Before we move into enhancing cosmetics such as lipstick and eyeshadow, I want to talk a little bit more about preparatory cosmetics. If you already love wearing lipsticks, you know how important it is to prep your lips. It’s just as important as prepping your skin. That way, your lipstick goes on smoother and doesn’t settle into dry grooves in your lips.
Lip scrub is one of the easiest and most satisfying cosmetics you can make from home. You need two to three ingredients. Just as with facial masks, you’ll need a hydrating ingredient and an exfoliating ingredient. Commonly, the exfoliating ingredient is just plain old sugar. The hydrating ingredient can be petroleum jelly or any type of oil you like, such as coconut or olive oil. The third, and optional, ingredient is a few drops of your favorite essential oil, to give a delectable flavor and a nice scent.
Lip scrubs can be any combination of flavors and ingredients that you would like, and you can create all sorts of yummy combinations. The only thing that can limit you is your imagination.
Lip balm is more complicated than lip scrub, because there’s boiling and melting involved. For a basic recipe, all you need is coconut oil (or any other type of oil as you prefer), beeswax and if you want, Vitamin E. Vitamin E will help ease the chapping and can help to smoothen any scar tissue. Here’s your list of ingredients along with everything you need for measuring and mixing:
- Vitamin E
- Coconut or other oil
- A container for your balm
- Measuring cup and spoons
- A grater
- A microwave (or you can do things the stovetop way)
You need two parts oil to one part beeswax, plus or minus a bit of either to achieve a preferred consistency. The final ratio of ingredients is up to you, depending on the batch size you want, but just make sure you use the base formula.
Add a few drops of Vitamin E if desired. Before you can mix your ingredients, you’ll probably need to grate your beeswax, and then combine it all. Melt the mixture in the microwave. Do it a bit at a time, taking it out of the microwave to stir it periodically. Next, you let it sit till it firms up and it’s ready to use. Just as with lip scrub, you can add any essential oil or powder such as cocoa or cinnamon for flavor or color. If you don’t want flavor, but you want color, try a tiny bit of red food dye. If you want colorless flavors, most essential oils will work well.
Crayon Lipstick, Solid Lip Gloss, & Liquid Lip Gloss
Continuing on with the theme of lips, if you’re an adventurous lipstick girl, this one’s for you, although you may still want to prep your lips with a non-tinted scrub and balm. Not only can you make your own lipstick at home, you can make any color of lipstick at home by using crayons. This makes for some wild colors, a la Kat Von D or Melt brand.
And the bigger the pack of crayons you get, the more conventional colors you’ll have available to you as well. The reason crayons work just as well as a lipstick is because they are already a highly pigmented, wax-based, non-toxic substance. The amount of ingredients is based on a chapstick case or small tin. If you need more, just double or triple your amounts. You will need:
- A mold, tin, or chapstick case to hold your final product
- A measuring cup (metal or heatresistant plastic)
- Half of a crayon (or a quarter, if you want to combine colors)
- Half a teaspoon of jojoba oil, coconut oil, or other oil of your choice.
- A small bit of shea or cocoa butter
To combine these ingredients, you’ll have to melt them, but I have a feeling using the microwave would just result in a huge mess, so, this is where your heat resistant mixing bowl comes in. Put all of the above ingredients in your mixing bowl and set aside. Bring a small, shallow, pan of water to a simmer, not quite a boil, and then place the bowl of ingredients in the water.
Stir, using a wooden spoon or other implement to combine and make the mixture smooth. Pour the completed mixture up into your chosen container, and allow it to cool and set.
Your lipstick is done, and now you can be the proud owner of as many colors as Crayola can provide, and more, if you mix them up.
Solid Lip Gloss
Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on your preference) homemade lip gloss is much like homemade lip balm. It has the same base ingredients, like natural oils and beeswax, but there are some variations as to the source of pigment. Here is the recipe for you.
You can always make both this and the balm recipe and see which one you end up liking better. If you’re looking for a more traditional liquid lip gloss look, I’ll include another recipe further down for that as well. To make a solid lip gloss, you will need:
- One or more types of oil, options including: almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oil—combine them or use them separately
- Any essential oil or a combination of essential oils
- Any color powdered blush and/or lipstick that you want as a tint
- A container for your gloss, and mixing bowls and spoons
Here’s what you do: you take two tablespoons each of the beeswax, almond and coconut oil, and one tablespoon of olive oil. Add as many drops of the essential oils you want to the mixture. Add in about a quarter to half a teaspoon of the substance you’ll be using as your tint. This depends on how vibrant you would like your gloss to be. Place some water in a mid-sized pan, and heat until it simmers, but not boils.
Place the container with the beeswax and oils into the water, stirring until they melt evenly. Add your other oils at this point. Then add in your coloring at the very end, while the mixture is still hot, and stir until melted, as before. Pour the mixture into your container.
Liquid Lip Gloss
You will need:
Petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline)
Castor oil (this type of oil will make the gloss more shiny, though you can experiment with other oils as well)
A loose powder eyeshadow or mica in the color of your choice
Put your colored powder in one bowl and in another combine your oil and petroleum jelly. Microwave or melt on the stove in a heat-resistant container, checking on the mixture periodically. Add the pigment to the liquid mixture, and stir.
You can find traditional liquid lip gloss containers at beauty supply stores, or you can store the lip gloss in little jars or other containers. If you have to do the latter, use a brush or cotton swab to apply.