How to Make Lip Gloss: Tips for Beautiful Smile

Lip gloss is one item that you can make at home very easily, for a very small cost and you can flavor it to suit your own desires. Here is a very basic lip gloss recipe for you to try that uses beeswax, a product that is more natural than Vaseline (petroleum derived product).

Using products you likely have around your home, you can make your own lip gloss in minutes. The best part about making you own lip gloss is that you can customize it to your liking using different flavoring and coloring agents.

This quick and easy lip gloss recipe is also a great way to not only get your kids involved in making their own lip gloss, but also produces plenty of inexpensive gloss. You can build on this basic recipe with the suggested additions or perhaps find a recipe which uses different ingredients.

Here’s How:

  • Gather your ingredients and head to a well lit area, preferably with direct sunlight.
  • Put approximately a teaspoon of petroleum jelly into a small bowl.
  • Mix some blush into the petroleum jelly. You can use any kind of blush, including cream, mineral or powder. You can apply as little or as much color as you’d like depending on the look you’re going for.
  • If you’d like to add shimmer, try adding in a hint of mineral eyeshadow with mica shimmer powder. (A little goes a long way!)
  • If you’d like to flavor your lip balm, add in a drop of essential oil such as citrus or peppermint.
  • Mix these ingredients together until well blended and then store in a small tub. An old lip balm container is a great place to store it.


To make your own lip gloss, you will need the following.

  • Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
  • Lip gloss containers
  • A microwave safe dish one with a spout if you’ve got it
  • Microwave
  • Spoon

To individualize your lip gloss, you can add your choice of the following.

  • Colorant: Lipstick or Kool Aid
  • Sparkles and/or glitter
  • Flavoring: A small amount of honey and/or vanilla, mint or almond extract.

Tips For Applying Lip Gloss:

  • Before putting on a lip gloss, apply a light film of Chap stick or lip balm. It moisturizes and nourishes the lips, keeping them naturally rosy. Apart from protecting and healing, Chap stick also helps the lip color to set more effectively.
  • The best way to get a lasting effect of lip gloss would be to first, apply a lipstick to your lips and then, blot off the extra color using the tissue paper. Later, apply a thin layer of lip powder on them and apply a second coat of color. Complete the look, by applying lip gloss to make your lips look shinier than ever.
  • To tone down the shine, take a tissue paper and put it against on lips and press little loose powder through it. Only a bit of it will get sifted through it and will instantly reduce the shiny effect.
  • In case you are performing for a stage show and are required to radiate an extremely glamorous look, go for lip lacquer. It will give a greater shine to your lips.
  • To give a fuller look, direct the lip-gloss to the center of the mouth. Apply the gloss in short strokes, until the natural line of your lips has been filled.
  • For women who use matte lipsticks, you can avoid it from drying and flaking, by using a lip primer or color fixative, before application.
  • Special effects and highlights can be achieved, by using sheer silver, gold or iridescent lip gloss over lip color. This would be great for an evening wet look.
  • It is recommended to use creamy lipsticks for daily purpose. This would help to keep the lips moisturized. For adding an intense wet look, apply lip gloss to transform your makeup from matte daytime look to glossy night party look.
  • Women with thick lips are advised to use lip gloss very sparingly, as it would make your lips look all the more fuller.


  • If you’re using lipstick to get “the perfect shade,” don’t use someone else’s lipstick or one that’s older than 12 months. Be careful of what ingredients are in the lipstick if you are interested in avoiding certain chemicals.
  • Discard if the gloss gets fuzzy, moldy or odd in any way. Keep it in a cool environmental, preferably refrigerated.
  • As with any product to be placed on the skin, always test a small portion first to see if you have any allergic reactions. This is unlikely to be suitable for you if you know you have an allergy to honey or bee pollen.