Make Your Own Red Carpet-Worthy Lipstick

by Charlene Flanagan

From Margot Robbie's HD matte orange-red and  Jenna Dewan-Tatum's tangerine to Jennifer Lopez's nude pink and Lupita Nyong'o's aubergine tint, women world over are still playing the guessing game to spot the lipsticks their favorite stars were wearing on the Oscars red carpet.

Needless to say, with the likes of Chanel and Dior in the A-listers' vanity kits, the price points aren't exactly viable for the average girl to rake up on these lip stains for the upcoming season. Besides, we've always believed that when it comes to make-up, nothing beats going au naturel.

Why? Well, in case you haven't heard, there's a long-impending debate about lipsticks containing fish scales, lead, methylparaben (linked with cancer), retinyl palmitate (toxic for pregnant women), and many such components that fly under the radar and into your beauty products.

We suggest you make your own lip stains this season, with wholesome and nourishing ingredients, in formulas that are suitable for your skin, and concoctions that can be replenished for less than half the price.

Beet Blush: Here’s a simple lip stain that will give you that come hither pout, and it works great as a blush too. All you need is to blend 2tbsp olive oil, 1tbsp honey, and 1 beetroot, and it’s done. Remember to strain the juice for a thicker consistency. Empty it into a jar and refrigerate. This natural stain can hold form for up to four weeks.

Berry Bliss: Raspberries and strawberries can help treat pigmentation on the lips. They are full of minerals and nutrients that have a nourishing effect on your pout, so consider them for the dryer months. For a natural rosy lip tint, add the mash of 5 raspberries and 5 blackberries to 1tsp olive oil. 

Coffee Cravings: Calling out to all the caffeine addicts. All you need to do is melt 2tbsp coconut oil, 1tbsp beeswax pastilles, 1tbsp shea butter or cocoa butter, and add coffee powder (according to how dark you want the pigment), in a double boiler until it consolidates.

Flaming Orange: Most of us prefer reds and pinks, but this one is for the tangerine lovers. All you need is to melt and mix 1tbsp organic shea butter, 3tbsp organic sunflower oil (almond and grapeseed oil will work too), a little more than 1tbsp beeswax, 25 drops organic sweet orange essential oil, 5 drops organic clove essential oil and 1tsp turmeric powder. Empty the mixture into jars, and you have yourself the perfect concoction.

Pomegranate Punch: As delicious as this fruit may be, it works even better as a natural colorant. Pomegranate seeds have also proven to be a very effective remedy for dark lips. All you have to do is take a few pomegranate seeds, and grind them thoroughly to extract the juice. Mix the juice with few drops of coconut oil and dab it on your lips.

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