DIY Lipstick in 3 Easy Steps

Hi Friends,

Irina here, taking over the blog for a special DIY beauty post. In honor of #NationalLipstickDay, I’m sharing details on a fun and easy way to make your own lipstick using non-toxic crayons. No, I’m not crazy. If toddlers can be trusted with crayons, I think we’ll all be alright.

I love seeing women in bright and dark shades. I always dream about going to the store to get “that color”, but then I never do. Is it because I’m not ballsy enough? or maybe too lazy? The jury is still out on that one. However, I do enjoy a good DIY project so this whole thing was pretty much a match made in heaven. So, grab a pal and let’s get started…

What you need:

1. Box of crayons  (the more colors, the more creative you can get!)

2. Coconut Oil

3. Small heat resistant bowl (ramekin pictured)

4. Small pot

5. Water

6. Cutting board

7. Knife

8. Disposable stirring device like toothpick (Q-tip with cotton end cut off pictured because we didn’t have toothpicks on hand!)

9. A container for the finished product (we used one of these, but if you’re gangster you’d have something like this)

10. Pot holders or some sort of buffer between your fingers and the hot glass bowl  (Not pictured, but useful!!)

11. Champagne (Optional)

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We watched this video before we started. Here’s our take…

1. Fill your pot with a 1/2″-ish of water and place the ramekin inside. Turn burner on low heat.

2. Melt the coconut oil in the ramekin and then add your crayon. Stir until crayon is fully melted.

***We suggest using 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil for a moisture-rich sheer color and 1/4 teaspoon for an opaque color. We started out making two sheer colors using 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/4 a crayon. Add more crayon as you see fit to intensify the color. By the end we were mixing all sorts of shades.***

3. Pour the final product into a container while it is still warm. Immediately wipe the ramekin with a paper towel and repeat for a new color.

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(top left) Nude:  sheer and natural. We used one teaspoon of oil and a little more than half a nude shade of crayon. VERY moisturizing. The tint is very subtle.

(bottom left) Pink: see above, but “rose” colored crayon.

(top middle) Red: used 1 teaspoon of oil, half of desired red crayon, a little less than a quarter of another deep red crayon, and a small sliver of black crayon. Moisturizing and opaque, but need multiple layers for real drama.

(bottom middle) Deep Purple: this color is one I’ve had my eyes on for fall. We scribbled a bunch of purple crayons before settling on two. Similar proportions to the red above, including black. Also gave a similar result. Need layers for drama.

(top right) Berry: a Red-ish Purple that required three different crayons using half of a crayon that was the base color and a quarter of two others that added more red notes. Resulted in a similar consistency as the Red and Purple above.

(bottom right) Peachy Nude: a color requested by a dear friend and therefore we felt like we needed to knock this one outta the park. We pretty much threw all caution to the wind by decreasing oil to 1/2 teaspoon and throwing in three different peach/nude colors that totaled, at least, a whole crayon. Our goal was to make a seriously opaque color. Unfortunately it was way too waxy. We added more oil, but the consistency never reached our liking. Live and learn. This one requires some moisturizing before application and then it’s delightful.

Everything moved so quickly that we forgot to write down our exact color “formulas”. Reproduction will be that much harder. Don’t make the same mistake!

Good luck!!

xo Irina

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