I tend to go with bold lipsticks – berry, red, and most recently orange. Sometimes I experiment with new colors and love it, other times I don’t. Awhile back, I bought a Barbie pink lipstick and it has been sitting in my makeup bag unused since. It happens to all of us right? A color can look so pretty at the makeup counter and once we get home, well… it’s just not. Instead of giving this pink color to a friend or merely throwing it out, I figured I could actually make it into a few other colors that I could actually use.
If you also have a color that you don’t like, or just a lipstick that you rarely wear and want to make into other colors, you can easily use a few additional ingredients and transform 1 lipstick into 3.
What you’ll need: lipstick, food coloring (works best if you use primary colors – red, blue, yellow), pressed coconut oil, small pots (I used old MAC concealer pots), butter knife, makeup brush
What you’ll do:
Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into a bowl – I recommend 1/4-1/2 teaspoon. Warm up the coconut oil in the microwave for 15 seconds (or until melted). Pour about half of that into a pot.
Next, you’ll use the spatula to slice off a small amount of lipstick into the pot. Use the spatula to crush into the coconut oil and mix until well blended.
The next step is to add food coloring. Follow basic rules of the color wheel here – I added a few drops of red to the bright lipstick to get the color more vibrant, and then followed with a small drop of blue to get the color to a berry shade. Food coloring can add a lot of color, so I recommend using 1 drop at a time, checking the color, and adding more if needed.
Once you get to the desired shade in one pot (which in my case was a berry), set that pot aside. To make your next color, follow the same steps of pouring coconut oil and cutting a piece of lipstick in the next pot. This time you can experiment with a different set of food colorings – I added yellow to get the pink to more of a rosy-coral color.
Mix the colors in the pot very well with a makeup brush to make sure that the food coloring is completely blended with coconut oil and lipstick. To make a lipstick sheer, add more oil. Alternatively, add more pressed coconut oil (not melted) and lipstick to make the color more vibrant.
Once you are done blending, refridgerate the lipstick pots for 2-3 hours until set. Then you can apply the lipsticks using a lipstick brush.
1 lipstick – 3 colors!