A while ago I read my friend Mai’s awesome post on How to Create Lip Tar Pencils. Then I watched two videos by Koren of Enkore Makeup. The first was on turning your favorite lip tar into a lipstick. The second was on making an eyeliner pencil. I watched both the videos several times, and read through Mai’s post several times. Then I decided to give it a try myself, so I placed an order with TKB Trading and bought supplies. Before YOU begin, I recommend watching the videos, reading Mai’s Post, and reading Mai’s updated FAQ. Or, if you don’t want to try it yourself, you can buy them from Mai. Please note, her tutorial and anything mentioned in my post is not meant for commercial purposes.
After I got my supplies, I sat down and spent two hours making pencils from my lip tars. Out of all the pencils I made, I only had 1 pencil not turn out.
Following Mai’s tutorial (and sanitizing everything!!!) what I did
1. measured my little squeeze bowls on my scale and they weighed 18 g
2. I zeroed them out on my scale and then measured out 3 g of eyeliner base (this measured at 21 g)
3. I heated in 15 second increments, watching the base closely so it didn’t boil over
4. Once it was fully liquid, I measured again and it was 22 g, so I zeroed it out and then put in 2 g of lip tar.
(when I do this again, I’m going to use less than 3 grams of the solid, and heat it until I have 3 grams of liquid eyeliner base.)
The first pencil I made was Super NSFW and it turned out perfectly! So then I tried to make Batty into a pencil and it didn’t turn out at all! It had absolutely no pigmentation. I went back at it and tried Nylon, which turned out beautifully. Then I went through and made several more.
Finally, I decided to get crazy and make a custom pencil. I mixed 2/3 Feathered with 1/3 Pris and got a pretty white. I mixed 2/3 Rx with a bit of Tarred and a bit of Belladonna to make a dark blue. Then I tried 1/2 Tarred with 1/2 Batty and ended up with a semi-sheer black.
On the left side of each color is the OCC Makeup Lip Tar. On the right side is the Lip Tar Pencil. The bottom row contains my custom blends. You can see more swatches of my lip tars and me wearing them here. See the Sci-Fi Lullabies Lip Tar review and swatches.
Now, if you’re wondering WHY would you want to turn a lip tar into a pencil, I think my swatches speak for themselves. Lip tars, without good prep work and application technique, will bleed. You can see how they bleed on my hand, unlike the pencils. They still have that minty flavor and they’re still long lasting in pencil formula.
In my opinion, the best way to prep to wear a lip tar is:
1. Exfoliate your lips.
2. Moisturize your lips.
3. Blot your lips.
4. Apply a sheer coat of Lip Tar in Clear with a brush.
5. Apply a TINY amount of your desired Lip Tar color with a lip tar brush, starting from the center of the lips and working your way around the lip line.
6. Blot lightly.
You can also try a clear or color matched lip pencil, but I think that Clear Lip Tar works nicely.
This is Super NSFW. This is more sheer than the lip tar, but you can see subtle gold shimmer.
This is Radiate. It looks identical to the lip tar to me.
This is Strumpet, which is very close to the lip tar.
This is Nylon. It’s close, but less intense than the pencil. I did get asked what I was wearing when I wore it out of the house.
This is Belladonna. It’s close but less intense than the lip tar.
This is Butch. This is close, but slightly lighter than the lip tar.
This is Rx. It looks perfect to me.
This is my custom mix of Rx, Belladonna and Tarred. I really like it.
This is my custom mix of Feathered and Pris. It’s actually very pigmented.
This is my custom mix of Tarred and Batty. As you can see, it’s really sheer. I think it would be good for layering on top of other lipsticks to cool or darken them.
This is Annika, which looks just like the lip tar to me.
With a few of these, I think if I had used less eyeliner base, they’d be more intense and closer to their original lip tar color.
Will I continue to turn my lip tars into pencils? Absolutely, it’s fun! I like that they’re long wearing and they don’t bleed. They’re also much easier to travel with and use for touch ups on the go. Will I continue to wear my lip tars? Yes! Both have their place in my makeup arsenal.
A big thank you to Mai of Portrait of Mai and Koren of Enkore Makeup for their wonderful tutorials and guides. Without them, I wouldn’t have tried to DIY my own Lip Tar Pencils.
Have you tried to DIY Lip Tar Pencils? What’s your favorite Lip Tar shade? Have you made any of your own makeup? Please tell me in the comments below!