Lip Makeup RecipesMake your own lipstick, lip stain, and tinted lip balms in your favourite colours without a trip to the cosmetics counter.
What do we want in makeup?
Adhesion? Slip? Opacity? A quick overview on the traits we want in our makeup and why.
DIY Cosmetic Ingredients You'll Need
The ingredients list for homemade cosmetics is a bit different than for most other homemade body products—here’s my overview and shopping list.
Help, I made a mess!
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I thought I’d mix things up a bit with this seasonal lip balm and bring my Lumps of Coal holiday theme to the realm of lip balms. And I love it. It definitely seemed a bit odd when I jotted down the idea a few weeks ago, with aims of avoiding creating something...read more
This soft, sparkly Winter Wonderland lip gloss has a lovely champagne hue in the tube, but goes on sheer with a hit of shimmer and a hint of sparkle. It’s also a bit thicker than some of my previous lip glosses, as per some reader requests, meaning it sticks...read more
It’s still two days until it’s “technically” autumn, but Calgary clearly missed that memo—our trees have been turning since late August. Along with coarsely knit knee socks, my scarf collection, and this awesome jacket that I bought on sale in...read more
A recent (and rare) trip to the mall informed me that berry toned lips are in (as are some pretty poppin’ eyes, if Sephora is to be trusted). I’d been thinking it was high time to blend up some new lipstick shades for a while, and said mall visit proved to...read more
Red Velvet cake is one of those things people can get quite particular about, and with its striking red colour and bright white frosting, it’s hard to blame them. This red velvet lip balm is inspired by this decadent dessert. This indulgent, glossy lip balm uses a...read more
This pretty, ruddy russet-toned lip tint glides on with a pop of mint and a hint of golden shimmer. Everything comes together quickly and easily, leaving you with a fistful of little gifts for friends and family in no time. The colour comes from an infusion of...read more
This pretty ruby lip tint gets its ruby colour pop from an infusion of alkanet root—Batschia canescens. Native to the Mediterranean, it produces bright blue flowers and dark red roots that have been used as a dye for hundreds of years. Alkanet powder itself is pretty...read more
I’m really excited to finally have a not-deep-pink option for those of you who aren’t suited to pure carmine and my Snow White Lip Stain. This coral hued lip stain delivers a potent punch of orange-tinted red that sticks around for hours, and makes a good...read more
This fun bronze-tinted shimmery sun kissed lip balm is perfect for summer. With a fantastic cocoa peppermint scent, great glide, and some shimmer and shine, I’m loving having this in my purse this summer. A base of beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and sweet...read more
Beetroot lip stain seemed like a really great idea. Foolproof, even. I mean, if it can make your poo red long after it’s been digested, surely it can perform the simple trick of reddening your lips, right? Wrong. It had absolutely no interest in reddening anything as...read more
As much as I generally detest winter, I will concede that it can be very pretty. My favourite winter sight is that of trees coated in sparkling ice crystals—it’s as if the entire world has been coated in diamond dust. That’s what this silver shimmer lip...read more
I thought I’d mark Valentine’s Day with this popping pink lip gloss. It gets its bright colour from carmine (just like my lip stain), and though it’s almost shockingly pink in the tube, it goes on with just a slight pinkish tint and a bit of shine. A...read more
I was rather sad when my rosehip lip stain totally failed to do much of anything. It had so much promise! The name sounded so nice! The powder was so, so very pink! And I now had a bag of rosehip powder that I now had no other use for… at least the last problem could...read more
In the winter my lips get unbearably dry. Arrrgh. It’s infuriating. Calgary is practically a desert for most of the year, but in the winter I swear we tip into negative humidity. Things don’t mold here because it’s like living in a dehydrator. Good...read more
I will happily confess that I have a bit of a thing for gingerbread. It’s delicious, and it smells fantastic. It is also a beautiful, deep colour that seems to be to hearken to days gone by, where rye bread, dark liquor, and unrefined foods abounded. A bit overly...read more
Every year around this time The Body Shop releases their seasonal line of cranberry inspired body products. I say “inspired” because they don’t seem to have much in common with the little red berry other than the colour. I used to love the lip gloss,...read more
I am beginning to sympathize with the people who name things like paint and lipstick for a living. There are infinitely more colours than I can adequately and creatively name without straying into bizarre nail polish brand territory (you will know I’m there when...read more
When I first published my Red Rose Lipstick, I had a few requests for something that wasn’t quite as strong. This is what I came up with. It’s fairly simple, following the same principle, and can be made with a couple different secondary clays. It’s...read more
There are many wonderful things about having Scottish ancestry. You have a beautiful homeland to visit. You can claim many fantastic people, like J.M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan), Ewan McGreggor, Robbie Burns, and Alexander Graham Bell as your fellow countrymen....read more
Here’s yet another project I’m really excited to share with you—it’s a multipurpose tinted lip balm/blush stick. I’m calling it a strawberry shimmer stick for the colour, and I am just in love with how easy it is to throw this little stick in...read more
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...read more
Ahh, summer. Well, it’s still a few days off to be officially summer, but I’m calling it. We don’t really get spring here, anyways—we just have a period of time where it is winter for two days, then summer for a little while, and then winter again,...read more
I can’t tell you how totally thrilled I am with this recipe. I’ve been trying to devise a recipe for lip stain for months. I have thrown out so much pink and red goop since January that I was beginning to lose hope. But then, a new colourant (that was...read more
The more I see lipstick around—on album covers, in fashion shoots, and out on the street—the more I seem to like it. I believe that’s called a mere-exposure bias (“a psychological phenomenon whereby a person develops a preference for a stimulus based...read more