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{September 26, 2013}   DIY Lipstick Recipe!
 We love DIY beauty goodies and lipstick in equal measure. After seeing DIY crayon lipstick recipes around the web, I decided it was time to put my own spin on it. Trying a few different formulas, perfected the concoction, and came up with eight must-have color combinations using a trusty 64-pack of Crayola Crayons. And yep, this recipe is pretty safe. Crayons are made mostly of paraffin (found in most lipsticks or chapsticks) and non-toxic, food-grade pigments for a reason—if a kid decides to eat a crayon, it shouldn’t do much damage beyond a stomachache. Better than lead, right?Follow along to make your favorite (or favorites—you’ll probably want to do this more than once). They’re amazing for inexpensive gifts, too.

You Will Need

• 1 whole crayon or a combo of one or more colors, equal to one crayon. You can do 1/2+1/2, or 1/3 of three different crayons, 1/3+2/3 and so on.
• 1/2 tsp shea butter, available at Whole Foods
• 1/2 tsp any type of oil (olive, almond, jojoba, coconut). We used argan.
• Heat source. We used a candle.
• Large metal ladle
• Small metal spoon
• Container with a lid, such as a small empty lip balm jar, small Altoids tin, empty contact lens case, etc.*

• A drop or two of essential oil (we used grapefruit) or extract (like vanilla or almond) for scent
• Glitter, for sparkle! We used Lit Glitter in Liberace S2 in one of our combos


1: Choose your colors! You can pick one shade you like or mix it up to a desired shade. (For this how-to, I picked Gold + Red Violet and added some Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Liberace S2.)

2: Remove the paper wrapping from the crayons.

3: Put your oil and shea butter, plus a drop or two of essential oil if using, in the ladle first.

4: Add your crayon(s). If using just one single color, break it into pieces so that it melts more easily. If you’re mixing colors, you want roughly one crayon worth total (half + half, 1 /3 + 2 /3 and so on).

5: Hover the ladle over a lit candle (about 3 inches away from the flame) and carefully add in your ingredients.

4: Crayons will begin to melt in about 30 seconds. As it melts, slowly stir until all ingredients using a metal spoon. Make sure all ingredients are mixed together.

5: Remove ladle from heat.

6: If adding glitter, stir it in right after you remove ladle from the heat.

7: Using your spoon, pour the mixture into your container. Do this this extremely carefully, as the mixture will be very hot!

8: Let it cool in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

You can control the intensity of the finished product from more sheer to full-coverage. Apply it with your fingers for a tinted lip balm look, or use a brush and layer, layer, layer, for an opaque color.

*You can also do this over a stove top, using a double-boiler, instead of a ladle and candle flame.

**If you prefer yours in stick form, you can also buy any cheap lip balm in a tube. First, empty it. To do that, twist so that the entire stick of balm is dispensed, and pull off the product. Then twist the tube all the way back to the down position. When you get to step 7, use a metal funnel (will be hard to aim without this) and pour your mixture into the tube. Cool in the fridge, and you’re done!

7 Must-Have Colors!

The best part is experimenting with color! With a 64-pack of Crayolas, I mixed several custom shades. Here are our favorite combos I came up with!

(pictured top, in how-to): 1 part Gold + 2 parts Red Violet + Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Liberace S2
(above, left, on model): 1 part Melon + 1 part Magenta
(in compact, clockwise from top left): Sea Green + Turquoise Blue, Red Orange + Wild Strawberry, Wisteria + Mauvelous, Bittersweet + Peach, Silver + Violet, Magenta + Melon. Each of these was a 1:1 ratio.

One final idea: pour your crayon lipstick into a locket! Have you tried DIY lipstick of any sort? Show and tell in the comments!


The no makeup policy. Say what? It’s sad to think about, but some people are restricted from wearing makeup at work or school; such rules exist at some private schools, military posts, hospitals, medical facilities, and even restaurants. On the plus side, going naked from the neck up saves time in the morning! But for a lot of us, there are also those days when the idea of full-frontal facial exposure would be (almost) reason enough to fake a sick day. Even if you have to go bare day to day, you can still bend the rules … at least a little. Here are some tips to achieve an easy, natural look—also perfect for those who want a break from an all-done-up routine. 

Creamy, Natural Skin Secrets

Stay away from dry and powdery makeup because it can look cakey. BB cream will give you a dewy finish and help camouflage redness and enlarged pores; I recommend Too Faced Beauty Balm. For a creamy natural-looking complexion, you can also mix foundation with a daily moisturizer and blend it into you face. Imperfections won’t completely disappear, but you’ll be left with a radiant glow that looks anything but phony.

Barely-There Eye Enhancers

Because shadows and liners are a dead giveaway, these lash tricks are something every beauty sleuth ought to know. If you want darker lashes, apply a light coat of brown mascara after using a curler (like the Billy B Beauty Eyelash Curler). This helps to open up and spread the lashes. To add depth and shine to a bare eye, dab a small amount of Vaseline (or a petroleum-free balm like this shea butter–based version from Sula) onto clean lashes—it will also moisturize the follicles and promote growth.

The Subtlest Brow Tamers

Well-groomed brows are the first step toward a great face. But unless your name is Cara Delevingne, you’re going to need a little help filling in the blanks. Forget the precarious pencil—we love the Tinted Brow Gel from Anastasia. The mascara-like formula tints the brow hairs rather than the skin, and even helps keep strays in place. An old tube of clear mascara is a good solution for taming brows, too. 

The No-Blush Cheek Flush

Even though our cheeks take up the most space on our face, they are one of the less conspicuous places to add a little color—emphasis on little. Stay away from red and fuschia blushes and stick to a brush-on bronzer for an instant authentic glow. For the most natural look use a no-fuss pressed powder formula that’s a couple of shades darker than your skin tone. Hoping for something more rosy? Try a sheer, balmy cream like Korres Cheek Butter for a controllable, dewy flush. It leaves your skin with that fresh-from-the-gym wash of color. 

The Sheerest Long-Lasting Lip

When pretending to go au naturale on the face, the last thing you want is for lipstick to give you away. The secret to a fabulous natural-looking pout is a stain with a light tint (I like Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain). So save your mattes, shimmers, and semi glosses for another day! A stain will last for hours, and if you really want an understated shine that no one will question, top it with chapstick. To even and define the mouth, find a lip liner that matches your natural lip color.

makeupYellow recalls the sun, that great disk of fire high in the sky, and that terrible heat of life-giver. Yellow then, makes a forceful statement, suggesting energy and power. It represents the generation of life and the continuity of a new day rising. Gold’s associations are primeval too and it has long been regarded as our most precious metal; turning base metal into gold was the goal of every alchemist. The colour conjures up images of Pre-Columbian artifacts and Egyptian sculptures, along with the worship of the sun and desire for the attainment of the heavens and the gods. These colours are powerful and ancient.

The Sun:

Sunlight provides us with our main source of vitamin D, which promotes calcium absorption, maintains a healthy nervous system, and boots the immune system. Just ten minutes of exposure each day will supply us with all the vitamin D we need.

The sun can actually alter moods chemically and even prevent depression. The onset of spring gives thousands of people relief from “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or SAD. This condition is caused by suppression of the powerful neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain and is experienced that are deprived of sunlight during the dreary winter months.

Sunlight stimulates the pineal gland-a tiny pea-sized organ found in the base of the brain. The pineal gland produces certain types of chemicals called “tryptamines.” One type of tryptamine, melatonin, keeps our body clock aware of night and day and the changing seasons. This is some doctors suggest melatonin supplements to beat jet lag

In stained glass, yellow represents the sun and the treasure of heaven.

If You Like Yellow and Gold:

Lovers of yellow can be highly imaginative, idealistic, creative, and artistic. They are often concerned with the spiritual side of life, They tend to be perfectionists, but love challenges. They make reliable friends and have sunny dispositions. Gold lovers like to be showered with attention and are often egotistical, not liking to be second best. They can be generous, but may be shy, appearing a little aloof. They tend to spend more time talking than doing. They may be impatient with others ideas if they seem less thought out than their own. If you like yellows and golds, use them in expected places like nails or cheeks. Gold shimmer on the cheekbones, eyes, or lips will give you a glamorous look and draw attention to your features.


If You Dislike Yellow and Gold:

People who are not fans of these colours are usually realists. Practical and probably critical of others who are not. They usually thrive on deadlines and detail, and need a signature on the dotted line. Not much for experimentation, they prefer the tired and tested method of doing things.

Fun Facts about Yellow and Golds:

Yellow enhances concentration and is considered an optimistic colour.

Yellow isnt just for sunny summer. Because yellow is the ultimate statement of cheer, its the perfect antidote for a drab winter day. Pick warm, butter shades, or else try yellows that remind you of harvest sunsets and the burnt yellow leaves of autumn.

Dust a scented metallic shimmer on the shoulders and arms and spice up neutral lips and eyes by adding clear gold gloss on top for a little holiday like gold.

Yellow and Golds reflect light, which is why they are so often used to highlight skin and hair colour.

Use shades of gold to accent areas of the face and neck

Pale lemon or canary yellow, can actually look quite lovely on the eyes.





Energizing and reinvigorating colours, oranges and corals are daring and upfront. Just seeing these shades lifts and lightens the mood. Influential and independent people are said to be the strongest advocates of orange, perhaps because they are more secure in indulging offbeat tastes. Orange is known as a favorite of the design-conscious and self-motivated. The colour makes us think of the sun and warmth, the glow of embers in a fire, and autumn leaves. Orange is a colour you can taste. The citrus bursts into your mouth and awakens the senses. Vitamin C, the main vitamin associated with oranges being infused into skincare and anti-aging creams are increasing daily, proving how full of vitality orange can truly be.


Oranges and corals really zing against the skin,but do choose hues that work with your skin tone. Darker skins can take deep saturated corals on the cheeks or lips, but pale skins need a sheer shade that gives just a hint of colour. Consider the density of the colour you are using, whether it is sheer or opaque. Translucent oranges can be worked in layers over bare skin to create a luminous glow, while rich shades can be combined with golds for an intense and vibrant feel.

Orange is a colour for all seasons. A bright and shimmery coral is undeniably better in summer and spring, while deep, gold-accented orange seems right when the temperature drops. Spring is the perfect time of the year for peach cheeks and lips. Think of cinnamon-orange for lip colour in winter and zesty citruses in the hot months.

Experiment with orange eyes and cheeks, or cheeks and lips, but dont match up the whole look. A coral blush,brushed on the apples of the cheeks, combined with a wash of clear orange eyeshadow, will prettify the face(yes i said prettify lol).

Combine corals and orange shades with nudes and neutrals for a natural look. Wearing such strong colours requires that you tone down the overall look a little to give it some subtlety. The orange will also lift the neutrals a little.

Tan hands and feet look great with orange nail polish. It makes a fresh change from reds and pinks and works especially well on toes when worn with a pair of slinky gold stilettos. To liven it up, add a coat of pale-colored shimmer or gold glitter over deep coral polish to make your fingers and toes sparkle.

Fun Facts: Orange is the colour of love and happiness to the Chinese and Japanese, while the orange robes of Buddhist monks represent humility

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange”-Vincent Van Gogh

Orange notes warmth and wholesomeness, and it has a broad appeal.

It says you are willing to take chances,so its a good colour to wear when you’re meeting new people

Orange and coral shades are fresh and vital colours, and stimulate energy so they work especially well when combined with active wear

Ambers and burnt oranges are warming and wintry in feel; wear them when you want to kindle deep passions over a candlelight dinner

Orange lets others know you are discerning and one-of-a-kind(think about how do your forget someone wearing a bright loud colour)


IF YOU LIKE ORANGE AND CORAL: Orange and coral are a combo of red and yellow,so they take on many of the characteristics of both colours. With the physical force of red, the colours are vibrant and warm, but less intense,less passionate. Lovers of these colours work hard, but spend their leisure time seeking adventure. Very good-nature, sociable, and extroverted, they are known as the life of the life of the party. They can be fickle and can make undependable mates-they are always looking for new worlds to conquer. If you prefer peach tones, you have all of the same traits as the orange-loving person, but you are much less assertive about it. If you love orange, indulge your colour craving in a peachy blush or a coral eyeshadow.

IF YOU DISLIKE ORANGE AND CORAL: Life is not always a happy affair for those who reject orange and coral. Nothing dramatic appeals to them, and they shy away from too much showing off, loud laughter, and overzealous partying. If you are one of these types, you may be a loner but also more loyal than, and not as fickle as, an orange-lover

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