DIY Diva: Back To School Beauty

Published on September 14, 2013 by   ·   1 Comment

The other day, I was browsing the Back to School aisles at my local Target (I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a SERIOUS fetish for office supplies!) when I decided to pick up an extra pack of glue sticks.  In addition to helping kindergarteners make ugly art projects for the fridge, glue sticks are an integral part of the drag queens beauty bag.  It got me thinking: were there more “undercover” beauty finds just waiting to be discovered in the aisles of office products and art supplies?

0 GluestickThe first BTS treasure is, as I said above, the glue stick.  Glue sticks are exactly what you need if you want to cover up your eyebrows to make more room for fabulous makeup, but don’t want to spend the time and money to master theatrical wax products.  Most places have packs of 2 or 3 sticks for only a dollar or two.  I’m still mastering the eyebrow cover thing, but it’s much easier than I thought it would be.  Basically, here’s what you do (if you use a face primer, put that on before starting these steps):

1. First, run the glue stick over your eyebrows going against the grain of the hair (from the outside of the face in).  This may seem like the opposite of what you want to do, but trust me – it’s an important step!

2. After you’ve let that dry for a short time, run the glue stick over your eyebrows with the grain of the hair (from the nose outward).  Let that dry for a minute or so, then repeat.

3. After the glue has had a minute or so to set, dust with setting powder.

4. After the setting powder, apply a thin layer of concealer, then apply your foundation as you normally would.

Some people add additional steps using various other products; I’ve heard of putting red lipstick before the concealer, or even Clown White!  I’ve had pretty good luck with the steps above, but feel free to experiment and see what works for you!  The video below shows how to cover using gluestick, but also gives another option: spirit gum and wax.  Enjoy!

I always have problems with hairs popping up out of the glue, but I think a couple of extra coats might help with that.

While I was walking through the back to school aisles, I had another brainchild: I’ve made my own lip balms for a while now using beeswax, shea or cocoa butter, and essential oils, and there were all of these cheap boxes of crayons sitting right on the shelf in front of me.  Why not try making my own lipstick by substituting the beeswax with various colored crayons?

When I hit YouTube, I figured out that I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was – other people have been making lipstick out of crayons for years now.  Leave it to me to be behind the curve.  What can I say?  I’m far too pretty to be smart. I started looking through the tutorials and I found that most people made their lipsticks using crayons, shea butter, and castor oil, as well as food grade essential oil if you want them to have a scent.  Here is a tutorial that isn’t that long that I watched before trying out my own batch of homemade lipsticks:

I was super excited to try this – imagine the possibilities of being able to make your own lipstick in every color in your trusty old box of Crayolas.  I really, really, really wanted this to work.  Unfortunately, my experience was only…meh.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  First, the process: I made my lipsticks using Crayola crayons (I bought a box of 120 colors so I’d have the most options available to me) and combined the crayon pieces with 1/2 tsp. of shea butter and 1/2 tsp. of castor oil per lipstick (both products are from Now Solutions, and are available at Nature’s Country Store in the Grand Cities Mall).  When I give the recipe, each “part” of crayon is 1/4 of a whole crayon.  Most of the recipes I found used only 1/2 a crayon, but I usually used more, hoping that I would get more pigmentation to the lipstick.  Here are the colors I made (my name for the lipstick is first, followed by the names of the crayons used):

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(R) Red Letter Day: 2 parts “Red”
(L) Blow Up Doll Pink: 2 parts “Shocking Pink” (a drop of water from the dish in the double-boiler fell into the lipstick as I was pouring, giving it that lovely Swiss cheese look!)

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(L) Orange is the new Black: 2 parts “Mango Tango,” 1 part “Gold”
(R) Grapes of Wrath: 2 parts “Blue-Violet,” 1 part “Orchid”

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(L) Jungle Fever: 2 parts “Rainforest,” 1 part “Screaming Green,” 1 part “Silver”
(R) Man in Uniform: 1 part “Navy Blue,” 1 part “Sky Blue,” 1 part “Gold”

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(R) Caramel Kisses: 2 parts “Copper,” 1 part “Gold,” 1 part “Brown”
(L) Diaper Rash: 2 parts “Laser Lemon,” 1 part “Yellow,” 1 part “Gold” (I was hoping this would be a bright, sunny yellow but instead it looks sort of like nasty baby diapers…hence the name!)

I wasn’t thrilled with how some of them looked in the pots (*ahem* Diaper Rash), but I figured if they worked, it would all be worth it.  Unfortunately, they just didn’t have enough pigmentation to them.  For women, these might work well if you want something more along like lines of a tinted lip balm.  They do feel nice and soft on the lips, and they give you a nice tint without necessarily giving you such a strong color like lipstick can.  They tend toward sheer and shiny, which isn’t all that useful to a big ol’ drag queen like me!  Here are the swatches:

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Left to right are Grapes of Wrath, Blow Up Doll Pink, Orange is the New Black, and Red Letter Day.  GOW, OITNB, and RLD weren’t that bad, though again they were pretty sheer.  I did about three layers to get as much color as you see in this picture.  The real disappointment in this bunch is BUDP – in the pot it is so fabulously neon pink, like Nicki Minaj lips on crack!  But as you can see in the pic, it goes on super sheer and you can barely see it.

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Left to right are Diaper Rash, Caramel Kisses, Jungle Fever, and Man In Uniform.  MIU was pretty blah: the color is super sheer, and even with a few coats I’m pretty sure it would just make you look like you have hypothermia.  NOT a glamour choice.  I’m actually surprised that CK and DR look much better when swatched than they do in the pot.  I might even keep DR to wear as a gloss over OCC’s “Traffic” lip tar to give it a little sparkle (And CK might look good layered over “Authentic” lip tar, though that already has sparkle in it).  The big winner in this bunch is actually JF – though it photographed really blue.  It seems to have the deepest pigmentation out of the bunch, and might pair up well with OCC’s “Power Plant” lip tar.

So I didn’t love them, but they were kind of fun and super easy to make.  I have a ton of MAC pigments lying around – I think my next experiment is going to be to add pigments to the wax, shea butter, and castor oil mixture.  This sort of takes away from the “cheap alternative” aspect, but since I already have all the ingredients around, it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot.  I would also probably add a few drops of essential oil.  They don’t smell bad, but the shea butter and castor oil don’t really have smells and so they just smell like crayons.  And then you put it on your lips, which are inconveniently located right under your nostrils.  A couple drops of something yummy smelling would help these out tremendously.

So even though this DIY experiment wasn’t that successful, I had a good time.  I’m going to keep scouring the aisles at Walmart for new project ideas…at least until the Halloween merchandise arrives!

Now Go Forth And Get Painted!

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Readers Comments (1)
  1. janessajaye says:

    Also, after they had more time to harden, they’ve become quite a bit drier. Since I increased the amount of crayon in the recipe, it seems I should have also increased the castor oil and shea butter. They aren’t unusable, but not as soft and pliable as they were for the first couple of hours after I made them.





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