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How to Apply Makeup on Kids

Updated on July 2, 2014
little girls love going through mommy's purse for her lip gloss and applying it herself.
little girls love going through mommy's purse for her lip gloss and applying it herself. | Source

Mommy Applies Lip Gloss

kids love the color and taste of lip gloss so making your own is a great way of having both without any chemicals or toxins.
kids love the color and taste of lip gloss so making your own is a great way of having both without any chemicals or toxins. | Source

Kids Being Kids ~

How many of us as kids have “borrowed” our mum’s lipstick to apply it the way we watched her do?

The lipstick or lip gloss was invariably borrowed out of her well worn purse that was constantly a magnet drawing us in.

Then when we were tall enough to reach, the dressing table in the bedroom opened up another world of cosmetic fun that mom had kept secret.

Allowing your little one to play with makeup is down to the individual and a personal choice.

Kids grow up fast enough and childhood is about having fun, learning and embracing this time as it rapidly disappears.

Kids may still be kids and play with “grown up” things such as makeup but it needs controlling by you.

Bobbi Brown of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

the queen of the cosmetics world, there is not a part of the cosmetics business this legend has not worked in.
the queen of the cosmetics world, there is not a part of the cosmetics business this legend has not worked in. | Source

Little Girls Love Makeup ~

Whether it is the shiny colors, different textures or the gut instinct to become the next makeup guru and follow in the footsteps of Max Factor or Bobbi Brown, kids, particularly little girls, have long had a fascination and interest in makeup and I know I did.

I am no Bobbi Brown but I did in fact forge a career I love as a Make Up Artist, and I did work in the film Industry like Max Factor, the king of the cosmetics industry in my opinion. I am passionate about creating looks for many different occasions which includes working with kids.

I have done fantasy makeup on kids, Halloween, stage shows and first teenager parties to name a few and love working with kids. Applying makeup on kids requires a little thought on products, appropriate application and occasion.

Princess Makeup

parties are a great fun way of making little ones feel like princesses with a little makeup applied by you.
parties are a great fun way of making little ones feel like princesses with a little makeup applied by you. | Source

What to Avoid ~

If you see any of the following ingredients listed as an independent ingredient or as part of a longer named ingredient, you should avoid using the product.

Phthalates

Paraben

Sulphates

Toluene

Triclosan

Things to Consider for Kids ~

Age – What age is old enough and how much makeup is appropriate?

These two questions should be answered by you and not your little one! For example, on the really young children of 3 – 5 years of age (the purse borrowers) a slick of plain or tinted lip balm should be adequate in my opinion.

I would avoid any other makeup products unless it is essential for a stage show or for dressing up at Halloween. For the older ages it is down to you as a parent as to what is appropriate ultimately the decision is yours for kids makeup.

Ingredients - Is makeup dangerous?

Parents should be equipped with some basic makeup information that will make the products you use on their skin safer.

Yes safer, there are many dangerous chemicals and toxins used in cosmetics that are not regulated. Knowing what is in cosmetics is important without having to be a chemist as there are alarming numbers of unsafe ingredients in cosmetic and beauty products.

Make sure you know what is in the products. ALL cosmetic brands have the ingredients listed on the packaging.

By either making your own products or choosing the right safe brands, you will be happy knowing your child is safe from potentially harmful chemicals they can easily digest, breathe in or have absorbed through the skin.

The really cheap makeup you may be tempted to buy your little girl at the toy store or discount shop is potentially lethal and could cause allergies, poisoning and eye irritations to name a few.

Dressing Up for Parties

adding a little makeup will complete a look when dressing up like these little girls did for a mommy and me tea party.
adding a little makeup will complete a look when dressing up like these little girls did for a mommy and me tea party. | Source

Safe Makeup for Kids Tips ~

Powders – Particularly relevant for young kids, powders can be easily inhaled into their developing lungs causing damage. Use cream varieties of eyeshadow and blush or brands that are totally safe for kids.

Hypo-allergenic Cosmetics – Important for kids and adults, these ranges are usually fragrance free and allergy tested to reduce the likelihood of having an allergic reaction. Why compromise on delicate skins when toxin free brands are available unless you choose to make your own cosmetics.

Mineral Makeup – One of the best forms of makeup there is. Composed of inorganic material, it is oil free, fragrance free and chemical free. Recommended by dermatologists and make up artists, this form of makeup is ideal for kids, teenagers and adults for healthier skin.

Water and Silicone - Products that are water and silicone based are ideal for kids to wear.

Play Make Up – Being able to use a range of safe play makeup will give you peace of mind that your little one is using safe cosmetics. A great organic brand I found that does play makeup is Organic Beauty Now which does nail polishes, sets of makeup and lists all the ingredients for you to view. They also do wonderful products for women, mom and baby, men, teens and more so check them out online. Boosily Natural and Organic is another great range for kids over 3 years of age. They do great safe cosmetics such as eyeshadows, lip gloss, nail polish and even safe nail polish remover so worth taking a look here too.

Make Your Own – A brilliant way of saving you money and using natural chemical free ingredients. You choose what you want to use. I have made not only skin care items but also color cosmetics such as layered lip gloss. Having a few products specifically for your little girl would be a great idea as a gift or even party favor for her friends. For useful homemade cosmetics for teens, check out my makeup craft ideas for teens. I have included a few ideal recipes for kid’s cosmetics here so read on!

Suitable Makeup for Kids

Kids makeup poll

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Applying Makeup For Kids ~

This is a guideline for young girls ( 6 – 10 years of age) who want a little makeup for that special occasion like Christmas, a family celebration, birthday party or a mom and daughter makeup lesson.

Preparation:

  • Pull all the hair off the face by securing a hair band and/or hair clips.
  • Have your color cosmetics and brushes ready.
  • Make sure your brushes are properly clean by using your makeup brush cleaner.


Keep colors to pinks, peaches and browns. The products I would recommend using are:

  • Eyeshadow (1 or 2 colors, no more)
  • Lip Balm or Lip Gloss
  • Cream Blush or Powder Blush

Kids do not need foundation, eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow pencil, false eyelashes, lipstick, lip liner, skin primer or bronzer.

This however is up to you it is ultimately your choice.

Stick to Pinks, Peaches and Browns

soft shades are best to use on kids when applying makeup.
soft shades are best to use on kids when applying makeup. | Source

Makeup Application:

  • Apply a small amount of pale shadow in pink, peach or brown to the eyelids.
  • Lightly blend it across the entire lid. Remember kids have small features so if you pick up too much product remove excess by tapping back into the container or remove it on the back of your hand.
  • If using a second color try a cream, white or pale peach just under the eyebrow as a little highlighter.
  • For adding blush, get your little girl to suck in her cheeks as this will define her cheekbones and it is a bit of fun for her.
  • For cream blush remove a small amount with a Q-tip and place on the back of your hand you are not using. Apply with your ring finger in tiny dots and blend in across the cheekbone. Kids will often have a natural rosy glow so you may not even need some extra color. If your child has a very high color do not use blusher as it may be a sign of hyper sensitivity or an allergy.
  • Apply powder blusher in the same way with a small blusher brush blending it across and out towards the hairline.
  • Apply tinted lip balm or lip gloss with a lip brush lightly and get her to blot her lips between pieces of tissue. This is more for her feeling like a grown up or a big girl as she will probably lick off the lippy! Apply a second coat.
  • If you want to apply a little eyeshadow as eyeliner under the eye, use a brown eyeshadow with a thin eyeliner brush but only a tiny amount. Kids will naturally blink and may find it uncomfortable or a bit scary.
  • A tip I use on kids (and adults) is to get the child to look in the opposite direction with their eyes. If you are applying to the right eye, ask them to look to their left with their eyes and not turn their head too.

Tips:

  • Glitter eyeshadows will add a little sparkle to the makeup.
  • A little Aloe Vera gel with safe skin friendly glitter added is a great way of introducing a little glitter on the face(avoid the eyes and lips) on the cheek area.

Lip Gloss Applicator Style Container

Mommy and Her 2 year old Make Lip Gloss

Great Pots for Lip Gloss or Lip Balm

Safe Cosmetic Recipes For Kids ~

Creating your own natural cosmetics is something you can do with your little one which is a fun activity in itself. How important will she feel being able to make her own yummy cosmetics? Here are three that are easy and quick to make with ingredients readily available at home or easily purchased in health food stores, supermarkets or online at Amazon or eBay.

Luscious Lippy for Little Ones ~

Ingredients:

¼ cup Beeswax

¼ cup Castor Oil

2 tbsp Sesame Oil

1-3 drops Beet Juice

Clean container (recycle contact lens cases or small containers from home)

Method:

  • Melt the beeswax gently over a low heat.
  • When melted, remove from heat and add the castor oil.
  • Stir in the sesame oil and mix well.
  • Add a drop of beet juice at a time until you reach the required color.
  • Pour into your container and let cool.
  • Store the lip gloss in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • There are no preservatives in this homemade product so to avoid cross contamination do not stick fingers in it to apply. Use a lip brush or Q-tip instead.

Face Painting is Fun

be creative and make your own face paint and use to add a bit of fun to makeup for your kids.
be creative and make your own face paint and use to add a bit of fun to makeup for your kids. | Source

Ideal for face paints and glitter products you can carry if needed

Little Tykes Face Paint ~

Ingredients:

Natural Food Colorings

1 tbsp Coco Butter per color used

Container

  • Mix 2-4 drops of your chosen food coloring into the coco butter.
  • Spoon the paint into your container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Mix up as many colors as you like remembering to mix different primary colors together to create more shades.
  • This is a great way of making your own face paint for costume parties, Halloween, birthday parties or themed parties. Even a fun sleepover for the little princes and princesses!

Razzle Dazzle Face & Body Glitter Gel ~

2 tbsp Natural Organic Aloe Vera Gel

1 tsp Fine Glitter

  • Mix up aloe vera gel with glitter and apply to the face and body.
  • Avoid using near the eyes or mouth.

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      My girls just love to play with make-up. I have found no harm so far. Great post, and thankk!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can see this getting a ton of views; every little girl wants to wear makeup. Great tips Irish! I hope you are well and happy!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks for replying and glad your finding it fun to do with your girls! Appreciate your positive thoughts, many thanks!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Good to see you my lucky charm! Glad you enjoyed it my friend! All is good this side of the pond, been doing some DIY in my apartment getting ready to rent it. Nearly finished painting and fixing all the stuff that needed doing. Handy when your fella is also pretty nifty with a power tool or 3!!! Thanks for your usual visit and great support! Hope to get a piece in for your comp - I want the Bill novel and signed!!! :-)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I don't think you've left anything out Suzie! This is great for any Mom with little girls because we all know sooner or later they're going to want to wear makeup with a very few exceptions. You've given helpful ideas and your recipes for make up are a mother's dream. Thanks for this bood iformation.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love the new play cosmetics that are out for little girls to experiment with and it helps them to know how to apply it as they grow older.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Susie...I had sons, honey....and for some odd reason, they never chose to wear make-up. But I have 3 grand daughters who LOVE to play "dress-up" and "Princess," etc......and in terms of playing...it's fine. totally harmless.....

      I really don't have a say in when it may be appropriate for them to begin to wear a little make-up, for real.....but my sons and their wives are excellent, sensible and ever-present parents....so I trust they'll make the right decision.

      I let my 4 year old granddaughter put make up on me once. Oh, I was so PRETTY!! I looked like Tammy Baker on crack.....(rest her soul)

      I think I was about 15 when I started painting my canvas.....Nowadays, don't bother much, unless we're going to a special event.....Great hub, Suzie!...UP+++

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tillsontitan,

      Many thanks for your lovely comments as you always give. Glad you approve of the homemade recipes that kids and moms will have fun with! Makeup is unavoidable for most kids and can be great fun exploring. Appreciate your votes my friend!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Yes there are great options for play makeup these days which cuts down on having to use your own prized products. Glad you enjoyed and thanks so much for visiting and commenting, your thoughts are always so welcome!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      As my daughter gets older she likes to try out makeup. Of course, since I hardly wear any, she does not get much of a chance. These are useful tips if I ever buy her any.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Paula,

      So you have some little grand daughters, how lovely! I'm sure you looked Gorgeous . . .a real Honey after your make over by your 4 yr old it seems!! What a stunner you must have looked! Appreciate your stories, wisdom and humor as always and thank you for your welcome votes Paula!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin,

      Thanks so much for the read and comment. If you decide to get her some make up you could make up a few in the kitchen which won't cost much and you both could have some fun making together. Thanks again !!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      I was looking forward to doing this if I had a daughter, but it looks like I'm having another son. :P Oh well, face painting will still be super fun!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sam,

      At least the little boys will be able to have fun for fancy dress or face painting, as you say!! Maybe you will be able to use for any friends little girls or family. Appreciate your input and support.

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