Homemade red lipstick

I don’t wear a lot of lipstick now that I’m a mom and my work is in my home. I put my hair up in ponytails a lot more too. Hmm, funny how that works. But when I do go out, I love to put on a little bit of makeup including some pretty red lipstick.

I first started getting interested in DIY cosmetics maybe six months ago. I started seeing other bloggers creating sugar scrubs, powders, and lotions. I saw people selling their own cosmetics on Etsy. And I thought, how neat! Who knew you could create your own makeup from natural sources? Then I started reading about what cosmetic companies use to make their products. It’s gross. So, I’m not going to go into it, but it is worth a little research.

After that I knew I wanted to try making my own. I was pleasantly surprised at how simple a good, moisturizing lipstick could be. You only need 3 ingredients to create this lipstick.

Shea butter
Beet root powder

I tried using a tablespoon of each and it worked well, but I thought upping the beet root powder to 1.5 tablespoons came out the best.

Put all ingredients in a small microwavable cup. Put in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time. Stir in between microwaving so your ingredients don’t scorch. You can also do this over the stove. Your goal is to melt down the beeswax and shea butter.

Once it’s all melted and blended together, pour into a small container. I found these 1 ounce jars at Michael’s in the paint section. Let it cool and you’re done.

As much as I love the color red, it is my favorite color, I’ve never been one to wear super red lipstick. It just doesn’t complement my skin tone. So, part of what I love about making my own lipstick is that it isn’t overpowering. In fact, it’s more like a lip stain than anything. And I’m ok with that. I don’t need in your face kind of color.

Now, this isn’t commercial lipstick and it’s not going to feel just like it. It is incredibly moisturizing, but you may need a few applications before you can really see the color.

So, although the jars contain a dark red color, what happens on your lips is that it really just enhances your natural color. Perfect for me!

But if you really like a darker color, you can always add more beet root powder to darken it up.

Have you tried any homemade cosmetics? How did it turn out?

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