AT JUST 13 years old, Chloe Ottley has a make-up collection most adults would be jealous of – and it’s all funded by her parents.
The Glaswegian teen spends up to £200-a-month on make-up, that’s £2,400-a-year, after becoming hooked on YouTube and Instagram tutorials by the likes of Kylie Jenner at the age of 10.
Stay-at-home mum Amanda, who also has a 16-year-old son and two more daughters aged 11 and nine, said: “Chloe really started experimenting when she was about eight or nine.
“Since she got to 10 she was just constantly on YouTube and Facebook tutorials.
“When she was younger we got her a doll’s head, so she started doing make-up on that at first and then doing it on herself through YouTube.
“Sometimes she spends £150, £200 a month on make-up. I mainly pick up bits for her. She always writes a list of what she needs.
“She likes Maybelline, Sephora, Mac, there’s one called Dazzle, we get a lot from Avon sometimes as well.
“She likes to watch Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Sophia Grace tutorials.
“She’s got about four bags full of make-up. She’s got a little corner in her room where the bags are.”
Chloe dreams of becoming a make-up artist one day, and watches tutorials every evening after school.
Although her parents, neither of whom work because of their other children’s learning disabilities, are supportive, they do sometimes worry her spending is getting out of hand.
Amanda said: “I think she does have a bit more than she needs. It would be worth hundreds and hundreds of pounds.
“Recently she’s getting more and more all the time. It is a lot. I’m trying to say ‘just take your time with it, don’t use it too much’.
“I’ve actually said you need to cut it down a bit and try and use less.
“But the minute she comes home from school she does the tutorials, she wipes it off, she watches a tutorial, she tries again. So that’s how she goes through so much.
“Her dad says it is a lot – but like I say she’s happy, and she deals with it.”
Chloe only wears some eye make-up to school, and has never got in trouble with her teachers.
Her mum added: “I do think that it makes her look a lot older than what she is.
“All her mates are the same. Sometimes they’ll go to a friends and they’ll sit and do make-up.
“I think they’re all the same at that age – they’re learning a lot from the make-up tutorials.
“I’ve heard some parents saying that some girls do wear too much, that it’s plastered on their faces.”
Amanda said: “She actually does my make-up sometimes, she shows me how to do it properly. I’m hopeless so she says ‘no, you’re doing it wrong’.
“Contouring and eye flicks with liquid eyeliner and stuff like that. Her younger sisters are complete tomboys, they don’t like it at all.
“I think if a teenage girl that’s what she likes, and that’s what she aims to do, then I think it’s a good thing. I think as long as the kids are happy.
“There are a lot of worse habits out there that they could have. But make-up’s a really good thing to get into I think.
“She does it all. Contouring, foundation, eyes, lipstick, liquid eyeliner.”