How to make Matte Lipstick at Home - A Simple Recipe

By Sara . Updated: March 8, 2017
How to make Matte Lipstick at Home - A Simple Recipe

Matte Lipstick is the new craze. It looks sophisticated and can look good on you anywhere and at any time. Although you will find lots of choices in color, finding the right tone is quite difficult. Even when you find the perfect tone you might not find it in the market when you visit the second time.

So, the best alternative is to make homemade matte lipstick. This will help you in having your favorite tone in abundant quantity, and since you will be making it with natural products it will be healthy and relatively cheaper than the one found at your local beauty shop.

In this oneHOWTO article we will know how to make Matte Lipstick at home.

You may also be interested in: How to Apply Matte Lipstick

Steps to follow:


Ingredients required to make your own matte lipstick are:

  • 1 teaspoon Vaseline or Petroleum jelly or Beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon Oil (coconut oil, vegetable oil, olive oil or baby oil)
  • 1 teaspoon Shea butter or Cocoa butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Bentonite Clay (for the matte texture)
  • A small round container


For the matte color you can either use eye shadow or you can pick other natural alternatives such as:

  • Red: 1/8 teaspoon of beetroot powder or 1 drop of natural red food coloring.
  • Brown/ Tan: ¼ teaspoon of organic cocoa powder or a tiny pinch of cinnamon.

Take a look at how to make black lipstick at home if this is the color you're aiming for.


If you are using bees wax then melt the bees wax, shea/cocoa butter and oil.

If you are using Vaseline or petroleum jelly then simply mix it with shea/ cocoa butter and oil.


To get the matte hue pick out your desired eye shadow color. Either use loose eye shadow or if you are using the pressed powdered eye shadow then crush it so that no lump remains. Then mix the eye shadow powder to the mixture made in above step.

If you are using the natural color then add your desired ingredient to achieve the desired hue. The best thing is that you can experiment by adding different ingredients in different amount to achieve lots of light and dark shades.

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Now add the bentonite clay to the mixture to achieve the matte texture in your lipstick and mix it well.

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If you have used the Vaseline or petroleum jelly then simply transfer the mixture in the container and your matte lipstick is now ready to use.

But if you have used the beeswax then your lipstick is still in liquid state. Pour it in the container such that it is a little below the top. This is because the lipstick will expand as it cools down.

Store the matte lipstick in a cool place (i.e. under 80 degrees) or else it will soften - and that's it!

Now you have your own lipstick ready to use, why not find out how to apply your lipstick to get the best look for your lip shape?

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As well as the previous tips, if you want your matte lipstick to look perfect and last longer, we recommend bearing the following things in mind when painting them:

  • Hydrate them by applying a lip balm. Discover how to make one yourself in our article on how to make a homemade lip balm.
  • First apply a small amount of foundation on your lips with a sponge or brush.
  • Follow the contours of your lips with an eyeliner pencil of the same shade as your chosen lipstick.
  • Apply the matte lipstick with the help of a specific brush and then dab your lips with a piece of toilet paper.
  • Apply a second coat of matte lipstick to get a better finish.

Do not forget that it will be impossible to get good matte lipstick if your lips are not well hydrated and in perfect condition. The best thing is to exfoliate them at least once a week to remove dead cells and leave them free of unsightly bits of skin. To do this, use a commercial exfoliating lotion or prepare a homemade one using natural products such as sugar, honey, coffee or almond oil. In the article how to make a scrub for your lips you can see the full recipe.

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the article is very useful
OneHowTo Editor
We're go glad Audrey!
I'm going to use these ingredients with some left over lipstick to mattify it more. Also, i've ordered a lip primer. My question is this recipe is for a full tube? If so i need to adjust the measurement of ingredients to smaller amounts. What would you suggest? Thank you
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Sherry
This recipe is for a full lipstick tube. But the first time you try it, we recommend trying half of the recipe to make sure you’re not sensitive to any of its products
Hey! Firstly, thanks for writing this article! Secondly, is there something i can use instead of what’s listed for the vasoline, jelly, or beeswax? Thanks!
OneHowTo Editor
Hi HarukiLuv
You need either one of the three to bind the mixture so that it applies correctly.
I made a lipstick using a similar recipe, the beetroot powder did not give off any pigment, the lipstick was grainy and did not leave any pigment on my beetroot the only colouring that can be used ?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Si,

If the beetroot powder is too coarse, then it is possible you can put it in a mortar and pestle with the oil to grind it down to a finer degree. If not, you can find plenty of food colorings commercially available. You just need to ensure you don't have any allergies, so test them out on your arm skin first.
Thanks for this recipe. I had some carob chips languishing in the back of my cupboard. I made a batch using 1/2 measurements because the carob chips didn't melt well. I nuked them with coconut oil and coco butter and instead of Bentonite clay I used Red Moroccan clay. It turned out pretty OK. Then I made a full batch according to your recipe, except that I used 85% Bakers chocolate (I never follow recipes exactly, and I wanted something to match my dark brown complexion) and the red clay, plus another 1/4 tsp Bentonite clay. I goes on a bit shiny, but because of the all natural ingredients the oils soak into your lips after a few minutes and with the usual blotting, dries to a nice matte color is left. I'm a grandmother and the shiny lipstick trend caused me to stop wearing lipstick for a long time. This matte lipstick is classy and matches me perfectly. I wish I could send you pictures.
Azura hishamudin
Hi.. Very good article.. Do u have recipe for Matte Liquid Lipstick?? Or is this the same??
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Azura,
We don't have one at the moment, but we'll take note of it to create one in the future.
We're glad this article was useful to make matte lipstick at home!
Wonderful articales
OneHowTo Editor
Thank you for your kind comment!
I would really love it if you published my recipe and mention my name and my Youtube channel Jennifer Cervantes ok so here is my recipe.

first get some crayons of your choice and color.
next get some oil of and kind.
then get some eyeshadow for more pigmented matte lipstick.
then get a double boiler going and put a bowl inside get half a crayon then some matte foundation and put in some eyeshadow melt then pour into a contaner
Hi I didn't find bentonite clay instead the lady give me toothpaste earth toothpaste wich has bentonite but it has xylitol I think is that bad to ingest? It is an organic tooth paste
OneHowTo Editor
Xylitol is a natural sweetener and is a common ingredient in chewing gum. There is no problem in using that, though I'm not sure if the density of this product will work for this recipe.
In any case, try it out and let us know about the results!
please help
will it be like a liquid when its finish
OneHowTo Editor
Once it's dry it should be compact. Tell us about your results or if you had any problems.
Chinoy francis
I neither have bentonite clay nor available in market so how i will make my lipstick? Please help me ...
Try your local organic food grocery store. Some people eat Clay....
Zarrin Tasnim
I used 1 teaspoon of beeswax, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 1/4th teaspoon of bentonite clay and few drops of red food color. Firstly it wasn't mixing up it. And the hue doesn't stay on the lips. It is matte but it feels like a lip balm. It looks very pigmented in the container but when i apply it its not. Please help me out
Angelica Ruiz
Great tips!!! Thanks!
I cant see your reply to my comment
OneHowTo Editor
The answer is coconut oil, which will substitute shea
Zarrin Tasnim
I can't get shea butter or coca butter in my country what can I use instead?
Jane Bertin (oneHOWTO editor)
Coconut oil can be used as a substitute. Hope that's useful!
I can't see your reply
what if i dont have bentonite clay?any alternatives? thanks :)
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