I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever outgrow glitter. I don’t particularly want to, but I also didn’t want to realize the special effects in some of my favourite childhood movies are painfully bad. Sometimes these things just happen. One of my strongest glitter memories is from musical theatre in the tenth grade. I was fifteen, and my ensemble character, in true musical theatre fashion, wore a leotard and a truly staggering amount of glitter all over my skin and throughout my hair. Our performance was in early December, and I remember I was still finding glitter on myself on Christmas Day. I may have used too much. Anyhow, difficulties removing it aside, I still love the stuff. So, when I paid a visit to Windy Point a couple weeks ago to find Michele and Kate positively sparkling from packing up some brand new Iridescent Super Sparkle Glitter, and Michele was kind enough to send me home with some, well… my imagination went wild. This Fireworks Lip Gloss is the first thing I’ve made with it, but it certainly won’t be the last!
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Because I really wanted the glitter to shine, I made sure the base of this lip gloss would be white, not tinted yellow or green from using yellow or green oils. White cera bellina and babassu oil, clear castor, and very pale safflower oil create the bulk of the base, and the touch of vitamin E that’s in there isn’t enough to impact the colour. You can make a few substitutions (see the list at the bottom of the recipe), just be sure to choose other ingredients that are also white or clear to maintain the snowy white + glitter effect.
Speaking of the base; this one gets its glossy, gelled consistency from the use of cera bellina, a very groovy modified beeswax that creates oil gels. If you don’t have cera bellina I’d recommend using one of my other lip gloss base recipes instead, and dressing it up to match this recipe. I’d recommend this one with glycerin. This one with lecithin is also great, but the lecithin is dark orange will contribute an orange note to the gloss in the tube. There’s also two lip gloss base recipes in my book, including a vegan one!
When we’re working with concoctions we want to be creamy, we need to stir as they cool—otherwise they’ll set up solid. Ice cream making is a good analogy—if you put plain ol ‘custard in the freezer you’ll have a block of custard the next day, but if you put it in an ice cream maker, which continually stirs it as it freezes it, then you’ll have creamy ice cream. That’s the only slightly fussy part of this project, and the amount of fuss is mostly dictated by your batch size, as larger batches will take longer to cool, and so will need to be stirred for longer. Be sure to watch the video to see how it goes!
Now, let’s chat about the star ingredient: the iridescent glitter. While you could use a plain silver/white glitter, the iridescent stuff is what really gives this gloss its fireworks-y kick. It’s just so darn pretty! Depending on the light and the angle you’ll catch flashes of dozens of different colours—click here for a high resolution photo to see what I mean! Turquoise, magenta, lime green, navy blue, hot pink, yellow, lavender, and so many others colours pop in and out of view as the light shifts. This fleeting rainbow gives the gloss an incredible dimension that’s unmatched by non-iridescent glitters. Swoon. I can’t wait to use it in other projects!
You’ll probably notice there’s both pink and white gloss in the photo; that’s because I couldn’t make up my mind, so I made one of each! You can definitely split your batch or do all of one and all of the other—it’s up to you ✨ Gotta love DIY for that! Now, let’s make some Fireworks Lip Gloss 😘
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Fireworks Lip Gloss
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
Once you have a thoroughly liquid mixture, remove it from the heat. Stir it occasionally as it cools. Once you start noticing some bits starting to opacify around the edges, be sure to scrape those down and re-incorporate them to get a nice, creamy end product rather than a hard top and a liquidy under-bit.
When you’ve got yourself a translucent oil gel, you’re ready to start adding micas and glitter! I ended up adding about 1.25 tsp of iridescent glitter, 5/16 tsp of silver, and 10 drops of carmine dye. I recommend testing between additions to see what level of colour your like; you might surprise yourself! Watch the video for a better idea of how to add and test, and to see where I got and what I did 🙂
Once you’ve got yourself a beaker of pretty, shimmery gloss, use a syringe to transfer it into some lip gloss tubes—and Canadians, rejoice! Windy Point now has squeezy lip gloss tubes so you don’t have to order from abroad anymore! I much prefer the squeezy tubes to the ones with wands, but either will work. I’d stay away from open pots if you can as you will likely get glitter absolutely everywhere if you’re applying this with your finger!
I made a much smaller batch of this—100g is a TON of lip gloss, but smaller batches gave very odd numbers, requiring a scale that measures down to at least 0.1g, if not 0.01g. I made a 20g batch. You can easily re-calculate this recipe by turning the “g” in “%” and then scale up or down as required! My 20g batch used 1/4 tsp glitter, 1/32 tsp silver, and 2 drops carmine dye (though the carmine was just for half that, so more like a 10g batch—watch the video to see what I mean!).
- If you don’t have the cera bellina, look at some of my other lip gloss recipes like this one with glycerin, or this one with lecithin. Keep in mind that the lecithin will contribute an orange note to the gloss so you won’t get the white + glitter effect
- You can use a different lightweight oil for the liquid oil, just be sure to choose something that is clear as coloured oils like grapeseed or jojoba will tint the final gloss
- You can use virgin coconut oil instead of babassu oil
- You can use a different essential oil or lip-safe fragrance/flavour oil instead of the benzoin, or leave the gloss unscented