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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:

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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!

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I decided that I’d keep things classic for my first go-around, so I went with the true red crayon to start. Really, though, I just wanted to see if it would be a good dupe for the new Kylie Lip Kit shade that the Internet wouldn’t let me have.

Per the tutorial, I plopped a precise half teaspoon of coconut oil into the shot glass and let it melt down until it was clear and had an almost watery consistency. After that, since I was too lazy to pull out a measuring tape, I just cut the tip of the crayon off at the bottom of the black marking on the wrapper. After that it was as easy as popping it into the shot glass of coconut oil and waiting for it to melt:

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I don’t know if it was because the water just wasn’t warm enough yet or if the tutorial was wrong, but it definitely took longer than 30 seconds for the crayon to melt. It took closer to a minute, maybe a minute and a half. In the grand scheme of things that’s obviously no time at all, but when you’re promised delivery in 30 seconds or less, you expect results.

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Once everything was melted down, I swatched the melted crayon-and-coconut-oil concoction on my hand to make sure I liked the color, and I was actually very pleasantly surprised:

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It’s definitely not the most opaque lipstick I’ve ever used, but it’s legit enough! Pleased with all of my hard work, I poured it into one of my little plastic containers, and it hardened in seconds.

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But I know you’re not here to look at cups of dried wax. You’re here to see whether or not this BS can actually produces a viable cosmetic product. Well, I’m here to tell you that it can, and it did. Look at this:

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Isn’t that such a pretty color?? Since it’s mostly coconut oil, it’s actually insanely hydrating, though I should probably emphasize the fact that, if you’re going to do this, you MUST use a non-toxic crayon so you don’t poison yourself. I also don’t know that I would recommend using this regularly in lieu of actual lipstick, because obviously it’s still crayons. My one complaint is that the resulting lipstick has a pretty lengthy dry time, but so do plenty of other high-end lipsticks. Removal is as easy as wiping the color away with a tissue. No makeup remover necessary.

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Since the one big thing I was really worried about throughout this whole process was cleanup—I don’t know about you, but I don’t generally relish the idea of scraping dried crayon off of my kitchen appliances—I was nervous to see if it really was as easy as wiping the glass down with a paper towel. Turns out, so long as you do it quickly or just use a wet paper towel, it was! With my fresh, clean glass looking good as new, I decided to go for a few more shades:

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Clockwise: Red Violet, Blue Green, Carnation Pink, Red Orange, Red

Here’s where things started to get a little hairy, though. I don’t know if this is a function of the formulas of each individual crayon, if the shot glass got too hot or wasn’t hot enough, or if I used too much coconut oil, but I had a lot of problems with the other four shades. The red violet and blue green mixtures wouldn’t harden (I let them sit out for an hour, and they were still runny), so I popped them in the fridge to speed things up. Unfortunately, that resulted in a cupful of colorful hardened coconut oil, and I couldn’t actually pick up any product to test out on my lips. The orange and pink, meanwhile, finished with a very creamy consistency, which, all things considered, isn’t bad when you think about how many liquid lipsticks are on the market these days, but wasn’t great when I was hoping for a hard, bullet-type consistency a la the red shade.

So, results time. Can you really make legit lipstick out of crayons and coconut oil? As it turns out, yes! There’s a bit of a trial-and-error process involved, and you might not end up with the consistency you were hoping for, but the resulting product was so good I actually considered wearing it to work today. If you don’t want to pay for lipstick and have some crayons and coconut oil lying around, or if you’re just looking for a weird craft project to do with your friends, try this out. It looks like Pinterest may have finally gotten something right. 

(Photos: Sara Steinfeld/The Gloss)