Homemade Lip Gloss Recipes

March 25, 2010

lip gloss puddle and applicatorThis is a make up tip. You can purchase a little plastic container in the sample/travel section of your favorite grocery or drug store (cost about 99 cents) and then put the last bit of your lipstick in it with some Vaseline. Scoop out the last bit of lipstick from the tube and mix it with the Vaseline in the plastic container and boom! You have lip gloss in a favorite shade.


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December 14, 2011

To make chocolate gloss, use equal parts of shortening and Vaseline. Melt in your microwave using only short increments of time as not to overheat. Heat only until melted. You can also do this in a double boiler. Then stir in cocoa powder to taste.


March 17, 2009

My daughter is 5 years old and loves all of the sparkly and colorful lip glosses that come in cute cases with her favorite characters on them. The problem is that these glosses are terrible for her lips! They are very low quality and drying to her lips.


December 9, 2005

Mix all ingredients together and heat in the microwave until it begins to boil (usually 1-2 minutes). Stir well, mash the berries, and let stand 5 minutes. Strain the mixture to remove pieces of cranberry.


October 15, 2004

If you melt a chunk of lipstick (or two) and petroleum jelly you can make a really nice lip gloss that moisturizes your lips. Mallory D


July 20, 2010

This is a fun project for little girls to make.

jar of lipgloss


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September 10, 2003

How do you make lip gloss out of Koolaid?


September 16, 20030 found this helpful

A quick search of the Internet found these recipes and instructions.

From Creative Kids at Home


How to make Lip Gloss

Vegetable shortening, honey, unsweetened drink mix (eg. Kool-Aid), hot water

Use a small bowl to mix 1 tablespoon of the solid vegetable shortening and 1 teaspoon of honey. In a separate bowl, mix the drink mix and 1/4 teaspoon of hot water until it is dissolved. Stir in as much of the drink mix as possible. The actual amount will depend on the temperature of water. The more you can dissolve, the stronger the flavour will be.

You can choose the color and flavor of you lip gloss by the type of drink mix you use.

Add one drop of the water mixture to the shortening/honey base. Stir well. Repeat until you get the color/flavor combination you want. Pour into a clean container or old lip gloss pot.

Store in the refrigerator. Keeps for 3 days, but it tastes so good that you will use it up very fast!


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2 Tablespoons solid shortening (Crisco)
1 Tablespoon Kool-Aid drink mix (dry kind with sugar)

Mix the solid shortening together with the drink mix, microwave until mixture is melted, pour into a small container, and set in the regrigerator for 30-40 minutes.

Congratulation you have just made shiny lip gloss for just pennies on the dollar.

Hope this helps!


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October 6, 20030 found this helpful

This recipe isn't made with Koolaid but sounded good:

Chocolate Lip Gloss

1 1/2 tsp cocoa butter
1/2 tsp. Coconut butter
1/8 tsp. Vitamin E oil


3 small chocolate chips

Use double boiler or microwave. Heat the cocoa butter, coconut butter, & Vitamin E oil until melted. Stir in the chocolate chips. Stir until chips are melted and mixture well blended. Pour Mixture into a small decorative pot or holder. Cool 10 to 15 minutes Not to eat.

By Cathy Goodman (Guest Post)
August 4, 20040 found this helpful

I have used this recipe to make tinted and/or flavored lip balms/glosses. You can vary the ratios to your own preference.

1 teaspoon beeswax/parafin wax
1 teaspoon petroleum jelly
A few drops candy flavoring, presweetened kool-aid mix, or mint flavoring.

Heat each separately over the stove (med/low heat),
Combine wax and petroleum jelly, blend well, remove from heat and add flavor/coloring.
I also add a drop or 2 from a vitamin E capsule at a time.


After it cools check it for the right consistency. If it's too hard remelt and add more Pet. Jelly. Too runny, add more wax.
Do you have a lipstick that you can't use because it is too dark. You can add a few slivers of that lipstick to the hot mixture. This gives the lipbalm a soft tint.

I usually quadruple this recipe to make it worth the time.

The tiny gourmet jelly jars that come in gift baskets are great containers, so are the really tiny "Altoid tins"
Use care if doing this with kids - Petroleum jelly is flammable

By Nikki (Guest Post)
August 12, 20040 found this helpful

OMG! It worked so well. You rock! It's like awesome. And I had all the supplies. Other sites said I need beeswax, coco butter and other stuff. I thought it was called Homemade Lip Gloss.


Not go out and buy everything Lip Gloss. Anyway, thanks soooooo much, my friend loved the set of lip glosses I gave her for her birthday.

By Lauren (Guest Post)
December 17, 20040 found this helpful

hiya! Another way to make ligloss is to recycle old lipsticks by mixing in with pet. jelly

By jeannie (Guest Post)
October 29, 20050 found this helpful

u take vaseline and then u take a colored lipstick or eyeshadow and put it in there.
i know a specific recipe.

u put the vaseline in a bowl.
then u put put the colored eyeshadow or lipstick in.
then u squeeze sum strawberry juice out and mix it. then use it! bye

By Megan (Guest Post)
November 4, 20050 found this helpful

Hey I am starting this club with my friend and I need ideas for stuff to sell~ any ideas?- thx megan

By Sammi (Guest Post)
April 1, 20060 found this helpful

Don't use the crisco shortening--it turns out very grainy. Try something like melting old lipstick, adding vitamin E, and add flavoring.

By Alyssa (Guest Post)
January 17, 20070 found this helpful

This recipe was so nice!! My friends loved the lipgloss I made. Good job people! Emily says hi!

By Casey<3. (Guest Post)
February 5, 20080 found this helpful

If you melt vaseline in a microwavable bowl, and then mix it with kool-aid mix, its really easy.

By friend (Guest Post)
April 19, 20080 found this helpful

Well hon, it is best to use a tablespoon of petroleum jelly, kool aid mix, and a bit of honey. It works for me!

Oh yeah, and you can use a 35 mm film roller case thingy to keep it in! HOPE I HELPED! --Renee Johnson, Fabulous Fashionstas CEO

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August 16, 20080 found this helpful

Equal parts lipstick, petroleum jelly and a drop or two of essential oils. Put them in a container and microwave it for one minute and thirty seconds, then mix it and let it set to solidify. A great mix.

By Erica (Guest Post)
October 18, 20080 found this helpful

That was so much fun! We put it in the freezer so it would get done faster. IT WORKED! Only, I tripped over the dog when I was going to put it in the freezer, and I lost like half of the stuff. lolz

By Jessica (Guest Post)
February 16, 20090 found this helpful

I need some ideas for containers to use. Making lip gloss for my daughter's sleepover and don't know what the girls can use for containers!

June 16, 20090 found this helpful

I did this with my kids and it worked. Check out my bog to see a picture.

Try mixing a tiny bit of water with the Kool Aid and then mixing it into the vaseline. It's not going to look "store bought" or anything, but it works!

January 11, 20130 found this helpful

Crisco shortening and honey mixed together. Crisco is better than vaseline, and it is good for skin too!

Blessings, Robyn

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November 20, 2010

I am making my own lip gloss. Some of the recipes on this site include honey as an ingredient. I'm allergic to honey so is there a substitute I can use? Or do I need it at all? Thanks.

By Brittany H from Pittsburgh, PA


November 21, 20100 found this helpful

You don't HAVE to use honey in lip balm. But if your recipe calls for it, I don't know what would be a good substitute. I made lip balm with honey once, and had a problem with separation -- apparently it had to do with the temperature.

Here is a link to some recipes at Magestic Mountain Sage. I've ordered supplies from them before (both packaging and ingredients). In particular, read the last one (Make Your Own Lip Balm). They give proportions for beeswax and different oils. They also have recipes for lip balms that don't use honey. If you have questions, you can e-mail them. That's how I found out what went wrong with the honey lip balm.

Best of luck with the lip balms! They can be a lot of fun to make and share!

November 22, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks! I will try some soon and see if they will work for my science fair project!

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September 8, 2007

Does anybody remember a recipe for lip stain made from Jello?

I read about it in a magazine somewhere and can't find the recipe.

I even emailed the Jello website, but haven't heard back from them.


smoochie from Houston, TX


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September 8, 20070 found this helpful

Yes. I saw that tip too. All you do is dip your finger in the jello & apply it to your lips & they will stain - it said cherry for red lips & watermelon for pink - I haven't tried it, but I thought it sounded interesting too.

September 9, 20070 found this helpful

I've seen that recipe before, too! I'm pretty sure that you melt vaseline and add the jello powder to get right color/consistency. You can store it in little pill dispensers or paint pots.

September 12, 20070 found this helpful

Hello I read something just this month. They said the models use a lightly dampened q tip with water into not jello but kool aid. Strawberry was the most used. They said it strains the lips for an all day event without losing any color.

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September 15, 20070 found this helpful

This tip was in a recent "first" magazine. Wet the end of a q-tip with water and dip lightly in jello and apply to lips(the magazine stated strawberry-but I am sure you could use cherry for darker stain, peach for lighter stain, ect.). I use this and apply a light gloss.

September 21, 20070 found this helpful

I tried it, and was pretty disappointed. I got a little better result when I mixed enough water in with the jello to make a paste, but it barely changed the color at all. I even got the black cherry kind (which is dark!) to try it with. Maybe koolaid works better?

By guest (Guest Post)
September 29, 20070 found this helpful

Try gel food color in a small plastic bottle from a candy-making or baking area of a cooking store. (I have found that Jello and KoolAid lip stains were too acidic for my skin.) There are many colors (light pink to maroon) to choose from, the color lasts a long time, and the bottles snap shut tightly. To apply wet your lips and dip a Qtip into the bottle.

March 5, 20220 found this helpful

Correct! I do this all the time and it works really well.

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October 2, 2008

Does anyone have a recipe for a lip STAIN? Thank you!



By LYNDA (Guest Post)
October 4, 20080 found this helpful

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
is best.

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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October 4, 20080 found this helpful

I can think of jello & kool-aid which will definitely stain! Plus you get a good color assortment!

Spaghetti sauce for orange.


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October 13, 20080 found this helpful

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!


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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

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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.

Best Regards,


By Happy Owl (Guest Post)
November 13, 20080 found this helpful

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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August 26, 2010

How do you make semi permanent lip stain?

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August 27, 20100 found this helpful

I saw a recipe for lip balm made out of crisco and honey and whatever color of koolaid type powder you desired to use...I have heard it is great, when I make mine, I keep the color out of it and just use the honey crisco mix, but in the colder months, I just keep a little tiny jar of coconut oil in the bathroom and put that on my lips all the time. The honey crisco recipe is great though, and it is carry-able in your purse, the coconut oil will lose its solidity if it gets too warm.



September 15, 20100 found this helpful

Use a non-toxic child's marker. Mix a brown/red or pink. Use a gloss over the top if desired.

November 17, 20100 found this helpful

Koolaid powder mixed in Vaseline or just wet it down and rub it on, it can be bold so watch out! Or take a minute to enjoy a red popsicle. It will give a nice flush to your lips. Just think about when you were a kid and would have stained lips from one!

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October 2, 2012

Is food coloring a good thing to use when trying to color lip gloss or should I use Kool-aid packets?

By luelue

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January 7, 2021

Yup you read it right. I'm going to show you how to make lipgloss out of crayons! It's really fun and easy, and it's interesting to try different crazy colors and see which is your favorite.

DIY Crayon Lipgloss - lipgloss on the back of her hand


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December 4, 2009

I like lip gloss from a certain store, but recently the prices there are huge, and the items are small. I thought it might be fun to try and make my own. Any recipes? I really appreciate it thanks.


July 20, 2010

I would like to know how to make lip gloss?


July 16, 2009

How do you make homemade lip gloss?


January 16, 2008

A good frugal gift idea is to mix three tablespoons all vegetable shortening and a package of Kool-Aid and microwave for one minute.


December 13, 2006

Mix solid shortening with drink mix, place in microwave until mixture is melted.


November 20, 2010

Make Your Own Lip Gloss. You can make your own lip gloss for a fraction of what you would normally spend on make up. Take some Vaseline and mix in the right amount of food coloring. . .


March 25, 2010

When your lipstick is running low, transfer it to a small container and add vaseline to it. You then have instant lipgloss which also acts as a lubricant for lips.

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