

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