As mentioned in a previous post, I'm planning to make lip colors soon! I make perfumes and lip balms, and it has always been a sort of dream of mine to do lipsticks, so I thought now seemed a good time to start. However, these won't be lipsticks, but old-fashioned "lip rouge" in a pot, the type you apply with a brush.
After all, if you would like to know a little secret, the names I gave to my perfumes, "Eliza Fragrances" was one I came up with easily because I once wanted to start a company called "Eliza Cosmetics." Why 'Eliza'? It's the first half of my middle name, 'Elizabeth.' But the name 'Eliza' is classy and alluring, a bit like the name 'Ava' or 'Rita'. At least, I think so. Anyway, my dream of my 'future' cosmetic company was that I would have lipsticks, nail colors, and nail files, which I was fashioning myself with some kind of filing stone. That was before my vintage days, before I discovered my true style, and the dream died out--all except for the lipstick part.
So, why am I choosing potted lip rouge instead of lipsticks? A few reasons; one, lipstick molds are VERY expensive. I don't really want to think of all the work involved of pouring into molds and assembling the lipstick in the tubes. Besides that, it's necessary to find a base with just the right balance of creamy and soft, yet still firm enough to hold its shape in tube form.
Photo of a lipstick mold from the TKB Trading website. Looks rather like some torture device. D:
Another reason, so you won't only suspect me of laziness (ha, ha), is that potted lip rouge is quite a novelty. Unmistakeably vintage. And that's what my perfumes are all about; bringing back classy vintage scents that one can't get a hold of anymore. Now I might be able to do this with lip colors--if all goes smoothly!
While I'm really excited, I'm also pretty nervous. I have a lot of shades planned, but will it work out? I'm afraid the color will come out sheer, or that the base will be too oily. Or I won't get the color just right. I ordered some samples from the mineral makeup supply company TKB Trading last week. There are a few suppliers out there, but I really liked TKB Trading's extensive information on the pigments (i.e. specific FDA approvals), and the site seemed very user friendly and organized, with articles, recipes, user reviews, lots of how-to. I emailed them and the response I received was prompt. I'm hoping these are all good omens!
There is a remarkably vintage twist to these lip rouges; not just the colors, but the theme of what I plan to name them. This I'm keeping secret until I start making them. Whether I fail or succeed, I'll share this with you sometime after my first few attempts. If I have luck making the lip colors, I'll post photos and let you know how to get in touch with me if you're interested in trying some. Wish me luck! :)
Happy Holidays to all! ♥