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Recipe: DIY Lip Stain

A natural humectant, glycerin makes a lovely base for this lip stain. It will hold in moisture and give your lip stain lasting color and shine. Customize the hue using a range of richly colored pigment powders.

Color Suggestions:

    • Warm Red: ½ tsp. americana red oxide
    • Cool/Berry Red: ⅛ tsp. americana red oxide, ½ tsp plus ⅛ tsp purple pigment
    • Mauve: ¾ tsp purple, scant ⅛ tsp. yellow oxide
    • Cool, Light Pink: ⅛ tsp. americana red oxide, ¼ tsp purple pigment powder, scant ⅛ tsp white oxide for oil
    • Muted Coral: ¾ tsp. yellow oxide, scant ⅛ tsp. americana red oxide


    • Gloves
    • Apron
    • Dust mask
    • (Though pigments are safe and non-toxic, they can stain clothes and hands. A mask is also helpful to prevent accidental inhalation of powders.)
    • Wax paper
    • 2 oz amber glass bottle


  • 1 tsp. glycerin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. distilled water
  • Approx 3/4 tsp. pigment powders of choice (The sampler pack is ideal for the best color variety, and contains enough of each color to create multiple batches of lip stain or other makeup).


  1. Determine your desired color by mixing pigment combinations in very small amounts.
  2. Once you have decided on a color combination, measure the full ¾ tsp. of pigments and mix together carefully on wax paper using a clean spoon.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add glycerin to water and whisk until dissolved.
  4. Pour the pigments from the wax paper into the mixing bowl and whisk until fully incorporated.
  5. Pour mixture into amber jar or other container of choice.

How To Use:

Wait a day before using to let colors fully blend. Apply with a lip brush or q-tip.

Troubleshooting Tips:

    • The iron oxides, red, brown and yellow, are very strongly pigmented and will easily overpower other pigments. Start with a small amount at a time and gradually add more if needed.
    • To create more subtle shades, you can either use less total powder in your mixture, add a small amount of white or experiment with adding a small amount of the color opposite on the color wheel to subdue a bright hue.

Shelf Life and Storage Information: Store in the refrigerator. Product should last 3-6 months.

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At A Glance

TOTAL: 30 minutes
YIELD: Makes 1 oz