The Gloss Investigates: Can You Really Make Legit Lipstick Out of Crayons and Coconut Oil?

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If you’ve been on Pinterest for more than five seconds, you’ve seen the graphic: some 15-year-old beauty blogger is smiling at the camera, lipstick in one hand a crayon in the other, claiming that making her own lipstick was as easy as combining coconut oil and non-toxic Crayola crayons. If you’re anything like me, you let out a full-on mom-esque, “UGH, THIS OUGHTA BE GOOD,” (any John Mulaney fans out there?) and move on with your life. 

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But lately, curiosity has gotten the better of me. I’m kind of always prowling for new lipstick (I have a problem, we can talk about it later), but I also have this thing called I Hate Paying For Things. So, in that vein, a DIY lipstick that I could make out of things I have lying around my apartment? It’s starting to sound more and more appealing.

In the interest of science and determining whether or not Pinterest is even remotely legit, I decided to try out the Crayon-and-Coconut-Oil DIY lipstick hack. Because what else is a 23-year-old single woman supposed to do on a Thursday night in New York City?

Here’s the tutorial I used:

Seems easy enough, right? I can’t really help but get the feeling that this is one of those DIY hacks that only works for miraculous humans on the Internet, but who knows? Maybe this one’s legit.

Here’s the real girl’s guide to everything you need to complete this project:

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I lieu of a glass jar I used a shot glass (#resourceful), and since I didn’t have any old, empty eyeshadow pans or containers, I just grabbed some old plastic cups that my roommate and I occasionally use when making Jell-O shots. Because we’re mature adults. I also used a sharp serrated knife to cut the crayons, not pictured here, mostly because I forgot to take it out when I was taking this picture and also because we all know what knives look like. We’ve seen emojis.

To get things started, as was instructed by the tutorial, I put about an inch of water in the smallest pot I own, set it over low heat on my stove, and popped my shot glass right in. Needless to say, I immediately felt like a goddamn wizard:

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Hey everyone, come and see how clean my stove is!

Once I was all set up, it was time for the ~*magic*~ to begin!

Click to the next page to see if this DIY lipstick hack really works!

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