Chances are, at some point, the adorable tutu donning princesses (as well as the handsome young princes) in our lives are gonna wanna get their hands on some beauty products. I remember cool kids Hannah English, Natalie Bush and Sara Spaxman suddenly strutting around the halls like in Christina Aguilera’s ‘Dirrty’ video, all kohl eyes and nude lips lined with something brown and exotic (though I’m sure by their own admission their pictures of their early teens tell an altogether less glamorous story. I’m sure at least one of them will read this. Hannah, could you confirm?).
What I’m saying is, your angel may gonna want to muck around with makeup one day. Their friends are using it, the Kardadshians/Jenners are telling them they’re worthless without it (ugh), and frankly the make up world is fascinating. But you don’t want them to leap in to it in a way that’s inappropriate or makes them look all ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’. Unless you’re one of the mums on ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’.
There is a way to direct them to stuff that fun and for themselves and nobody else. Which is what the Trowel is all about.
I’m thinking the following would be around 8-13, but move parameters as you see fit.
LIPSTICK QUEEN FROG PRINCE GLOSS, £22
This slime green gloop changes colour on application (that’s a big tick in the ‘fun’ box even for me, and I’m in my 30s) to a pink that’s slightly different on everyone and compliments their natural skin tone. They also do a green cream blush but for a first timer there’s a chance it could get a bit clowny up in here.
LIME CRIME POCKET CANDY PALETTES IN BUBBLEGUM, £8.12
The tagline for this company is ‘Makeup for Unicorns’, which when you consider properly is quite weird. Visions of a sexy horse etc. That aside, their palettes are Polly-Pocket-pretty and vegan and this bubblegum one is wholesome in a ‘Miley Cyrus before she went sex crazed’ way.
GLITTERTITS GLITTER CRACKER, £10
Glitter is glitter is glitter, except when it’s biodegradable AND comes in CRACKER FORM. Choose from purple, black or gold for an extra treat at the Christmas lunch table (careful - gravy and glitter do not mix. That’s definitely the title of my autobiography). Also use of the word ‘Tits’ will prompt howling laughter obvs, but if you’re not comfortable you can just let the girls know on your order form and we’re sure they’ll sharpie it out or something. They’re lovely.
LUSH FACE MASKS, FROM £7.95
It’s a universally accepted truth that at some point the idea of wearing a lurid, block colour face mask will feel a) hilarious and b) extremely grown up. Don’t wait until they discover those awful Boots ones in individual packets and risk tingly skin (worse, a rash) and get them something natural to play with. Lest we forget also that the Lush face masks sit instore atop crushed ice, like P-Diddy cristal #wwwhhhhyyyyy
Cucumbers for the eyes essential.
BENEFIT MINIS, FROM £8.50
Benefit was the first ‘expensive’ make up brand I came across, and to this day it’s pretty vintage packaging and concession stands so sugary sweet they give you toothache prompt a smile. Every Christmas, you can buy a little stocking and fill it with tiny versions of their most popular products products. Posietint, a pale pink cheek and lip stain, is a great one and High Beam is catnip but beware - they will want to coat themselves in it & they will come off like Sigourney Weaver when she gets possessed in ‘Ghostbusters’.
WOW YOU! COCONUT SUGAR LIPS, £8
One of my treasured beauty memories is of licking off all my lip gloss as a child, and it never did me any harm *ticks furiously*. Well, sugar scrubs are actually made for this job and this one is far from the toxic stuff we used to ingest. In fact it’s all kinds of natural and vegan.
THE GYPSY SHRINE MOON CHILD FACE JEWELS, £8
What could be better than sticking jewels all over your face? Not much. It’s a recipe for disaster in a ‘sparkly chicken pox’ sense but still it will keep them occupied and make them feel super peacock-y.
IGK FOAMO HOLOGRAPHIC HAIR FOAM, £19
Pricey but my word this is fun, I’ve used it myself when I’ve come over all ‘manic pixie dream girl’ and not yet remembered I’m far too old for that bollocks. I love it because it’s not simply glitter, it’s metallic and catches the light and glimmers in manner of how I imagine ‘The Jetsons’ to look in real life. Will provoke many ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’. Cheaper alternatives include NPW Mermazing Hair kit, £10 from John Lewis.
NAILMATIC KIDS COSMOS POLISH SET, £22 (sold separately for £8)
Gentle and in subtle soft colours, this nail polish actually washes off so takes in to account inevitable mistakes, and there’s no need to suffocate your kids with nail varnish remover down the line.
BOD MERMAID SHIMMER SPRAY, £5
More sparkles, more glitz, there’s every chance they’ll just dump the bottle on themselves (no judgement, I would too) but if so it’s a good way to learn isn’t it.
COCO MADEMOISELLE FRESH MOISTURE BODY MIST, £32
A little pricey, a little fancy, but unpatronising and a lovely quality gift feat. a brand they will recognise. Has the potential also to kickstart a real passion for fragrance and beauty (also - dare I say - a good one to have a cheeky spritz of yourself).