As boy moms, one of our favorite seasonal celebrations is Halloween. So when our good friend, Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, amazing swimsuit designer behind Marysia Swim, invited us and our boys to her Halloween party to do some fun activities with the kids, we were ecstatic! Armed with supplies for pumpkin decorating, face painting, and some mad science with nail polish crafting, we set out to have a blast! The color palette was inspired by the season and the new Marysia Bumby collection coming out soon (the kids were too cute in their suits!).
Using safe and natural or non-toxic ingredients is a must for us. Sarah worked her makeup artistry magic with adorable animal faces for the kids using a combination of our own recipes (see below) and carefully sourced face paint supplies. Jen helped the mad scientists mix up their own signature nail polish colors using a 5-free nail polish base and natural micas and dyes (even the boys couldn’t get enough of this!). Everyone gave the pumpkins a chic no-carve makeover with glitter (see below), studs, and rhinestones…and a little nail polish, of course (we don’t think we’ve ever had that much fun with glitter!).
Thank you to our fabulous host Marysia, her awesome husband, Nathaniel, for whipping up a scrumptious and spooky feast, all the party guests, and the wonderfully talented Sophie Jacobson from Love Bucket Photo for perfectly capturing the gorgeous event. We’re not sure who had more fun….the kiddos or us!
Happy Halloween! The Mad Rouge Girls
DIY Non-Toxic Face Paint Recipe
The simplest way to make face paint from scratch is to start with a lotion base and add arrowroot powder to thicken it to your desired consistency (about 1:1). Baby lotion or even a diaper rash cream can make great bases as they are usually free from allergens and fragrances. We added a little Jojoba oil to our formula to give it a nourishing feel, however you can add any face oil such as vitamin E. Once you’ve created your base, simply divide it into the different colors that you will want to make. From here there are different ways to create your colors. We colored ours by adding natural oxides and micas. Some people use natural food dyes…either purchased or if you are extra crafty you can make them by creating a reduction using the colors of corresponding vegetables,(e.g., beets for red, spinach for green). You can also use leftover bits of natural makeup. Have black eye shadow or red lipstick? Crush it up and mix it in. There is no wrong way to experiment with this project. It’s more or less about finding your perfect, safe recipe and having fun!
DIY Glittered Pumpkin
For a dramatic glittered pumpkin like the one featured above, paint a dark base on the pumpkin using acrylic paint and let dry. Using a paint brush, paint on your desired design with craft glue (that dries clear). Get out your favorite glitter and sprinkle away!