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Wednesday
Jun222011

Girl, 5, Becomes Makeup Guru: How Young Is Too Young?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Madison Hohrine of Hurst, Texas, is an expert at applying lipstick, applying blush to the contours of her cheeks and applying mascara to her eyes. She is such an expert, in fact, that millions of people are logging online every day to watch and learn from one of Madison's makeup tutorials.

What they see when one of Madison's videos pops up may surprise them. Madison is just 5, but despite her youth, Madison is a makeup-applying Internet sensation.

Her tutorials on the video-sharing site YouTube, in which she covers everything from her favorite lipsticks, to what beauty products to buy, to how to bring out the colors in your eyes with shadow, have generated over 1.2 million clicks. Her video tutorial on the intricacies of makeup brushes alone was viewed more than 700,000 times.

Madison became fascinated by makeup as so many little girls do, by watching her mom.

"I started watching the YouTube videos and she would watch them with me," Madison's mother, Mary Hohrine, told ABC’s Good Morning America. "And one day she just asked me if she could record herself just to see what she would look like doing the video."

A few brushes of blush and rehearsals in front of the camera later, and Madison was hooked.

Popping up more and more frequently next to Madison's videos on YouTube are those of other young girls, ages 3 to 11, who, like Madison, are just as well-versed in mascara as they are the fairytales and alphabet letters more familiar to childhood.

That young girls are both using grown-up cosmetics and airing their makeup tips online has some parenting experts raising their eyebrows.

"It's weird for a little girl to know about contouring and makeup and angles," Dr. Logan Levkoff, author of the book Third Base Ain't What it Used to Be, said to GMA.

"We have a society where we sexualize little girls, almost from birth on," she said.

In an age where celebrities, makeover shows and beauty pageants are all the rage, the trend is putting back in focus the question of whether little girls and makeup is too cute, or too much too soon. Experts such as Levkofk believe the young girls offering makeup tips online, and the public's fascination with them, are the result of today's pressure-filled, beauty-obsessed society.

"The fact is all these Toddlers & Tiaras shows, the products, whether it's push-up bras for tween girls or shapeups for girls to firm their butts, all of this sends the message that our girls aren't good enough," said the New York City-based psychologist.

"It's the message that our girls aren't valued."

But that is a message Mary Hohrine feels confident her daughter is not receiving.

"She is a normal 5-year-old," said Mary. "It's the same thing as if she's playing dress-up."

Mary says that does not mean she is not aware of the dangers of letting her daughter grow up too fast and so enforces strict rules when it comes to allowing Madison free reign with the blush, eye shadow and lipstick she flaunts online.

Though makeup made her famous, Madison is not allowed to use products or wear any makeup on a daily basis.

"When she asks to be putting makeup on every day, then I'll be getting worried," said Mary.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar072011

Fight Aging: Recommendations for Best Anti-Aging Makeup

Jupiterimages/Pixland(NEW YORK) -- There are plenty of products on the shelves that promise to cover up the signs of aging, but which ones are really worth your money?

Reporters at Good Housekeeping magazine spoke with dozens of dermatologists and makeup artists to determine the best anti-aging makeup to help dry skin, wrinkles, or an uneven complexion.

What Can You Do For Dry Skin? Nothing accentuates fine lines like dry skin does, but luckily, there's an easy fix.  Rosemary Ellis, the editor in chief of Good Housekeeping, recommends you use makeup that has moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid.

If you have dry skin, avoid any products that have the word "matte" anywhere on the packaging. A matte finish highlights dryness.

Their pick: Stila Illuminating tinted moisturizer, SPF 20 ($32, Sephora).

If your skin is really dry, you should avoid any base makeup that contains salicylic acid because the exfoliator sweeps away skin's natural oils.

What Can You Do For Lines? Retinol is among the most popular of line correctors found in foundations and concealers. Adding this form of vitamin A to makeup may increase cell turnover and collagen production, which is the basis of de-wrinkling. Retinol can make your skin sensitive to sunlight, so if you use retinol, you must use a daily SPF product.

Their pick: L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute SPF 17 ($15 in drugstores) has retinol and built-in sun protection.

Look For Peptides: Peptides are wrinkle-fighting proteins that are finding their way into makeup. They are key to collagen synthesis and they enhance the performance of antioxidants.

Their pick: Mary Kay Timewise Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation ($20, marykay.com) provides a blend of peptides and antioxidants.

Choosing Foundations: Most anti-aging makeup contains light-reflecting particles that create an instant optical illusion. Look for sheer and creamy foundations. Powder can crease and cake up, calling attention to wrinkles.

What Can You Do About Age Spots? Age spots or dark spots can become pronounced with sun exposure. Whether you're dealing with one or both, SPF can be a valuable addition to your makeup collection. Start with a sheer, luminous foundation because tiny reflective particles are the instant antidote to dullness. Then, brush on a creamy concealer over pronounced splotches and pat it in with your finger. Dermatologists like soy as an ingredient for fading and brightening, and certain antioxidants -- such as goji berries -- boost the skin's radiance and natural UV defenses.

Their picks: Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($15 in drugstores). Contains soy and light-reflecting mica and silica.

Maybelline New York Age Rewind the Eraser ($13 in drugstores.) This foundation contains SPF 18 and goji berries.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Fight Aging: Good Housekeeping's Recommendations for Best Anti-Aging Makeup

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