Ok, so I may be a touch late to the party on this one, but isn’t rose gold the prettiest?! In the past I’ve shied away from pink. Not for me, I thought—too… pink 😜 This stance has softened over the last few years and I now find that rose gold has nestled into a little pinky spot in my heart and I’m suddenly quite fond of it without even knowing how it happened. For the uninitiated, rose gold is a lovely soft pinkish hue, with a touch of subtle gold that catches the light every now and then. It’s utterly lovely, so it’s not hard to see how I decided I simply had to have a lip gloss in this lovely colour!
This lip gloss base is new, and I’m pretty excited about it—it uses cera bellina to thicken it up. Cera bellina is a super cool modified beeswax that creates oil gels, making it perfect for DIY lip gloss. In a pinch you probably could use beeswax instead, but you won’t get anything gel-like; it’ll just be thickish oils. If you’d prefer to use a different base I have two others: this one with glycerin, and this one with lecithin (and then there’s two more in my book, including a vegan one!). You can definitely use one of those bases and then make it rose gold!
I decided to keep it reasonably simple in the colour department by using entirely micas rather than any pure pigments. Pure pigments require quite a lot more mixing to get a nice, even blend, while micas are pre-dispersed and stir into all your concoctions beautifully without faffing around with mashing and scraping or pre-blending. They are also lovely and shimmery, which I love in a lip gloss ✨
In order to get a rose-gold hue, you’re going to need a mica that contains either carmine or a similar FD&C dye; red iron oxide is simply too muddy to get the pure, soft pink we need. I used TKB Trading’s Cloisonne Red, which is a blend of mica, titanium dioxide (white), and carmine (and is not at all red, ha!). Any sort of soft pink you have or like will work! Otherwise, you could blend together some carmine and titanium dioxide to create your own soft pink—just be sure to use mostly titanium dioxide as even an equal blend will give you a very electric pink!
For gold, choose a gold mica—anything that you immediately identify as gold will do. No need to be too fussy! The blend I used was simply two parts pink to one part gold, added until I had the level of colour I wanted when swatched on my skin. Fairly little mica will give you a coloured gloss, but you’ll find you need to add quite a bit more to get any sort of colour on your lips. It’s all up to you, though! Customize away 😉 I ended up adding a couple drops of liquid carmine dye to get a pink that’d show up on my lips, but that’s 100% optional. I do recommend the liquid dye over the powder in this case for easier incorporation, but powdered will do in a pinch.
Now, I think lip gloss tubes may be the fussiest piece of DIY packaging out there—it’s partly the tube, and partly the consistency of the stuff we’re trying to put it them. I find the best approach is to crowd a bunch into a jar so they stay facing up, and then using a large syringe to fill the tubes. Attempting to do this with a funnel is do-able, but messy and a touch sparkle-unicorn-rage-inducing (the sparkle unicorn part coming from getting covered in shimmery lip gloss while trying to shimmy a thick gloss through a teensy hole).
The process couldn’t be easier, though: weigh, melt, stir, swatch, syringe, and voila! Prepare to pucker up 😘
Rose Gold Lip Gloss
15g | 0.53oz cera bellina (USA | Canada)
20g | 0.71oz castor oil (USA / Canada)
20g | 0.71oz virgin coconut oil
30g | 1.06oz meadowfoam seed oil or jojoba oil (USA / Canada)
14g | 0.49oz kukuinut oil or rice bran oil
0.5g | 9 drops Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)
0.5g | 30 drops peppermint essential oil
Pink mica, as needed
Gold mica, as needed
Liquid carmine dye, as needed (optional)
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! I ended up adding about 1.5 tsp of pink mica, 3/4 tsp of gold, and 25 drops of carmine dye. I recommend testing between additions to see what level of colour your like; you might surprise yourself!
Once you’ve got yourself a beaker of pretty, shimmery gloss, use a syringe to transfer it into some
I made a much smaller batch of this—100g is a TON of lip gloss, but smaller batches gave very odd numbers. 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 5/16 tsp pink, 5/32 gold, and 5 drops carmine dye.