So let’s say, hypothetically, that your four-year old has begun begging for a play makeup set. Some parents would react with a firm but gentle, “No stinkin’ way, sweetcheeks.” I can understand that sentiment – children grow up fast enough without the aid of adult trappings.

In the end, whether or not to let a child use makeup for playtime is a personal decision for parents to make. But if you do decide to let them make themselves up, there are steps you can take to make it safer.