first_imgJustin Webb, the Radio 4 broadcaster, has spoken of his regret at not preventing YouTube beauty bloggers from “luring” his teenage daughter “into a world much older than her years”.Praising the author Zadie Smith for “calling time on make-up madness”, the Today programme host said 17-year-old Martha “looks as though she’s fully enrolled at beauty school” as she prepares to embark on her A-levels.Webb said he wished that he had spoken up sooner as it is now “way too late” for his daughter, who has aspirations of becoming a lawyer.”She may be about to embark upon her A-level year, but if her dressing table is anything to go by, she looks as though she’s fully enrolled at beauty school,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.”Pots and tubs, brushes and wands, sponges and serums jostle for space. If only I could say the same for her textbooks.” Webb blamed the “legions of beauty bloggers and vloggers who invade our daughters’ bedrooms by means of YouTube ‘tutorials'” for trying to “lure them into a world much older than their years”.He spoke of his bafflement that Martha “should pay so much attention to these meaningless demonstrations and soulsapping narratives”. Justin Webb family Webb waded into the teenage make-up debate after Smith, the award-winning White Teeth author, told a literary event in Edinburgh that she had imposed a 15-minute limit on her seven-year-old daughter getting ready after she “started spending a lot of time looking in mirrors”.He added: “When it comes to make-up, I really wish I had spoken up like Zadie Smith – and done so earlier on. Because now, with Martha, it’s way too late.” But claiming that he father was “wrong again”, Martha wrote: “I spend much of my time cramming for exams and writing essays. It is actually fun to have something to do that involves much less intellectual input.”And a practical skill is not a bad thing. If, as they say, computers using artificial intelligence are increasingly taking over the work of lawyers, here is an alternative career if all else fails.”What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Justin Webb with his wife Sarah and their three children, from left Clara, Martha and Sam in 2010Credit:David Rose for The Telegraphlast_img