Homemade Lip and Cheek Tint

My daily my makeup routine (if you can call it that) is rubbing a little color onto my lips and cheeks. I had been using RMS Lip2Cheek, but found it rather drying. When I finished the product, I looked to my cupboard to make my own lip and cheek tint. I was seeking a natural look from a moisturizing, zero waste product made from simple ingredients. Not too much to ask, right?

I really love what I came up with. This tint doesn’t have the impact of lipstick or powdered blush. Rather, it offers the natural look of flushed cheeks and lips after a brisk walk in the sun. I can’t say for sure, but I would guess the color adapts well to all skin types. It does require reapplying throughout the day to maintain color, but with the benefit of added moisture.

If it sounds daunting to make your own make-up, don’t be fooled. This recipe has three ingredients and takes only a few minutes of your active time. The color comes from alkanet root. I purchased a 4 ounce bag a few years ago from Mountain Rose Herbs that will last me a lifetime. Trust me, a 1 ounce bag is plenty. To make the tint, you cover a little alkanet root with oil and let sit for four to six weeks. Once it reaches a deep berry color, strain out the root. In a double boiler you combine the oil and beeswax and heat until beeswax is melted. Stir and pour into a glass jar or tin.

A small glass jar of my homemade lip and cheek tint cost maybe a dollar. That’s a huge savings over the $36 RMS Lip2Cheek product. Can’t beat that!

Homemade Lip and Cheek Tint
  • Alkanet Root
  • 6 parts Apricot, Almond or Jojoba Oil
  • 1 part Beeswax
  • In a jar, put in a tablespoon or two of alkanet root. Cover with a small amount of oil. Let sit in a cool, dark place for four to six weeks. Once it reaches the desired intensity of color, strain alkanet root from oil.
  • In the top of a double boiler, combine 6 parts tinted oil and 1 part beeswax. Heat over simmering water, stirring occasionally until beeswax melts. Remove from heat and pour into a small jar or tin and let rest until solid.
  • Apply to lips and cheeks for a subtle hint of color. Reapply as needed.
  • A double boiler can be created simply by nestling a glass bowl, measuring cup or jar into a pot of water. However, you want to avoid the glass receptacle from sitting directly on the bottom of the pot as breakage could occur.


    3 thoughts on “Homemade Lip and Cheek Tint

    1. So glad you shared this! I use RMS, but you’re right that it’s so expensive. It’ll be a long time before I run out, but I’d love to try this once I do.

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