Here's my list of super fun makeover party games and activities. Team them up with a makeover party theme and you are onto a winner.
Lipstick Mania. Blindfold all the guests and issue each with a cheap brightly colored lipstick. Make everyone turn around on the spot 3 times and then they have to go in search of a partner. Once everyone is paired up, they have to attempt to apply the lipstick to their partner still with the blindfolds on. Set a time limit and then everyone can remove their blindfolds to see how gorgeous their lips are! Definitely have your camera ready for this one!
Makeup Memory. Prepare a tray with a variety of makeup items on it – about fifteen to twenty items is plenty. Don't let the kids see it till the game starts. Issue each child with a pen and paper and then place the tray down in front of them. Give them three minutes to memorize what is on the tray and then remove the tray from the room. Each child has to write down as many makeup items as they can remember within a time limit. The person who memorizes the most is the winner.
Pass the Blusher. I know that 'Pass the parcel' is more a younger child's game but this is a slightly more grown up version which for some reason always goes down well and is really hilarious. Sit the kids in a large circle with a blusher brush in the middle of the floor. Start the music and then the kids have to pass round a blusher compact. When the music stops, the person left holding the blusher has to take the brush and place some blusher on their face - NO mirror allowed! . Check out who is the ultimate 'blusher'! You could also play this game with a lipstick which is even funnier.
Spin the Nail Polish. This is one of those makeover party games which never seems to go out of fashion (excuse the pun). Everyone sits in a circle and in the middle you place several bottles of lipstick. The kids take it in turns to spin one of the bottles on the floor (place the bottle on its side). Whomever the bottle points at, then has to paint one of their toe nails. The winner is the first person to paint all their nails.
Picture Frames. Get some plain wooden photo frames or photo frame mattes, provide the kids with lots of glue, glitter and paint and let their imaginations run wild. This is a great makeover party activity for when the kids first arrive and the frames can be used later for their 'after makeover' photos.
Before/After Photo Shoot. Create a beauty throne using a big chair and lots of colored drapes. Have each child sit on the chair holding a placard which says "Before" on it. Take Polaroid photos to put on a wall chart so that they can have a giggle. Get them to look as scruffy as possible! Repeat at the end of the makeover session with an "After" photo. You could also do the before and after photos of the kids in a group.
Fashion Designer. In advance, prepare some large templates of a human body using strong white card – about 12" in length should be enough. Give the kids lots of fashion magazines that they can cut up, sequins, stickers, fabric scraps, braids and ribbons and lots of glue. They then need to make a fashion outfit to glue onto their template, plus add hair and facial features. This can be followed by a judging competition to see who has created the best outfit.
Jewelry Trees. In advance find some strong twigs that have several smaller twigs coming off the main stem. Spray with gold or silver paint. Put a ball of modeling clay in the bottom of a small clay flower pot and secure the tree into the clay. When the kids arrive they can decorate the tree with glitter glue and paint the pots in lots of snazzy patterns. These make great party favors too.
Tattoos. You can buy stick-on and washable tattoos or you could use slightly more permanent henna tattoos. Henna kits can be bought from many beauty shops but it does require adult supervision as it can be very messy and the results take a few weeks to fade.
Note: Check that the henna is safe for kids before you buy it. Some parents might not be keen on the semi-permanent tattoos so if unsure, it might be best to go with the less permanent tattoos.
I found that Amazon sell the best tattoo kits suitable for a group.
Professional Hair and Beauty. Think about asking at a local salon if they would come to your house for the party to give the kids beauty and hair advice. If not enlist the help of several adult or older teenagers to act as beauty therapists. Wear white coats or buy long white shirts from a thrift or charity shop and put on name badges with their chosen area of expertise.
Hire a Professional Pamper Entertainer. There are quite a few companies that specialize in pamper parties for kids and who can keep the kids happy with makeover party games and activities.
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