Style Zebra: DIY Beauty Pens

8-4-14n 089 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.comHave you ever made a DIY project that you were absolutely thrilled with?

Something that turned out exactly as you had envisioned and solved a long-held frustration?

Something that cost next to nothing and could be done in a few minutes?

Well, let me introduce my most recent (and possibly my most favorite) project: DIY Beauty Pens

Yes, simple beauty markers that you customize.

(What? Were you expecting something on a much grander scale, perhaps?)

8-4-14n 028 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.comThis beauty DIY tutorial starts off in the art section with a Crayola Marker Maker Refill Pack.  (I found mine in Target for $9.99)

Now, this project was inspired by Ali over at xoVain.  She had the clever idea of making a DIY version of a makeup remover pen.  As I read Ali’s post, I immediately had an idea for solving two of my long-held beauty frustrations.

My Frustrations:

1) I go out-of-town quite a bit, but always leave my perfume bottles at home.  I would love to use a scent while traveling, but don’t want to deal with broken bottles or spilled perfume.

2) I love me a good pedicure, but many times I end up painting my nails myself.  And I’m not always accurate in my application.  So I usually have to deal with overzealous polish on my toes, as well.  Trying to use nail polish remover is always a mess, so I typically just leave it and hope no one looks too closely.

The answer:  Make my own perfume pen and nail polish remover pen out of plain markers.

8-4-14n 030 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.comThe Crayola pack comes with enough components to make 12 markers.  Consisting of plastic tubes, end caps, lids, soft absorbent cores and felt marker tips.

8-4-14n 045 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.comYou are essentially building your own marker with the beauty product of your choice.

8-4-14n 040 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.comThe whole thing  just takes a few minutes.

First, push the felt tip into the end of the plastic tube.  (The smaller side.)

8-4-14n 050 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.comThen just take an absorbent core and place it into the liquid you want it to absorb.  I was able to place the core into the perfume bottle with tweezers.  The polish remover bottle was too tall though, so I poured a bit into a small glass.

It takes just a few minutes for the core to soak up the liquid.  I then flipped it upside-down and stuck it back in the cup for another minute.

8-4-14n 054 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.comNext, I placed the core in the plastic tube and pushed it with my finger to the end.  I then placed the plastic cap on the end and pushed it on until I heard a click.  There was still a small space so I hit the end firmly against the table and it locked in place.

I put the lid over the felt tip and held the marker upright for a minute.  Then, I eagerly tried it out.  Success!

8-4-14n 057 DIY Beauty Pens @ I wrapped a bit of washi tape around the ends of the markers to distinguish them from one another.

8-4-14n 088 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.comThe DIY Beauty Pens work great.  I am quite pleased with them.  And seriously, I know I sound like a broken record, but it only took a few minutes each to make.  Now, that’s MY kind of DIY!

The pointed tip on the polish remover is perfect for tidying-up a less than stellar polish application.  I wouldn’t use it for general removal though, just for the clean-ups.

I’m making a few different perfume pens and love to keep one in my purse, as well as in my make-up bag.

And I still have plenty of empty marker parts for additional beauty products and refills.  Or maybe, to pass along a few to a friend. 

So what about you?  Have you come across a DIY project that eases your beauty frustrations?  And can you think of some other clever uses for the make-it-yourself markers?

Gina (aka Miss Charming)

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  1. Brilliant!!! I absolutely LOVE this idea and will be hitting the store today! Can’t wait to make these!!
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  2. Great idea, especially for airplane travels! Thanks for linking up to The DIY’ers!

  3. this is such an awesome idea– SO obvious, but so nothing I would have ever thought of! haha
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