Ever seen a shade of lipstick that you weren’t sure you liked enough to buy, but kept coming back to? Or couldn’t find that specific shade or colour that you’ve been dying for? I’m sure other make-up enthusiasts were just as excited as I was when the Anastasia Beverly Hills Limited Edition Lip Palette came out, for those reasons and more. With 18 shades that include the primary colours, there is nothing that you can’t create, with the little spatula and mixing card included. I don’t know how many times I’ve stared at it online, or walked by it longingly at Sephora.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, it goes for $62 Canadian.
Alas, I couldn’t justify forking out that kind of money to experiment with what little quantity of each of the colours provided in the product. Using each of the shades on their own, you might get some time out of them, but there are only so many scoops of each colour for mixing before you run out. So, I decided to find a more economical way to experiment with lipstick colours.
After browsing a few different tutorials, I can’t say that I’ve yet perfected this art, but I think I’m off for a pretty good start!
DIY Decently-Lasting Lipstick in Any Colour you Want
1. Find a container. I found a stack of pill containers at one of my local drug stores, which is honestly pretty ideal for this job. An empty lip balm container would work, too, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding some of these guys.
2. Find a shade or eyeshadow pallet with the shades you want. I was sort of in a pinch for this was, since I didn’t want to sacrifice any of the eyeshadow that I actually owned for this experiment, and I needed something a) cheap and b) cruelty-free. When all was said and done, the best I could come up with was this Wet ‘n Wild palette that featured mostly smoky nudes. Not my ideal shades, but it was something to work with! Simply take the tip of a butter knife and scoop and scoop out the pigment(s) you desire into the container. If you’re not sure how dark you want it, then just add a little at a time. Start with 1/3 or so of a shade this size; you can always add more later!
3. Vitamin E oil. So I forgot about this part until I sat down to this experiment, and hadn’t bought any Vitamin E oil, but this is essential to keeping the lipstick from becoming too dry on your lips. I substituted Bio Oil (it contains vitamin E) that I had left over from a few years ago to treat my acne scars, and it seemed to do the trick. Use your discretion at how much you choose to put in, but I’d recommend 3-4 drops at the very least. Drop it onto the pigment in the container.
4. Foundation. The pigment in your foundation will affect the overall colour result of your lipstick, so I recommend using one in the lightest shade you can find. Despite that this was the palest of this particular line of Wet ‘n Wild, I still found that the fleshy pigment affected the colour outcome, making the colours turn out a little more beige-y than I’d have preferred. This can probably be avoided by using a LOT of the eyeshadow pigment to overwhelm the flesh tone (I only used about half of any given colour, and they were along the neutral/nude spectrum, anyway). Add the foundation on top of the eyeshadow and vitamin E oil, and use it sparingly. You can always add more if it isn’t mixing well, but you can’t take away what you’ve already added!
5. Coconut oil. Finally, melt a little bit of everyday coconut oil and add to the mixture. Again, it is easier to start slow and add more if it is needed. Then, mix everything up until it forms a uniform paste (I just used the eyeshadow wand that the palette came with). If the colour is not to your liking, add pigment and coconut oil until you’re satisfied. When there are no lumps in the mixture, and the result is even and creamy, let it sit for a few minutes while the coconut oil begins to harden the mixture. You can, however, also apply it as a liquid, if you choose.
And that is all there is to it! I experimented with creating a few colours, but was pretty limited due to the nude/natural theme of the eyeshadow palette. Ultimately, I ended up with a a slate/charcoal grey, a warm, black shade, and then a shimmery, peachy neutral. None of these are colours that I have ever considered wearing, but for me, that was the whole point; to give these shades a try to see if I like them enough to maybe invest in the real thing!
I was going to hang out at a friend’s for a few hours, so I decided (for science!) to check out how these DIY shades shades hold up over time. I chose the grey, which I’d hated, at first. but the more I looked at it, the more the shade grew on me. And I must say, I wasn’t expecting the colour to hold up, but I was pleasantly surprised! Though I did touch it up a few times, I ate and drank with the colour on my lips, and was impressed at how little it faded over the night! Most of what came off was just inside of my lips, but even then, it wasn’t horrible. For a DIY colour, the result wasn’t half-bad, and there was enough left over that I could wear the shades time and again to decide how I like them over time. And while I’d have preferred to work with some brighter colours, I never would have thought that I could pull off grey lipstick!
Give this fun (albeit kind of messy) little project a try, and let me know what you think! What did you use? How can it be improved? All thoughts and suggestions are welcome!