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Good makeup is expensive, especially for those of us with sensitive skin. While we would love to stock our bags with a rainbow of colors, most of us buy just a couple go-to favorites. I'm no exception. So, when I saw something online about making lipstick from crayons, (and didn't my son have at least fifteen broken ones that he was never going to touch again) I thought it would be fun to try. Not only did it work great, but the product works as a creme eyeshadow and blush too!

I found a plethora of recipes -pinterest was especially kind- and took the common elements from them to make my own. That said, if you don't have my ingredients, check out another recipe, you might have what that one calls for.


1 Crayon (Crayola are supposed to be preferable)
1/2 tsp of Shea butter
1/4 to 1/2 tsp food-grade oil (almond, organ, coconut, jojoba, or olive) For a more sheer look, use 1/2 tsp. 1/4 tsp will create more intense color.
Cosmetic glitter (I just used glitter crayons)
1-2 drops of essential oil or extract

Step One:
Select a container.
You can buy tubes at a health food store, but people have gotten creative here. I used empty lipgloss containers, but other ideas are: Contact lens cases, empty chapstick tubes, empty eye shadow or blush container, or even pill boxes. One neat tip for using an empty lipstick container was to set it up in dry beans at a slant so that the homemade lipstick would form one. Also, when reusing a container, it's a good idea to run an alcohol swap around it to clean it.


Step Two:
Select your crayons.
Here is the fun part! You can pick just a single crayon, but I had a blast breaking them in pieces and mixing colors. They split in half easily, but you can use a knife to get quarters too.

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Step Three:
Heat it up.
Put your oils and crayons in a heat resistant/microwave safe container. Some people rigged up a double-boiler type thing for this step, but microwaving in thirty second intervals worked great. Stir between intervals and keep heating until melted. Be careful. The container will get hot! Once it's melted, you can stir in any extras like essential oil or cosmetic glitter.

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Step Four:
Put it in the container.
This will harden quickly, so it's a good idea to have your container ready and waiting. You can let it cool on the counter or put it in the fridge or freezer. That's it. It's that simple.


Step Five:
Go be fabulous!

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