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Once again the Kardashians revolutionalized the industry; this time the baby of them all was calling the shots. Kylie’s lips were a trend that roamed the internet for a pretty long time, in terms of ‘internet years’. And with this came the matte lipstick, which began the rise of a thousand other brands. But lips are a delicate matter and finding the perfect shade for you is not like finding a signature look or perfume. This changes depending on the mood, the event, the outfit or just cause you have two different shades in the bag at a time. But what if you could find that perfect lip balm or lipstick for a while? What if you could have your very own custom made lip balm? I have chapped lips most of the time and with the winter season breezing in, I can only imagine how much worse it is going to get. After a hustle around, and a lot of pinning online, I found a DIY solution for me. And why not? DIY lipsticks and balms have been going on for years, it’s just now that the need for it has risen. Well, let’s cook!
Commercial brandsIt’s common knowledge that most commercial lipsticks have metals such as cadmium, aluminum, manganese, lead and chromium. If you didn’t know, you’re welcome! And this is normal to people. Despite knowing the dangers of metals, we still find ourselves with 5-10 different brands, half of which ends up in your gut anyway. If you up for a change, now is the time. I mean, you want something delicious and nutritious on your lips, right? Lipsticks are made up of oils that keep the lips supple and looking healthy, while hue is the coloring that makes it pop. There are obviously different ingredients that are used to achieve this, depending on your needs. There are however those outstanding ones that can be found in most recipes. For the oils, most people will opt to use one of the following ingredients; coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oils or candelilla wax. Due to their permeability properties, they offer maximum retention of water in this part of the body, therefore giving it that glossy look. As a supplement for scent and color, add-ins there are separate but natural ingredients in play. The whole essence of DIY lipsticks is to avoid smearing an iron factory onto our delicate babies. For some of you, this could be your livelihood, I mean look at Kylie. There are different hues, but these are the most common ones:
- Tan, brown hues; that can be achieved with cocoa powder, cinnamon or turmeric
- Red hues; that can be obtained from beet root powder and natural red food coloring. This is to be added slowly as just one hint can be the difference between sexy red and an open wound red.
- Matte texture; the latest trend can be achieved with bentonite clay with any other color.
- Scent; here you can choose from any essential oil of your preference.
An effective and fast way
- 1/4 tsp candelilla wax
- 1 tsp cocoa butter
- 1 tsp jojoba oil
- 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops of sweet orange essential oil