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Step 4: 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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<p>when i did it the lipbalm looked oily. it didnt look darker like i wanted it to look</p>
Did you follow the recipe precisely or did you improvise some of the proportions or ingredients? How was it the next day? You can influence the texture by modifying the proportions slightly, but also the texture will change as it cools. Though it might look like the lipstick has completely set, in reality it will keep on hardening over 24 hours -- or it might get a bit softer if the ambient temperature is high. Use more crayons if you want a harder, less oily texture and more color.
<p>ok thx it is getting darker now and brigther</p>
<p>I am beginning to consider giving this a try, though I am still a little skeptical. For one thing, it is possible to make a claim that your product is non toxic even if it contains questionable ingredients. And even if Crayola is confident that their product is safe, how closely are they supervising production? There have been many incidents of reputable companies, such as Fisher Price and Matel, having lead based paint and other toxic stuff found in their toys, which, according to them, they knew nothing about. </p><p>But then again, it wouldn't be the wierdest thing I ever used as makeup, and I'm sure some of my choices were not exactly safe. Not to mention some of the commercial cosmetics I used in the past, which are downright scary when you actually look at what's in them. </p>
<p>I know this is old, but I would say that Crayola is less toxic than anything else you put into your body, or on it. Crayons are meant to be used by kids, not that they are meant to be eaten by kids, but I think it's fair to say that the majority of us have eaten at least one crayon when we were a kid (my daughter ate two... those were interesting diapers...). Crayola has been around for 130 years (since 1885), and I am sure in the beginning the ingredients weren't always the safest, but there has been 130 years to perfect the recipe. Whereas Matel has only been around since 1945, and Fisherprice has been around since 1930. And their toys weren't expected to be in the mouths of teething kids. Especially cars painted with lead based paints.<br><br>Of course then once you become an adult you add in alcohol, prescription drugs, tobacco, chemicals in the makeup that you wear, the hair products used, etc... yeah, Crayola crayons might be the safest thing we have put in/on our bodies in our entire lives...</p>
Oh btw I have sensitive skin so will coconut oil make my lips blow up?
Not unless you're allergic to coconut oil... to test it, put a little oil in the on your skin (the wrist or crock of your elbow is a good place). If it becomes itchy, don't use coconut oil)
Oh btw I have sensitive skin so will coconut oil make my lips blow up?
Oh this is a fun instructable thank you<br>Pleez keep posting :)
<p>I think this is so cool and will defenitly try it </p>
I used old clear Chapstick instead of Vaseline or coconut oil and put the lipstick in a Chapstick container
<p>I found another way. What you do is get Vaseline, get your favorite colored pencil, shave off the color with scissors into a container, mix some Vaseline with it and you got some lipstick.</p>
<p>Did it really work? I can't imagine the pigment from shaved pencils would mix properly with vaseline. Maybe it you grind it really fine, but even then I imagine it would just disperse, not actually dissolve. Also, I know that crayons have wax and pigments, but I'm not sure what's in the colored leads of pencils -- and I wouldn't want to put anything on my lips unless I felt reasonably sure it's safe.</p>
<p>If you want safe then do NOT use any type of vaseline. It is a by-product of petroleum and is HIGHLY, HIGHLYY toxic to the body, especially when people use it on babies. If anyone tells you otherwise then just research it and you'll see. A safer, all natural route is a spoonful of coconut oil per crayon. it works perfectly and makes the lipstick not only moisturizing but makes it go on very smoothly.</p>
<p>If you are using crayons to make your lipstick then there is no point in avoiding Vaseline, since crayons are mostly paraffin wax, which is also a petroleum product. Most commercially prepared lipsticks and balms also contain petroleum products, as well as other moisturizers and beauty products. So do many of the foods you eat, not to mention just about everything that is made of plastic, including food and beverage containers.... If you want to avoid petroleum, you pretty much have to move to another planet. Or go back in time to before we started using petroleum.</p>
Actual Vaseline is harmless is actually very useful And not just for beauty reasons. And as said by a dermatologist (who doesn't work for Vaseline): &quot;Vaseline is highly-refined, triple-purified and regarded as non-carcinogenic.&quot;
Hear hear! People can develop allergies to almost any so-called &quot;natural&quot; products (never been able to figure out what that really means), but Vaseline is reliably neutral and safe.
Can I use blistex?
I tried to make a blue lipstick, but it ended up more like a tinted lip gloss; I also tried to make a black lipstick, but even though I used the same ratio, it was too solid. Any tips, primarily for the blue?
Try doubling the crayon and oil and omitting the Shea butter... If it ends up too soft, add more crayon, too hard add more oil. Maybe (for blue, not black) adding a pinch of zinc oxide will make it lighter and less transparent.
Love this! One thing that worked for me was using cocoa butter and coconut oil, it gave it a very smooth texture, better than most commercial lipsticks in my opinion, and definitely cheaper! I made a neutral tone and a red, and i couldnt be happier with the results!
cool!i dont wear lipstick but my mom wud like one
I considered making some of this for when I&nbsp;occasionally get gothed up.<br /> <br /> Just a note about the Lanolin optional ingredient. It's rare, but some people have an allergy to it. If you've never used any products with lanolin before (more likely if you're a guy like me)&nbsp;test a tiny bit of lanolin (or a product with it in - a lot of barrier creams use it) on your skin.<br /> <br /> My hairdresser found out about my lanolin allergy the hard way (for me) when after testing my skin for reaction to the black hair dye (no problem there) she began to apply barrier cream to my neck causing me to yell (it burned like crazy). After she'd apologised and quickly wiped it away and washed the spot where she'd put it I&nbsp;had a red 'fingerprint' on the back of my neck. Took about an hour to go down IIRC.<br /> <br /> Like I said. If you want to include Lanolin be aware that there's a slight possibility that you (or whoever you give it to)&nbsp;may have an allergy to it like I did. (assuming it WAS the Lanolin but they couldn't find anything else in the cream that I&nbsp;was likely to react to).
<p>I took up doing this because I am allergic to stevia and it's in all the cool natural lip balms. You can be allergic to anything unfortunately.</p>
True -- but luckily this is super easy to make and customize so it's no trouble to avoid all the ingredients which you are sensitive or allergic to.
Thanks for pointing that out. The relationship between lanolin and allergies is particularly fraught... in wikipedia, they write that lanolin is both hypoallergenic AND that some people are allergic. Possibly because the term hypoallergenic has no legal meaning whatsoever, it was invented by one of Don Draper's (Mad Men) real-life colleagues in the 1950s. But I digress. &nbsp;There are several grades of lanolin, the most refined (and allergy-free) is used to coat bandaids to prevent sticking, or to slather on the nipples of breastfeeding mothers, to avoid painful, cracked and bloody breasts... so that type of lanolin is quite safe given that it protects open wounds and is approved for tiny infants, who can't even consume honey, eggs or wheat. Which is not to say that some people might be allergic! Here's an <a href="http://orgs.dermis.net/content/e05eecdrg/e05news/e686/e720/index_ger.html" rel="nofollow">article</a> on the difficulty of ascertaining lanolin allergy, for those who are interested.
thank u! im lazy so i put it in the microwave for&nbsp; 22 sec:) ill never buy lipstick again.
<p>hey, um can I use this wit hair coconut oil? </p>
I'm not familiar with hair coconut oil, but my first instinct would be to say no. Check the ingredients: if it's 100% coconut oil with no other additives, it's probably OK. If there are other ingredients you need to check them one by one and make sure they are all edible, but I doubt they would be, since this is a hair product. I wouldn't risk it. You can buy coconut oil (for cooking) in most grocery stores which will be safe and delicious.
Could i make this without oils?
Yes instead of oil use Vaseline
<p>You can substitute one type of oil or butter with another, but you can't omit it -- if you did all you would have left is a crayon! And that won't spread on your lips. By the way, butters are oils too -- they're just solid at room temperature. </p>
<p>can i use crazy art</p>
<p>can i use crazy art</p>
<p>can i use oil pastels?</p>
<p>I wouldn't.</p>
<p>what do you need to make it</p>
<p>Ingredients are listed in step 2</p>
<p>what do you need to make it</p>
<p>OMG! THANK YOU SOSOSOSOSO MUCH! ITS AMAZING</p>
<p>So I was wanting to try the crayon lipstick using kokum butter, beeswax pastilles, coconut oil, and crayola crayons. Would these ingredients work just as well?</p>
I've never tried kokum butter, but I imagine it would be a fine replacement for the shea butter. Skip the beeswax pastilles though, because there's already wax in the crayons so if you add more the result will be too waxy and won't spread nicely. Coconut oil will work too.
Could I use veggie oil? I don't have any coconut oil and the store here does not sell it
Of course -- as long as it's food grade you can use any oil. The oil used will influence the &quot;feel&quot; of the lipstick but you can substitute any oil with another edible one.
<p>does it matter what brand of oil you use</p>
No, as long as it's food grade.
What kind of coconut oil do you use is it the one that you use for your hair

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