Kool-Aid Lip Stain

0 Posted by - September 7, 2012 - DIY & Crafts, Hair & Beauty

I pinned this and you guys immediately begged me to try it.

The thing is, I probably could have written this post without even trying it at all because it turned out pretty much exactly how I thought it would. But then you would have missed out on the pictorial version of the process.

On a dark and stormy afternoon, one Pintester emptied a packet of Crystal Lite (because she’s on a diet, duh) into a cute little tiny ramekin.

Then she stuck her finger in it, which is pretty much how all pintests begin around here.

All went according to plan, UNTIL…


And though the valiant Q-tip tried, this pintest was really too far gone to save.

Oh dear. And, to add insult to injury, it did not stay where it should have stayed. On my finger? Yes. On my lips? No.

Me, like 38 seconds after applying

Know what, though? This tale has a happy ending, because then I ate the rest of the Crystal Lite powder like a Pixie Stick because, damn, it feels good to be a gangster.

Also, it did stain my tongue.

Oh irony, how you mock me!


  • ehuffman September 7, 2012 - 8:45 am Reply

    Am I the only one who is seriously creeped out by the lips in the pinned picture? I don’t know what it is…I cannot stop looking at them! AAh!

    • courthal1 September 7, 2012 - 9:20 am Reply

      ehuffman nope. I’m freaked out by them too I think it’s cause no one has lips that look like that. They are too full. They look photoshopped to me. Plus it’s a creepy smile.

      • ehuffman September 7, 2012 - 11:25 am Reply

        courthal1 YES! And the teeth are too perfectly white.

  • SunshyneCleverlyKersker September 7, 2012 - 8:45 am Reply

    awww, that’s not blue!

  • Heather_R September 7, 2012 - 9:01 am Reply

    Love it! This is exactly what would happen if I tried it! Ever try coloring your hair with it, yeah, pretty much same result, was super awesome when it started raining and kool-aid was running down my face! 

  • jelyle980 September 7, 2012 - 9:20 am Reply

    Sometimes I think people post stuff that doesn’t work just to see how many other people are crazy enough to try it.  Thanks for being one of those crazy people and saving the rest of us from the mess and embarrassment!

  • EmilyB522 September 7, 2012 - 9:51 am Reply

    I’m one of the morons who re-pinned the KoolAid lipstick pin.  Thanks for trying it so we don’t have to – and for making hysterical faces!

  • LauraContreras September 7, 2012 - 11:25 am Reply

    Ok, but Crystal Light is not the same as KoolAid. I’m just guessing here but maybe KoolAid has some color additives that Crystal Light doesn’t have? So who knows, it MIGHT still work… if you use the right ingredients.

    • Craftpocalypse September 7, 2012 - 5:00 pm Reply

      LauraContreras  It doesn’t. I’ve tried it with cherry Kool-Aid. Name brand and everything. While delicious, I found it uncontrollable and sticky. It ran ALL over my face. Even tried it is a thick paste.  This pin was just not meant to be my friend. 

  • lillygayle September 7, 2012 - 11:45 am Reply

    I don’t care if these pins Might have worked or not. See your blog about the failures always makes my day. Thanks for another great laugh at your expense. ROFL! But hey, I’m laughing with you!

  • puffycat1 September 7, 2012 - 11:45 am Reply

    I pinned this and tried it a few days ago thinking it would absolutelywork. I mean, kool aid powder stains your boogers if you accidentally inhale while making it, so why not lips! It did work, a little too well. Apparently the scratchy citric acid grains in the mix act as an exfolliant so I walked around all day with red pieces of skin hanging on my lips. I’ll just stick to red sharpie like a normal 6 yr old, Thank you very much!

    • Jani July 26, 2020 - 7:18 pm Reply

      have to say your reply gave me the biggest laugh, in the entire comments section! Thanks!

  • GirlWhoCriedSkinny September 7, 2012 - 12:50 pm Reply

    Side benefit – getting to take a pic of sugary powder in the cute little tiny ramekin :)(which reminds me of early junior high, when Bridget Gauvin and I made our own Fun Dip with koolaid and gum)

  • Truffles8761 September 7, 2012 - 4:20 pm Reply

    Ha! Better you than me.  I was going to try this one.

  • ThisSillyGirlsLife September 7, 2012 - 5:30 pm Reply

    LOL, u so crazy

  • ThePintester September 7, 2012 - 5:35 pm Reply

    @Chloe_lala thanks for the share!

    • Chloe_lala September 7, 2012 - 8:10 pm Reply

      @ThePintester Is it weird that I’m fangirling that you tweeted at me? It’s weird, isn’t it? 🙂

      • ThePintester September 7, 2012 - 9:05 pm Reply

        @chloe_lala If it’s weird, please never be normal. 😉 And thank you!

  • Chloe_lala September 7, 2012 - 5:41 pm Reply

    @Chloe_lala Is it weird that I’m fangirling that you tweeted at me? It’s weird, isn’t it? 🙂

  • rfoust September 7, 2012 - 10:00 pm Reply

    I kinda want some kool-aid now 🙂

  • Cilla September 8, 2012 - 12:51 pm Reply

    I knew someone who thought it would be fun to snort a blue pixie stick in class….maybe this is where this pin originated from? She was expelled from school with a blue nostril, had a couple offspring and never left that town. Given the two choices, I’ll try this one…if any.

  • TaraLynnRichardson September 9, 2012 - 1:46 am Reply

    Heh. This reminds me of the girls in 6th grade in the bathroom at school coloring their hair with Kool-Aid… THAT was hilarious…You should do that next!! 😀

  • average_jane September 10, 2012 - 11:41 am Reply

    When I was a teenager, my sister and I used to use unflavored red Koolaid to dye our mother’s boyfriend’s white cat pink. Good times.

  • caito September 16, 2012 - 9:16 pm Reply

    “This tale has a happy ending, because then I ate the rest of the CrystalLite powder like a Pixie Stick because, damn, it feels good to be agangster.”DYING.

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  • LeslieEBates September 23, 2012 - 11:27 pm Reply

    I’m the idiot who tried it one day since we have way too much Kool-Aid in the cabinet….but I just used a regular pack since I didn’t see anywhere in the pin that you should use the sugar-free version.  Anyway…as you probably know, Kool-Aid is NOT good without sugar.  Ugh.  But at least it stopped me from licking my lips.

  • taybromby November 5, 2012 - 10:07 pm Reply

    Also, this is not good to try with super chapped lips.  Insert burning fire from hell.

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  • Lovelylullaby April 8, 2013 - 12:10 pm Reply

    Idk what you did wrong but I’ve done this many times and it works and I love it. I add kooli aid to my homemade lip balm for the color and it also adds a sweet taste and it is fabulous. Sometimes it bothers me because the lip stain last so one that I don’t want red or pink lips for days.

  • Shauna January 17, 2014 - 11:33 pm Reply

    I saw this, and even though it failed horribly for you, I had to try it. The moment I started rubbing it into my lips, I knew something was going wrong. See, my Kool aid was a bit…aged, I guess. My husband still had it from his bachelor days, so the powder was pretty grainy from absorbing extra moisture from the air. Think table salt grains. I instantly had tons of little microcuts on my precious pout, which now tasted like the saltiest cherry-flavored lemon I had ever had. Nasty, painful stuff. Mind you, I’m the principal French horn player for my university, so painful lips means painful playing. I was not happy.

    I did end up making some adjustments, though, and it seems to work well with the changes. I dissolved the packet (yeah, the whole packet) in a tad bit of water and applied it with a Q-tip. This is an all around much better application than the random and painful rub-it-into-your-face-with-your-finger notion. The stain will go right where you want it to go, and I had little to no issue with it getting on my teeth. I left the stain on for a few minutes (probably between two and three minutes, to be exact) before blotting any remaining stain off with a tissue (or, in my case, toilet paper). It did exactly what any store-bought stain does, and I now have some awesome cherry-red lips. They do taste pretty dang weird, though.

    Overall impression after the adjustments: it works great as a stain. However, don’t plan on kissing someone within a few hours of applying the stain, because they will think you just spent the last hour sucking on a huge chunk of salt and fake flavoring. I hope this helps!

    • Shauna January 17, 2014 - 11:35 pm Reply

      Also, as taybromby mentioned, never EVER do this with chapped lips. Your pout will need to be in pristine condition, or else the salt will burn your lips for more than an hour. Actually, the “burning fire from hell” seemed pretty accurate, lol!

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