Shiny lips are back, and women of all ages want the shimmer of luscious lips. For the frugal at heart, homemade lip gloss is a perfect way to reuse empty cosmetics containers and the leftover ends of spent lipsticks, blushes and eye tints. When you make your own lip gloss you can experiment with wild shades and bright colors, or you can go neutral for a subtle look. Wear your homemade lip gloss on bare lips to add a hint of color, or apply it over matte lipstick to create a shine.

Things You'll Need

Wash and dry an empty lidded lip gloss pot or eye shadow container.

Scoop 1/2 tablespoon of petroleum jelly into a plastic zippered bag.

Scrape off a small amount of lipstick, cream blush or mineral eye shadow in the color of your choice and put it in the bag with the petroleum jelly. Start with a small amount to see if the color is the right shade. You can always add more later.

Close the plastic zippered bag while letting out the air.

Squeeze and squish the outside of the bag to mix the petroleum jelly with the colored cosmetic. Press gently but thoroughly to blend the color into the petroleum jelly completely.

Unzip the bag when the mixture looks smooth and the color is even. Dip in the scooping stick or the tip of the spatula and remove a small amount of the colored petroleum jelly. Slick it on your lips to determine if you have achieved the appropriate shade.

Add more lipstick, blush or shadow if you want to go darker. Close the bag and knead it as you did before.

Cut a small hole in the corner of the plastic bag with scissors. Squeeze the lip gloss into the prepared container.


  • To add some flavor to the lip gloss mixture, add a few drops of peppermint, vanilla or strawberry extract to the plastic bag.

  • Throw in a dash of body glitter to make the lip gloss sparkle.

References and Resources

Homesteading; Abigail R. Gehring