Ran out of lipgloss? Need some natural color? Want soft, kissable, oh-so-yummy lips?
Here’s how you can do it – without store-bought makeup.
Use these natural lip color and care hacks in a pinch, or all the time. Either way, pucker up, baby. I’m comin’ in.
Originally, I was going to do an entire post full of makeup hacks (including eyes and face). However, the sheer number that I came up with kept me from posting them all at once. When I realized this was about to become a 10,000-word manifesto, I decided to break it up into bits.
That’s good, though, because now you have a reason to come back.
(See the genius in this?)
Natural Makeup Hacks for Lips
Create a Kissable Stain with Beets
Beets. They stain everything. Including your lips. They’re just about the quickest and easiest way to add completely natural – and lasting – lip color. You can use beet juice of any type – canned, fresh, mashed – and just apply it very carefully to your lip line. Carefully, because the juice will stain anything it comes into contact with. A beet-juice stain trailing up your nose might get you some attention–but not the kind you want.
PS – Let the juice sit on your lips for 5 minutes before blotting, for extra staying power.
Alternatives: You could also use blackberries or raspberries in the exact same way for a lighter, more diminutive stain. (Other people recommend red Kool-Aid for the same purpose, but because I like to keep it natural, I’m not going to mention it. I mean, if you just so happen to have red Kool-Aid and you don’t care about the icky stuff in it … hmm … still, no. I shouldn’t mention it at all.)
Make Your Own Lip Plumper with Cinnamon
I just did this one and am now the proud owner of two plumped lips. Fiance even noticed when he came home from work tonight. Woo-hoo!
What I did? I scooped out a bit of lip balm on my finger and sprinkled cinnamon on top, then rubbed over my lips. You could do it that way, or you could apply the lip balm first and then rub a bit of the cinnamon in on top of it. Smush your lips together well and wait. It doesn’t take long. I could feel mine naturally puckering up within 5 minutes.
Alternatives: Cinnamon essential oil or peppermint essential oil will actually be a bit more effective than just straight cinnamon (which I offered as the main tip, because it’s so gosh-darned easy to do).
If you have cinnamon or peppermint essential oil, all you have to do to achieve a more dramatically phat (that’s right … I went there) effect is put one single drop of oil on your fingertip and apply it to your lips. Let your lips absorb the oil for 3 or so minutes before applying a lip gloss or balm (something moisturizing is best).
Which actually brings us to …
Vitamin E Doubles as Nourishing Lipgloss
I. Love. To. Do. This.
It’s so nourishing and good for your lips, but it adds shine like you wouldn’t believe. And it lasts just as long as any natural lipgloss I’ve ever used.
All you have to do is poke open a vitamin E capsule (or get yourself a small bottle of liquid vitamin E) and rub the shiny goo all over your lips. You could even use this in conjunction with the beet or berry lip stain to give your lips color and shine.
Handy Tip: Pack a small pillbox with vitamin E capsules and put it in your purse. Then, whenever you need lip shine – or hand moisturizing – you have ’em handy at a second’s notice!
Ready Your Lips for Lipstick with Baking Soda
Want to know an easy secret for getting your lipstick to stay on and not bleed into cracks?
Exfoliate them once or twice a week with a little baking soda.
Here’s how you do it: Add 1 tsp baking soda to 1-1/2 tsp olive oil (or sweet almond, or jojoba) and scrub lightly over lips. Rinse off. Alternatively, you could use water instead of oil – it just won’t give you as much softness, but it WILL make your lips even smoother (because it’s more exfoliating). Be sure to scrub lightly, though, or you risk tearing your delicate skin.
Bonus! If you want more ideas for lips (including this tip), you can go here to read up and watch a very, very, overwhelmingly entertaining vlog I did about the subject.
Make a Seriously Easy and Effective Lip Balm with One of These
You don’t need to rush out and grab lip balm or Chapstick every time your lips feel a little on the dry side. Just jump into your kitchen or bathroom cabinet and slather on one of these puppies:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Shea butter
- Cocoa butter
- Jojoba oil
- Vitamin E
There. I think that should be enough for now.
This should see you through your tough makeup-less times and into the spring nicely.
Don’t forget to come back next week for Part Two of this serious series of salubrious suggestions.
In adorable-kewpie-lip crunch!