Make-up is something people have been wearing for millennia.
But is there an age that is too young for make-up?
Should parents not put make-up on their children until they reach a certain age?
The parents of a 2-year-old clashed over this question. So the father turned to the “Am I The A**hole” (AITA) subReddit for feedback.
Redditor AITAMUA asked:
“AITA for calling my wife irresponsible?”
The Original Poster (OP) explained:
“My wife (25) and I (26, male) have a baby girl that just turned 2 who we’ll call ‘Z’.”
“My wife loves cosmetics. She’ll practice a lot and says she’s even thinking about starting a MUA [make-up artist] business.”
“However, she lately has been wanting to practice makeup on Z which I was cautious about but didn’t mind as long as it wasn’t a full face nor could she do it every day. She agreed to that.”
“The next day I heard Z whimpering in her room so I decided to check on her and I saw that her skin was terrible.”
“She had a really bad rash and blistering in her face, her left eye was swollen, her skin was very irritated, and she kept scratching making it more irritated.”
“I quickly got us both dressed and rushed to the doctor’s office and it ended up being ‘contact dermatitis’.”
“1 hour after the appointment my wife came home excited saying she can’t wait to do another makeover on Z and that she bought new products for her to try.”
“I confronted her and demanded that she tells me what did she put on Z’s face.”
“She admits to me that it was a full face of makeup while I was at work and that they even went out to the park so others can see her talent.”
“I called her crazy and irresponsible because now our daughter has contact dermatitis and that she broke our agreement.”
“She got upset with me calling her irresponsible and lashed out at me saying she was only trying to make her look pretty and that she wanted Z to have a passion for makeup like she does since she doesn’t even pay attention to it.”
“So now I’m wondering, Am I The Asshole for calling my wife irresponsible?”
Redditors weighed in by declaring:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- NAH – No A**holes Here
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
Redditors decided OP was not the a**hole.
“NTA, your daughter is not a doll. Calling your wife irresponsible is an insult to irresponsible people.” ~ GracenandGracen
“No fan of make-up on babies, but as a dermatologist I suspect the main cause of the rash was the cleaning it off—if she used a lot of make-up, the soaps in the make up remover will have stripped her skin causing an irritant dermatitis.”
“She COULD have a contact allergy but from make-up this is less likely. Babies’ skin can’t tolerate irritants like soap as well as adults as their skin is thinner and only reaches full thickness by 8 or 9.” ~ DazzleLove
“I don’t think it matters too much personally: to wear make up, you need to be able to take it off again.”
“Precisely what within that process hurts her skin isn’t important. It shouldn’t be happening.” ~ queenofthera
“I have 3 kids who love makeup/dress up/nail stuff. The most I usually put on them(youngest is 4) is some blush, eye shadow and lipstick, not even once a month.”
“A couple times I’ve let the almost 8yo use mascara because she feels left out not getting shadow/blush because of her sensitive skin. We are very careful taking it off to avoid her eyes.”
“A full face of makeup on a 2yo?? Wtf is wrong with her!?” ~ Redditor
“Yeah my parents both kept me away from it until I was in middle school, and then my mom taught me how to use just basic things like lipstick, blush, and mascara.”
“The weirdest part of this imo is this sentence:”
“‘…she was only trying to make her look pretty and that she wanted Z to have a passion for makeup like she does’.”