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Do It Yourself: Lip Balm Stain!

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I had some free time so I decided to do a little tutorial on making your own lip balm stain. This, in essence, would be similar to Benetint Lip balm, but a lot easier on the wallet! You can use whatever balm you have available, from Chapstick to Chicken Poop, anything will do. Also, a fun "green" alternative would be to use Burt's Bees Lip Balm and Organic Food Dye. Not only is this balm useful for lip stain purposes, but it is also great for moisturizing since you are using a balm you already love. Have fun experimenting with colors and mixtures... this is fairly easy, but you might make a bit of a mess in the kitchen if you aren't careful!

Things you'll need:
  • Microwave safe container with a spout, like a measuring cup
  • Plastic disposable cup for mixing
  • Toothpicks or other flat tool for mixing, I used a metal chopstick
  • Wilton Gel Icing Color or other Food Coloring (Red, or other colors if you'd like to mix)
  • Stick of Lip Balm, I used Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm in "Sweet Orange"
  • Microwave! Mine is 1200Watts, so timing may vary
  • Optional: Empty Lip Balm Pot Container
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First, start off by twisting the tube of lip balm all the way up and removing the balm from the tube. If your balm is very soft, like Blistex Complete Moisture, you might want to consider putting the mixture, when complete, into the optional pot container since it might not stay intact otherwise. But, that's up to you to decide later. For now, place the balm you just emptied into the microwave safe bowl/cup and microwave on high for 15 second intervals, until your balm has melted completely. This time will vary, mine took about 50 seconds, so be sure to keep an eye on the balm!

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Then, you wanna add your color. I used pure red, so I didn't have to worry about mixing colors, but you could add a little blue to make a berry stain that would be gorgeous as well! Just be sure to take a nice hefty amount. Remember: you want this to stain your lips, not just color them temporarily. Keep the amount in proportion to the amount of balm you have though... I had a decent amount of balm so I added about 1/4tsp. If you want a really dark stain, add more. If you want a light stain, add less... you know the drill.

Now, this is important, when you add the color if you are using a gel food dye like I used, pop that baby back into the microwave for an additional 10-15 seconds. This is important because the gel is harder to blend into the balm than liquid so you want to make sure it really melds into it. Remove from the microwave immediately and start stirring like you would with a whisk. Whip it up! While the balm is in liquid form, it will NOT blend directly with the food dye. Keep mixing as if you are trying to blend salad dressing.

You will notice the balm starting to harden up; this is your cue to pour the mixture into your original tube! Make sure you've twisted the tube back "down" so that it can be filled up! Pour away. If your mixture has hardened too much to pour, like mine did, then scoop it in. It doesn't have to be perfect! If you want a more streamlined final result, put it in the optional pot container or melt it down in the microwave if your original tube can handle it. Be careful while microwaving these products and be mindful. No metal or foil in the microwave, please! It might be kind of sloppy otherwise, so if you're nit-picky, feel free to smooth it over by slicing off the top or patting it down instead. I didn't bother.

Let the mixture set for about 15 minutes, then enjoy. Apply with a lip brush or q-tip, as this is sure to stain your fingers. Make sure you exfoliate your lips (warm washcloth, toothbrush and Vaseline -- pick your poison) prior to applying, as this will stick to and color any dry areas first! It will look like a matte lipstick on and then as it wears off you should be able to see how it has stained your lips nicely. The longer you let it sit, the more stained your lips will become. I took a quick pic for posting purposes:

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Hope you love it, and here's to a beautiful Tuesday!

Any questions or additional ideas, let me know!

7 comments:
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nilla cookie said...
April 29, 2008 at 2:45 PM  

very cool tutorial! But alas, sometimes it's just too much work for me.. it's more fun to buy it at the store!! ;)

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Nicole said...
April 29, 2008 at 7:44 PM  

Thanks Nilla :)

I know what you mean, do-it-yourself isn't for everyone. I somehow managed to do this all while wearing white capris! Don't ask me how I didn't wind up looking like I came from a slaughterhouse!

I wanted to try UD Lip Envy but I'm a little low on funds, so I figured I'd make my own!

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Beauty Tyrant said...
May 2, 2008 at 5:23 AM  

you are so patient!!

I gotta admit, that's really ingenious of you to whip up your own lip balm :)

Ps: Mentioned you in my weekly reads :)

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cybele said...
May 2, 2008 at 11:32 PM  

OMG, I never even thought of making my own stain. I hate the Benetint. that brush just doesn't make sense!

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Nicole said...
May 3, 2008 at 12:05 AM  

Thanks Beauty Tyrant :) It didn't really take that long to do overall! It maybe took about 15 minutes to do... gotta work fast because its melty and solidifying.

Cybele, you should definitely try it! I am not really a fan of the liquid lip stains myself, just because when applying, your bottom lip winds up more pigmented than your top lip because of gravity. At least if it has a little more sustenance, it will "grab on" to stain your top lip as well.

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The Minimalist said...
June 25, 2008 at 5:44 AM  

I have never heard of lip stain except for what's left over after an evening of drinking red wine!

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Tess said...
August 27, 2008 at 3:54 PM  

Thanks so much for this tutorial! You have no idea how long i've been looking for a nice lip color. and what better way to get the exact shade i want then to make it myself? I used blistex silk n' shine, which seemed to be a really good one, it mositurizes and has a lovely fruity scent. I had to use a pot for it though because the consistency was not solid enough to put back into the container. I mixed blue and red and ended up with a beautiful plummy berry color. its not dark at all, it just gives that purplish eatin' berries look. i absolutely love this.

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