Monday, February 11, 2013

Red: DIY Lipstick

Homemade Lipstick

I don't wear a lot of lipstick now that I'm a mom and my work is in my home. I put my hair up in pony tails a lot more too. Hmm, funny how that works. But when I do go out, I love to put on a little bit of makeup including some pretty red lipstick.

I first started getting interested in DIY cosmetics maybe six months ago. I started seeing other bloggers creating sugar scrubs, powders, and lotions. I saw people selling their own cosmetics on Etsy. And I thought, how neat! Who knew you could create your own makeup from natural sources? Then I started reading about what cosmetic companies use to make their products. It's gross. So, I'm not going to go into it, but it is worth a little research.

After that I knew I wanted to try making my own. I was pleasantly surprised at how simple a good, moisturizing lipstick could be. You only need 3 ingredients to create this lipstick.

Beeswax
Shea butter
Beet root powder

I tried using a tablespoon of each and it worked well, but I thought upping the beet root powder to 1.5 tablespoons came out the best.

Put all ingredients in a small microwavable cup. Put in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time. Stir in between microwaving so your ingredients don't scorch. You can also do this over the stove. Your goal is to melt down the beeswax and shea butter.

Once it's all melted and blended together, pour into a small container. I found these 1 ounce jars at Michael's in the paint section. Let it cool and you're done.

DIY Lipstick

As much as I love the color red, it is my favorite color, I've never been one to wear super red lipstick. It just doesn't complement my skin tone. So, part of what I love about making my own lipstick is that it isn't over powering. In fact, it's more like a lip stain than anything. And I'm ok with that. I don't need in your face kind of color.

Now, this isn't commercial lipstick and it's not going to feel just like it. It is incredibly moisturizing, but you may need a few applications before you can really see the color.

So, although the jars contain a dark red color, what happens on your lips is that it really just enhances your natural color. Perfect for me!

But if you really like a darker color, you can always add more beet root powder to darken it up.

Have you tried any homemade cosmetics? How did it turn out?


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26 comments:

  1. This sounds like something I would really like to do. Where do you buy the ingredients and what are the proportions ? Thanks .

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    1. Hi Carla! I couldn't reply directly, you're a no reply commenter, so I hope you check back. I did an Amazon search for ingredients and found product in my budget. As far as proportions go, I originally used 1 tbsp of each. Then I realized I wanted the lipstick a bit darker and increased the beetroot powder to 1.5 tbsp. I hope that helps. Let me know if you try it out and what you think about it!

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  2. This is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing Ginger!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  3. Wow, clever idea. I don't think I've made any homemade cosmetics since my sister and I used to make 'perfume' out of flower petals and rain water when we were kids. Maybe I'll give this a go though... beetroot is just my colour as well! Would love to see a pic of the lipstick on, do you have one?

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    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-4-plus-a-giveaway

    Kathie

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  5. Love it! Thanks for sharing - came to you from Little House in the Suburbs.

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  6. I found you from Sugar Bee Crafts! I'm your newest follower via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  7. This is really cool (and cheap) to make will give it a try soon, thank you :-)

    Helena

    microbio.etsy.com

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  8. I would love it if you joined our "One last Valentine's Day Round Up"
    Linky Party and shared this!
    http://littlemomprairie.blogspot.com/p/blog-round-up.html

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  9. This is on my list of things to try! I ordered some alkanet root from Mountain Rose Herbs to try to color my lipgloss. I've also read that you can add a pinch of cocoa powder to make the color more brown. (And maybe use some cocoa butter in place of the shea butter?)

    Thanks for sharing this!!

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  10. Very cool! I had no idea how to do this!

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  11. What a fantastic idea! I love red lipstick, but after that study saying that most lipsticks contain lead, I've been reluctant to wear it except for very, very special occasions. This recipe sounds perfect. Thank you for sharing!

    I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

    Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com

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  12. Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

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  13. I love this. I keep searching for DIY lipstick and end up with crayon recipes (YUCK!) I already have beeswax and shea butter (for making other cosmetics) so I will have to get some beetroot... What kind of shade of red does it come out? Do you have any ideas for making it.. purpler? I have red hair so lipstick in too much of a red doesn't look right.

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    1. Hi Kat! Crayon lipstick?? Yuck is right.

      As dark as this lipstick looks in the jar, it actually appears to be a very natural color on the lips. I think because it goes on rather thinly. Maybe with a little less beeswax and more shea butter it would go on thicker and with the darker color. As far as the purple goes? I'm not really sure. Please let me know if you find out. I'd be interested to know.

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  14. I love this. I keep searching for DIY lipstick and end up with crayon recipes (YUCK!) I already have beeswax and shea butter (for making other cosmetics) so I will have to get some beetroot... What kind of shade of red does it come out? Do you have any ideas for making it.. purpler? I have red hair so lipstick in too much of a red doesn't look right.

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  15. How did you keep the beetroot powder from making the product too grainy?

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    1. It dissolves in the wax and shea butter after being heated.

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  16. Hi Ginger! Great idea! I also like making my own soaps & beauty products.A couple FYI: 1) Instead of using ALL shea butter, I use the shea, a little coconut oil (nonfractionated), couple drops of pure vitamin E, & a few drops of extra virgin
    olive oil. This is much more moisturizing & has additional benefits of more antioxidants. You can add a drop or 2 of essential oil too if you want some flavor &/or scent. I love vanilla. 2) An AWESOME place to get your ingredients & containers is @ Bulk Apothecary. After MUCH research, I have found them to be much less expensive & you KNOW the quality of your products is GOOD. I like Amazon but have bought things through them that were old & shouldn't have been sold. Also some of the products are sold as pure, but fillers have been added to increase quantity. Therefore they are not pure & not controlled. So you think your saving money, but you're NOT! 3) Mountain Rose products are strictly controlled/monitored & they have wonderful educational videos, recipes, & resources. Happy DIYing!÷) AmyLee
    moisturizing

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    1. Hey Amy! Thanks a bunch for all this amazing info. I really like making my own make-up, but am still new this game. I bet the coconut oil would really help. I haven't gotten into the essential oils yet b/c I wasn't really sure where to find them. I'll definitely keep your suggestions in mind for the next go around. Thanks a bunch!

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  17. Hey there! I just made this recipe! I was so excited about it, but I must have messed up... I followed the directions, though. Mine hardened with a thick layer of shea butter on top and the beet root powder is grainy underneath (I scraped some of the top off to try to get some color.) Do you have any suggestions for me?

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    1. Hi Ally! It sounds like maybe your mixture wasn't melted and mixed well enough. You could try melting it down again. It should be hot enough that everything, including the beet root powder is fully liquid and it all completely dissolves into each other.

      I hope that helps. Please let me know how your next try works!

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  19. Eek. Just tried again... Same results. The beet powder is still grainy. I wonder if it's not working in the microwave but might work better in a double boiler? I made a liquid cheek stain a while ago with beet root powder but did it in a double boiler, low and slow, and it did make the powder a liquid.

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    1. Interesting Ally. I'm out of my depth here, because I didn't have these results. Maybe the double boiler would be better. Maybe it's the type of beet root powder?

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  20. I've just started to hear about people making their own makeup products but lipstick is a new one for me. I'm interested in trying it!

    Do you happen to have a picture of what it looks like on you (just because I'm curious about what the color looks like on).

    Thanks for sharing!

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