Introduction: How to Make Easy Lip Gloss

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I have always looked for ways to make lip gloss, but I have never found any recipes that use ingredients found around the house. ( or last more than 3 days!) This is a recipe that Use less than 5 Ingredients, requires no "cooking", and is super quick! :)

Step 1: Supplies

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1. Shortening
2.Icing coloring (or you could use food coloring)
Koolaid (for color and flavor)
Olive oil (makes the gloss more glossy!)

Small bowl (or cup)
Small quart size plastic bag
Rubber band

Step 2: Prepare the Shortening

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This step is optional. Melt the shortening in the microwave until it is a liquid. Add some olive oil, (not to much) and stir. the shortening will cool and turn solid again, but the oil will make it more of a liquid. If you want, add some glitter!

Step 3: Color the Shortening

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If you are using icing colors (which I recommend for the many colors possible), you will want to use toothpicks. Just poke the toothpicks in the color and swirl the toothpick around the shortening to colorize it. If you are using food color, put a few drops in the shortening and swirl with a toothpick.
You can mix colors to get the exact color you want. Keep in mind that the food color will really show up on your lips alot if you put enough!

Step 4: Add the Flavor!

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To add flavor, use SUGAR FREE koolaid! if you use sugar, it will make the lip gloss turn in to a disgusting mess within a few weeks! Add a few drops of water to a pinch koolaid and stir (with a toothpick) then add a few drops of the flavor to your lip gloss. Dont over do it! You can also add vanilla as a flavoring!

Step 5: Bag the Lip Gloss

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Put the bag around a cup and spoon your lipgloss into the bag. squeeze it all to a corner of the bag and tie a rubber band around it. Snip the corner. Poof! you have made a quick and easy lip gloss!


Scarlet Moon (author)2016-01-11

I'll make my comment simple, WOAH AWESOME!

directioner4eva (author)2013-11-12

Can u use eyeshadow or lipstick instead of food colouring or icing?

tdenny1 (author)directioner4eva2014-06-24

Use Kool aid for coloring

ahaycox (author)2014-01-19

how much for the whole thing

craftychica84 (author)2012-12-01

What kind of sparkles do you use? Like craft sparkles or cake decorating sparkles? And where can you find lip gloss containers?

luelue01 (author)2012-10-08

how much olive oil?

malibini (author)2012-07-25

How do you save the lipgloss? can you put it in a container or something???

thecrafto (author)2011-07-16

sorry but... whats shortening? im not US so i dont know

Craftrat (author)thecrafto2012-01-10

Look for "Crisco." It's perfect when I use it.

Mauigerbil (author)thecrafto2011-08-02

Its kinda like butter for cooking exept it has less salt

got2betoast (author)thecrafto2011-07-16

I used vegetable shortening. Shortening is a hydrogenated oil that at room temperature is the consistency of petroleum jelly. You can substitute it with lard or petroleum jelly

maddiespolyvore (author)2011-11-15

Can you use cordial or something else besides Koolaid and Vanilla Escense to flavour it?

Craftrat (author)maddiespolyvore2012-01-10

Yes, you can use honey, as well. (I personally recommend using both honey and vanilla essence together. It's beautiful. :) )

someonesfuturewifey (author)2011-12-20

For the coloring could you use gel food coloring?

I don't use food colouring, personally, for my lip gloss. It doesn't mix well. Besides, as logn as you put in the Kool-Aid, it gets some good colour to it (goes on clear, though.)

I have never tried but I imagine so.

littlebug14 (author)2011-12-23

How much shortening and olive oil do you use? And when it comes out of the microwave, is it supposed to look white or clear? Please respond soon!

Craftrat (author)littlebug142012-01-10

I've done this several times. Just scoop some out with a regular spoon. I used Crisco (every time- looks great), and I nuke it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a full minute so it's completely melted. Just pour in a small amount of olive oil (it's works fine without, though. Nice feel and effect.) Also, you can put in a bag or tub even when it's still a liquid. It hardens smoother when you pour it in as a liquid.

taylorcatherine; (author)2011-11-10

wow cool! but can the petroleum jelly, can that just be jelly crystals without the colour??

Hmmm..... I dont quite know what 'jelly crystals' are, sorry :(

Jelly crystals are like jellotine i guess, i saw it on this show. But thx anyway:)

maddiespolyvore (author)2011-11-15

Can you use cordial or something else besides Koolaid and Vanilla Escense to flavour it?

You can use any concentrated flavor to flavor it, just try and use something not water based, it does not mix with shortening well.

maddiespolyvore (author)2011-11-15


maddiespolyvore (author)2011-11-15

Can you use cordial or something else besides Koolaid and Vanilla Escense to flavour it?

maddiespolyvore (author)2011-11-15

Can you use cordial or something else besides Koolaid and Vanilla Escense to flavour it?

maddiespolyvore (author)2011-11-15

Can you use cordial for Koolaid? Because I dont know where any Koolaid is. If you cant, what's something that smells nice and edible and non-toxic that we can put into it. Thankyou and please answer. This is for school. Even though im 45. got kept down. bye

freakinsmurfy (author)2011-11-06

Where can you get icing coloring, what type of sparkles work he best, and where can you get different containers for this? ( i ask alot of questions )

Icing coloring I normally purchase from art stores like michaels. For the sparkles, it's your preference but I prefer really fine tiny glitter. And you can buy the containers at craft stores.

Miss Peeper (author)2010-02-12

How about decorating a used film canister (those little plastic cans 35mm film comes in) and putting your lipgloss in there? It snaps shut so you won't end up with a purse full of lip gloss. 

got2betoast (author)Miss Peeper2010-02-21

Thats a good idea, i have tried many things to store it in, and a film canister may work, but what works best, though you would probably have to take a trip to a craft store, is lip gloss containers,( i get mine at joann)

what do the lipgloss containers look like

They are normally clear and cylinder shaped and short

happymarshmallows (author)2011-06-01

can u use lard?

yah. see got2betoast's comment above

thecrafto (author)2011-07-17

thanks i needed that

BluStrawberryBaby (author)2010-02-15

is there anything besides icing colors? like.. i dont know.. i was thinking of food coloring but i dont have that, or like fruit i guess?

sorry to ask questions, another thing, i dont have koolaid.. sorry, we dont drink them anymore

You can buy cheap packets of koolaid almost any where, i think even the dollar store.

Food coloring works fine, but icing color and food color are really the only choices you have, i've tried fruit, doesn't work so well.

sabaku no gaara (author)2010-02-16

Can i use vegetable oil instead of olive oil?
This is an awesome simple instructables   

Of coarse! you can use any kind of cooking oil

CarolN (author)2010-02-14

 I have made a similar lip gloss using shortening and beeswax.  You do have to melt the beeswax and stir together and if you put too much beeswax it will be too hard.  It's more the consistency of chapstick but it smells so much better.  It smells like honey.  I never thought of adding color.  I'll have to try that.

erikals (author)2010-02-12

this was on one of the DVDs I used to play
which was called 'Backyard Science'

Gwyn_Geology (author)2009-12-17

Very cool - Can't wait to try it! :) How gooey is it when it's cooled? I'd like to be able to put it something a bit more transportable than the bag.

got2betoast (author)Gwyn_Geology2009-12-20

Well, for gooeyness, its pretty gooey when oil is added, but the shortening and color only is pretty much the same consistancy as normal shortening.
Also, if you do not want to store it in a bag, they sell lip gloss containers at places like joann, mabye michaels, but i've never looked for containers at michaels

Gwyn_Geology (author)got2betoast2009-12-20

 Great! Thanks for the reply. :-)

octopuscabbage (author)2009-12-15

Why r u all frowny in the first picture D:
U shud be happy. u made ur own lipgloss and saved many men.

i never thought about that when i took the picture, now that i think of it, i should have smiled, but this is more of my natural face, so that may have been why the picture is like that

If u take another picture of it, put a light on it. We really cant see the glossyness factor....

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