A little while back I wrote an article about easy do-it-yourself lip tints and gave directions on how to do it.
I had a blast making them and wanted to share my discovery. I have so many lipsticks and lip balms, however, and many I end up not using because they’re too dark, too pale, too warm in hue, or too cool a shade (how very Goldilocks).
I hate to just throw out ones I’m not terribly fond of, and I don’t always hold on to receipts long enough to take advantage of stores’ exchange policies, so I look for other ways to waste less, and make me want to enjoy my purchases more.
The way I wrote about initially was fun and effective, but a bit more time-consuming and much messier. Trolling around the Internet I found another way to do it that’s much less messy and much easier to do. The best video I found of the method is by Michelle Phan. (She has many instructional beauty videos on YouTube, and a few on making your own lip tints, but this is my favorite, from her 3 Beauty Tips With a Spoon video.)
Phan’s video shows two DIY lip tint options, one using vaseline and another using lipsticks. I followed her directions, for the most part, and did my own tweaks.
Items I used
- Clean contact lens cases
- Assorted lip balms and lipsticks
- A metal table spoon
- A small paring knife
- A lighter
What I did
I started by cutting pieces of lip balms and lipsticks into a spoon. Part of the fun is playing with color.
I had one natural lip balm that I loved the texture and taste of, but it’s simply too dark for me to wear except on Halloween.
With my spoon ready, I put thin slices of the dark balm into the spoon, and added slices of lighter colors, including a pinch of an orange that was too orange for my tastes, as well as some pinks that were too candy pink for my preferences, and added some clear balm to the mix.
(As a side note: I think it’s important to only use balms you like the taste and scent of; I tried it once using something that I really didn’t like the taste of and ended up throwing away the batch.)
Hold the spoon with the balms and lipsticks, making sure it’s level, and light the lighter and hold the flame under the spoon. I tend not to try and have the flame make actual contact with the metal. Holding it a half-inch or a centimeter below the spoon works fine. In a few seconds you’ll see the balms begin to melt, and once they’re nearly all the way liquified, stop the flame, and use a toothpick to stir the liquid in the spoon. You’ll want to get it all blended really well, so you may want to alternate heat and stirring. Once the balm cools enough on the toothpick you can wipe a bit on the back of your hand to test the color. Love it? Pour the liquified lip product into one reservoir of the contact lens case. If not, add a touch more of something else to keep doctoring the color — more pink if it’s too warm, more orange or coral if it’s too cool, more balm if it’s too opaque, and so on until you like what you come up with.
Once I’m done with one color and have poured it into its new home, I’ll wipe the spoon clean (which is easy when it’s still warm) and repeat the process, until I find another shade I love and pour that into the other half of the contact lens case.
Then, let them harden a bit — usually they’ll be fairly solid once you clean the spoon and throw out the messy napkins and toothpicks — and screw the lids on tight. Now you have your own customized lip color that you’ll love to use. Apply with your fingers or a lip brush.