5 Totally Doable Ways to Make DIY Lipstick

Rachel Krause
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There’s no shortage of lipsticks available on the shoppable market, but that doesn’t mean we don’t feel like making our own from time to time. Formulating your own DIY lipstick is just downright fun, from the cooking process to getting to use your very own homemade product. You can customize the color to your liking, and use your favorite oils and bases to create a lipstick you really love—and, better still, that nobody else has. Try one or all of these five DIY lipstick methods, and be prepared to make extra for your friends once they catch sight of your one-of-a-kind color.

Yes, this is a thing—and a fairly popular one, at that. If the color exists in crayon form, it can be made into a lipstick. How’s that for options? Standard Crayola crayons are, in fact, non-toxic, which makes sense when you think about it: Their primary audience is children, and children tend to put things in their mouths. They’re made entirely of paraffin wax, so melting them down is a simple process that results in lots of pigment. After peeling the label off your crayon of choice, use a butter knife to slice it into small pieces, which will help the wax to melt faster. Place your crayon in a small glass bowl with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Bring a few inches of water in a pot to a low boil, then put the glass bowl in so it rests atop the water. Use a chopstick or other small stirrer to stir and blend the crayon with the oils. Once it’s completely melted and blended, turn off your stove and use a heat-proof glove to remove the glass bowl from the water. Pour your mixture into your container of choice, then allow to sit in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before use.

Pure Pigments
Using non-toxic powdered artist pigments is one of the easiest ways to create a DIY lipstick color to your liking. We’re partial to the MAC Pro Pigments—they’re easily accessible and come in a wide range of colors. Simply blend as much or as little of the pigments as you’d like (more for a more pigmented product, less for something a bit more sheer) with liquified coconut oil or shea butter, then let chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before using.

Food Coloring
Using a natural red food coloring, which you can find easily online, is another super simple way to formulate your DIY lip color. Just stir in a few drops with a solid base like cocoa butter or coconut oil and refrigerate. If you’re feeling like an artist, you can go ahead and create your own custom blend of colors for a more unique hue. The possibilities are endless.

As with pure pigments, mineral powder blush is ideal for mixing with solidified oils and butters to make a hydrating lip color with plenty of pop. Mineral powder blushes often come in loose powder form, but you can also crush up a compact blush for a similar effect.

Fruits and Vegetables
One of the most natural ways to formulate your own lip color is with ingredients like beetroot powder, which are derived from—you guessed it—fruits and vegetables. You can use pre-formulated powders and extracts or even crush up berries on your own and utilize their liquid pigments to blend with solid bases for a totally natural cosmetic result. Shailene Woodley would approve.

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