Why are little kids better at makeup than I am?

I have seen a few New Year’s resolutions involving beauty and makeup, some of which are vowing to nail certain looks, like the perfect smoky eye, ombré lips or baking techniques (yes, I am still talking about makeup). Last month, a very adorable little girl slayed the makeup game before many adult women mastered blending — and she’s not the only one.

If you haven’t seen the Bella Rose makeup video circulating YouTube and Instagram showing everyone how to create a perfect face, you need to watch it:

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This is not the cute type of video where an adorable little girl is playing with mommy’s makeup.

Little Bella Rose is wearing a full face:

  • Foundation
  • Contour palette
  • Highlighter
  • Blush
  • False eyelashes
  • Eye shadow
  • Brow pencil
  • Lip gloss

This child is using makeup brushes and a beauty blender. How many of you are using beauty blenders? In the interest of full disclosure, she didn’t do her entire face on her own. Australian makeup artist Emily Louise created the look and then allowed Bella Rose to do her thing with some of the contouring, eye makeup and lip gloss application.

Bella Rose is just one of the many elementary school children playing the makeup game on social media. Guess what? They’ve been doing this for years now. They do pay attention to what people say in the comments of their videos and pictures. When they get makeup suggestions, they apply them in their next videos.

They watch makeup tutorial videos on YouTube, look through Instagram and watch the older women in their lives applying makeup. These little girls are paying attention and are quick studies. Little Miss Bella Rose’s makeup application skills are the result. These kids will teach and inspire more young ones like themselves to apply makeup at an advanced level. That kind of sounds scary doesn’t it?

When you think about it, little girls playing in mommy’s or big sister’s makeup is nothing new. I used to do it and looked like a two-dollar floozy afterwards. However, I wasn’t at this child’s level until my 30s. Even now, I still won’t wear false eyelashes.

I know some of you feel these children are too young to wear makeup. We all know their adorable faces do not need it. In fact, neither do we. In the case of these little ones, this really is just playtime for them. Yet, this form of play has them advancing on us at a rapid pace.

Should we catch up or should they slow down a little? Let’s face it: Their childhood is different from the ones we had in the 20th century. Is this the new normal for little girls — perfecting their makeup skills before they hit the double-digit age bracket? To tell you the truth, I think it is.


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