How To Make Your Own Lipstick With Items You Probably Already Have
September 29, 2015 #cosmetics #firstblush #makeup
By Kayla Dalsfoist

The search is over. Thanks to this tutorial, you can have the exact shade of lipstick you want in under five minutes.

DIY makeup has become trendy recently, especially as the demand for unique and unconventional shades rises. We've seen aspiring DIYers resort to unlikely products for pigments, including Kool-Aid and crayons. The downside to that strategy, however, is that those products might have unpleasant side effects when applied to the skin. On their website, Crayola issued this statement urging customers to stop repurposing crayons into lipstick or eyeliners:

"Makeup goes through specific and rigorous testing because it is intended to be used on the skin. Because they were never meant to be used as makeup, our colored pencils or crayons have not been tested in the same way and should not be used as a cosmetic. They are not designed, tested or approved for this purpose."

But crayons are not the only colorful items you have in your house. Rather than make potentially harmful homemade cosmetics, YouTuber and DIYer extraordinaire IdunnGoddess walks us through the steps of fashioning custom lipstick that will not irritate the skin.

To create her lipstick, IdunnGoddess melts lip balm and powder eyeshadow together in the microwave. This approach is a brilliant opportunity for repurposing neglected shades, as well as for creating custom colors (like her pearlescent blue) not typically found in stores. It's also worth mentioning that though she breaks apart pressed shadows, loose pigments work equally well.

IdunnGoddess' alternative to crayon lipstick poses a much lower risk since all the products involved are intended for cosmetic purposes, but
we urge you to make sure that the eyeshadows are lip safe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) painstakingly regulates any color additives in cosmetics products, and certain additives are only approved for a specific use. For example, the FDA's website states that the color additive D&C Black No. 3 is approved for use in "eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, and face powder" but not for the lip area. If you have any doubts about using an eyeshadow to make lipstick, be sure to research the color thoroughly before proceeding.

Let us know what you think of this DIY project in the comments below, and tell us if you try it at home! For even more fun, don't forget to follow us on Instagram!

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