Worried about the potentially dangerous chemicals and metals lurking in your lip products, you might want to consider making your own lip color at home.
In this article, we will teach you how to make an easy DIY lip stain from a product already found in your home food color. And answer all the questions you may have regarding using food coloring as a lip stain.
If you don’t know a Lip stain is a product that “STAINS” your lips using a lightweight formula and has full coverage pigment and is long-lasting as well.
To learn more about Lip stains and Lip tints Click here: Lip Tint vs Lip Stain – Which one is Really Better
Is it Safe to put food coloring on your Lips
It is absolutely safe to put food color on your lips provided you don’t normally have any sort of allergy to food coloring, nor do you have extremely sensitive skin.
The FDA Director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors Linda Katz, M.D., M.P.H states “Color additives are very safe when used properly,”.
The FDA also went on to say that Reactions to color additives are rare. It is possible, but rare, to have an allergic-type reaction to a color additive. A color additive that may possibly cause an allergy is FD&C Yellow No. 5 which may cause itching and hives in some people.
Since food color is considered safe to put in food, it should be safe to use as a lip stain. However, food dyes have not been tested topically and so 100% safety as a lip stain cannot be guaranteed. So, if you have underlining skin problems or sensitive lips consider patch testing and be cautious if attempting to do this.
Another great DIY Lip tint is to use Beetroot – click here to read DIY Beetroot Lip Stain, Tint & Lip Balm.
How to use Food Coloring to Stain your Lips
When using food coloring there are a number of methods that people use to stain their lips including:
- Applying food coloring directly to lips and allowing it to dry.
- Mixing food coloring and other ingredients to make a stain.
- Making a peel-off stain with food coloring and non-toxic glue.
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1- How to Apply Food Color directly to Lips
Follow these steps when using food coloring as a lip stain
- The first step in applying food color to the lips is to find a shade of food color that will flatter you. When in doubt, try red or deep pink hues.
- After choosing your color, take a cotton swab or disposable lip brush and saturate it with the food color.
- Make sure your lips are clean and dry.
- Gently apply the food color to the lips, and try to keep the color within the lip line.
- Allow it to dry.
- Use a clean cotton pad to blot any of the remaining colors on the lips.
- After removing the excess, the color that remains on the lips is the stain.
- You can add a gloss over the stain if you want.
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2- How to use food coloring to make a moisturizing lip stain
You can use food color along with other ingredients including aloe vera gel, glycerin, and lip balm to make a lip stain.
Below are the steps to making a moisturizing lip stain from food color and aloe vera.
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Steps to make an aloe vera and food color lip stain
- Add 5 parts aloe vera gel and one part food coloring to an empty bottle and mix well.
- You can use a clean lip applicator to combine the ingredients.
- If the color of the stain needs to be adjusted, add more or less of the food coloring to suit your preference.
- The more food color you use the brighter the color will appear, so experiment to find your perfect match.
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Video of How to Make Lips Stain with Food Coloring & Aloe Vera
3- How to Make a Peel-Off lip stain with Glue and Food Coloring
What you will need to make a Peel Off Lip Stain
- Non-toxic Glue
- Food Coloring
Steps to follow when making a peel-off lip stain from food color and glue
- Add 2 tablespoons of non-toxic glue to a bowl.
- Next, add the food coloring one drop at a time until the desired color is achieved.
- Use a disposable lip brush to combine the glue and the food coloring.
- Carefully apply the mixture to the lips. Making sure not to get any inside your mouth.
- Allow the mixture to dry on the lips- this takes about 10 minutes.
- After drying, carefully peel off the stain. You will be left with a beautiful stain on the lips.
Video of How to Make a Peel-Off Lip Stain With Food Coloring
Can Food Coloring be used in lip balm and lip gloss
Food color is a great choice when you want to add pigment or color to a homemade lip balm or lip gloss.
However, lip balm or glosses made with food coloring will not add a bold color like what is found in stains made with food color. Instead, these colorants will add a nice hue to the balm or gloss itself and will not stain the lips.
An important tip to note, however, is that when making lip balms the colors will typically fade as the lip balm cools. So, add the coloring until the mixture is about two shades darker than the actual color you want.
You can also use food color to add color to a clear store-bought gloss or lip balm. A few drops of gel or water-based food color will provide a nice hue. However, water-based food color may affect the consistency and shelf life of the gloss or balm.
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How long will food coloring stain your Lips
Typically, the average time that a lip stain from food color stays on your lips is about 8- 12 hours. When food color is added to lip balms or glosses the color lasts for about 2- 3 hours.
The exact time that the pigment from food coloring remains on your lips varies from person to person.
The durability of food color as a pigment depends on the amount of food color that was used as well as how often you eat or drink after application.
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How do you get Food Coloring off your lips
Food coloring has the ability to stain your lips and skin for a long time. To remove food coloring safely from your lips there are several options to try.
Option 1– Use soap and lukewarm water to massage the lips in a circular motion to loosen the food color from the lips.
Option 2– Apply oil such as coconut or olive oil to the lips. Leave on for a couple of minutes then wipe off.
Option 3– Apply lip balm or petroleum jelly to lips. Allow to sit for a while then wipe off with a clean dry cloth.
Option 4– Try using a toothbrush and toothpaste to scrub off the food coloring. This works great to exfoliate lips as well.
Option 5– Mix lemon juice, honey, and sugar together to make a lip scrub. And gently massage the lips. Wash away with warm water.
Option 6– Mix apple cider vinegar and water and apply to the lips. Leave it on for 2 minutes then wash away.
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