How To Make Tinted Lip Balm: Do It Yourself

by Surabhi S on December 24, 2012 · 36 comments

How To Make Tinted Lip Balm: Do It Yourself

Hey All,

I am now here to begin a series of some amazing DIYs.  Off late, I tried my hands at a couple of crafts, beauty crafts and home décor stuff. Some of them worked very well, some were okay and some miserably failed.  It hurts to see your hard work going waste, but can’t help it and then when a craft works well, and I use it in my daily life or see it sitting pretty in some corner, it makes me feel that in the end, it is all worth it.

So, here is your first DIY – re-using an old lip balm and adding a tint to it.

You Will Need:

How To Make Tinted Lip Balm Do It Yourself

A food coloring agent, an old lip balm, an empty pot and some oil or butter (this one is totally optional).


1. Scoop out a tea spoon or whatever amount you need of a lip balm in a bowl. I used my VLCC mint shield lip balm. Though I love the cooling sensation of this, I hate the way it dries my lips out. While buying it, I had completely forgotten that peppermint is drying in nature. Since then I have hardly used it and I have been looking for ways to re-use it.

2. Mix the food color with the lip balm.

Tinted Lip Balm 1

3. If you wish, you can also add a bit of olive oil or shea butter or cocoa butter to it, but this is entirely a personal choice.

4. Pour it in an empty pot.

Tinted Lip Balm 2

5. Let it stand for 1-2 hours, possibly in a refrigerator.

Tinted Lip Balm 3

6. Done!

Tinted Lip Balm 5

Tinted Lip Balm 6

Note 1:

Before you set out to do this, arrange a nice food coloring agent. It is recommended to TEST the food color on your skin first. Though I feel thing that we can consume should not create a problem on skin, but still you never know.

Note 2:

If you can find natural food color available of a good quality color, pick that up. I didn’t have a choice, so I used this sidey color that is available here. Later, I repented using it as I just couldn’t stand its smell. So, I would suggest you guys to check such things out before trying this out.

Note 3:

I didn’t realize it and made the mistake. I later discovered that my color was very difficult to mix with the lip balm, I could spot the color particles. There was something wrong with this lip balm. I later tried mixing a drop of my lip gloss with the balm and that also didn’t mix up properly. So, I would suggest you either dissolve a bit of color in 2 drops of water and then mix lip balm or else you mix the lip balm little by little.

Note 4:

Since our lips are very sensitive, you may want to try out a little color on your lips first for a few minutes. If it irritates, drop this else go ahead. I am laying so much on emphasis on food color because we really cannot trust the foods today due to amount of adulteration.

Note 5:

Someone suggested we can also try adding the food coloring agents that we get in dry squash powders like orange flavors, lemon flavors, etc. Since we don’t get these here I couldn’t try these and hence cannot comment on their usability.

Note 6:

If you do not have a spare lip balm and still want to try this out, just scoop out a bit of Vaseline or Boroline!

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Rama December 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

wowiieeee..i m doing this aftr i reach home in the evening..


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Yeah..!!! its really nice..


Shilpa Shri December 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Nice DIY Surabhi.. Hats off to your creative mind for delivering innovative ideas 🙂 I will definitely try this out as I am bored with my plain Vaseline lip balms 🙂 Thanks!


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Hey Shilpa..

You have always been so generous with your compliments. Thanks a ton. Yeah.. try it out.. just make sure to add organic color and test it out before you make this.


Shilpa Shri December 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Thanks Surabhi… I will keep your points in mind for sure!


poorva December 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

This is very interesting 🙂 would love to try it:)


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Try it out.. its really cool..


Amropali Nath December 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

wow that’s a superb… a must try 🙂 how about using a drop of rose essence (the red colored one). I have the organic form of that, will that work?


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hey Amropali.. you are a DIY pro.. so when you compliment me.. its like a double compliment.. and I guess that rose essence should be amazing as it would give fragrance and color as well!


Amropali Nath December 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm

ohh please don’t mention that.. in fact your DIY’s gave me the inspiration to share mine 🙂 🙂 I will try this lip balm with rose essence and let you know 🙂 🙂


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Thats very sweet of you to say so Amropali.. and yeah.. please let me know. I would try it out if yours come out well..


Neha Padhi December 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Such a simple yet osm DIY!!!!Loved the way you have attached the notes at the end 🙂


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Thanks Neha.. attaching notes is easier to explain.. I find notes better as that way I am better able to explain the possible variations.


Parita December 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

so interesting!


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm



shilpic December 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

this seems something new and a must try for me 🙂


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm



Ritu R December 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

sounds interesting and easily do-able… just a small query… will the food color leave behind color on the lips, like even after the effect of the balm is gone? thanks in advance 🙂


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Ritu, I think so. Mine did but then I thought maybe its my food color and I am not sure of its quality also since I mixed it with butter.. it wasnt properly dissolved so maybe thats why it left a bit of color behind.

Maybe you can do a patch test before by mixing the color and a pinch of lip balm.


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Hey Pooja.. not much.. since I put very less color and tinted balms anyway show very little color. If you are sure of the quality of the color, try out with a bit more of color and I guess it should show.


Reema December 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hey this is so interesting… !!! but m such a lazy bum to do any DIY’s !!! sab kuch ready chahiye… 😛


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

hihihihi… i can totally imagine that..


Jabberwocky December 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Super DIY! I love the idea of using a food colouring agent. I don’t like those DIY lip balms where we use old lipsticks. Eew. Will try this for sure. Perhaps I can even use a crazy colour like blue and save that balm for Halloween parties (or just for randomly scaring mother – “Mum! The food was poisoned. Look at my lips! I’m dyyinnn…!”). 😀


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm

ha ha ha… I always burst into laughter at reading your comments and yeah.. the idea is neat. Make black, blue and yellow lippies!


Surbhi December 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

wow surabhi.. you are so creative.. i can never do anything like this 😛 love ur DIYs.. i had vlcc lip balm too.. i didnt like it at all. i was so fed up from it that i threw it. if i had known you would have done this DIY, i would have never thrown it 🙂


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Awww.. you shouldnt throw away anything from now onwards 😛


sreya December 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

this is just awesum… actually i to just loved it 😀


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I am soooo glad you liked it!


Rati December 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

that sounds really nice surabhi. would have never thought of food colouring.. but totally makes sense. :))


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm

😀 I did a bit of research on colors used in cosmetics. So while many companies use chemically derived colors through iron oxide and zinc oxide, some also use food coloring agents. Thats where I got the idea from..


Misha December 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

super cool idea sir ji 🙂 <3 <3


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm



Raji B December 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I will try this today. Thanks Surabhi.


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm



neetu aadya lohani December 25, 2012 at 12:58 am

wow.. awesome,.. Am going to try it out this christmas.. 🙂 wt an innovative idea!! U are genius surabhi.. 🙂 merry christmas to cute lil bundle of joy & her beautiful mommy daddy from Aadya & family.. 🙂


Surabhi @ Womanatics December 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

😀 thankoooooooo Neetu.. and merry Christmas to you and your family tooo..!


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