Before a recent ballet performance, I dolled my girl up with a bit of blush and eye shadow and as she excitedly showed off her new look to her Dad, I heard him giving her the “you don’t need make up to be beautiful” speech. Perhaps it is an attempt to preserve their innocence and to help them create a positive self-image, but besides a bit of non-toxic nail polish and occasionally agreeing to them putting makeup on ME, we don’t really promote the type of play that encourages them to grow up too fast.
However, these artistic little girly girls love to paint and draw and one of their favorite pass-times recently has been to pretend to paint each other’s faces. The game involved collecting colored pencils and gently brushing them over each others faces, creating flowers, unicorns, or butterflies. Although it was sweet and innocent, I worried about toxic lead getting on their lips or that they would inadvertently poke each other in the eye.
So I set out to find a better solution for these creative, face-painting girls. Browsing the internet, I found a blog that suggested making pretend kids makeup by pouring cheap nail polish in empty makeup containers and allowing it to dry. Although the bright swirly colors resulted in a pretty finished product, I was slightly appalled that anyone would consider giving their child containers of toxic nail polish to play with. I considered, for a moment, doing this project with a less-toxic polish, but still couldn’t stomach the idea.
So I used colorful fabric to fill the trays instead, which has resulted in hours of colorful, pretend painting fun.
First, I washed out some old makeup trays in hot, soapy water and washed a few brushes with shampoo and left them to dry overnight (which is a great cleaning treatment for all makeup brushes, by the way).
I picked colorful fabric (felt and fleece worked best) and cut the sizes needed.
Then, I glued the fabric in the trays with non-toxic fabric glue.
Dolls have enjoyed the makeup/face paint treatment as did their Auntie, when she was here visiting.
And if you are out exploring and forget to bring your makeup bag along (it happens to the even the most elegant little ladies) a truly “natural” look can be achieved by using a dandelion and a stick.
And any girly girl knows, that should you forget your tiara, a daisy chair crown does the trick!
Like star-dust glistening on fairies’ wings
Little girls dreams are of magical things.
— Sherry Larson