I love pigments.. love to work with them as they are so versatile.. I have been using them for years now to mix things and create new exciting products. This project was one such. I decided to use some of my backup pink lippies and change them into bright lavender/fuchsia lipsticks.. my new names for this kind of lipstick.... Lavfuchsia lol :))
For this project I used:
empty jars (5gram and 10gram..... larger jars are not needed but smaller ones may not work)
pink lipsticks (I used Jordana hot pink lipstick and Arista Matte pink lipstick)
Blue pigment (I used Halener Rustique's Jet Blue pigment)
small spatula (or a knife can work you need to slice the lipsticks...)
a mixing tool (I used a kabob skewer.. toothpicks can work or a metal fork or butter knife)
a metal spoon (tablespoon preferrable)
papertowels or babywipes to help with clean up
Fire (I used my stove, you can use a candle.. the stove melts it much faster)
So here's what I did:
I placed a paper towel on my kitchen counter near to my stove and placed the jar, lipstick, pigment, spatula, and mixing tool there..
I prefer to make the lipstick in batches as i'm experimenting with color.. I did not want it to get to dark.
I sliced a bit of the lipstick like 1/2 an inch and placed in the spoon and light my flame. i added a pinch of blue pigment on top of the lipstick.
I then placed the lipstick over the flame for 10 seconds and removed it. If you leave it there it can burn and your lipstick can get ruined. I take the mixing tool and stir the lipstick and pigment together. Your lipstick will start to melt you use the heat from the spoon to melt the lipstick. When you think the spoon is cooling down you place it in the flame again for another 5-10 seconds. when the lipstick chunk is fully melted, you need to mix well.
If I like the color pay off, then I repeat the exact process again until I have the right amount I desire. If you dont like the color you will need to adjust .. if its too dark you will want to melt more of the lipstick and add it to the mixture, if its more pink you will need to just tap into the jar a bit more of the blue pigment.
You then leave your mixture to cool, where it becomes firm.. or back to the consistency of a lipstick.
Another method that can be used.. but I dont too like it as I loose more product.. this method requires you to put the lipstick in a ware bowl (avoid plastic as its not safe to heat certain types of plastics in the microwave), add the pigment on top of the lipstick or next to it in the bowl. Place in the Microwave for 20 seconds, remove and mix. You can then pour into your smaller jar. I lost a lot of product with this method but its quicker.
So what did I use to get my gorgeous.. beautiful lavender/fuchsia.. Lavfuchsia lipsticks.. (I need to come up with names for these babies... )
Jordana hot pink lipstick and Halener Rustique's Jet blue pigment
Arista matte pink (really hot bright pink lipstick) and Halener Rustique's Jet blue pigment
- 1 lipstick can be melted into 1 5gram jar
- melt lipstick in portions especially if you plan on using the whole stick
- using a wooden mixing tool is much easier with testing.. a metal mixing tool takes longer to cool for you to test, and you may burn yourself or the mixture will already firm up
- you can use empty jars from a number of products you already own just wash carefully and in some cases pour boiling water over the product to sanitize it/them
- you can use a combination of lipsticks with different finishes and different color pigments (your options are limitless)