Young girls want to look older—until they get older, that is, and want to look young and fresh again. The irony of it all continues to manifest, and it looks like it’s affecting more younger girls than ever before. According to a recent New York Times article, a new study shows the percentage of girls ages 8 to 12 who regularly use mascara and eyeliner almost doubled, from 10 to 18 percent for mascara, and from 9 to 15 percent for eyeliner, between 2007 and 2009. Lipstick usage also increased from 10 to 15 percent. Considering I only began using makeup in college, this study does seem quite startling, especially as the study also reveals that 66 percent of the girls said it’s their moms who are buying cosmetics for them and influencing them to wear makeup. Perhaps this is only something you learn with age (when it’s too late), but girls, savor this advice: youth is beauty.
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