Step 4: Application and uses

Picture of Application and uses
As I mentioned in the intro, depending on the color and the exact proportion of ingredients (it's impossible to be 100% precise and accurate when you are making such small quantities) sometimes the pigments don't disperse quite as well as commercial lipstick. If you are applying it with a brush this is not really an issue, because the brush will smooth and even everything out, but if you are using a tube you may need to smack your lips more than usual, or smudge them with your fingertips.

After making my first few colors what should have been obvious from the start finally struck me: this doesn't need to be just lipstick, it can be used as rouge, or face paint! However, I do not recommend using this to paint the area around the eyes. Some pigments are approved for lips and skin but not for the eyes, and since the specific ingredients are not listed on the crayons I would not risk it.

Update: jfarn01 had a great idea which I want to point out here. Crayons can also be used for making colored shoe polish -- it just so happens that I had already posted a recipe for shoe polish here. Just replace the candle in that recipe with 3 crayons of the color of your choice, and you can finally have a polish which matches your shoes.

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vicki18182 years ago
This is a really well-written Instructable! Thanks so much!!
Veronika72 years ago
Would coconut oil work as a shea butter substitue?
belsey (author)  Veronika72 years ago
The texture of the final lipstick would be much softer because shea butter is solid at room temperature whereas coconut oil needs to be colder. It would be a better substitute for any of the oils.
GummiBear2 years ago
Would this, like, taste horrible? Because from past Dares of licking crayons, they taste...horrible.
I love this idea and I cant wait to try it. I'm a BIG lipstick fan and I'm always trying out new colors and I was really hoping to get into the business of creating my own line of lipsticks one day and seeing diys like this really makes me want to experiment more and start getting myself out there.
Thanks for the recipe!
kperez63 years ago
Thank you very much!!! Me and my friend have already made 3 of those!!! We totally love it! right now am wearing it and it looks really pretty!!!!!!! Thanks again!!!
mon_star3 years ago
awesome tutorial. I can see how this could be incredibly addicting.
Katty May3 years ago
Thank you so much, I never have much make-up and I have little sisters with tons of crayons. I think this makes a realy good gift, but I've only ever made one batch, and that was about half an hour ago. Also I just thought I'd say, this makes a realy nice eye-shadow, I tried it with blue and it looks realy cute. Thanks again.
elombaard3 years ago
I am a makeup artist and this so cool for fantasy makeup. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the great idea.

Hi, I love this idea thank you so much! I'm really big on lipstick, ravishing red colours especially, so I had to try it out. I made mine with cocoa butter and jojoba oil because that's what was available. I made 6 different batches so that I could experiment, they all came out great but I have just one question. Is there a way I can make the final product less glossy? I want it to be more thick and rich and uhm..... pasty I suppose? I tried lessening my portions of butter and oil but it still seems to go on quite glossy. Is there a way to make it thicker and matte? Or is it just a glossy kinda' lipstick? Either way I love it and I'm so glad I don't have to go out and hunt for the perfect shade!
belsey (author)  Petalostemon4 years ago
You can vary how glossy it is by playing with different types of oil and proportions. Castor oil will make it more glossy, and using a bit more butter (like cocoa or shea) and less oil would definitely make it more pasty -- shea might be better because cocoa butter is harder at room temperature, which might make the lipstick too difficult to apply if you've cut down on the oil.
I've noticed also that when you make a fresh batch it tends to be more glossy, but after a day or two and it sets completely it's not so glossy.
Hope this helps...
I've also noticed that it got a bit less glossy over time an I'm surprised by how long the colour lasts! Thanks so much, I'll experiment some more.
Can you do this with oil pastels?
belsey (author)  pretty wicked dino5 years ago
 I wouldn't. Crayons are designed so toddlers won't get sick if they eat a whole box -- but oil pastels are made for adults who can be trusted NOT to eat them -- so it is likely that they contain ingredients and pigment which are unsafe on or in your body.
Very cool.  I work with kids and am always looking for cool DIY beauty products.  Has anyone tried this with unrefined shea butter?  I buy it at our local black arts festival every summer and have a big tub.  Just curious if it makes a difference. 
Lori Ell5 years ago
Interesting.  I'll have to try it out. Thanks for sharing.
love your blog
KittyF5 years ago
I used to melt lipstick or chap stick in a large table spoon and add a drop or two of oil to reduce the stickiness, also add a slice of lipstick to lip balm to stretch the color, or to make it not so intense.  I like the zinc idea as well. 

melting the concoction in a tablespoon lets you move it gently above a flame, heating it slowly enough to keep it safe while making it easy to pour into my tins.  
Interesting Instructable.  I was wondering, if you use this as a face paint, how long does the staining last after you remove the paint?