Here's one of the best ways I know to fight winter doldrums – making make-up! A splash of bright color like this lip and cheek tint stick offers is just the thing for both on-the-go color and moisture injection.
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Let's get busy!
French RootsTo be perfectly honest, this started off as an Aroma Zone recipe – but that was yonks ago. I have made and tweaked it a few times by now, so it's probably not too terribly close to the original any more. (I'm a hopeless tweaker, what can I say?)
Even though there are quite a few ingredients in this recipe (my incessant tweaking), this particular combination has provided me with the perfect combo of moisturizing and color-staying power.
- Beaker (or other heatproof glass that you can pour from)
- Stirring rod
- Scale that can measure to a tenth of a gram
- Container(s) for your product
Ingredients ListThis amount will make 20 ml of product and fill a 17ml chunky-sized lip balm case and a 5ml container (pictured above)
- 1-4 grams Pigment - depending on desired strength of color (use micas for sheerer color and oxides for deeper color - less pigment for a tint, more for a lipstick)
- 3,6 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic Capric Triglycerides)
- 1,6 grams Beeswax
- 1,2 grams Carnauba Wax
- 6 grams Jojoba (can be replaced with fractionated coconut oil)
- 2,8 grams Coco Silicone (can be replaced with jojoba or fractionated coconut oil)
- 2,4 grams Shea Butter
- 1 drop Vitamin e
MethodWeigh out all of your ingredients so they are ready to add - you will need everything at the ready while you are working. Also, be sure your containers are open and right at hand as well.
- Cut the shea into small bits to aid and speed the melting process
- Have paper towel at hand to wipe up any spills
- Cover your work surface with wax paper for easy clean-up
Step 1Mix the pigments with 3,6 grams of fractionated coconut oil.
If you are using the max amount of pigment, the mixture will look like a 'pigment ball' when the oil is fully incorporated.
Step 2Add the 2 waxes and transfer your container to your heat source. Melt SLOWLY over VERY LOW heat while gently stirring.
Melting methods: you can either place a heatproof beaker directly on the heat source or heat in a container over a water bath. Either way, the mixture must be monitored constantly.
As soon as the waxes have melted, add the jojoba and coco silicone while continuing to stir.
Step 3Remove from heat and add shea butter - stir until fully dissolved.
Step 4Quickly transfer the mixture to your containers.
It stiffens quite quickly, so you will need to work uninterrupted (read: have your containers ready to be filled).
If the mixture stiffens in the beaker, reheat it very gently - stirring until it can again be poured.
If you check the picture below (and at the top), you can see on the surface that I had to reheat to get the final bit out of the beaker.
Below: a quick swatch of the color on my arm – this was just the rosy lip and cheek shade I was looking for!