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Lip gloss is one of the most underrated self-care items. This low-maintenance makeup moisturizes your pout and adds a hint of color, all while fitting into the front pocket of your jeans. Lip gloss leaves a wet sheen while also give your lips a little TLC with added moisturizers. If you want to skip the wet look and get straight to the benefits, a colorless, matte lip balm is your best bet. By trying your hand at DIY lip care, you may discover a new favorite color, flavor, and shine that works for you.

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1. Materials you need to get started

Making lip gloss or balm at home is possible with ingredients you may already have. Body butters like cocoa or shea add a protective barrier to the skin and dry to a solid. Oils provide a more lustrous, liquid consistency to your lip gloss. Lighter oils such as coconut, grape seed, sunflower, or jojoba absorb quickly, while heavier oils like olive and avocado add weight and shine. You can also use petroleum jelly, aloe vera gel, and vegetable shortening as a base. If you crave color, raid your pantry for Kool-Aid mix, food coloring, or beetroot juice.

Aloe Vera gel moisturizes lips serezniy / Getty Images
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