I love lip color—lipstick, lip liner, lip gloss, you name it. For years, I actually “collected” lipstick…I had over 80 at one point (I’d like to note that a large portion of these were gratis from cosmetics companies when I worked behind the counters—great perk!) and I was really proud of my collection. I had to stop collecting lipsticks though because they went bad before I had a chance to wear them all!
Lipstick is one of the most popular forms of “retail therapy”.
New lipstick is easily accessible, and makes you feel good. However, lipstick is getting more and more expensive, especially if you choose one from a brand that uses less chemicals and healthier ingredients. I get professional pricing on many makeup brands, and I’ve noticed that even the professional prices are getting steep. One way to keep the happy feeling you get from wearing a new lipstick color is to mix up the ones you have into fun new colors. I happened to notice a photo on Facebook from Red Apple Lipstick that talked about this very subject. I shared the photo on the Holistically Haute™ Facebook page, and quickly got inspired to mix up some of my own colors to show you how simple it is.
Let's mix it up!
I began with a clean surface, a synthetic lip brush (actually a paint brush I got on sale at the art store—it’s the best “lip brush” I’ve ever owned), two lipstick colors, two glosses, and an opaque liquid concealer (I used the one from Colour by Osmosis). I got out a clean white plate to use as my palette. It’s best to mix on some kind of nonporous, white surface so you can see the colors without interference from other tones. I don’t like mixing on my skin because the skin absorbs some of the product, the oils and other stuff on the surface can contaminate the lipsticks, and they tend to stain.
I used my lip brush to get some color onto my plate, added a dab of the concealer to the side, and started mixing.
I began with a red shade from Youngblood called Spicy, which has yellow undertones. I liked the color when I first bought it, but since my skin has yellow undertones, wearing that lipstick makes my skin look even more yellow and is also not flattering for the teeth. So I thought I’d pink it up a bit by adding a little bit of the concealer (it has the same effect as white paint when you mix it in—it adds opacity, brightness, and lightness if you use a lot), and a pink lipstick (Champagne Ice by Bare Minerals). I added some Raspberry Ice lipgloss from Colour by Osmosis got a bright, shiny, rosy red.
I experimented further by adding more of the concealer and a plummy metallic gloss from Youngblood called Poetic which made it more of a frosty, neutral pink. Then I took the original two shades, added lots of the concealer and a nude gloss from Bare Minerals called Trailblazer and got a nice, shiny salmon pink.
Of course by the end of the experiment my plate looked like this:
So before you run out to buy a new lipstick either for a special occasion or for a little pick-me-up, I encourage you to look through the ones you have and start playing. Something else you can do is get one of those empty lipstick palettes (they come in different sizes) and scrape out the last bits of lipstick in the tube (when you would normally just throw it out), so you can extend your use of the product and have an easier time mixing. Other than lipstick and concealer, you can add other mix-ins like mineral pigment powders and cosmetic glitter.
If you come up with a blend you really love, you can get empty tubes and tins from Mountain Rose Herbs so you can mix up a larger quantity and have more to use in the future. As always, make sure your hands and surfaces are clean, and it’s a good idea to clean your brush often to avoid contamination. Keep lipsticks and glosses closed tightly when you are not using them as well.
Did you come up with a fabulous custom color? We’d love to see it! Give it a fun name, take a picture and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will pick my favorites and share them in a future post!