Hello! I’m such a DIY kind of gal – I cook, I make beauty products, I’m even learning how to turn sweaters into dresses. So when I saw all the tutorials floating around Pinterest about making Lip Stick & Gloss out of Crayon’s, I actually cried. No, really. It’s not a good idea. It’s a REALLY dangerous idea (PLEASE someone ask me why so I can answer on Monday’s Q&A – firstname.lastname@example.org).
I know how fun it is to make things, and here is a MUCH safer and quicker alternative.
Step 1 – CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. I use a 10% bleach solution first (1 part bleach, 9 parts water) and sanitize my whole work area. Then, I use 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol to clean utensils and packaging. Do this twice. Give it about an hour for the scent to evaporate.
Step 2 – Gather your gear. You’ll need lip gloss containers, tiny spatulas (or other tiny tools – you’ll see), a mixing bowl (I use to-go containers), base (I am using Rosebud Salve) and colors (I am using Flamingo Mica and Sun Gold Sparkle Mica). If you don’t have a beauty lab, I love Brambleberry.com – you can get just about everything you need. I COULDN’T BE MORE SERIOUS – make sure you’re colors are lip safe. These are.
Step 3 – Scoop out the base. I’m reusing the spatula to mix. If I need more base, you’ll have to use another spatula. NO CROSS CONTAMINATION!
Step 4 – Scoop out some sparkle. Because these are mica’s, they will have all kinds of crazy shimmer, but not a lot of color. Sparkle is my favorite color so this is perfect! Use a separate spatula so NO CROSS CONTAMINATION!
Step 5 – Stir away! Adding colorants will change the texture. It will thicken it and make it more stiff. It’s better to add color in increments. I’m pretty happy with this tho!
Step 6 – Transfer into containers and VOILA! Gloss!! Check out my Instagram to see how it looks on! @lipgloss_addict!
There are lots of places on-line to buy lip gloss and lip balm kits. They contain everything you need and are really inexpensive! Safety first, ALWAYS! Once you get the hang of it, you can be off and running! We’ll cover more DIY lip glosses, but this one is simple. The future ones will involve some chemistry and many many more steps! Stay Tuned!