Probably the easiest DIY lip gloss ever!

By Dana Fox

As a kid, I always had a fascination with makeup. I would peek through my mom’s little makeup bag and play around with the pretty things I would find. Even though I was a little too young to be wearing makeup, I was always experimenting in my bedroom mirror. I used to read Seventeen magazine back then, too. I remember finding this lip gloss tutorial among the pages and becoming completely obsessed with it. The colour possibilities were endless! The mess I would make was huge but I didn’t care!  Here is that same DIY project… (a little cleaner this time!):


You will need:
– Vaseline
– Powdered eye shadow or blush
– Small empty container
– Small mixing utensil

1. Fill your container with Vaseline (petroleum jelly).

2. Sprinkle your favourite eyeshadow or blush on top. I used Everyday Minerals blush in DVR Saturday.

3. Mix it all together well. Clean up the edges.

4. Apply!

Probably the easiest tutorial in history, but there you have it! Vaseline is also amazing for your lips, so you have an added benefit! If you can’t find it in your drug store, check the baby section. For some reason they like to hide it away there even though it’s used for millions of things (makes an awesome gentle eye makeup remover too!).  If you’re looking for a more natural diy lip scrub, I have you covered too!

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
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I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • Kayla fromSealedWithAKay

    Awesome! I can't wait to try this!

    Thank you!
    xo Kayla

  • Lexie

    i personally can't live without lip gloss because my lips tend to get very dry no matter what i do

    thank you for this tutorial! ^^

  • Eeny

    That's awesome. Just what I needed. I have this blush in my make up collection that is just way to shimmery for my liking but I think it would make a pretty lip color.

  • Alli from Life on LeRoy

    LOVE this!! Will so be trying this one:) Thanks for sharing!

  • tara polly

    first of all, yes, i lived for seventeen magazine too! secondly, although i've heard of this how-to i've never tried it myself. i think your little tutorial just sealed the deal, i gotta!

  • Amber

    I can't wait to try this. And maybe do it with my 10 year old sister. She will absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing

  • Caity Sarah

    I love doing this but adding a tiny bit of hot chocolate mix, and then it smells and tastes amazing!

  • crazychimps16

    I totally need to try this! I already tried it will kool-aid mix and it is a lip stain more and it tastes really good! Thanks for sharing! Follow my blog

  • Emily Locknick

    Where did you find that little container!?

    • dana @ wonder forest

      i emptied the remains of an Everyday Minerals sample powder foundation :)

    • Angie

      You can get them from the container store.

    • carolyn s

      Made this with using blistex (in a small purse sized pot) I mixed it with blush. Worked great! Thanks for the idea :)

  • ~* J *~

    I would highly recommend using Lanolin instead of Vaseline… Vaseline is a petroleum product and in addition to leaching chemicals into your skin, it is also drying, not moisturizing.

    • dana @ wonder forest

      it's not drying at all, it's actually a fantastic moisturizer, and helps heal cuts and burns. people also use it as a lubricant, which is the opposite of drying lol.

    • eef

      I find it moisturizing as well, but have read plenty of reports about it being full of toxins. =[

      Not that most of our beauty products are aren't. Formaldehyde in nail polish, for example.

    • dana @ wonder forest

      I was just thinking the same thing after I posted that as well… a vast majority of makeup products contain tons of chemicals and things yet we use them anyways. It's not like you're putting a full on toxic chemical on your lips though, Vaseline has been MADE for skin.

    • Angie

      I was thinking about using an alternative as well (for my health and for the environment). I was wondering about using coconut oil.

    • Bonnie

      Vaseline is petroleum!! It is bad for you. Why put something on your mouth that is bad for you? You'll lick it off and now it is inside you!

      If there is an alternative, use it. A little here, a little there, it all adds up. People are getting cancer at alarming rates and this is one of the reasons… chemicals in our cleaning and beauty products.

    • dana @ wonder forest

      Sorry, but this is a little bit ridiculous. Since this post, I've done tons of research on Vaseline and firstly, it has never shown a direct link to cancer or health problems. It is also non toxic. Secondly, the argument that specific products like this cause cancer is even more ridiculous. We're 'getting cancer at alarming rates' because of EVERYTHING. 90% of foods sold in your standard grocery store are processed. The air we breathe…. we're inhaling and ingesting more chemicals and pollutants and things that are 'bad for us' every day. I just can't agree with the fact that Vaseline is bad for us because everything I have read has no underlying facts, and it usually all comes back to people just making up dangers when in fact it's not dangerous at all. It's critically tested and must meet certain grades to be sold, just like most of your other beauty products.

      This article is a great one about the truth about petrolatum: Please read it if you have concerns.

      I would also argue the environmental issue with Vaseline because we're not directly creating a new substance to make it. It's made from the left over build up during the refinery of crude oil. We're not creating new pollutants because of it.

    • serenna

      Vaseline locks moisture in, it would not be good for moisturizing your lips if they are already chapped. It is good for skin because it serves as a protective layer. I would recommend using Vitamin E Oil prior to your homemade lip gloss if your lips are already chapped.

  • Maddi3

    I love vaseline, how have I not of something as simple as this? *slaps forehead*

  • Tiffany Temple

    I love it!!! I NEVER thought to make my own! I'm going to do this with my niece TODAY. She's going to love it! Thank you SO much for sharing!

  • Allie

    this is SO GREAT!!!!

  • DianaLuv

    That probably was the simplest diy I have for awhile lol. Nice job. What camera do you use?

    • dana @ wonder forest

      Just a canon rebel with a 50mm lens

  • Kelsey Elizabeth

    GREAT idea! I would try it with aquaphor healing ointment too, I use it on my lips since a dermatologist recommended it and I find it a little thicker and less greasy than pure vaseline!


  • Pippa @ BeadsAndBarnacles

    Or using food colouring is another way of doing this.

    • dana @ wonder forest

      hmm, I hadn't thought of that. you wouldn't get the makeup shimmer or anything that way, however. :)

  • Aimée Moncur

    What a fabulous idea!

  • michelle @ sewing rocks

    Vaseline is just an amazing product and great for your lips! My dermatologist even recommended it as a night time under eye cream!

  • Jen

    That's such a good idea, I would never think of doing this! Definitely will now tho :) xx

  • Adeola Naomi

    Such a great idea!!!!
    One of the many reasons I love your blog!!!!

  • Andrea D

    I've always used vaseline to remove eye makeup…it takes off waterproof mascara one million times better than anything else I've tried!
    Great to know yet another use for my makeup remover! :)

  • Megan G.

    This is so easy & so awesome. I love how now you can make virtually any shade for lip gloss now!

    Quick question — where did you get the container for the lip gloss? Do they sell those in basic craft stores?

    • dana @ wonder forest

      I reused them from some old Everyday Minerals foundation samples :)

    • Elizabeth Kasa

      Vaseline makes a tiny lip pot/container now too… it's usually by the cash registers.

    • Elizabeth Kasa

      You can get a little pot of Vaseline for lips at cash registers now too.

  • Ashley

    why are you so creative!!!! DIY queen! You and Heather!

  • ginanorma

    LOve this, thank you Dana!!!

  • RetroSandie

    I love this simple idea – I love vaseline – I'm going to try making some myself – and I pinned it!!!! :)

  • trishie

    What a great diy! Have to try this soon

  • Katie

    Super cute looking and if you are not concerned about using natural products then it's great! I also love that you are doing DIY beauty products.

    Two concerns as someone who does try to stick to natural products and coming from someone who has friends and customers with skin problems on their lips.

    Firstly, there are health concerns with using petroleum (soft paraffin), however the products are just warned against and not banned at this point. Soya and beeswax candles are recommended for use instead of breathing in paraffin fumes and the same goes for putting it on your lips.

    Secondly, petroleum is an addictive product and in the long run actually dries out your lips further. You will find you constantly put it on or have the sensation that you need to. I highly recommend making lip balm by simply melting 1/3 beeswax, 1/3 cocoa butter or cocoa and shea mix, and 1/3 light oils (sweet almond or jojoba for example). I have had friends heal their lips and disown their Carmex (also petroleum based) and vaseline use as their lips completely healed with this recipe (in Winter time too!).

    • dana @ wonder forest

      Thanks Katie!! That would make another great, more extensive tutorial as well. Unfortunately for me, I'm allergic to beeswax :( lol, so I wouldn't be able to try it. It causes my skin to flare up into the itchiest bumps, so I normally have to make sure lip/skin products don't contain beeswax.

    • Katie

      I wonder if you could substitute emulsifying wax or soya wax. I will try it and see if it works! :)

  • Sara

    I absolutely love this idea! And it's such a smart idea of recycling old make up containers. 😉

  • Alyssa

    This is genius! and easy! I never in a million years would have thought of this but you better believe I will be using this. I can never find lip gloss colors I like (well, cheap ones anyway) hah

  • Mandi Durborough

    OMG! I am stoked! I can't wait to try this!!!!

  • Danielle Louise Hunter

    This is just a great idea!!

  • Hannah

    this is so simple and amazing!!! i really want to try it. brilliant.

  • Dumb Blonde Diaries

    this is probably the most magical post i've ever seen! LOVE this blog!

  • Bron

    I completely forgot about this DIY! my older sister showed it to me when we were younger :)

  • Jenn Leigh

    No Way!!!!! This is the best thing ever!

  • Pippa Armbrester

    What a great project! This would be a really fun gift.

  • Suzanne Beach

    I have done this using crushed Chapstick. I have a bad habit of leaving them in my jeans pockets and sometimes they get washed and may even make it into the dryer. I recycle them by putting them into small lip balm containers like this.

  • OneWord

    Great idea! I'm excited to try this! Thanks for sharing.


    Love this! would be great with those gorgeous MAC pigments you can buy too! thanks for posting :)


  • Erika

    What a great idea! Easy and awesome!

  • Trish Mayfield

    This is a great idea. I've done it using Lanolin instead of Vaseline (my preference for lip moisturizer.) I've never thought to use Kool-Aid though. A lip stain might be nice.

  • Dawn

    I can't wait to try this!! I too read Seventeen, from front to back, then I graduated to Glamour which I read for many, many years:) TFS.

  • Dawn

    I too read Seventeen, front to back, then I graduated to Glamour & read that for many years:) Can't wait to try this!! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Dawn

    I can't wait to try this!! I too read Seventeen, from front to back, then I graduated to Glamour which I read for many, many years:) TFS.

  • pearlswirl

    Oh my goodness, I remember reading, and trying, that same seventeen tutorial. I remember having such a feeling of ecstasy at having created my very own lipgloss. I played salon and 'sold' little pots of it to all my family members! :)

  • Aleksa

    What a great idea! Instead of Vaseline you can use African Shea Butter which is ALL NATURAL. (-: I just tried this and not only does it give you the shine of a lipgloss but it's also NOT STICKY (which man love because they seem to hate sticky lipgloss). It might not taste all that great, however does Vaseline taste any better?

  • Aleksa

    What a great idea! Instead of Vaseline you can use African Shea Butter which is ALL NATURAL. (-: I just tried this and not only does it give you the shine of a lipgloss but it's also NOT STICKY (which man love because they seem to hate sticky lipgloss). It might not taste all that great, however does Vaseline taste any better?

  • Accounting Warrior

    I've made this using Alba Botanica's Un-petroleum Jelly and Pink Lemonade Crystal Light. But it was sticky and didn't last long. Think I'm going to try the beeswax/shea/cocoa butter lip balm recipe…I don't like the taste of Vaseline.

  • Dinah Pike Houston

    I am going to try it with coconut oil. I don't want any part of the chemical – Vaseline – by-product of gasoline whatever it is stuff…… It should work though! Pretty photos.

  • Missy

    Someone on another post said that she had used Vitamin A & D ointment as a lip balm for years. Then she added her own ingredients to make the colored and flavored lip balm.

  • Hatta Shani

    I already tried this in my home and it totally awesome!
    I even make make up tutorial from this lip gloss >,<
    But why when I wear on my lips I feel smarting ?

  • Michelea Craig

    you can also do this for gel liner =)

  • Ariella

    Wouldn't eye shadow be gross to eat if not toxic? I am so going to try this around the easter egg season to make a knock of EOS lip balm!!1
    Ariella from visit me soon!

  • Charity S

    I totally used to get all my beauty tips from Seventeen back in the day! This is one of the very best tutorials ever! Classic.

  • Aaksha Sequeira

    This is really amazing but I wanted to know if it's safe to use eye shadow/blush because it isn't really made for using on lips right? :)

  • Mimi

    I just bought coconut oil….I'm wondering if once melted it could replace vaseline? I would melt it to mix with the eyeshadow/blush powder and then put it in the freezer to get it hard again.

    What do you think?

  • Kaylene Pritchard

    I have been thinking about making lip gloss lately but thought it would be too hard. Thanks for this great idea!

  • Kaylene Pritchard

    I have been wanting to make my own lip gloss lately but thought it would be too hard. Thanks for this great recipe!

  • Noelle Meunier

    My mother works in pharmacy and my doctor had suggested using petroleum jelly for extremely chapped lips (my brother' case) and it works! If you want a more "natural" solution, un-petroleum jelly is an option, its more natural. Its totally up to you, but petroleum jelly isnt that bad for you. Its made for skin, most people put in on at night because it moisturizes all night .

  • Jodie

    I have so many blush and eyeshadows I don't use that I can use for just this reason, so happy I found this!

  • Jodie

    I have so many eyeshadow and blushes I don't use anymore but would be perfect for this, so glad I found this !!

  • Jamie

    Where did you get the spoon in your picture? Thanks.

    • Dana Fox

      I think it came with a little frozen yogurt making set. You can find similar ones that are simply measuring spoons though!

  • Olivia

    OMG! Thank you soooooo much for this brilliant idea!!!!! If you want to add flavor (scent) then add crystal light!

  • Denice

    Hello do you know a substitute for vaseline orpetrolium jelly but not beeswax I don’t have that

  • Carmen

    do you think i can use coconut oil instead of vaseline?