Whatever you do, DO NOT use any "colored" henna on your lips. These aren't really henna they're just hair dye chemicals which are labeled as henna or contain some henna extract. Lynda meant henna as in natural henna, which you can buy off the internet in powder form. Just make sure that it is 100% henna and generally the fresher the powder the nicer the color.
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Lynda, you mentioned that your grandmother used henna as a base for her lip stain, but I don't know what color henna to buy. Would you let me know, please? The recipes sounds like a winner and I'd love to try it.
Thank you so much for these very unusual and just wonderful recipes! How wise your grandmother is and so frugal. I guess it just goes to show that a person will make do with whatever they have and she's genius!
One question though: what color henna do I buy? I used to use it on my hair and I know it comes in several colors, including clear. I don't think you meant 'clear', but maybe you did.
Would you mind letting me know what color henna to use, or what color henna you use?
Thank you so much!
I can think of jello & kool-aid which will definitely stain! Plus you get a good color assortment!
Spaghetti sauce for orange.
My grandmother during the great depression used to stain her lips with one thing or another. Beet juice, red crepe-paper, map colors, and when she could get it, henna mixed with extra strong tea/coffee or blueberry juice, but the color from henna alone was more orange and whatever mixture you choose with henna must stay on for 12 hours without licking, wetting, or wiping.
It is mixed with a small amount of olive oil and hot water, allowed to sit for about 1/2 hr. Before first application. Add Vaseline to the areas of skin surrounding the lips to prevent smearing prior to application, and check often. Do not lick or swallow henna mixture while staining skin.
Beet juice is more burgundy. Blueberries adds blue. If the henna is too orange. As any of it wears off, it looks even more natural. To remove, use strong clarifying shampoo and light scrubbing, adding Vaseline after clean overnight before returning to lipstick.
One factor that must be considered, just as with hair coloring is that all lips do not start the same color, so if you have darker pigmented lips, you will not likely need to do much at all, benefiting more from beet juice alone.
If you have light pigmented lips, follow the directions i mentioned. Henna alone works best for fair or red haired women. You may have to experiment several days to see which
Tip: remember to make notes as to exactly how you came up with the color you like most because later on, you may forget it and not be able to get it just right again.
When longest time is up, gently wipe with dry paper towel, then damp, then wet paper towels. Blotting to dry. Do not rub or use lip balm/oils/chap stick. It will wear off according to how much you lick and scrape your lips with your teeth and how strong your face skin cleanser. I would use no soaps, oils, lotions, etc. On the lip when stained with henna and strong tea/coffee until you are familiar as to how long it is lasting. It's much like sunless tanning.
Any leftover mixture can be frozen in a covered Styrofoam cup and thawed out as needed later. God bless and help you. : )
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