How to Easily Make Your Own Fun Lipsticks by Melting & Mixing Colors

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
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5 Minutes

In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to make your own lipstick colors by melting and mixing lipsticks together. As a makeup artist, I work on many different faces for many reasons, and I’m consistently mixing different lip shades together to get the right tone.

I’m going to show you how I make some of my favorite combos. I want to make some really nice coral tones and also some really nice nudes.

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Tools and materials:

  • Candle 
  • Metal spoon with a long handle
  • Empty palette
  • Lipsticks
  • Spatula
  • Labels
  • Pen
How to mix lipsticks

1. Mix the colors over a flame

Start by lighting your candle. I’m going to make a coral tone, so I’ve taken quite a big chunk of pink lipstick and a little bit less of a red one. The red will overpower the pink, which is why I’m using less of it, but I want something in between these two shades.

You need to put both colors onto a spoon and then suspend the spoon above the candle. The spoon should not touch the flame. Then, use your spatula to mix the tones together completely. 

Mixing lipstick together to create new colors

2. Pour into a palette

Once the lipstick is completely mixed, I pour it into my palette. 

Make your own lipstick color

3. Label the lipsticks

In case I want to make this color again in the future, I’m going to need to know which shades I’ve used. I noted them on a piece of paper, and I’m going to use some scotch tape and stick that on the back of the palette.

You can, however, just rename the color and give it a really cool funky name!

How to melt and mix lipstick

More colors and tips

Tip 1 - Stick with the same finish

It can be really hard to find the perfect nude. You’ll see it on Instagram on someone else and think that it’s beautiful, but then you’ll buy it for yourself, but it isn’t you. So why not make your own?

The beauty about melting lipsticks is that while it’s in that melting stage, if you feel that it’s still not quite right and it needs to be a little bit darker or a little bit lighter, then you can just add in another lipstick shade. You also don’t have to stick to just two.

What you do need to bear in mind is the lipstick finishes e.g. frost finishes, matte finishes, cream sheen etc. Try to stick with the same finishes if possible.

For instance, matte and frost don’t tend to blend very well, and you can get separation when they are combined. It’s not too bad with a matte and a cream sheen, and matte and creamy matte work really well, but generally speaking, I tend to stick with the same finishes.

How to mix lipstick colors

Tip 2 - Don’t worry about the consistency

You don’t need to worry about this process ruining the consistency of your lipstick. Provided that you’re mindful of the finishes that you’re putting together, you won’t have any issues. 

How to mix two lipsticks together

Tip 3 - Test the colors first

I’d advise testing the color combos on the back of your hand first before you mix them together and realize you don’t like it.

How to make your own matte lipstick colors

Tip 4 - What to do about very matte lipsticks

If some of your lipsticks are very, very matte and you would like them to be a little more emollient, you can add a tiny bit of vaseline to your spoon while they’re melting. Then, just mix the entire concoction together, and that will give you a slightly creamier texture.

How to make your own pastel lipstick colors

Tip 5 - Try out a pastel tone

If you want to get more creative, you can purchase white lipstick and make some pastel tones. I have a pink lipstick that is one of my favorite colors, but I’d also like a lighter version of it, and that way, I can choose whether I want to go with the dark pink or the light pink.

How to make your own lipstick color palette

How to make your own lipstick colors

That is my quick and easy method for how to create your own lipstick shades. It is so straightforward, and you really don’t have to be a makeup artist to have a go. I hope you’ll try this DIY out and come up with some exciting new shades that you’ll love to wear.

Suggested materials:
  • Candle
  • Metal spoon with a long handle
  • Empty palette
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  • Dms103989667 Dms103989667 on Jun 23, 2024

    This is lame. Lipsticks can be expensive. Blend them on your lips for no waste. I will use up to 5 at a time.

    • Vicki Bushert Vicki Bushert on Jun 27, 2024

      I do the kind of mixing the article mentions with the bit of lipstick left in the tube when its mostly used up. Also there are times i am looking for a lipstick that just a bit more pink or taupe etc. if you have colors that are close but not perfect then this method can let you make your own with colors you already have.

      its like mixing 2 almost finished nail polish together, i hate when you cant get the last 1/4 of a bottle because the brush isnt ling enough. Lol

  • Michelle Rondeau Michelle Rondeau on Jun 23, 2024

    I’ve been doing this for years but I melt in the microwave and use a cotton swab or lipstick brush to apply. Sometimes I add petrolium jelly or lip balm for texture and/or smoothness.