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DIY Play Makeup (Stain Free)

I am so excited to share this DIY Play Makeup tutorial with you today!  What little girl wouldn’t love her own “play makeup”!

My girls have had the so called “play makeup” from the store before, but it caused stained clothes and a goopy mess.  This DIY Play Make Up is a stain free alternative and something little girls will love!

DIY Play Make-up for play

The eye shadow found here is meant to be “pretend’.  The nail polish and hair glitter gel is just a mixture of hair gel and glitter… so easy and so much less mess than the conventional “play makeup”!

This DIY play makeup is perfect for littler girls that are too young to have real makeup but want to have fun pretending!

DIY Play Make-up for pretend play

I used my old make-up and old nail polish and you can also use cheaper dollar store items.

I am sure that once you get your imagination rolling you will find other make-up items to re-purpose!

What you need: 
Nail Polish to paint with (you can find them at the dollar store also)
old eye shadow case (one you don’t use anymore or dollar store)
Nail Polish bottle (one you don’t use anymore or dollar store)
rhinestones for decorating (optional)
travel shampoo bottle
eye shadow brush (optional)
disposable plastic cup
empty ribbon toll or cardboard
hair gel- price varies
glitter – price varies
nail polish remover- price varies

(I have a feeling that most of us women have an abundance of these things we could use- if not ask a friend!)
Take note that this would be for ages 3 and up. 


First, get out all the nail polish you own and then wash out your old eye- shadow box.

Once it is washed, paint (with the nail polish) the individual boxes and let them dry.  I used a generous coat of each color.
Use a clean shadow brush or let your little one use their fingers to “apply” the eye shadow.
DIY Play Make-up
Second, prepare the nail polish that will be used for the pretend polish.  Use a disposable cup and an empty ribbon roll or cut cardboard to fit inside with a hole.  This will hold the nail polish upside down in order for it to drain any excess out.  Leave the opened bottle upside down draining ALL night and it should be dry by morning.  Save the top with the bottle brush and use a little nail polish remover to get rid of excess paint on the brush.
DIY Play Makeup tutorial
Use a mixture of hair gel and glitter for the “pretend nail polish”  This will give the appearance of real glitter polish, but you won’t have to worry about it getting on most clothes!  You could also leave it as is without the glitter gel and just have them pretend there is polish.  Filling the bottle is a little tricky so I used the travel shampoo bottle and squeezed it in.
DIY Play Makeup nails
Here is a pic of the “polish”.  My little girl didn’t know the difference!
DIY Play Makeup nails
Next, fill the travel shampoo bottle with the same glitter and hair gel mixture.  Mix the gel and the glitter up right in the bottle!
DIY Play Makeup hair glitter gel diy
This pic doesn’t do the glitter justice because it looks really pretty in her hair.
DIY Play Makeup hair glitter

Add the rhinestones to the exterior and you are finished!

Now watch your little girl play all day with her new DIY play makeup and don’t worry about the mess because it is washable on most surfaces.

DIY Play Makeup

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Thursday 15th of May 2014

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Kimberly from "bugaboo"

Wednesday 9th of March 2011

Cute! I'm totally going to make the eyeshadow for my niece!

Mrs. No-No

Sunday 27th of February 2011

Wow! What great ideas! My little one would love this!!! I can't wait to surprise her with it! original...thanks!Found you from the 3 Jewels In My Crown blog - she spotlighted you! :)Carla

Carla aka Mrs. No-No Mrs. No-No Knows


Friday 25th of February 2011

Awww, how much fun a little one would have with this idea Ÿ


Thursday 24th of February 2011

These look so fun. I would've loved these when I was little! Someone gave my daughter some cheap glittery lip gloss for Christmas. It was made in China and didn't have an ingredient list. No way would I give her makeup of that sort, especially ones that would go on her mouth! She is sort of a tomboy anyway and doesn't really care much about makeup. Maybe I'll do this project if it turns out my younger daughter is girly!

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