DIY Lip Gloss

While lipstick is always a dependable makeup choice, allowing us to add a pop of color to any outfit, nothing quite compares to the sleek, natural appearance of a good quality lip gloss.

Back in the early 2000s, lip gloss was all the rage. It was fashionable to own glittery glosses, colorful glosses, and even ones that taste like your favorite fruit. If you could find one that combined all three of these properties, you were onto an automatic winner.

DIY Lip Gloss

Nowadays, after a couple of years of matte lipstick taking the center stage, lip gloss is finally making a comeback! And, we have never been happier.

While lip gloss has always been available at most beauty stores, it can be difficult to find the right one that you want for yourself. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could simply make your own at home, choosing your own colors and flavors?

Well, in this article, we will show you how to do just that.

Continue reading to find out how to create your own lip gloss at home, having them fully ready and prepared to use within 30 minutes. We will show you exactly how to make them, step-by-step, as well as looking at the best flavors and colors to use in them. 

So, let’s get started!

3 Types Of DIY Lip Gloss To Make At Home

The three greatest ingredients to use as a base for your lip gloss are:

  • Vaseline (or other petroleum based jelly)
  • Coconut oil
  • Beeswax

These ingredients are natural based, and contain soothing qualities that will aid irritated, dry lips, as well as keeping healthy lips remain healthy. 

Other ingredients that also include calming properties are:

  • Cocoa butter
  • Shea butter
  • Vitamin E capsules
  • Olive oil
  • Grape-seed oil

All you will need to create your own DIY lip glosses at home are the aforementioned ingredients, a stove or a microwave, and a couple of kitchen utensils that you, most likely, already have lying around in your own kitchen. 

Overall, each batch of lip glosses will only take around 25-30 minutes to create. You could have your own homemade gloss ready to use within less than half an hour!

Continue reading to find out exactly how to make these lip glosses yourself.

DIY Vaseline Lip Gloss 

2 Tubes

This is, by far, the easiest lip gloss to make at home since it only requires one ingredient. Vaseline is a terrific lip gloss on its own: the white petroleum jelly protects your lips’ hydration and moisture, while reinforcing the skin barrier and treating acute dryness and inflammation.

Be sure to follow the directions lower down in this article if you would like to add some color or flavor to the gloss.


Vaseline or other petroleum jelly (2 tbsp) 

Utensils Needed

  • Measuring spoons
  • Disposable spoon
  • Mixing bowl (microwave safe)
  • Lip gloss containers


Spoon 2 tbsp of petroleum jelly into the mixing bowl. If you are planning to make several colors of lip gloss, use separate bowls for each shade.

Microwave the petroleum jelly for 10 seconds, setting a timer. Once the timer has gone off, check to see if it has completely melted. If not, keep putting the bowl back into the microwave for 10 seconds intervals until fully melted.

Remove the bowl filled with petroleum jelly from the microwave once it has melted, being very careful not to burn your hands.

Using the disposable spoon, stir the melted petroleum jelly until it is completely smooth and liquid. 

Very carefully transfer the contents of the bowl into lip gloss containers. Make sure you do this while the petroleum jelly is still liquid, as you will need to melt it in the microwave again if it begins to harden.

Place the lip gloss container in the fridge for 10-20 minutes, allowing it to harden.

After 10-20 minutes, your lip gloss should be ready for use!

DIY Lip Gloss

DIY Coconut Oil Lip Gloss 

2-3 Tins

For chapped or irritated lips, coconut oil is a highly effective remedy. Coconut oil has natural qualities that are healthy for your skin in general, and, additionally, provides a pleasant and sweet flavor. 

Most coconut oils will soak easily into the skin, giving enough moisture to repair cracked, dry lips in a short period of time.


  • Coconut oil (2 tbsp)
  • Cocoa butter (1 tbsp)
  • Vitamin E (3 capsules)

Utensils Needed

  • Measuring spoons
  • Disposable spoon
  • Mixing bowl (microwave safe)
  • Scissors
  • Lip gloss containers


Place the coconut oil and cocoa butter in the mixing bowl, stirring together until it creates a thick paste.

Put the bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds, setting a timer. If the mixture hasn’t completely melted after this time, put it back in for another 20 seconds. 

Once the mixture has become a liquid form, cut off the ends of the vitamin E capsules with the scissors, and squeeze the liquid into the bowl. Do not add the capsule shells into the mixture – only the liquid!

Stir all the ingredients together with the disposable spoon until they are completely smooth.

Carefully transfer the mixture into the lip gloss containers while it is still liquid.

Place the lip gloss containers into the fridge for around 20 minutes to allow it to completely cool and harden.

Your lip gloss is ready to apply!

DIY Beeswax Lip Gloss 

13-14 Tubes

Using beeswax on your skin, as well as your lips, may be exactly what you need if you are suffering from dry skin. This natural material contains several moisturizing and hydrating properties, as well as calming attributes that can aid with cracked or sore lips.

Beeswax also includes modest levels of antibacterial properties, in addition to natural emulsifiers, for further protection against dry, cracked skin and lips.


  • Grape-seed oil or olive oil (4 tbsp)
  • Coconut oil (2 tbsp)
  • Cocoa butter or shea butter (2 tbsp)
  • Cosmetic-grade beeswax (2 tbsp)
  • Vitamin E (3 capsules)

Utensils Needed

  • Measuring spoons
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Scissors
  • Grater
  • Pot
  • Silicone spatula
  • Lip gloss containers


Use the grater to grate the beeswax into smaller pieces beforehand: this will make it quicker and easier to melt. Place the grated pieces into the glass measuring cup.

Use the measuring spoons to measure the oil (grape-seed or olive), coconut oil, and the cocoa butter or shea butter before adding it into the cup along with the beeswax.

Use the scissors to cut open the vitamin E capsules, and squeeze the liquid in with the other ingredients. Don’t add the actual capsules into the mixture – only the liquid!

Place the measuring cup inside the pot, and fill the pot with 2-3 inches of water to create a double boiler. Place the pot on the stove, and heat up the ingredients at a medium heat.

Keep stirring the ingredients while they are heating until they have completely melted into a liquid. Using the silicone spatula, scrape all the ingredients from the sides of the cup so that everything has melted together.

Once everything has melted, pour the mixture into lip gloss containers. Do this while the mixture is a liquid, as it will make it much easier to pour.

Place the containers in a refrigerator for, at least, 20 minutes, allowing them to cool and completely harden.

After the 20 minutes, your lip gloss will be ready to use!

What Containers To Use For DIY Lip Gloss

So, we mentioned in each recipe that you will need a handful of lip gloss containers to place the gloss into. You may be wondering what we mean, exactly, by a ‘lip gloss container’. 

When it comes to lip gloss packaging, you have a lot of alternatives. Tubes, jars, and bottles are just a few of the customization possibilities available, and deciding which is best can be tough.

After all, there are so many to choose from!

A small, round tin jar may be easier to handle for harder lip glosses, such as the beeswax mix. This is due to the fact that when the beeswax solution hardens, it becomes a lot thicker and solid than other mixtures. 

Therefore, it would be easier to use your finger, or a small makeup brush, to apply the gloss straight from the tin.

Most other lip gloss containers are usually made from glass or plastic. In this day and age, we are becoming more environmentally aware, realizing that one-use plastic isn’t ideal to be used for anything. 

This is why it may be a great idea to reuse old lip gloss containers for your new solutions.

Simply wash out your old lip gloss containers with some warm, soapy water, and then scoop or pour your new lip gloss – while it is still liquid and easily transferrable – into the old containers. 

You can get the containers that you squeeze the lip gloss out of, the ones with the small lip brushes attached to the lid, and even the ones with the little ball on top, which can be used to roll the gloss onto your lips like a tiny deodorant stick. 

Your choice should be made while considering the consistency of the gloss. For example, it may be difficult to squeeze a hardened beeswax mixture out of a container. Additionally, a coconut oil mixture may be too runny to contain in a small, tin jar. 

You will need to judge the consistency yourself, and then work out which container will be best to contain your lip gloss. 

DIY Lip Gloss

How To Add Colors And Scents?

As we said at the start of this piece, some of the greatest attributes that can be given to a lip gloss are the flavors and the colors. 

While you can use plain, flavorless, colorless gloss for a more natural look, sometimes it can be more fun to add a little personality to our makeup looks, right?


The best way to add color to homemade lip glosses is by adding a teaspoon of lipstick to the mixture, during the melting process. 

You can pick whichever color you like! Since the original mixture will have no color, you can get creative with your designs, even mixing a couple of colors together to create your own unique shades. You will have the freedom to create the brightest of reds, some pretty pinks, or even some neutral nudes. The power is in your hands.

If you would like to add a simple, light, natural color, you could add either ½ a teaspoon of beetroot powder or some powdered blush. This will create a light pinkish shade, just subtle enough to look natural.


To create scented/flavored lip gloss, add some essential oils of your choice! You can choose to have a fruity, citrus flavor, or even an earthy, plant taste.

The following are the more popular, best recommended oils to use in your homemade lip gloss creations:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Vanilla
  • Tangerine
  • Lavender

Make sure you only add 2-4 drops of essential oil into your lip gloss formula, although you can add more or less depending on how strong or weak you would like it to taste. 

You may also want to check which oils could irritate your lips if they are dry and chapped, or if you suffer from cold sores!

You should probably add some flavor to your Vaseline batch, since it has no flavor whatsoever. However, the coconut oil and beeswax batches will already contain subtle, sweet flavors of their own, meaning that you do not need to add any extra flavoring if you do not want to.

Final Touches

If adding color and scents to your lip gloss isn’t enough to satisfy you, we have one last option that may completely change the appearance of your lips: glitter.

All you need to do is add around ½ a teaspoon of glitter – any color of your choice – into your lip gloss mixture, and stir it in completely. This will add an outstanding, glistening look that will surely make you stand out from the crowd!

You can use less glitter if you would prefer to have a more subtle appearance, but make sure you don’t add more than ½ a teaspoon to your formula. Too much glitter can create a gritty, grainy texture that could cut and irritate your lips. 

Additionally, you don’t want too much glitter to fall into your mouth, as this could potentially be dangerous: glitter should not be orally consumed, therefore the less you use, the better.

Final Thoughts

So, there we have it! Now you know how to create your own DIY lip gloss at home. 

It is up to you to decide whether you would prefer a gloss with a Vaseline base, a coconut oil base, or a beeswax base. All three options contain several natural, soothing qualities that will help maintain luscious and smooth lips.

You can also decide whether you would like to add color or flavor to your lip gloss, as it is not required. However, it will make them a little more fun!

Good luck with your DIY creations.

Hannah Shiftle
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