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DIY Pretend Makeup for Kids

August 26, 2019

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Don’t ask me how it happened. I’ve never been the girl who loved wearing dresses, or styled her hair, or did her make-up every day. I’m very much a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. Always have been. Always will be. But these girls of mine? Total girly girls! Emma loves anything pink and sparkly. Skirts and dresses? Totally her jam. Even better if the skirt is a tutu! Even little Charlie is all-in on the girly action. Just try putting her in a pair of pants or shorts, and she’ll scream like she’s being murdered. But bring out a dress and she giggles happily, while cupping her face in her hands, and gasping, “A dress!!”

Seriously, I don’t know where they got it from.

Little girl, looking in the bathroom mirror, pretending to apply makeup

That also means that they’ve developed a love for makeup too. Always asking to play with my brushes. And if I actually do put on makeup, you better believe they’re right there too, just begging for their own mini makeover.

One day I decided that they needed their own makeup (in hopes that they might finally leave mine alone). I kept my eyes open for pretend makeup anytime I was out shopping, but never had any luck. I searched online and found plenty of adorable pretend makeup sets, but I felt like I could do better. So I came up with a plan and ran to my local dollar store for supplies to make some DIY pretend makeup for my girls.

What You’ll Need

  • Blush/powder compact
  • Eye shadow palettes
  • Nail polish
  • Make-up brushes (optional – but makes makeup “application” more fun!)

Flatlay of various makeup, nail polishes, and makeup brushes

6 various nail polish colors lined up in an arch

How to Make Your Own DIY Pretend Makeup

Step one is to break up all the powder/blush/eye shadows and dump them out. Then, clean containers thoroughly.

Eye shadow container with eye shadow broken up inside

Makeup containers, emptied of their makeup, sitting on a dish towel

Now, just fill the empty containers with nail polish and let dry overnight. (side note: you may want to move the makeup outside or into the garage just to cut back on the nail polish fumes)

A hand, pouring nail polish into an empty eye shadow container

Makeup containers, sitting on a towel, filled with freshly poured nail polish

BAM! You’re done! Give them to your little divas and watch their faces light up at their very own makeup!

Flatlay of DIY pretend makeup and various makeup brushes

DIY pretend makeup sitting on a marble counter, with makeup brushes

I spent less than $15 and made two little girls very happy! Bonus: I had nail polish left over, so now those are Emma’s special polishes that we use just for her and she just thinks she is soooo grown up now!

A young girl, in a purple dress, pretending to apply her DIY pretend makeup

A young girl, in a purple dress, looking in the bathroom mirror, pretending to apply her DIY pretend makeup

DIY pretend makeup

DIY pretend makeup

What do you think? Will you be making some pretend makeup for your own little girly girl?


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