Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fake-up Revisited

We had a birthday party to go to yesterday and needed a special gift for a special little girl.  I decided nothing would fit the situation better than play make-up, lovingly termed Fake-Up :0)

I copy-catted this idea last year from a blog post you can no longer access.  I made a batch for Emmers that has been well used and loved.  To revisit, I bought the make-up containers from the dollar store, dumped the make-up, then filled the given compartments with different colors of nail polish.  The face powder was done with acrylic paint.  Both the nail polish and the paint work the same and create fun and realistic fake-up.  Once poured, let them dry for about 2 days or longer, if needed.  You will probably want to put them outside or in the garage for that time because the fumes can be a little much.  As the polish or paint dries, it shrinks.  You may wish to re-fill and then dry again.  One thing to remember is that you cannot have your fake-up ready to use in a day, so plan ahead!!!  Once it's done, your darling princess can apply their fake-up over and over to their hearts content and you don't have to look at smears of blue and red all over their face.      

Now, I have long been wanting to make fake lipstick.  I was going to make the whole thing out of dowels, but  didn't have all the sizes of dowel needed.  That was when Madison brought me a tube of lipstick that she had never used and no longer wanted.  Then I realized that the sponge brushes I have shoved in every cranny of my craft room would work perfectly as the lipstick part.  
So there you have it.  I cut about 1 1/4" off the bottom of my 2" sponge brush, at an angle, and then sanded the edges curvy with a sanding sponge.

Painted red, they look just the same!!!!  I top coated it with polyurethane just to give it that luster like the real stuff has {modge podge works great as a top coat too}.  Just be sure to sand off the writing before painting or it will take several coats of paint to cover up the words.
As for the lipstick tubes, turn them so the make-up is as far up as possible, then wrap a paper towel around the goop.  A good cheep lipstick will simply pull out, no mushing or mess at all, leaving you with a practically clean lipstick container.

With the turn-y thing still up all the way, insert the dowel and push down.  You need to push a bit to get the dowel in there tight, but don't over do.  I did break one tube, but luckily I bought extras.  Yep, that lipstick is wood :0)

There you have it!  Lipstick for toddlers :0)  
*disclaimer*the wooden piece is not glued in.  However snugly it is inserted, it will come out if pulled.  Be sure not to give this to a child that might swallow the wooden piece.  Consider yourself warned :0)

Otherwise, your little darling will be thrilled to add this yummy tube of lipstick to her well-used bag of Fake-Up.  As for me, I am still gonna try this all made of dowels.  It just sounds fun to me.


  1. How very fun thanks for posting this. It would also make a great stage prop which I intend on doing!

    1. Ha! I never thought of that! Excellent idea. I will have to tell my daughter that is in theater ;0} Thanks for the comment!


  2. I love this idea. I run a small daycare out of my home. My daycare girls are turning four and they are so into make up. So I've been searching for little plastic kits that would be easy to clean but yet is affordable. This is prefect! Thank you.

    1. Awe! Thanks for taking the time to comment! I am so glad you can make use of the info. A daycare is the perfect place for fake-up! Now your girlie can get all pretty with no mess. Good luck making your sets!

      The SewCakeMaker

  3. Love this! I do daycare from my home. My daycare girls are turning 4 and are now sooo into make up. I've been searching for inexpensive plastic makeup kits. These are durable and easy to keep clean. Once they get broken I can easily make more. Thanks so much for sharing!


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