Many of you have already made your custom lipsticks from February’s Handmade Beauty Box. We’re thrilled to see so many ladies rockin’ their DIY lips!
Handmade Beauty Box Includes:
4 oz Lipstick Base
.2 oz Coral Mica
.2 oz Brick Red Oxide
.2 oz Rose Pearl Mica
.2 oz Cellini Red Mica
24 Lipstick Tubes with Lids
1 Small Glass Bowl
Finished Labels and Instructions
What You’ll Need from Home:
1 (or 2) Heat Safe Containers (preferably with spouts)
1 cup Hot Water
Prep: Put two spoons in the freezer. It may sound crazy, but this trick is going to allow you to test the lipstick color before it has fully hardened.
ONE Scoop the lipstick base out of the plastic container and add it to the small, heat-safe container that comes in the box. Melt the base in the microwave on 30-second bursts, stirring in between bursts until fully melted. Please be careful when taking the container out of the microwave, it will be hot (use pot holders or paper towels).
Note: It is important that you melt the lipstick base in the bowl that comes in the box (or something equivalent in size). If you use a bigger heat safe container you’ll run the risk of cracking the glass in the microwave. Safety first!
To avoid spills, we recommend melting half of the lipstick base at a time.
TWO: Split the mixture between the two small heat safe containers (about 1/4 cup in each container).
THREE: Add colorant(s) of choice to the first container and mix thoroughly with a spoon until clumps have dissipated.
Colorant usage rate: 4 to 5 level teaspoons of colorant per 2 ounces of lipstick base (about ¼ cup). Get creative and design your own shade or see our lipstick color variations below.
FOUR: Once the color seems to be fully incorporated into the lipstick base, take your frozen spoons out of the freezer and dip the tip of the spoon into the liquid lipstick mixture. The lipstick mixture will instantly harden on the tip of the spoon so you can test the color on the top of your hand or your lips. Now is the time to color correct. If the lipstick shade is too light, add more colorant. If the lipstick shade is too dark, add more lipstick base to lighten.
FIVE: Once you’ve decided on your perfect shade, it’s time to pour the mixture into the lipstick tubes. Using a spouted heat safe container, slowly and carefully pour the lipstick mixture into the tubes or use your droppers to fill up 12 of the tubes. Let cool for 1-2 hours.
- Tip 1: If you use the droppers to fill your lipstick tubes, cut off about a ½ inch of the tip of the dropper for easier use.
- Tip 2: “Clean” your dropper immediately in a cup of hot water so it can be reused. If the mixture hardens, squeeze the lipstick out of the dropper like you would squeeze a tube of toothpaste. Did your mixture get hard or a little too thick while you were color correcting? Not to worry. Just pop it back in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. Reheat as needed.
SIX: Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 with the rest of lipstick base.
SEVEN: Clean up! Wipe down the bowls and spoons with a paper towel before putting them in the sink and do not dump any extra oils down your sink. Use a grease fighting soap, like Dawn, and super hot water to wash the utensils and bowls.
- Lady About Town: 2.5 level teaspoons Rose Pearl Mica, 2 level teaspoons Coral Mica. Use ¼ cup of lipstick base for this recipe.
- Date Night: 1.5 teaspoons Brick Red Oxide, 2.5, teaspoons Cellini Red Mica. Use ¼ cup of lipstick base for this recipe.
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