Reusing Broken Lipsticks to Make New Ones

September 13, 2008 by Rookie Expert  
Published in Makeup

This article is essentially about re-using your old, unusable lipsticks to make new lipsticks. You can make different new shades too. What’s more, I’ve included videos to demonstrate how to make your own lipstick palettes. It’s cheap, easy and very handy. You can reduce wastage and save money too.

Don’t you hate it when your favourite lipstick gets broken? Sometimes you get it stuck in the cap when you close it in a rush. What do you do when your expensive lipstick is over? There is still some of it left in the container, you know, the last bit that won’t roll up but is still sitting in. Ever left your lipstick in the car on a hot day and it melted? You want to be able to use your lipstick in all the above mentioned cases. How do you do that? Well, first you’ll need a few things to get you started on this re-using project. You’ll need -

Lipstick(s) that you want to reuse

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Cuticle pusher Or a Metallic nail file (with the pointed tip)

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What we are going to do is: First, using the cuticle pusher or your filer, scrap out the lipstick from the lipstick container, which maybe the cap with the smashed lipstick or the base with the last bit of your lipstick. Put this in a small microwave safe container. If you have any broken lipsticks, you know when the stick just breaks out, add those to the container too. Oh, what I forgot mentioning is, its okay to use 2-3 different shades of lipsticks too, once we melt them down and mix them, you’ll have a new shade, one that will be unique. If you are not the experimental type, just stick to one shade.

Since we are re-using stuff, I would suggest using an old contact lens case or a pill case as your lipstick palette. But if you prefer to have a proper container, you could buy a lipstick palette or even better; get a lip gloss container, the small glass ones. You could ask the person at any beauty counter for their sample container, they’ll give them out for free!!

Once you have the lipstick in the container, put it in the microwave for a few seconds. Depending on the quantity of the lipstick, the time will vary. For an entire lipstick, do 30 seconds first. Check if the lipstick has melted completely. If not, microwave another 15-20 seconds. Remember, never let the lipstick boil to a liquid, microwave it just until it melts. Over heating will separate its oxides and the glitter that the lipstick contains, you don’t want that! Once melted, pour out your lipstick into the palette you have chosen. Let it cool, either in a fridge or just at room temperature, until its firm again. The new lipstick can be applied with a lip brush or your finger.

Another advantage of lipstick palettes is they are compact, easy to carry in a purse, very handy and they give you a chance to form new fun shades each time. If you are travelling or want your makeup to take lesser space, it’s a great alternative.

Make your own lipstick palette:

Melting lipstick video tutorial:

This is a video showing how to melt lipsticks on a stove. If you prefer stoves to microwaves, this video is for you.

For a lipstick stick that is broken at the base: A simple quick fix is to attach the stick back to its base. For doing this, just blow dry the bottom of the broken stick on low, do the same with the base in the lipstick container. When hot and they look like they have melted a bit from the heat, press the lipstick onto the base firmly. Keep in the fridge for 15-20 minutes so that your lipstick sticks nicely to the base. It’s ready to be used again!

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9 Responses to “Reusing Broken Lipsticks to Make New Ones”
  1. BC Doan Says:

    Awesome tips to re-use and recycle make-up…

  2. Lauren Axelrod Says:

    These are great tips. I tend to use the lipstick that lasts for up to 7 hours but, eventually it tends to dry up in the tube. It’s like nail polish for your lips.

  3. Ruby Hawk Says:

    I love all your tips. My motto is use it all up and you have shown us how.

  4. SD Speirs Says:

    I Love this … I’ve done the whole put it back together thing and I just mess it all up. This tip is perfect. =]

  5. Glynis Smy Says:

    Very handy tips. I love the idea of making my own colour too! Thumbs up.

  6. MrAoToHcUhRi Says:

    Nice…I’ll definitely have to try putting a hair drier to the base since I’ve often run into the problem of them breaking at the base!

  7. dee gold Says:

    This article really helps us save money.Thanks!

  8. Morgana Says:

    Thank you for the information, it’s very useful.

  9. Phatgurl Says:

    Thanks for the tips. I just made my own eye & lip palette yesterday using broken lipstick and loose pigments. Melted the lippie using hairdryer and it was so easy!

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