Written by Kylie Barton, Assistant Manager, Eastleigh Young Carers
Young people wearing make-up has always been a topic of debate, but when one of the young carers we work with wrote a song about how it affects her for one of our choir sessions, I felt inspired to write about the issue.
Children have always been fascinated with make-up, but historically this has been as a form of play – pottering around the house in mum’s heels and red lipstick drawn all over your face. It was a laugh – a joke, whereas now it is deadly serious. Children and young people no longer go for the ‘kiddy’ versions of cosmetics such as Disney themed lip-glosses and a range of lighter products from Claire’s Accessories. Instead they are heading straight for MAC, Barry M, Benefit, and the other big brands being name dropped by various YouTubers. They are making themselves up like adults and celebrities. It is no longer play, but a small part of the larger problem of children having shorter and shorter childhoods and they are thusly exposing themselves to the complexities of adulthood long before they should have to deal with such issues.