13 Jul 2014

DIY Lipstick Palettes

Hello my lovelies and welcome back, ok so this post is a bit of a weird one for me, I could almost call it a DIY post but it’s not really, it has been requested, it hasn’t just popped out of thin air and I figure why not give your readers what they want if they were nice enough to ask for it plus I really think I would like to write more posts like that as they’re really fun to write and photograph.

Ever since I got back from the USA and you guys saw my MAC lipstick palettes I have been asked about how I did it and how it works so that is exactly what I’m going to talk you through.

As a makeup artist I own a lot of lipstick both personal and in my professional kit. As you have seen from previous posts I do keep my personal lipsticks in the bullet form but that’s just personal preference because I like being able to just chuck them in my bag when I’m going out, but in my professional kit carrying around multiple single bullets is just a pain, takes up unnecessary space and adds to the weight of my already insanely heavy kit.

As a makeup artist I have realised that decanting lipsticks into palettes is a hygienic, convenient, space saving way to store all your lipsticks in the one place. I have also heard a lot of people choosing to do this with the lipsticks that they do not use on a regular basis to save space within their makeup storage.

You Will Need

·         Lipstick
·         Scissors or Knife
·         Large metal spoon
·         Spatula
·         Lighter or matches
·         Candle
·         Empty Palette

Step 1

Choose the lipsticks that you want to go in your palette, at this stage if you’re as OCD as I am you may want to colour co-ordinate them as well but again this is personal preference, none of my professional palettes are colour co-ordinated and it actually doesn’t bother me.

Step 2

Using a sharp knife or scissors cut the lipstick to the amount you think you will ned to fill your pan (don’t worry you can add to it if you don’t cut enough, it’s always better to have too little than melt too much and waste the melted lipstick that doesn’t fit in the pan) I am using my MAC lipstick palette and with the 12 insert it can actually fill the whole lipstick in so I cut all the way down to the plastic and then scoop the rest out with the tip of the knife. If you choose the 24 insert for your MAC palette rather than the 12 this only fits less than half the lipstick but admittedly I do think it looks a lot prettier, but I’m all about the practicality rather than the looks.

 Step 3

Place all the lipstick into a large metal spoon, large serving spoons or soup spoons are the best I have found.

Step 4

Light your candle and hold the spoon over the flame but make sure it isn’t to close as you don’t want the lipstick to boil.

Step 5

When it looks like the lipstick is fully melted take your spatula and mix the liquid to make sure there are no lumps.

Step 6

Carefully poor the liquid into the palette (please be careful as the spoon and lipstick are both insanely hot and I’ve learned this the hard way) if the lipstick doesn’t dispense evenly over the pan just pick it up and tilt it in whichever direction is necessary, make sure you do this quite quickly as the liquid solidifies very quickly once it’s away from the heat.

Step 7

Ensure you wipe the spoon clean with a tea towel or thick cloth before melting a new lipstick (CAUTION REALLY HOT) I have found your better to wait 5 to 10 minutes between each one to give the spoon time to cool down.

That’s it your done, you now have a beautiful new lipstick palette and more space in your kit/storage.
I really hope this post was helpful, if you liked me to do more posts like this please let me know in the comments below and if you choose to make a palette with your palettes please send me the photos, I would love to see them.


  1. Great tutorial, I love this idea!

    Frankie x

    1. Awh thank you sweetie that means a lot, have you tried doing it yourself? Xxx

  2. This is a great way to store lipsticks if you have limited space! I don't think I'd be able to trust myself doing this though x


    1. I thought that at the start I was so scared but it honestly is super easy, you should try it. :) Xxx

  3. Fab tutorial :) I always love seeing de-potted lippies all nice in a palette but I can never bring myself round to do the process. Raspberrykiss xo

    1. I felt that way at the start but it honestly is so easy, you should try it, it makes the lipsticks look so nice and tidy. :) Xxx