How Young is Too Young for Makeup?

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July 25, 2012

This week, Heidi Klum treated her daughters Lou, 2, and Leni, 8, to a trip to the Children's Museum of Arts in New York. The threesome looked adorable -- cute dresses, sandals, updos, and the exact same shade of ruby red lipstick.

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Not surprisingly, the media responded with "What-was-she-thinking?" mom-bashing commentary, similar to last year, when mommy bloggers got their diaper bags in a bunch after seeing high heel-clad Suri Cruise step out with a bright pink pout.

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We all think it's cute when little girls put on their mothers' pumps, makeup, and perfumes, but when should girls transition from playing dress up to actually growing up?

While makeup-caked 6-year-olds in shows like "Toddlers and Tiaras" make my stomach churn, I think Heidi's matchy lipstick with her girls is actually kind of cute. I can just imagine the girls clamoring for some of their supermodel mom's lipstick, and the excitement on their faces when Klum gave in.

What do you think? Did Klum make a mistake letting her girls go out in public in lipstick? How young is too young for makeup?

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