The Art of Stains: Lip and Cheek Tints from Red Grapes


Fall is finally here, and that means just one thing — the “Cold Girl” makeup look is back in style. This look radiates the rosy glow of a brisk day spent outdoors. It makes you look refreshed, healthy, and unbelievably feminine. Achieving this charming look also isn’t too much of a hassle, especially if you have the right products on hand. And what product would be a better fit for it than a lip and cheek tint? Particularly those inspired by the rich colors of red grapes. Of course, you can easily buy lip and cheek tints in most stores, but why not make one yourself? After all, it’s not more than just a pigmented serum that you can apply to your face. So let’s explore the world of makeup tints, and if it’s really worth making your own.

The Iconic Lip and Cheek Tint

When you hear the words “lip and cheek tint”, you probably think of Benetint by Benefit. This legendary product, born in the 1970s as a nipple tint for exotic dancers, evolved into a versatile lip and cheek tint beloved by makeup artists and enthusiasts alike. It has been on the market for decades, and regained its popularity amongst the younger generation in the last couple of years after it went viral on TikTok. Everyone wants a natural and flushed makeup look, and Benetint cheeks off all of the boxes. Well, except one…

Despite its popularity, there’s one important thing that you should consider — Benefit is not a cruelty-free brand. Of course, that’s why we could never recommend it with a clear conscience. Luckily, we don’t have to. Because making your own lip and cheek tint is much easier than you may think. So if you’re a lover of DIY makeup products, you’re in for a treat.

DIY Lip and Cheek Tint

For those who relish a hands-on approach to beauty, crafting your own lip and cheek tint is not only an exciting opportunity to let your inner scientist run free, but also allows you to customize your perfect shade. Begin by crushing 1-2 small red grapes to extract their juice, embracing the natural flushed color that inspire this “Cold Girl” look. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the grape juice with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of candelilla wax. Heat this mixture in short intervals (approximately 10-15 seconds each) until the wax pellets melt completely. Stir diligently after each interval.


If you want to make your tint last longer, but also add an extra touch of care, consider adding a tiny drop of vitamin E oil for preservation. Finally, pour this exquisite concoction into a small container for storage and allow it to cool. You’ll soon have a creamy tint that is not only amazing for your quick and easy makeup looks, but also perfectly reflects your commitment to ethical beauty practices. To use, apply a small amount to your lips and cheeks, using your fingertips. Blend it in gently using either your fingers, brush, or a beauty sponge.


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