Saturday, September 5, 2009

Lipstick: Modifying lip balm - adding boron nitride

Boron nitride is a great addition to a lipstick at 2 to 5%. It offers slip, glide, a pearly sheen, and a little whitening that won't morph your colours too much. It is a great adhesion ingredient, and that's always welcome in my lip colours!

PINKY PINK LIP SHIMMER
1 cc raspberry pop mica
2 cc coral mica
1 sc burgundy iron oxide
4 sc titanium dioxide
1 cc petal pink mica

This is your grind. Feel free to leave out the titanium dioxide if you want more of a shimmer than a lipstick.

PINKY PINK LIP SHIMMER WITH LIP BALM BASE
2 cc of colour your above colour grind
1 tbsp lip balm base

As usual, melt your lip balm base and put into a shot glass. Add your colour, mix well, then pour into the tube.

PINKY PINK LIP STICK WITH LIP BALM BASE
I had 3 cc, 4 scoops (3.6 cc or 3.6 ml) left of the pinky pink colour grind. To this I added 1 cc boron nitride, which works out to about 21.7%. Yeah, it was too much, but I liked the way it looked.

2 cc of colour with boron nitride included
1 tbsp lip balm base



As you can see from the colour evolution, the last two swatches with boron nitride doesn't morph in colour, but it does offer a pearly look. Although I used far more than is suggested - 21% compared to 5%, I think it turned out nicely! If you want a seriously pearly glow, consider using boron glow at 5% in your lipstick.

Join me tomorrow for fun with another base - the classic lipstick base.

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