Learn How to Make Radiant Red Lipstick

For commanding attention in a room, nothing beats a bright red lip. Classy and sophisticated, this look is as stylish now as it was in the 1950s. In this episode of Soap Queen TV, you can learn how to make your own hyper-pigmented lipstick in three different shades. Whatever your skin tone, one of these shades is sure to complement!

The base is a combination of nourishing oils and waxes, and the different shades are tinted with a variety of lip-safe micas, oxides and pigments. When you’re done with this project, easily clean the oily containers with the cool trick we show you in this Soap Queen TV episode. Happy lipstick making!

What you’ll need:
2 oz. Castor Oil
2 oz. Jojoba Oil
0.2 oz Ecosoya Advanced Wax
0.5 oz Candelilla Wax
0.9 oz Chia Seed Oil
Brick Red Oxide
Electric Bubblegum Pigment
Coral Mica
Cellini Red Mica
Pouring Tray
Clear Lip Balm Tubes

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  1. victoria says

    I finally got around to trying this today and i found it was super melty and came off glossy and sheer. how do you get that opaque creamy lipstick (i added titanium dioxide to try to get it opaque but it still came out pretty sheer)? Its almost like lip balm it gets so runny with skin contact :(

  2. Katye says

    Can you tell me which mica recipe creates each one of the shades? I know the video shows you making all 3 shades at once, but it would be nice to know which ones made which shade. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Katye!

      Here are the amounts of pigment needed for each color :). For the light shade, you need 1/4 tsp. Brick Red Oxide and 3 tsp. Electric Bubblegum Pigments. For the medium shade, you need 1/8 tsp. Brick Red Oxide, 1 1/2 Cellini Red Mica and 2 1/2 tsp. Coral Mica. For the darkest shade, you need 1 tsp. Coral Mica, 2 tsp. Brick Red Oxide and 2 tsp. Cellini Red.

      I hope this helps! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  3. sarah campbell says

    Hi there – tried this recipe – I am having real issues with the colouring. The colours are not mixing in as they should creating an uneven colour – or I think in the biz they refer to it as colour blooming. Have mixed and mixed and mixed it and have also tried mixing the colour into castor oil first then adding to the melted mixture. Any help would be great. Thanks, Sarah

  4. says

    Hi Tracy!

    Subbing out oils will definitely effect the texture of this recipe, but if you’d like to experiment, you definitely could! Because of the dark color of Pumpkin Seed oil, I probably wouldn’t recommend that. Meadowfoam Seed Oil may be a good choice :). I would recommend making a small test batch first.

    -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  5. Virginia says

    I would LOVE to make this, but I don’t need that many tubes of lipstick.

    What amounts would I use for just a small batch?

    Can I use your lip balm base instead?

    Thanks for all the great ideas!!

    • says

      Hi Virginia!

      You’re right, this does make quite a lot of lipstick. I recently made a batch and gave them to my friends and family :). If you’d like to make a smaller batch, you could certainly use the lip balm base! It won’t be the exact same texture as this recipe, but it will still be a great product!

      The amounts shown above are for all three colors, so each color requires about 1.8 oz. of oils/wax. Based on this, for every 2 ounces of lip balm base you use, I would recommend using about 3-5 tsp. of colorant. If there is a color you like the most from the video, I would recommend sticking with the ratio of pigments shown :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Jip!

      You could replace the EcoSoya Wax with a different ingredient, but keep in mind it will change the texture of the finished product. You could enhance the amount of Candelilla Wax, although we have not tested this texture. I would recommend making a small test batch first to see what you think :) A handy trick that may come in handy is the “Frozen Spoon Trick.” This is an easy way to test the color and texture of your lip products before it hardens!

      Spoon Trick: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/spoon-trick/

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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