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How to Mix Lipsticks Properly for Endless Color Options

Written by Allison

Here’s how to mix lipsticks flawlessly.

It will always be the case that you have a hundred lipsticks but not quite the right one. To help you get the most out of all of those lipsticks you have, we’re finally going to teach you how to mix lipsticks properly. You can create totally new colors when you learn how to mix lipsticks, and create new textures too.

To get you started on your lipstick mixing journey we’re starting off with the basics, mixing two lipsticks together.Β How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

1. Mix Two Lipsticks Together

This is the ground floor entry into learning how to mix lipsticks. Once you’ve got this down, you can really start experimenting. For basic lipstick mixing we suggest keeping within similar formulas and finishes so you can get a predicable result.

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How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

If you’re going for a one time use, you can mix lipsticks right on the back of your hand. To mix, start off by applying a line of your first lipstick color to the back of your (clean) hand. Then, to avoid mixing the colors on the bullet, you’ll need to use a brush for the second lipstick. Using that brush apply your second color on top of the first and blend the two shades together.

If you’re really DIY-ing it you’ll need to get a makeup mixing palette and a storage container for your new lipstick color. You don’t need to get wildly fancy! A clean piece of plastic will do as a palette, and a clean travel size pot can hold that new lipstick color.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

Whichever DIY you try, you’ll need to apply the new lipstick with a lip brush. This helps you get a perfect, crisp lipstick line and an even wash of color. If you apply a very thin amount of lipstick, a lip brush helps to work it into the lips to create a faux lip stain.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

Mixed together this red and orange lipstick make a beautiful tomato red shade.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

2. Mix Lipstick And Balm

For a low key look, mix together your favorite lip balm with a lipstick. This can help the balm last a little longer and give you a pretty lip tint.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

Start off by applying your lip balm as usual. The lipstick, on the other hand, we want to apply with a finger. You can keep things sanitary by disinfecting your lipstick with rubbing alcohol. Dab that lipstick onto a finger so you can apply to your lips.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

Dab that lipstick onto your lips to blend it right then and there into your balm. It’s best to go for a thin layer of lipstick, you can always work your way up to a bolder color but you can’t take it away!

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

Mixing a lipstick into a balm helps give your balm so much more life.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

3. Layer Lipstick and Gloss

The trick of the ages. You can make your lips look larger, and add shine to a matte lipstick with a lipgloss! For this we suggest using a thicker lipgloss that isn’t too emollient. If you’re working with a lip oil, for instance, the oils will work to break down your lipstick and you can end up with a patchy result. Patchy lipstick is basically the worst thing ever, so don’t chance it! You can even use a shiny liquid lipstick if glosses tend to do you wrong.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

Apply the gloss right to the center of your lips. You don’t want to apply too much, and you don’t want to apply it all over your lips. Going for the all over look is like asking to have your lipstick feather all over the place. Once you’ve applied a bit of lip gloss, smooch your lips together to blend the edges. Once you’ve mastered this skill you can try our How to Wear Black Lipstick tutorial, too.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

The result is bigger, shinier lips with a color that won’t break down on you.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

4. Quick Layered Ombre Lipstick

Our last trick is to layer lipsticks right on top of each other for a similar effect. Instead of using two shades to create one new shade, use them to create a dimensional ombre lip look. Start off by applying lipstick as usual to your lips, we recommend using the darker shade first (go dig through your lipstick storage bin for just the right deep tone). Then, take that lip brush again and dip into your lighter lipstick. Apply the lighter lipstick to the center of your lips, using the brush this time to blend out the edges.

How to mix lipsticks properly for endless color options.

Perfect ombre lips without all the hassle! Learning how to mix lipsticks is so helpful for making the most out of your lipstick collection.

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About the author

Allison

Bio: She's a New Orleans based beauty writer, nail polish hoarder, and doughnut enthusiast. When she isn't camping out in her local coffee shop for hours on end, you'll probably find her taking selfies in front of every colorful wall she's ever seen. Follow along on Instagram @allisonmarieschmidt.

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