Lipstick Won’t Twist Down: Know Some Easy Hacks And DIY

You are almost done with your work in time for an important meeting. You are only required to put on lipstick as the final touchup for the meeting look. Your lipstick stick, however, is not twisting down after using it.

Truly, I can understand how upset you become at that moment. It is a very common problem that you may encounter if you are using your favorite lipstick.

So, what to do when lipstick won’t twist down?

Simply take tissue paper. With the help of the tissue, push the lipstick inside. Or, you may need to use some petroleum jelly around the tube. If it still doesn’t work, melt the lipstick to make a palette for later applications. A tube’s wheel can cause this kind of issue.

But there are multiple reasons why you find out your lipstick tube won’t come back down. For such cases, there are remedies available, including do-it-yourself techniques.

So, read this whole article. 

Quick Solution When Lipstick Won’t Twist Down

Problem Action You Should Take
After using the tube, it won’t back down.Take a tissue and slightly press the lipstick inside. Or if that doesn’t work, take a zip lock bag and put the lipstick in that.  

Why Won’t Lipstick Twist Down?

When you can twist your lipstick back into place after using it, it feels pitiful. Also, it goes terribly wrong when you are outside. You just feel scattered thinking about what to do next.

It feels horrible when lipstick won’t twist all the way down after you’ve used it. Because bacteria may contaminate the lipstick if you keep it open for a long period of time.

But before getting directly into the solution, you need to know the probable reasons why it happens. Because it will reduce the chances of facing the same problem again. 

Reason 1: Hit Melted Lipstick

Environmental factors affect lipsticks greatly. Lipsticks are particularly environment-sensitive. It may occur if your storage space is warm during the day. Or if it is placed somewhere that is always hot.

Your lipstick melts and becomes jammed within the tubes as a result. When you tried to retrieve it, it became stuck.

Or it’s one of the hottest days of the summer in your neighborhood. And you had to deal with this suffering because of that.


To solve the issue and take you off the hook, you can easily use some tactics. I’ll outline a step-by-step process for resolving the problem.

Let’s have a look at those methods.

Step 1: Take your hire dryer.

Step 2: Plug in the dryer. Then heat in medium and blow it around the lipstick tube. 

Step 3: Hold it for 2 to 3 minutes. 

Step 4: When you feel the lipstick melted a little bit then immediately twist it down.

Hopefully, the solution to the issue of previously melted lipstick being stuck within the tubes will work. The lipstick will melt once it receives heat from the outside.

Reason 2: Tube Wheel Issue

You already tried the previous solution but still didn’t get the result. Then it may be a problem with the tube wheel. Because manufacturers occasionally produce defective tubes. And they use them to create lipsticks.

As a result, after some time, you may figure out this kind of issue.


There is no way to fix it in this situation. However, inserting it into a fresh tube is simple. Possibly because you still have some of the empty lipstick tubes in your drawers.

These tubes are easily reusable. Here I will share with you the way you can make your own lipstick. To know how to, follow these easy steps.

Step 1: Take out by scooping the all lipsticks. 

Step 2: Now put it in a cup and place it in the microwave. 

Step 3: Heat it up for 30 seconds until it melts. 

Step 4: In the meantime, get an empty chapstick or tube.

Step 5: Make a tube with melted lipstick. 

Step 6: And place it in the fridge until it gets solid. 

Step 7: After getting it solid, place it in the new tube.

And in this way, you can get a new lipstick of your own. It’s very easy, isn’t it? This is a great way of recycling as well.   

Alternative DIY

There is a good likelihood that neither of the solutions will be able to help you. The tube was heated, but it didn’t function, or there weren’t any empty tubes nearby.

Then what can you do now? Well, don’t panic. There are multiple ways to use your favorite lipstick again. And what could be better than trying some DIY methods?

I have some suggestions for reusing lipstick and preventing waste. So, without any more delay, let’s dive into those DIY methods. 

Use A Lip Palette To Store Your Lipstick

It’s possible that your lipstick tube can’t maintain its former state. By scooping out the entire lipstick, you can create a lip palette out of it.

The making method is easy and simple to do. It doesn’t require any extra things. Let me show you how you can do that.

Step 1: Take out the whole lipstick from the previous tube. 

Step 2: Now cut it into some little chunks. It will help to melt it fast. 

Step 3: Or you can even smash them with the back of a spoon. 

Step 4: Put them in an oven-proof bowl. 

Step 5: Heat them for 30 seconds or as required

Step 6: Then put them in the palette

Step 7: And place them into the fridge

See how simple this DIY is. Additionally, you can create your own lip palette to apply with a brush.

Make Your Own Lip Gloss

Another good way to reuse your lipstick is to make a new addition to lip gloss. It’s pretty much an easy DIY. Want to know how to do it? Then anymore delay let’s do it.

Step 1: Take an empty pot. 

Step 2: Cut down your lipstick. 

Step 3: Add some olive oil to it.

Step 4: Mix all the ingredients together with a spatula.

Step 5: Then put the pot into the microwave for 30 seconds.

Step 6: Pour the liquid into the container where you want to store it. 

Step 7: And then place them straight in the fridge.

You can even add some drops of essential oil, a vitamin E capsule, and some glitter to them. Your lip gloss will have additional fragrance if you add essential oils.


How Do You Fix a Stuck Lipstick?

A scraping instrument should be grabbed first. Using the tweezers’ opposing ends can be useful. Place a hair dryer there as well as some lipstick. Put the piece of the tube that is stuck under the hair dryer for a few seconds. Then firmly push the broken end on top of the other to make it stick.

How Do You Fix Liquid Lipstick Applicator?

Keep the shattered piece within the twister shell while applying the lipstick with a brush. You can actually melt lipstick because it is comprised of wax. And then put it in the container for your lip balm. You can use an old lip balm container or purchase an empty one from a store.

Can We Use Expired Lipstick?

Itching in and around the mouth may result from the irritants and germs found in expired lipstick. Lipstick includes lanolin. So it’s made up of a complicated blend. Additionally, it is easy to develop allergic reactions like dryness, itching, and pain.


So, next time your lipstick won’t twist down. You now know what to do right now. You can reuse your favorite lipstick by doing a few easy DIY projects.

You should find this article really helpful. Don’t put your beauty through such hardship.

Good Luck!


My name is Maria and I am a beauty blogger and writer. I am passionate about all things beauty, from skincare to makeup. On my blog, I share product reviews, tips, and tricks to help others feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. I strive to create a positive and inclusive space for everyone. Join me on my journey as I discover my unique beauty brand and share it with you.