How to make your own lipstick

Are you tired of paying department store prices for lipstick?

Did you know you could make it at home? A large percentage of the money you are spending on lipstick goes to pay for expensive advertising and flashy packaging.

You can also design lipstick in your favorite shades which may be unavailable in stores, along with frosts and flavorings. Can’t find cinnamon-flavored mocha frost? Make this your signature lipstick which makes a perfect gift for co-workers and friends. Your daughter has a party planned on a rainy day and there is nothing to do? For something original, she can invite her friends for fun lipstick making sessions.

How do you get started? Kits can be purchased with bases, pigments, and other ingredients and produce a certain number of lipsticks. A typical kit will contain a base, 6 pigments, 12 cases, plastic molds, and a demonstration video for about $90. These kits are great for lipstick making novices, but once you cut your teeth on a kit, you can order your own materials for better value and a wider selection of shades.

To make lipstick from scratch, you will need to order a base. These bases come in the form of a yellowish paste and can also be used for lip glosses and medicinal lip balms. Beeswax and carnauba wax can be combined to create a base if you prefer. Canada is a natural thickener. You will also need Vitamin E Acetate which is an anti-oxidant and protects lips against UV rays and has anti-aging properties.

Castor oil is available in drug and health food stores and acts as an emollient. Mica pigments and frosts can be ordered along with the base and waxes and are available in every conceivable shade to create a matte finish or a frosty effect. Grapefruit seed oil is a natural preservative which improves the shelf-life of your lipstick. You will also need an appliance for melting the base, plastic lipstick molds with an open top for easy pouring, and which also open at the sides for removing the finished lipstick.

Combine 1 tablespoon of Castor oil with ½ a teaspoon of P&C; pigments and ½ a teaspoon of mica pigments. Place the ingredients in a heat resistant glass. Stir the mixture thoroughly and put it aside. Combine 1/2 teaspoon of white beeswax, ½ teaspoon of carnauba wax, ¼ teaspoon of Vitamin E Acetate, and 1/8 teaspoon of Lecithin or Vaseline.

Add these ingredients to the Pigment and Castor oil mixture and heat to no higher than 170 degrees (use a thermometer to make sure that you don’t exceed the heat limit) by placing the mixture in hot water or using a microwave (don’t heat on the stove overheating kills the active ingredients). Add one drop of grapefruit seed extract to the mixture. Pour the mixture into lipstick molds pre-moistened with plant oil.

If the mixture becomes sticky, melt it again. Let the mixture harden in the molds for a minute and put the molds into the refrigerator for 2 hours. If you are not happy with the result, you can always melt the lipstick and try again, but for best results, test the pigment combinations on a palette before using them to make your lipstick.

For that professional flame-like pointed tip, take a cigarette lighter and burn the top of the lipstick, melting it to the desired shape (but not too much, or you’ll lose some lipstick!). Put your lipstick in the holder and color yourself beautifully!

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