How to Make Shiny Lip Gloss

by Andrea Drinkard ; Updated September 28, 2017

Create your own shiny lip gloss with a few common household items.

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Lip gloss is an essential product to a number of women. Unfortunately, cosmetics can get expensive and some ingredients can irritate sensitive skin. With a few common household ingredients, you can create a personalized shiny lip gloss. Not only will the shade be the exact one you desire, but the price is also much more attractive as well.

Items you will need

  • Lip gloss pot or tube
  • Soap and water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Clean, microwave safe bowl
  • Cocoa powder, flavored drink crystals or cream blush


Step 1

Clean a lip gloss pot with soap and water. Scrub to remove traces of old lip gloss.

Step 2

Wipe the pot with rubbing alcohol to sanitize further.

Step 3

Fill the lip gloss container with petroleum jelly to get the exact amount you will need to fill the pot.

Step 4

Transfer the petroleum jelly into a clean, microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until melted.

Making the Gloss

Step 1

Pour a small amount of cocoa powder or flavored drink crystals into the melted petroleum jelly. Strawberry, raspberry and other berry flavors may produce the desired color and add flavor to the lip gloss. Alternatively, add cream blush to alter the color and cooking extract to flavor the lip gloss.

Step 2

Stir the mixture thoroughly.

Step 3

Add more cocoa powder or drink crystals to increase the color and flavor of the gloss.

Step 4

Stir the mixture until all of the powder or crystals are incorporated.

Step 5

Transfer the mixture to the clean lip gloss pot and allow it to cool completely.


  • As an alternative to microwaving the petroleum jelly, pour it into a plastic bag and submerge the product in hot water until completely melted.

    For a honey-flavored gloss, stir 1 teaspoon of honey in the petroleum jelly prior to melting. For a minty gloss, put three drops of peppermint oil into 1 tablespoon of petroleum jelly before melting.

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About the Author

Andrea Drinkard began writing in 2005, specializing in proper nutrition, and disease and treatment articles. She has been featured in "Cosmopolitan" magazine. Drinkard holds Bachelors of Science in biology and kinesiology from the University of Alabama.