Quick and Easy At-Home Lip Stain

The Easiest Lip Stain to Make

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Lip stains are a great alternative way to color the lips when you don't want to worry about re-applying lipstick. They look more natural and don't require touch-ups like gloss and lipsticks do, and can be a budget-friendly way of wearing makeup when you don't have extra cash to spend. Keep reading our tips on how to create an affordable at home lip stain using only jello!

How to Make It

  • To get a really great and quick lip stain, all you have to do is go to your kitchen. If you find a  box of red Jell-O then you're in business. If you don't have one on hand then you can grab a small box from your local grocer for only a couple of dollars. The best flavor to use is Strawberry or Cherry because they give the best natural red stain.
  • Once you have your Jell-O, take a small container (with a lid) and empty the Jell-O into it. You have several options on what to use to apply the Jell-O to your lips. You can always use your finger, but if you are worried about staining your fingertip then you can use a Q-Tip, a clean eyeshadow applicator, or a lip brush
  • Mix up the Jell-O and color test it on your hand first to be sure it's the color that you want, and if it isn't you can keep mixing it until you get the right tone. Depending on how light to bold you want the color to be will depend on how much you use to mix it, so try out a few swatches before settling on a permanent color that you feel you'll be able to wear often. 

Makeup Artist Tip: When using lip stain it's imperative to exfoliate your lips a few times a week to ensure the color is properly removed and you prevent chapped lips and flaking. You can use an exfoliator, by simply rubbing it on the lips and then removing it with warm water. Some exfoliators have moisturizing products built inside, but you can always apply lip balm after to hydrate.

Once It's On

  • Once you apply the Jell-O to your lips, rub them together. If there are leftover crystals on your lips then you can buff them off with a cosmetic wedge or clean Q-tip. Now look at your lips and gauge the level of stain. If you want more color, you can apply a second application. Just make sure you don't go overboard with the staining. It should be used to color your lips and make them seem natural. Your stain should allow you to wear a little lip liner if needed, and a touch of lip balm or gloss. The great thing about lip stain is that you can use it under lipstick as well, so when your lipstick wears away you will still have a beautifully stained lip.
  • As a bonus, once you get the hang of staining your lips with Jell-O you can get creative by taking a small amount of balm, such as Smith's Rosebud Salve, and mixing it with a small amount of Jell-O to create a gloss-like stain. You can put some in a small jar and keep it to use for touch ups through the day and as another makeup product to keep in your handbag. You can find small containers at the art store that are suitable for putting your new lip stain into. Once you get the hang of mixing the correct amount, you can also use it as a nice cheek stain too. A great way and inexpensive way to make your own lip stain at home; what else would you be willing to DIY?​​