The Make-Up Badge

(Discover Health & Fitness)

(by Doreen Olson)

Frontier Girls does not encourage the use of make-up by young ladies before high school, therefore this badge is offered to the Eagle and Owl levels only. Frontier Girls does believe that use of make-up is a family decision and this badge can be earned only with the permission of a parent or guardian. Because of these beliefs, this badge will emphasize the theatrical, corrective, and preventive uses of make-up, as well as explore health considerations. Troop leaders are asked to work on this badge as a group only after privately getting permission from all the parents or guardians involved.


Eagles: Do seven requirements, including those starred.

_____ *1. Investigate the tools used to apply make-up. Is a person more accurate in her applications with foam brushes, cotton balls, cotton swabs, paint brushes, fingers, or make-up in stick forms? Explore the effects of light on the appearance of make-up. Apply some make-up in a darker shade than you would ordinarily choose and take photos of yourself (or the person wearing the make-up) under spotlights, fluorescent lights, colored lights, and in natural sunshine. What do you do if you work under one type of light part of the day and another type of light the rest of the day? What are the preferred methods of makeup removal?

_____*2. From what kinds of weather conditions do people protect themselves cosmetically? Could they protect themselves in another fashion? How do you know from a label that a particular cosmetic will work? Practice applying protective make-up in ways that don’t show too much.

_____*3. Practice applying corrective make-up for as many of the following conditions as you can—acne, rashes, wrinkles, scars, birthmarks and dark circles under the eyes. Not all of these need to be on a face or on yourself. If you are having a difficult time finding enough things to practice “correcting” you can also include moles and freckles, although as many people consider them beauty marks as do “problems.” List other ways a person can downplay various marks besides using make-up.


Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. *  Do all starred Eagle requirements.

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 4. Explore the issues of too much sun blocking and low vitamin D levels. How much sunlight does a person need each day? Why should you get some sunshine near midday as well as earlier or later in the day? Identify ten health problems associated with low levels of vitamin D.

_____5. Find out what’s wrong with at least five of the following ingredients sometimes found in cosmetics: parabens, thimerosal, petrolatum, ethyl alcohol, triclosan, osybenzone, phthalates, dyes, isopropyl alcohol, hydroquinone, and synthetic fragrances.

_____6. Make a list of poor health conditions credited to, worsened or spread by cosmetics. What can you do to remedy or prevent each condition on your list?

_____7. Apply make-up to a person to make the person look like she belongs to another ethnic group.

_____ 8.Apply make-up to a person to make the person look like she belongs to another occupational group or her age is much younger or older than she is.

_____ 9. Help the make-up artists working with a community theater for 4 hours.

_____ 10. What would you think if you spent hours painting a beautiful face on a china doll and gave it to someone special only to later find that the person took an indelible marker and “wrecked” the face of the doll? Relate “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” to facial scars. Some people consider birthmarks and scars as marks of ownership by God or their family. Is the use of cosmetics to cover up such things always going to be in opposition to that idea?

_____ 11. Find photos in magazines of people who made themselves look worse with their make-up. What did they do wrong? Why did they do it?

_____ 12. List as many “noble” reasons as you can for a person to change her appearance. (hint: find out who Emma Edmonds and Richard “Little Bear” Wheeler are.)

_____ 13. Can you find any cosmetics that contain enough beneficial ingredients that they might possibly double as nutritional supplements? What else can you look for besides those containing collagen, vitamins, & hyaluronic acid?

_____14. Donate to the American Vascular Foundation.

_____ 15. Get a “makeover” by a cosmetic specialist.

_____ 16. Visit a store that sells a wide variety of make up. Count the various chromas, tints, and shades. Do different brands focus on different make up types? What type of make up has the most variety, lipstick? Blush? Eye shadow? Foundation?

_____ 17. Gather some friends for a do’s and don’ts photo shoot. Try putting the same make up on each girl and then taking their photograph. Does this make up color look good on everyone? How can you find out what colors look good on you and what colors to stay away from.