If you wear lipstick, the odds are good that you have old, half-used tubes somewhere in your vanity or bathroom drawer. You may not like the color anymore or they may be too short to use, but these lipsticks don’t need to go to waste. Indeed, you can now upcycle your discarded lipsticks into useful, handmade lip gloss that will fit in almost any purse. The color will be a pale tint of its former self, so you may like it even better. While these custom glosses are great personal take-along lip pickups, they also make good gifts.

Things You'll Need

Fill a saucepan halfway with water and put it on the stove. Turn the heat on medium and allow the water to heat to a simmer.

Shave beeswax with a vegetable peeler to make 1 tbsp. of peelings. Place the beeswax into a small metal bowl. Float the bowl on the simmering water.

Add 2 tbsp. of petroleum jelly to the beeswax shavings. Stir the mixture gently, allowing it to melt over the simmering water.

Cut off part of the lipstick from the tube. The amount of lipstick you use depends on the final shade of lip gloss you desire. Start with a small amount and experiment until you get a color and shade you like.

Stir the lipstick into the contents of the bowl and keep stirring until the mixture is melted. Make sure that the contents are liquid and mixed together thoroughly.

Remove the bowl from the pot when you get the color you like. Spoon the mixture into the openings of new contact lens carriers. Allow the mixture to cool and harden before closing the lids.


  • Use other containers for the lip gloss. Tiny Altoids tins, small glass jars or even recycled lip gloss pots all work well.

  • Add two or three drops of edible oil after you remove the bowl from the heat if you want flavored lip gloss.