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!
- Alkanet Root
- 6 parts Apricot, Almond or Jojoba Oil
- 1 part Beeswax
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.