How to Make Your Color of Lipstick

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How to Make Your Color of Lipstick
Make your own lipstick colour in a few easy steps. (lipstick image by Marzeev Andrey from

Although cosmetic companies offer hundreds of lipstick colours, finding the right shade for your skin tone can be a challenge. Often a lipstick looks good in the store, but when you bring it home it's too red or too pink. As a result, you find yourself swiping on colour from two or three different tubes to get the right shade. Now you can skip all the mixing and create your own signature colour in just a few easy steps.

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Things you need

  • Small lip gloss pot (non-metallic)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Two or three old lipsticks in different shades
  • Butter knife
  • Microwave oven
  • Small plastic stirrer

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  1. 1

    Clean the lip gloss pot with rubbing alcohol. Make sure all lip gloss is wiped clean from the pot. Allow to dry.

  2. 2

    Using the butter knife, cut a quarter inch section from each shade of lipstick that you want to blend. If you want one colour to be more dominant than others, cut a larger chunk from that colour and smaller chunks from less dominant shades. Place all chunks in the lip gloss pot.

  3. 3

    Place lip gloss pot with colour sections in microwave for 10 seconds. Stir. Continue to microwave in 10 second increments until lipstick has a creamy consistency. Stir until completely blended into new shade.

  4. 4

    Place lid on lip gloss pot and store in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of mixing used lipsticks for a custom colour, try mixing petroleum jelly with your favourite powdered blush. Place both in the lip gloss pot and stir until desired shade is reached.
  • Create a whole week's worth of custom shades by using a pill box instead of a lip gloss pot.
  • Add shimmer powder to melted lipstick to create a frosted shade.
  • Use only a glass or plastic lip gloss pot. Microwave only in 10 second increments to avoid burning your lipstick.

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