Make your own play makeup kits using old eye shadow containers and nail polish
Kai's ingenious solution for indulging her little girl's makeup fascination:
My daughter is getting into the "I'm a big girl/princess" phase. My parents didn't allow me to wear makeup until I was a teenager. When I finally applied makeup, I had no clue how to do it, had to learn everything from Seventeen magazine, and felt totally awkward. So I'd like her to be comfortable with it... but while I don't think playing with makeup is a BAD thing, I also think she's too young to be experimenting a lot with real makeup.
Enter my makeup containers! I had a few eyeshadow palettes lying around that were either too old or of a brand to which I've developed an allergy. I scooped out all of the remaining shadow and washed them. Then I spent about $3 on some funky Wet and Wild nail polish colors and poured the polish into the palettes (note, keep an eye out for the little mixing beads or they'll fall in!). After a full day of drying, they were completely set. I added a couple of super-cheap ELF makeup brushes I had in my cabinet and my girl had her own little pretend makeup set in fun colors! She loves sitting in front of a mirror to put them on, but she also loves to "do Mommy's makeup." And I don't have to worry about glitter or lip gloss all over the walls.
SMART. So smart.
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