DIY Lip Palette

Sorry for being MIA, beauties. I’ve had a few things going on behind the scene which at the moment are taking priorty.I should be back to my regular posts shortly 🙂

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


Speak soon,

Camille x


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.


  1. June 27, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    This is such a clever idea and all the shades next to each other look so pretty! How do you plan on storing these palettes?

    • June 27, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      Thank you! They just sit in a drawer with the rest of my lip products. They are so nice a thin and take up hardly any room at all.

  2. June 27, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Have u found that any of the formulas changed? Or do they all seem the same still? 🙂 great idea to de-pot them!

  3. June 27, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Great post! Very helpful 👍🏻

  4. June 28, 2016 / 11:06 am

    I’ve been interested in doing this to some of my lipsticks!! It would save so much space.

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