I first fell in love with the colour coral when I fell in love with the dinner dress from Titanic. The beautiful silk/taffeta under dress is a fantastic coral colour, and from there on out… love. It’s a fantastically flattering colour clothing and cosmetics. I love it in blushes and lip colour, and it’s great in eyeshadow if you have pinkish undertones (I don’t, so I end up looking like I have an eye infection if I put anything red near my eyes). Anyhow, this beautiful coral lipstick is fantastic. Great coverage, wonderfully smooth, and with a great pop of peppermint for freshness.

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The colour comes form a blend of iron oxides—mostly red, with just a hint of yellow to get coral without going full orange (which is far less flattering, to be sure). It packs a serious moisture punch with shea butter and avocado oil, and the peppermint is very refreshing. A hint of titanium dioxide provides some brightening opacity.

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Coral Lipstick

4g | 0.14oz beeswax
7g | 0.25oz refined shea butter
4g | 0.14oz cocoa butter
9g | 0.3oz avocado oil
1g | 0.03oz magnesium stearate

2 tsp red iron oxide
¼ tsp yellow iron oxide
1/8 tsp oil-soluble titanium dioxide (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)

6–8 drops peppermint essential oil

Melt the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, and magnesium stearate together in a small saucepan over very low heat, whisking to get the magnesium stearate to melt (it will be the last thing to melt). This will take 15–20 minutes. Keep a close eye on it to ensure that the magnesium stearate melts, but don’t scorch the rest of the oils.

Mix the oxides and titanium dioxide together in a small dish and pour in the melted oils. Stir and mash with a flexible silicone spatula to combine. Quickly stir in the peppermint essential oil and decant into four 4.5g lip balm tubes.

Let cool and enjoy! I find this lipstick is best applied with a small lip brush.

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