Mixing Lipsticks: The Basics tutorial

I’m back once again with a tutorial…of sorts. It’s all about mixing lip colors to create your totally unique shades using your favorites brands or formulas.

– Cafi

First “rule” to mixing, there are no wrong combinations or wrong colors to choose from. Creativity reigns so have fun with it.

There are multiple formulas and types of lip products to use, so I recommend using similar formulas together (liquid lipsticks with liqiud lipstick, lip paints with lip paints, etc…) to start off with. Once you get comfortable explore different formulas. Do you, booboo.

Understanding the color wheel and how colors are makes mixing shades become so much easier.

I made this little “chart” to show you a few examples of what you can do. The first two are lip paints, the next three are regular lipsticks, and the last one are liquid lipsticks.

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Keep in mind that these colors on a white page will appear different on actual lips.

You can’t really tell the difference but the blue and dark red create this really beautiful dark lavender color. It’s gorgeous. When adding a blue base to any color you make it cool toned, so mixing blue and red make purple- think of the color wheel. The second is a nude and dark red create a dark pink mauve color. Perfect for people of color as a nude shade.

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Lip paints are easiest to mix on a palette (or a clean hand mirror) then applied to the lips with a brush. With the J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paints you only need a dot of each color to get your desired color.

These next two are regular lipsticks that I used to make a beautiful nude (trust me, it looks better on lips than on paper) and a bright lavender. The first mixture is using a green base which will warm up any color it’s paired with. The elf lipstick is way too pink for me to use by itself so mixing green to warm up creates a nude peach color. The next mixture uses white to lighten a dark vampy purple to create that pretty perfect for summer lavender. Any time a color is too dark for you mix white to make it lighter and even brighter.

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I like to put the base color (green, whtie) down first straight onto my lips then the top color straight from the tube as well. Smacking the lips will blend the colors and create a new color.

Since white lightens, obviously black will darken any color. Granted, I probably should’ve chosen a different color than orange to darker but you get my point…hopefully. Adding black to any color will add darkness, so black and orange makes…an ugly shade to be honest. The black and orange lipsticks are both regular lipsticks. The last set are liquid lipsticks. The sticker on the Rimmel London wore off so I apologize I don’t know the name. It’s a light beige nude color. This bright orange and light nude create a more toned and wearable dark coral shade. Persimmon is a very bright golden orange shade that most people might not want to wear out.

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I mix the regular lipsticks from the tube onto my lips, but the liquid lipsticks I mix on a palette (tbh it’s just a clean hand mirror- I don’t have a palette) using a brush to apply.

I hope this helped you out, keep rocking and be awesome.

As always, have a nice day/ night/ week ✌🏽️

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