Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DIY Lipstick

Ever bought a lipstick at the store thinking you love the color, then try it on at home only to realize it isn't quite what you'd hoped for?  I have done this too many times to count...so I decided to come up with a solution for all those unused lipsticks sitting in the bottom of my drawer.  Here's what you will need to get started:

                      * Two or more lipsticks (I used Revlon Stormy Pink & Smoked Peach)
                      * A small microwave-safe dish
                      * Plastic lip gloss containers with lids (I found mine at Hobby Lobby in the paint section)

Step 1
Cut the lipstick into your dish (I recommend starting with just the tip of each and then seeing what color you create - you can add more of each as you go until you reach the perfect shade).

Step 2
Microwave on high for 15-30 seconds (depending on your the wattage of your microwave, you may need to do it for longer).

Step 3
Stir to blend the colors together (at this point, you can add more of one or the other if you want the shade lighter, brighter, etc. and then repeat step 2).

Step 4
Use a small spatula or popsicle stick to scrape & pour the mixture into your container.

Step 5
Place container in the refrigerator until cooled & solid (only took 15 minutes for mine).

Step 6
Use a lip brush to apply your new custom lipcolor!



The Pretty Pinhead said...

This is a great idea, especially for those colors that have just a tiny bit left. I love creating new colors :)

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jenn~the stylish housewife said...

omg...i have so many lipsticks i could do this to! love it! finally a DIY that i could actually do! =)

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Amy @ At the Pink of Perfection said...

Oh Kimberly, I'm so excited to try this, thanks for posting. I always seem to buy the wrong lipstick colors, now I can just make custome ones. SO awesome!

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

this is the coolest idea ever! gotta try it myself :)


Fashion Fractions

Styleclouds said...

Ok this post puts you right into my personal DIY heaven, which makes you the DIY angel. What a nice metaphor. ;-) I LOVE this idea and I am sure I will try to do it with my unused lipstick (and I do have a lot of those). Thank you so much for sharing this. xo, Christina


ps. now I only have to find a friend with a microwave. ;-)

DaintyandDecadent said...

That's a great idea! I will definitely try this!



Crystal @MissCrystalMakeup said...

I did this once years ago but for some reason totally forgot about it. Thanks so much for posting this!

Lotus Blossom Design said...

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Alyson said...

so smart, love this idea. need to see you don your new custom lipstick!

The Curvy Girl said...

Easy peasy! Thanks for this DIY.

Bravoe Runway said...

This is a great DIY! I just threw out a whole bunch of lipsticks & gloss last month...but I have plenty of gift w/purchase lipsticks from lancome, clinique, etc that I can try this with!

RedTagChicLosAngeles said...

That's so clever...yep in these hard times, we must all learn how to be resourceful, good for the environment too!


Di - City and Burbs said...

I love this idea especially since I have a DRAWER full of unused lipsticks! Thanks.



Faith - Sweetened Style said...

This is fabulous! I was just cleaning out my makeup drawer trying to figure out what to do with unused lipsticks! Thanks. :-)

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

Great Idea! You can also put them back in the lip stick tube, I've melted it down and done that!

Fashion By Alicia said...

Ummmm this is the best idea ever! Love it.

ChicAdvisor said...

what a great idea. the finished product looks pretty nice. Is it more or less the same colour tht you started with (the original colours)or completely different?


ChicAdvisor said...

what a great idea. the finished product looks pretty nice. Is it more or less the same colour tht you started with (the original colours)or completely different?


Kimberly said...

No, it is definitely a different color. The two I started with were a pale peach and a bright baby pink - the result was a perfect pinkish rose color! :)

Mehak said...

Wow!! This is such a wonderful idea!! have gotta try this one out... Thanks for posing!! :)

Fifth N Sixth Closet said...

OMG, this is such a wonderful idea! I have tons of lipstick that I dislike after using once and I do not know what to do with them except trash it would definitely give this a try...

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Fantastic idea!!

The Urban Umbrella


TaraMixandMatch said...

Fun idea, thanks for the tip..I will add this to my list of fun things to try this summer :)

Melissa Wright said...

Fabulous idea!!

Rachel said...

Such a great idea! If I can never get the perfect color, I just put one on my top lip and one on my bottom and blend that way. I'll definitely have to try this one out sometime.

Life Unsweetened

Vittoria @ The Beautiful Things said...

i love this! i never thought to do this but it's a great idea!

xoxo from nyc & http://www.the-beautiful-things.com

Jessica Broyles said...

I can't believe you thought of this! What a great idea!


Lauren said...

What a fun idea! I definitely need to try this out! Finding that perfect shade is tough! Now I can use my leftovers or almost-there-but-not-quites to turn it into something awesome!


Erica said...

WHAT?! This is genius!!! Great post!


Style of Iris said...

How freakin' great is this DIY?!? I feel like shopping for lipstick is a total gamble. 50% of the time I put it on and I'm like "WTF how is this X color?? uggh!" Now with this DIY I won't be forced to wear those not-so-great colors. Thanks!!


silvergirl said...

very cool
never thought to do something like this
makes tons of sense though
thanks for sharing

Anya said...

This is awesome. Just as I clear my drawers and toss all the unwanted stuff...time to head back to wall greens.

shareen said...

Such a great idea to do the mixing! I often mix a bit of lipstick with coconut oil in a sample pot to make a tinted lip balm, but I love the idea of customizing the color!