Saturday, February 8, 2014

Play Makeup Tutorial

Before we found out the gender of our little one, I decided that I needed to make play makeup kits for my nieces while they are still young enough to enjoy them (three and five years old). You know, just in case I had no reason to make them for my our own use later on. Luckily for me, my intuition is apparently still working as we found out since then that we are having a boy! Now I just need to figure out what to do with all of the adorable "girl" projects I have pinned...

(for two kits)
Powder/blush containers
(Four @ $1/each)
Eye shadow palette
(Two @ $2/each)
Large makeup brush
(Two @ $1/each)
Small makeup brush
(Two @ $1/each)
Nail polish
(Six @ $1/each)
Small zippered bag
(Two @ $1/each)

Scraping tool
to remove makeup
Paper towels
to protect counters
Nail polish remover 
in case of errant spills
for bubbles

All in all, this project cost approximately $10 per bag. I made two bags with $1-$2 products from Target (e.l.f. brand) and the Dollar Store, and I ended up with leftover nail polish of each color even after making two sets. The main thing to budget on this project is time - adequate time to allow each layer to cure is essential to avoid bubbling and/or pitting.

I used pressed powder containers from e.l.f. for both the "foundation" and "blush" in the kits - mainly because they were $1 each, but also because they come with an adorable powder puff!


The eye shadow containers were NYC brand from Target, but aren't currently listed on the website.

The nail polishes were Wet n Wild (on sale) and NYC brand.

Right to left: blush, eye shadows, foundation

Both brushes were e.l.f. brand; I chose the blush/bronzer and eye blending versions.



The bags were free from my sister who may or may not be a makeup bag pack rat (love you!) but I had originally found cute ones at the Dollar Store.

I actually did this project twice. The first time, I thought letting the polish cure in the bathroom attached to our bedroom would be fine as long as the fan was on and the door was shut. Not so much. Chris helpfully moved them into a drawer in the spare bathroom, but in doing so shut the lids, which caused the clear plastic to turn opaque in spots. Round two was allowed to cure in a drawer for three days between coats (with the lids left open) and turned out much better.

To prep the cosmetic containers I removed the pressed powder and shadows with a butter knife, washed them in hot water with a bit of dish soap, and then allowed everything to dry thoroughly. Once the containers dried, I poured in a thin layer of the chosen colors, used a toothpick to "stir" each section*, and allowed them to cure for at least three days. Five days would be preferable, but I was pressed for time after the first set met with disaster. 
*Shimmery nail polish will settle in strange lines, I found it looked much better to create a purposely swirled look. 

Once I had an acceptable number of layers (I stopped at three on the eye shadow and four on the foundation and blush), I painted a thin layer of top coat on each and let everything cure for an additional few days.


Duplicate sets so there was no potential for arguing!

The feedback I received on the way back from dropping off the kits was that the girls had already set up a beauty parlor in the living room to give makeovers to their dolls and each other.

"If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older."
Tom Stoppard

1 comment:

Jniz said...

=) Nice work looks great. I will have to make some for you when you have a girl. love ya.