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How To: Make your own lipstick palette

It’s travel season! If you take forever choosing your favorite lippies for when you’re on the go, why not just bring ALL of them? We’ve found an awesome solution for those of you who love lipsticks (or lip balms) and DIY style as much as we do. 

What you’ll need:

-Empty palette: We suggest using an artist palette, a weekly pill box, or even empty contact lens cases. There’s no need to buy a fancy empty makeup palette online for this project. Get creative!

-Lipsticks/Lip balms: We recommend starting out your first “practice” palette with cheaper lipsticks. Try using NYX’s $4 Round Case Lipsticks or e.l.f.’s ridiculously cheap $1 Essential Lipsticks.    

-Metal spoon

-Rubber spatula


What you’ll do:

Step 1: Make sure you are working on a flat surface.

Step 2: Using the spatula, cut ¼ – ½ of a tube of lipstick.

Step 3: Put your lipstick piece on a metal spoon and place the spoon over a lighted candle (ask mom for help!). The heat will slowly melt your lipstick. If you have a shimmer lipstick, use the spatula to mix the lipstick as it’s melting so that the shimmer is evenly distributed. Don’t worry; heat won’t do anything bad to your favorite lippie! Plus, the heat will help to kill some of the bacteria on a used lipstick. (Bonus!)

Tip 1: Mix your lipstick with other colors to make your own unique, “you” lipstick. Keep in mind: Matte lipstick + Shimmer lipstick = Shimmer lipstick!
Tip 2: Mix your lipstick with a little bit of lip balm for a more moisturizing lipstick. 

Step 4: Pour your melted lipstick into your container well. Make sure to fill it up well below the rim to prevent it from spilling over the top. The lipstick has a tendency to expand as it cools (like an ice cube). Remember, you can always add more lipstick if needed!      

Step 5: Wait. Don’t disturb your lipsticks as they are cooling. Patience!

Step 6: Label your lipsticks. It might be a good idea to peel the labels off the packaging and put it on the top or bottom lid of your new palette. 

And you’re done! You can also do this with your favorite lip balms. Have fun!
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BY JANE CHA ON 6/24/2012 12:00:00 AM

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