By Carson Ross

DIY Natural Tinted Lip Gloss

Now and then, if I’m having a night on the town, I’ll let my hair down and slap a bold color on my lips. More often though, I like to use a few simple products that keep me looking fresh but not overly done up. I try to stick to neutral tones with cosmetics that enhance my natural features, and do something good for my skin in the process.

I’ve gotten a lot of gifts over the years of things like blush and bronzer that, to be honest, I just don’t use. With all these shades of pink, red, and brown being neglected in the cabinet, I decided it was time to break out the rubber gloves and do some experimenting. After several trials (and even more errors), I think I perfected this recipe for ultra-moisturizing tinted lip gloss.

2 Tbsp Shea Butter

1 tsp Coconut Oil

Coconut oil and Shea are a great base because both are solid at room temperature (though you might want to carry it around in a small baggy in the summer time!), and super moisturizing on your lips.

4-5 Drops Moringa Oil

The moringa-coconut combination is unbeatable. Moringa oil will give your gloss a shinier, smoother consistency, and add extra nutrients for lip protection!

2-3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

I like to use peppermint oil because it not only smells great, but has the same effect as lip venom, making your smile thicker and more sensual. If you don’t like that slight tingly feeling, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil, flavoring, or scent.

All Natural Mineral Makeup (blush, bronzer, even eyeshadow is great, just check the label to make sure the ingredients are natural)

Mix the butters and oils together with a small spoon or scraper until smooth, then add the colored mineral makeup in small batches until you reach the color you desire. I like to add a pinch at a time (it’s way easier to make it darker than it is lighter!)

When you’ve made a color you love, all that mixing has probably made the shea and coconut oil pretty soft. Scrape it into a container—ideally a 1 oz glass jar or tube—and stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm.