How to Melt Lipstick: Make Cute DIY Lipsticks For Yourself or as Gifts

by ModaMob
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1 Hour

Have some old or broken makeup lying around? Instead of trashing them, you can upcycle them and make a lovely DIY lipstick! In this tutorial, we will show you how to melt lipstick to create new lipsticks and different shades.

This is an amazing DIY for yourself or even a great gift idea for birthdays or as stocking stuffers for the holidays!

Tools and materials:

  • Old lipsticks
  • Mixing bowl - microwave friendly
  • Microwave
  • Small containers
  • Spoon
  • Box or Christmas greeting card
  • Glue
Selecting lipsticks to melt

1. Choose your lipsticks

Choose what lipsticks you want to melt. We suggest using a few from the same shade. Here, we chose three lipsticks with a pink/purple shade. You don’t need to use three shades; you can use two or even one.

DIY make your own lipstick

2. Melt the lipsticks

Here’s the cool part, let’s show you how to melt and mix the lipstick! First, cut your lipstick and place it into a microwaveable bowl. 

How to melt and mix lipstick

Now, head on over to your microwave and let it run for 15-30 seconds. Everyone’s microwave is different so it may take longer. This is what it should look like. 

DIY lipstick out of old melted lipsticks

Then, mix the melted lipstick to get that pretty awesome shade! 

Pouring the melted lipstick into a container

3. Pour into a container

We got these cute lipstick containers off Amazon. Simply transfer the mixture to the container using a spoon. 

Letting the DIY lipstick harden overnight

Now, let it dry and harden up overnight. 

DIY lipstick applied on the hand

Here’s how the DIY lipstick looks once it’s dried!

DIY lipstick as a Christmas gift idea

Gift ideas

So, let’s talk about gift ideas! As mentioned, this DIY make-your-own lipstick project is a fantastic gift idea for the holidays! You can make it a stocking stuffer or add it to a gift.

You can glue it to a Christmas greeting card, as shown. Then, attach the card to your gift. This definitely gives an extra touch!

Or, you could melt and mix a selection of colors and make a whole DIY lipstick palette!

How to melt lipstick into palette

How to melt lipstick tutorial

Now that you know how to melt lipstick, you can make a bunch of these in all shades and colors. Your friends and family will surely appreciate this wonderful DIY lipstick! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Old lipsticks
  • Mixing bowl - microwave friendly
  • Microwave
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  • Kimberly Powell Kimberly Powell on Nov 27, 2021

    While it is a cute idea for yourself , gifting someone a mix of lipsticks that your mouth has been all over is really gross. Never share makeup or brushes and it is recommended to toss your lipstick max after two years . It can cause irritation and inflammation and maybe cold sores - ewww.

    • Christie Decker Christie Decker on Nov 27, 2021

      I was thinking the same thing. I wouldn't want someone else's old lipsticks gifted to me for sure.

  • William William on Dec 27, 2021

    Agreed. But it's a great idea if you want a color change for yourself. Marshall's usually has various lipsticks that you can buy in a quad or more. Would be a good regift then.