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After I posted a picture on Instagram, a couple of followers requested a blog post about the DIY lip palettes I created. I decided to do this with my lipsticks after I did a clean out of my collection and realised I had way too many unused tubes and a huge storage issue. Having these lipsticks in a clear, easy to access palette makes me think that I will use them more… here’s hoping!
Firstly I needed to find a suitable palette, eBay provided me with the goods. They were large enough, but easy to store and cheaper than expected but mostly importantly had lids. Shipping took no time and I was really happy with the look of the palette. I narrowed down which lipsticks to melt down into a palette – I mostly used lipsticks that don’t get a huge amount of love, weren’t apart of my high-end collection and ones that I couldn’t quite throw out. I had a quick google and came across 2 methods to transfer the lipstick. One with heat and one without. I decided to go with the heated method, although it was more work and could get a bit messy, the end result was much more clean and neat. The no heat method is easy – simply scoop out the lipstick and transfer directly to the palette and mash it down a bit. The method I used has a few more steps…
What you’ll need
- A large stainless steel spoon
- A candle or naked flame
- A little spatula
- Paper towels
- And of course, lippies and your trusty palette
Preparation is key. I am always
horresndouly organised, so I decided which lipstick shades were going in which pan and wrote down a bit of an outline to help me get the order I wanted. I got the candle burning, ripped off plenty of sheets of paper towels and covered up my surface in case of spillage. I layed out my palettes and the lipsticks in order and got to work.
What you’ll do
- Scoop out all the lipstick from the tube and transfer it to the spoon. I was so surprised with the amount of lipstick that was down in the tube and would otherwise be wasted.
- Hold the spoon over the flame of the candle and wait for the lipstick to liquefy
- Carefully pour the melted lipstick into the pan – needless to say the spoon is really hot, so be careful not to touch it.
- Wipe the excess lipstick off the spoon with a paper towel. During my first attempt I tried to wash away the remaining lipstick but it hardened as soon as it touched water and made it difficult to remove and a huge mess. I found that just wiping it away was easier and the spoon remained hot, which made it easier to melt the next lipstick.
- Repeat these steps for all of your lipsticks and you’ll have a beautiful lipstick palette in no time.
I found that the lipsticks set after a couple of minutes and were fairly solid. If you made a mistake it is really easy to scoop back out and to re-heat. Some lipsticks melted quicker than other and there was a Model Co lipstick that reacted really badly to the heat, it bubbled and was super thick and gooey. I thought it wasn’t going to work but after it set the formula remained the same. After all the lipsticks had set, I wrote on the back of the palettes the brand and colour so that I would remember which lipstick was in which pan.
I actually really enjoyed the process, but then again I do find cleaning and organising a little bit fun. There was a moment when I was sitting there melting the lipstick in a spoon over a flame that I thought , wow! Make up is really my drug haha.
I would have taken more photos if I had known I would write a post about the process. I hope that this process works for you, I just did it off the cuff and made it up as I went. I would recommend checking out youtube for some more insightful tutorials. I am happy to answer any questions, but I am definitely no expert!
Disclaimer – All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.