DIYs are exciting, because you never know what innovation you are capable of. I had this brainwave of making a lip oil out of unused lipsticks, and after some attempts of using different oils, found the perfect way to make an oil-based tint. I won’t call it an oil as it tends to be semi-liquid in nature, but I am loving it as I never thought such a simple thing could work so well. Winters are the best seasons to flaunt cream blushes, glossy lips and dewy makeup, and this tint with natural oils is the answer to that.
A Lightweight Oil : Coconut oil, almond oil and castor oils fail miserably. So I used Khadi Apricot Oil, which is very light and non-sticky. You can use oils like Argan (relatively expensive).
An Essential Oil : You can use an oil which can reduce discoloration and pigmentation. I have used jojoba oil and eucalyptus oil to soothe and heal lips. Also an essential oil helps to mask the oily smell.
An Unused lipstick : We, lipstick hoarders, have tons of lipstick lying in our drawers waiting to be rescued. Use any pink, orange or red lipstick which you feel complements your skin tone (since it’s a cheek tint as well). I have used Lakme Enrich Satin Lipstick P154, which is a bright blue based pink, more on the magenta side.
Vitamin E : Adding Vitamin E or glycerin is a matter of choice, and is helpful for dry, chapped lips. It also hydrates skin, giving a dewy finish when used as a blush or cheek tint.
1) Melt the lipstick. Since it depends on the pigmentation of your lipstick, take little amount while making so that you don’t end up with a very dark tint. I used a magenta shade which has good color payoff and intensity, broke a bit from the bullet and melted on a spoon.
2) I added around 2 drops of jojoba oil and ½ teaspoon of apricot oil to the melted liquid. You need to be quick as the lipstick tends to lose its liquidity soon. It’s better to add the oils while the lipstick is molten hot.
3) Mix this well.
4) Empty 1 capsule of Vitamin E and mix again. Preferably heat the mixture once again, however you may skip it.
5) Now take a clear container and pour the mixture in it. Let it stand for a minute.
6) Again empty the container on the spoon, heat it once more. This helps in getting rid of clumpy lipstick particles which stay behind in the container. Doing this 2-3 times gives a better consistency.
7) Store this semi-molten tint in a clean plastic or glass jar.
You can use a lip brush or your finger to fill your lips with this. The staying power is around 4 hours with no heavy meals. But you can easily wipe it off and the oils help to keep your lips rosy and soft.
As a cheek tint, take a little amount in your hand and blend. Since this is oil based, it blends easily and the flush imparted is very natural. You can build up the color according to your wish or use a light hand above your foundation for the dewy pinkness on your cheeks.
I feel it’s perfect for winters where often matte makeup makes you look dry and pale. Try this, I am sure you will love it.
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