I’ve had a theory for quite a long time that most things which are used for art can be used for makeup too. A few months ago I posted a blog post about a custom watercolour palette that I put together. It occurred to me at the time that there was no reason why I couldn’t use a similar (larger) palette for lipsticks, so a few days ago I tried it out and I’m completely in love!
I’d been considering buying the Japonesque palette for a few years now. I’ve picked it up so many times at Charles Fox and IMATS, but each time I put it down because I couldn’t stand the delicate, plastic-y feel of it. It just seemed like the kind of thing that, if I dropped it, the whole palette would shatter. And if I had de-potted lipsticks into it that would be a very expensive accident to make!
What I used:
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Instead, I bought a traditional watercolour palette and some large watercolour pans, and I’m so glad I did! I prefer this method immensely compared to the old system I used to use. Mainly because I can fix more colours into the palette, but also because the back of the palette has a hand hook, so I can have it hooked over my thumb while I’m applying makeup to someone else. Oh, and let’s not forget about the built in mixing palette. Perfect if you’re one of those people that like to mix their own colours.
For re-de-potting the lipsticks I used a few different methods. The old just-squash-it-into-the-pan method with a small mixing knife, and melting them down with a candle. The problem with the candle method is that, with some lipsticks, it can cause the formula to separate, which is why I prefer just squashing the lipsticks into the pan. Not to mention all the beautiful textures you get to see when the lipstick hasn’t been melted perfectly smooth.
Before I forget, I have all the names of the lipsticks written out and stuck to the bottom of the pans. That way I can re-shuffle the order, or if I use up one of the shades, I’ll still know exactly what shade and brand it is.