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Who doesn’t love a dose of Shimmer in their lipsticks? Want to know how to add shimmer to your lipsticks?

I always prefer to wear the ones with shimmer, especially since I wear makeup only for occasions. For this season, I was looking at something red, when I was preparing my lipstick.

I usually go for Brown or Berry, though I wanted to try Red after a long time. I don’t prefer Devil Red, rather, a darker shade so it looks subtle – a cross between maroon and red.

Want to know how I did it?


Cocoa Butter – 1 Tsp.
Beeswax – ½ Tsp.
Olive Oil – 1 Tsp.
Vitamin E Oil – a few drops
Wine Red Mica Powder – ¼ Tsp.
Golden Mica Powder – a few pinches
Red Iron Oxide – a few pinches


In a double boiler, melt the Cocoa Butter, Beeswax and Olive Oil.

When melted fully, remove from heat and set aside for a minute to cool down.

Now, add Vitamin E Oil, Mica Powders and Iron Oxide.

Mix well and ensure there are no lumps.

Transfer to lip balm dispensers and let it set. You can refrigerate to help set faster.

Tips to Tweak the Recipe

I have used color pigments of my choice, but you can use whatever color pigments you like. This gives a color that’s cross between Maroon and Red – not very dark red, a lighter red.

You can add essential oils to give the lipstick a nice smell, or to improve the recipe. If you use essential oils add them while you add Mica powders and make sure they’re therapeutic grade. Just remember, Cocoa Butter has a nice chocolate aroma – so choose essential oils that will compliment it.

You can increase the Beeswax though since Cocoa Butter is a hard butter and we only use less oil, I did not need more Beeswax. But the ratios are a matter of personal preference, so feel free to alter to suit your preference.

Remember, the Mica Pigment Colors vary – the name of the shade or intensity of the shade, so choose according to what’s available in your area. Make sure they’re safe to use on lips.

I sometimes add a pinch or two of Cinnamon Powder to the recipe, as it plumps up my lips a bit. But that’s optional – you can also use Peppermint Essential Oil, Cayenne Oil or even Cinnamon Oil for the same purpose.

You can also use Iron Oxides for color or even Food Colors or natural coloring options like the ones given here. A few options like Alkanet Root Powder, Beetroot Powder, Rose Petals, Hibiscus Petals, Berry Powders and Pomegranate are coloring options though for other colors, food colors, Iron Oxides or Mineral Pigments are only options. If you want Shimmer, Glitter or Mica work best.

All said and done, this is a DIY Recipe! So, let your creative side out to play and try different options, variations, combinations and what not! See what works for you best, what you are able to create and play along! That’s the whole point of DIY right?

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