Kelsie Sailor, West Virginia University, Therapeutic Recreation
Population: Teenage girls
on an acute psychiatric unit
Length of Program: 1 to
1 1/2 hours
Group Size: one to 6 girls
Equipment: Foundation, eyeliner,
eye shadow, mascara, blush, and lipstick for each girl. One
bottle or tube of facial cleanser, facial scrub, mud mask, and
facial moisturizer. Also hair dryers, curling irons, hot rollers,
Some adolescent girls come from
broken homes or dysfunctional families and have not had the
opportunity to learn make-up techniques and practice hair styles.
Participants are not only taught make-up techniques, but given
information on the importance of self-care and its positive
effect on one-self (inside and out). Girls who are knowledgeable
with make-up techniques are used to help the other participants.
- Before applying make-up or fixing
hair, use facial cleaner.
- Have girls wash their face with
a facial cleaner.
- Apply some kind of facial scrub
and have them rinse.
- Next, apply a mud miracle mask
and allow to dry.
- Wash off mask when dry and apply
- Apply foundation that best matches
each girls skin color.
- Next, put on blush with upward
and outward strokes on the cheek line.
- Then work the eyes. Have the
girls start with eyeliner. Remind them that darker does not
necessarily mean better. The "natural look" with
features highlighted is the desired result.
- Apply the eye shadow darker
on the eye-lid with a lighter color reaching the eyebrow.
- To finish the eyes, use mascara.
The most popular color for everyone is either black or black-brown.
- Next, apply pressed powder or
loosed powder all over the face and neck to soften the look
of the make-up and decrease the shine.
- Use lipstick for the final touch.
- Have the girls wash their hair
and condition; or just wash hair and use a leave-in hair conditioner.
- Comb hair thoroughly and blow
dry with a hair dryer.
- Once hair is dry, choose one
of the several instruments to shape the hair (curling iron,
hot roller, clips, etc.).
Buy mini canvas tote bags for the
girls to fabric paint while they are waiting their turn for
their hair to be fixed. They can put the make-up they used in
their tote bags to take home with them.