March 2011

Wal-Mart Peddles Makeup to 8-Year-Olds

When I was eight years old, the only makeup I ever wanted to put on my face was Halloween makeup. Sure, some of my friends liked to play dress up—and I went along with it sometimes, especially if I wanted them to play Ninja Turtles with me afterward—and then we’d smear a bit of eye shadow and lipstick on, but it was never intended to be a long-term, serious project. Something we should all inherently know, after all, is that cosmetics are not intended for children; if there’s anyone in the world we need to reassure looks just perfect the way she is, it’s a child.