Monday, June 7, 2010

Saturday Afternoon Project

I love Saturdays. I get to sleep in, get to pamper myself, I can have movie marathons, go to the mall, chill out or do useful/creative things.

What do you when your lipstick has reached the edge of the container? Do you chuck it or do use a lipstick brush to get the remaining product? You all know how I hate waste and I have 3 lippies that are on the edge or nearing the edge of the container. Plus, I also have these:

So, I decided to make this:



At first, I only wanted to depot(?) the 3 lipsticks. While doing this, I thought about how convenient this is going to be on hectic mornings when I'm always in a hurry to go to work. I wouldn't need to check my lipsticks one by one. Sure the sticker at the bottom helps but I still think the shade is different. Besides, the shade will really change depending on your skin tone. But I still wanted to see all my lipstick shades in one container and I still also wanted a tube to put in my makeup kit. After all, a lipstick tube is lighter and easier to carry around than a palette. So, I decided to just cut a portion of each of my lipstick. Do you want to know how I did this?

Warning: This is not for the faint-hearted and especially not for you if you're too attached to the appearance of your lipsticks. I have to admit, cutting the first one was hard, like pinching my heart.

You will need tools!

A big spatula that's thin and has a smooth, almost knife-like edge to cut the lipsticks, a smaller spatula that fits inside the lipstick tube and some wet wipes and of course, an empty palette.

If you're depotting a tube, use the small spatula to scoop out all the product. Flatten the product on the palette to resemble the shape. You can also melt the lipstick for a perfect shape but I was too scared that the color might change so I didn't do that. Use the larger spatula to cut a portion of a lipstick and to scrape off the product that sticks on the smaller spatula. When cutting, twist the lipstick to just the amount that you want to cut. Hold the bottom firmly so that it wouldn't release more. Place the spatula against the edge to make a straight, clean cut. Push down in one smooth swoop. Follow the shape of the lipstick tube. I have one tube that is slanted so I cut the lipstick diagonally. 

Make sure to wipe off each spatula before doing a new tube so that the colors won't mix. Oh, if you like mixing your lipsticks, this is also a great idea. That way, you can maximize your colors. If  you only have 2 lipsticks, you'll get 3 shades instead of just 2 by mixing. How cool is that?

Also be careful about getting the colors on the edges of the round containers. You also need steady hands so as not to ruin the next container. If you like your lippies to be a little firmer, place the palette inside the ref for a few minutes to an hour depending on how firm you want your lipstick to be. I think I'm happy with this consistency so I won't be putting this in the ref anymore. Here's the finished product:

Well, Blogger has done it again. Sorry for the photo. I don't know why this keeps on happening. This last photo is even smaller than the others. Sheesh...

Anyway, for more convenience, I put my Charm lipstick brush in the center. I love how this palette has ridges/stoppers for the brush so it doesn't move around therefore not ruining the lipstick. The palette is also light enough and thin enough to carry around in my bag. This will be especially useful for travelling and for makeup gigs for friends and family. 

So how do you like my little Saturday afternoon project? = )


  1. this idea is love. :D i want a lipstick palette but consuming my tube ones is a hassle. depotting them will definitely be a great idea :D

  2. Hi Geli! Thanks for visiting my blog. I followed your blog! You take awesome pictures! Depotting my lipsticks and putting them in a palette made my life so much easier!

  3. Wow! this is a great idea! I'm just wondering where did you get your empty palette? It looks so professional and clean I like it! =D

  4. Hi traciethediva! Can you believe, it's a watercolor palette from National Bookstore! = )

  5. oh, i love this! i might do the same for my tubes:)

  6. oh, i love this! i might do the same for my tubes. thanks for the tip!:)

  7. Glad you like it Meedge! Tell me if you ever decide to the same. I wanna know how it goes!



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