In its simplest form, the process of manufacturing lipstick can be broken down into three steps: melting down the lipstick and mixing it together in machinery such as a diaphragm pump; pouring the finished mixture into a tube for usage; and making the product ready to be sold in stores by putting it in packages. The pouring and mixing of the lipstick doesn’t have to be done together, because large portions of lipstick can be mixed and put into storage. There can be variations on what kind of packaging a lipstick may receive based on how it will be sold.
Due to the many pigments that can be used to make different colours of lipstick, lipstick is made in large batches. Popularity of a lipstick shade will dictate how big the batch will actually be, and how many tubes will be made. The choice between manual or automated manufacturing will also be determined by this.