Lip Makeup Recipes

Make 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!

My best tips for cleaning up your DIY messes 🙂

Red Velvet Lipstick

Red Velvet Lipstick

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 a lighter, more...

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Bronze Shimmer Stick

Bronze Shimmer Stick

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....

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Strawberry Shimmer Stick

Strawberry Shimmer Stick

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 my travel bag when I'm...

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Coral Lipstick

Coral Lipstick

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...

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Summer Shimmer Lipstick

Summer Shimmer Lipstick

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, and so on and so...

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Snow White Lip Stain

Snow White Lip Stain

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 always the...

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DIY Red Rose Lipstick

DIY Red Rose Lipstick

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 solely on his or...

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Coconut Shimmer Lip Balm

Coconut Shimmer Lip Balm

A quick scroll through Pinterest or flip through a fashion magazine will tell you that sheers, bright colors, and those skirts with the front half missing (also called hi-lo skirts) are all very "in" this summer. This lovely lip balm is both sheer and bright, and...

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Lightly Tinted Lip Balm

Lightly Tinted Lip Balm

This lightly tinted lip balm was borne out of my new (and tepid) fondness for red lipstick. It's very "in" right now (I know, even I'm amazed I noticed). It's fun to wear, but then it inevitably gets on things, can taste funny, and thanks to all the pigment, lipstick...

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Tinted Lip Balm

Tinted Lip Balm

If you haven't tried my lip balm recipe, you are seriously missing out. I recently gave a tube to a friend, and as soon as she tried it she sent me an e-mail gushing about it; its perfect texture, its slight sheen on application, and its A+ melting point. The only...

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Homemade lip gloss

Homemade lip gloss

In the spirit of doing pretty much everything myself, regardless of added difficulty to my life, I also make my own homemade lip gloss (though it really isn't difficult at all). I'm well aware that you can purchase lip gloss made for pretty much any price you care to...

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