Too Young for Eyeliner?: How Top Makeup Artists Craft Looks for Celeb Kids

It's hard to nail down exactly when it happened, but at some point over the last year, team Byrdie realized that a solid percentage of the most inspiring makeup looks we were seeing on red carpets and on Instagram were coming from actual children. It's true: If you're a beauty lover, take a scroll through your social media feeds, and you'll find a disarming array of creative, modern, boundary-pushing looks on the likes of young teen celebrities like 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, 14-year-old Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, 16-year-old A Wrinkle in Time actress Rowan Blanchard, and 13-year-old Marsai Martin from ABC's Black-ish. This isn't kid stuff: It's beautiful makeup fit for a Hollywood adult.

We're, of course, happy to admire a maroon smoky eye, a blinding highlight, or a cat eye so sharp that it almost physically hurts on anyone, but no matter how cool or playful the looks, seeing so much makeup on a kid made us pause. We were inspired to ask: Is their such a thing as "too young" to be wearing certain makeup looks? How do Hollywood makeup artists create their red carpet visions for teen stars as opposed to older clients (for example, are their parents involved in the process?), and do they feel obligated to set a good example for these celebrities' young fans when they whip out their brushes and paint pots?

To find out more about the collaboration process between top makeup artists and their famous teen clients, we put together the following roundtable discussion featuring three wildly talented figures in the industry: Tonya Brewer (Maddie Ziegler's go-to makeup artist), Amy Strozzi (Rowan Blanchard's), and Tasha Reiko Brown (who's worked with young stars like Yara Shahidi and Marsai Martin). These are the folks whose stunning, innovative work stops us in our digital tracks every time. Read on to get their insights on youth, fame, and makeup.