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Make your own play make-up

Play make-up….you know your girls want it. It’s kind of ridiculously expensive and to be honest it’s just junk. I feel like the stuff is REALLY hard to wash off too! I made my daughter her own set of make-up the other day and I thought I’d share it with you.

Here is what you will need:
empty make-up containers
nail polish

Wash out the empty make-up containers and dry them well.

make your own play make-up

(If you don’t have any empty ones you are willing to share then you can always go to the dollar store and buy some there and empty them out.)
Choose the colors of nail polish you wish to use. I chose a cream for the “foundation,” a rose color for the “blush,” and some vivid greens for “eye shadow.” Shake your nail polish really well and let set for a minute to allow the air bubbles to rise. Then, carefully pour the selected color into the container of your choosing.

make your own play make-up
Ignore the blurry quality of this photo- I should have taken more than one shot- oops

Set them up and away from curious fingers (and husbands) and let them air dry for 3-4 days. After that time they will be sufficiently dry and will look amazingly real!

make your own play make-up

Present them to your princess in a cute make-up bag and let her play!

make your own play make-up


  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s fake! It’s dried nail polish; therefore nothing really comes out of the container. It’s kinda like the plastic makeup it’s all pretend

  2. Creative idea, but here’s my question. How easily does the makeup come off and if is nail polish based, can it stain?

  3. how fun! another reason I’m sad to have boys.
    You should join me in “Handmade 52” this year!

  4. What a cute idea! My girls would love this! I think. They’d either love it or throw a fit bc it isn’t real. I just don’t know. They’re drama! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Laura- it is fake. The nail polish hardens and dries over a few days and then it doesnt get on anything =)

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love love love this idea! My little one is always wanting make up and this would be perfect for her. Thanks!

  7. What a fabulous idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  8. Brilliant!

  9. super! i have two girls this is a great idea!


  10. does it have a strong nail polish odor when dry???this is a great idea

  11. Nope, Caylyn…I don’t notice a smell at all. I think as the paint dries the smell evaporates.

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