In the news recently there’s been considerable coverage of problems with play makeup sets sold in tween stores like Justice and Claire’s. While professional makeup products are highly regulated, play makeup sets don’t endure the same scrutiny and testing as the real deal, and yet stores aimed toward younger children continue to market these play sets to parents and kids, knowing full well they run the risk of containing dangerous allergens, including asbestos.
If you follow my blog, you know I let my daughter wear makeup and she has her own makeup collection, BUT I’m very choosy with what she wears and I would NEVER allow her to use a play makeup set. I believe all parents want to protect their children from harmful, unregulated products and for this reason I’ve put together a list of ten affordable makeup products that will allow your littles to experiment and play without causing damage to their systems because of harmful ingredients and negligent companies.
The Butter Gloss collection from NYX features 34 beautiful shades in predominately pinky neutral colors. With names like “Vanilla Cream Pie” and “Apple Strudel” your little one will fall in love with this pretty glossy formula and you will love the price tag: just at $5 for a tube.
e.l.f.’s Powder Blush Palette is an excellent value and introduction to pretty, powdery blushes. The powders are well made and the formula is incredible largely because e.l.f. is a vegan and cruelty free cosmetics company. At around $6, this blush set with give your kiddo plenty of pretty options to rosey up their cheeks. (Bonus Points: it comes in Light AND Dark shades so little girls and boys of all colors can wear these blushes.)
Having a ton of fun, vibrant colors to work with is every kid’s dream and the BH Cosmetics Take Me Back To Brazil Palette delivers 35 super gorgeous and bright colors so your little one can be the most glamorous princess or spookiest goblin. Whatever their minds come up with, this cruelty free and allergy tested product will help them bring it to life for $17.
Burt’s Bees has been a trusted, synthetic-free brand of lip treatments for years and their tinted balms are super delightful if you’re not sure your kiddo is ready for a gloss. If you want to let them play with lip color but also want it to be practical, a lip balm with a bit of tint is a great way to give them that color without drying their lips out or making them sticky. A tube of the Tinted Lip Balm is just $5.
Leaving this rainbow highlighter off my list would be a tragedy because kids of all ages have fallen in love with this gorgeous highlighter. Don’t know what to do with it? Here’s a tutorial.But, don’t fret too much! Your kids won’t care about how to use it. They’ll just have a blast with the fun colors. And you will enjoy the pricetag: $6.
I’m including this palette because I’ve seen what happens when kids eye this chocolate themed palette and it is beautiful and magical and amazing. There are several chocolate palettes from Makeup Revolution and they’re all full of beautiful pigments and all safe. Each palette costs $15, which may be more than you initially want to spend but the look in your child’s eyes when they unwrap this will be priceless.
This bright, chunky lip balm is great for little fingers and hands that need something a bit thicker to hold onto. And because it’s a balm, it’s okay if they smear it a bit and make a mess. The colors are bright but will wash off easily. This tube of balm costs $6.99.
One of my all-time favorite collections is the Crayola collab with Sally Hansen. These two companies worked together to bring our favorite crayons to life and they’re amazing. Because this is a quick-dry formula, your kiddos can splash it on and you don’t have to worry about sticky nails smearing across the living room carpet. Win-win. (But, hurry to grab these. Several colors are already sold out in some stores online.)
Little fingers require little tools and I have found travel brush sets give kids the perfect sized brushes to apply their shades and blushes! EcoTools creates brushes from recycled materials and renewable bamboo, making environmentally responsible products you wont feel bad for using. And again, they’re just right for small hands. This set of four brushes costs $10.
When it’s all said and done, you’re going to want to make sure your kids learn how to properly remove their play makeup after their done. Garnier makes a line of holy grail makeup removers that cater to all skin types, including sensitive skin. A large bottle of the Micellar Water will cost you just $9 and last your kiddos a long time. Or you can grab a small bottle for $4.
I hope this list of ten great makeup products for kids will help you make smart decisions for your children and hopefully the companies that sell dangerous makeup play sets will be held to a higher standard in the days ahead. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and if you enjoyed what you read, I hope you’ll consider subscribing.
Until next time.