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DIY Play Make-Up

I've been wanting to do this for a long, long time, and there's never been a better time to do it than NOW!! We are moving in a few days and I am in serious purge mode! I knew that if I didn't tackle this DIY project before the move that it wouldn't happen at all.

And then I would be sad and regretful that I didn't get it done!


So here's what you'll need:


-old, expired, or unused make-up containers 

-old nail polish

We all have old make-up lying around. Or make-up that you think you'll use again, buuuuut you never do! Most make-up expires in a year or less, especially eye make-up! I had a friend in high school who used some of her mom's old eye make-up and ended up with an eye infection. So go dig around in your make-up stash for some things you can upcycle into a fun toy for a little girl in your life!

Oh, and it doesn't have to be old nail polish; that's just what I had! Old, separated, nail polish in a forgotten part of my bathroom. I just don't paint my nails that often! You will probably use about half a bottle depending on what type of container you are trying to fill, so I wouldn't use your most expensive polish!

Here's my stash of old make-up:
Don't judge my dirty bathroom counter. I'm moving...remember?? Oh and I have a young toddler running around, and I'm 7 months pregnant!! PRIORITIES, mm kay?!

Next you'll want to scrape out all the old make-up. The cream powders were a cinch to wipe out - I just used toilet paper and a Q-tip!

Some of the pressed powders didn't come out so well. So for the sake of time and my sanity, I didn't waste my time picking out the corners. But it's totally doable with a little more patience than I had at the moment!

I gave up on this one.
Here are my containers, all cleaned out!


And here's the ginormous bag of abandoned nail polish.
I can't even remember how old some of the bottles are!


Now the fun part: pick a color for each make-up container and pour a THIN layer into the bottom.
It needs to be a THIN layer so that it can quickly and thoroughly dry.


Let it dry for at least an hour. I would go back to it after I had a chance to escape my moving to-do list. Add another layer after the nail polish is no longer tacky

Remember, THIN layers are best!

Keep adding until the container fills up to the desired height.

Here are mine:


My daughter is way too young to play with and appreciate these yet; it will be probably at least a year before I give them to her to play with. I also have some cheap brushes I got for free with a purchase that I'm going to let her use as well. I can't wait to play dress up and beauty salon with her!!

Aren't they just adorable?!


I mean, you can't get more realistic-looking make-up!

And the best part is, is that it was COMPLETELY FREE since I used what I was just going to throw out anyway!


Share with anyone who has a little girl who needs play make-up!

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