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How to Make Lipstick Out of Crayons

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One of the best ways to get new Lipstick is by recycling old crayons. While many name-brand lipsticks contain a wide array of chemicals, lipsticks made from crayons are non-toxic, include a single ingredient, and have been handled by you alone. Plus, producing customized shades can be lots of fun. This article will show you how to make lipstick out of crayons; it will also give you a few customization ideas as well.


  • 1 non-toxic crayon
  • ½ teaspoon shea butter
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon food-grade oil (almond, argan, coconut, jojoba, or olive)
  • Cosmetic glitter (optional)
  • 1-2 drops of essential oil or extract (optional)


EditPreparing Your Ingredients

  1. Select your lipstick container. You will need to store your lipstick in something so that it doesn't get dusty or dirty. Here is a list to give you some ideas:

    • Contact lens case
    • Empty lipstick or chap stick tubes
    • Empty lip balm container
    • Empty eye shadow or blush containers
    • Pill boxes
  2. Clean and sterilize your container. If you have not already done so, clean your container well using soap and warm water. Wipe your container down using a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol; use a Q-tip to get into small spaces, such as corners.

  3. Keep the container open and set it aside. Your lipstick will start to harden quickly and you will need to pour it into its container before it sets. Make sure that your containers are within reach and open, so that they will be ready.

  4. Remove the paper from the crayons. You can do this by placing the crayon under warm, running water for a few minutes, then peeling the wrapper off.[3] You can also use a craft knife to score a shallow line down the length of the crayon and peel the paper off.

    • Dispose of crayon parts that were not covered by paper, as these parts may be tainted with germs, bacteria or other crayon colors.
  5. Break the crayon into four equal parts. Hold the crayon between your fingers and snap it into smaller pieces. If you are having difficulties breaking the crayons, you can cut them using a sharp knife. Breaking the crayon into smaller pieces will not only make it easier to melt, but it will also make it easier to mix colors together.

EditMaking the Lipstick Over the Stove

  1. Assemble a double-boiler. Fill a pot with 1 to 2 inches (2.54 to 5.08 centimeters) with water. Place a metal or heat-safe glass bowl on top of the pot. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the surface of the water.

  2. Turn the stove on and bring the water to a boil. You will be using the hot steam to melt the crayon, butter, and oils.

  3. Once the water in the saucepan is boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low.[4] You are working in small amounts, so your ingredients will melt faster. Using a lower temperature will prevent them from melting too fast.

  4. Put the crayon pieces into the bowl and let them begin to melt. You can use all one color, or you can combine different colors to create your own unique shade. Stir the crayon pieces occasionally with a fork or spoon.

  5. Add the shea butter and food-grade oil into the bowl. You can use any type of food-grade oil, but some oils (such as coconut oil) might give the lipstick a more pleasant taste and smell than others.

    • For a sheer lipstick, use ½ teaspoon of oil; for a more intense color, use only ¼ teaspoon.[5]
  6. Continue stirring the ingredients until everything is completely melted. At this point, you can also add in additional ingredients, such as extracts or essences, or even some cosmetic-grade glitter.

  7. Lift the bowl off the pot. Use oven mitts or a dish towel to lift the bowl so that you do not burn yourself.

  8. Pour the lipstick into the empty container. Use a spoon to help guide it into the container so that the melted wax does not get everywhere.

  9. Allow the lipstick to cool. You can let it cool in the kitchen (or whatever room you were making it in), or you can leave it in the freezer or refrigerator.

EditMaking the Lipstick Over a Candle

  1. Set a candle down on a heat-safe surface and light it. You can use a match or lighter. Make sure that you are working close to a sink, or have water close by, in case the candle tips over.
    Make Lipstick Out of Crayons Step 15 Version 2.jpg
  2. Hold the spoon above the flame. Keep the spoon about one inch (2.54 centimeters) above the flame.[6]
    Make Lipstick Out of Crayons Step 16 Version 2.jpg
  3. Place the crayon pieces into the spoon and let them melt. It will take about 30 seconds before the crayons start to melt.[7] Be sure to stir them occasionally using a toothpick.
    Make Lipstick Out of Crayons Step 17 Version 2.jpg
  4. Add in the shea butter and oil, and stir some more using a toothpick. You can use any type of food-grade oil, but some types, such as coconut oil, will give the lipstick a nicer smell and taste.
    Make Lipstick Out of Crayons Step 18.jpg
    • For sheer lipstick, use ½ teaspoon of your chosen oil.
    • For a more intense color, use ¼ teaspoon of your chosen oil.
  5. Keep stirring the ingredients until they melt completely. At this point, you can add in other ingredients, such as an extract for flavor or cosmetic glitter for shimmer. If the spoon becomes too hot to hold, consider using an oven mitt or wrapping the handle with a towel.
    Make Lipstick Out of Crayons Step 19.jpg
  6. Pour the melted ingredients into the container. Once the ingredients have melted and there are no more lumps, pull the spoon away from the flame and carefully pour the melted lipstick into the container. Be sure to blow out the candle.
    Make Lipstick Out of Crayons Step 20.jpg
  7. Let the lipstick cool. You can leave the lipstick to cool in the room you were working in, or you can stick the container into the fridge or freezer.
    Make Lipstick Out of Crayons Step 21.jpg

EditAdding Variations to the Lipstick

  1. Consider adding some sparkle with cosmetic glitter. Avoid using craft glitter; even the finest grain craft glitter will be too chunky to use for lipstick. Try using some cosmetic-grade glitter instead; you can purchase it in a beauty shop or online.

    • You can also use metallic crayons to create a pearlescent lipstick.
  2. Consider using castor oil to give your lipstick some shine. When making your lipstick, use castor oil instead of the food-grade oil.[8]

  3. Create custom colors by mixing two or more crayon colors together. You can mix however many colors you want, so long as you end up with what amounts to one crayon. Here are some color combinations you can try:[9][10]

    • To deepen a pink color, add some deep burgundy.
    • If the pink is too bright, add some peach-colored crayon.
    • Create a shimmery red-violet by mixing 1 part Gold and 2 parts Red Violet. You can add more shimmer with some gold cosmetic glitter.
    • Use one part each of Melon and Magenta to create a bright pink.
    • Create a bright red using 1 part each of Red Orange and Wild Strawberry.
    • For a creamy, neutral color, use 1 part each of Bittersweet and Peach.
    • For a silvery purple, use 1 part each of Silver and Violet.
  4. Use extracts and essences to add flavor and scent. You will only need one or two drops of your chosen extract or essence. Keep in mind that certain flavors and scents will be stronger than others, so you will need to use a little bit more/less. Also, the flavor and scent will become stronger after the lipstick hardens.[11] Here is a list of extracts and essences that work well in homemade lipstick:

    • Coconut
    • Grapefruit or tangerine
    • Peppermint
    • Vanilla



  • Try to get higher-quality, brand-named crayons; lower quality crayons, such as those in restaurants, tend to be less pigmented and more waxy.
  • Consider using a funnel to help guide the melted lipstick into narrow containers, such as empty lipstick and chap stick tubes.
  • Keep in mind that certain colors tend to be more pigmented than others.


  • Crayon manufacturers do not endorse the use of crayons for makeup. Crayola has gone so far as to state that it discourages and does not recommend the use of crayons as makeup.[12] On the other hand, the "rigorous" testing makeup apparently undergoes is about as transparent as mud, so you be the judge.
  • Be aware of reactions and irritations. Crayons have only been tested to be used artistically; they have not been tested to be used cosmetically. As such, the long-term effects of using crayons as lipstick are not known.[13]
  • Do not pour melted lipstick down the sink. If you have any lipstick leftover, either pour it into another container or dump it into the trash. If you pour it into the sink, it will harden and create a clog.[14]
  • Be aware that crayons have a higher lead content than regular lipstick. To prevent any complications, avoid using this lipstick on a daily basis; consider using it only once or twice a month, or for costumes and special events.[15]

EditThings You'll Need

EditStove-top Method

  • Pot
  • Metal or heat-safe glass container
  • Something to stir with
  • Small containers (contact lens cases, empty chap stick tube or lip balm container, pill boxes)

EditCandle Method

  • Large spoon
  • Candle
  • Toothpick
  • Small containers (contact lens cases, empty chap stick tube or lip balm container, pill boxes)

EditRelated wikiHows

  • Make Lipstick Using Eye Shadow
  • Make Lip Gloss with Petroleum Jelly

EditSources and Citations


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