Eliminate Lipstick Waste With This DIY Lip Palette

Grab and empty makeup palette and get to scooping and smooshing.
Publish date:
February 4, 2015
DIY, lipstick, travel, lip palettes, hack

As a self-confessed lipstick hoarder, I can never decide which lipsticks to take with me when I travel. After hauling a ton of makeup with me on my trip to Maui last November, I decided it was time to find a solution. Not only does this DIY lip palette solve my packing problem, it's also a GREAT way to use the lipstick at the bottom of the bullet, which often goes to waste

Here's What You Need:

  • An empty lip palette or close-able container with individual wells in it
  • Small de-potting spatula
  • Sharp knife
  • Q-tips
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towel or rag
  • Lipsticks of choice
  • Cutting board/surface
  • Small blank circle labels
  • Writing utensil

STEP 1: Sanitize.

Using rubbing alcohol and a rag, I sanitize my empty palette wells, cutting surface, and tools.

STEP 2: Scoop out the inner core of your lipsticks.

Starting with my first lipstick, I twist the tube up and cut the end off at the base. Using the pointed end of my de-potting spatula, I dig out the excess lipstick from the inside of the bullet and place that in the lipstick well. Then I put the cut end back into the bullet.

STEP 3: Fill your palette.

To get the lipsticks into the wells, you can either smash them or heat them. I prefer the former because, although it's messy, it doesn't alter the formula, as heating can. (Also: using the heating method on lipstick with glitter or shimmer can cause the particles to settle at the bottom, in my experience.)

With my de-potting spa, I smash the lipstick I've scooped out of the bullet into the well, smoothing it over as much as I can.

STEP 4: Label and clean up as you go.

As I put each lipstick into the palette, I write the brand and shade on a blank label and stick it underneath the corresponding well. I also clean my tools after each lipstick, using a paper towel or rag dipped in rubbing alcohol.

As I repeat the cutting and smashing process for each of my lipsticks, I clean up the edges of the wells with Q-tips dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Once all the wells are filled and the edges are cleaned up, I pop my insert into an empty pro palette.

In case you're wondering...

Top row, L-R: Maybelline Color Whisper in Mocha Muse, MAC Brave, MAC Twig, Estée Lauder Bois de Rose, Maybelline Matte Touch of Spice, Estée Lauder Coral, Revlon Coralberry, Revlon Siren. Middle row, L-R: MAC Girl About Town, Maybelline Matte Mesmerizing Magenta, MAC Flat Out Fabulous, MAC Brazen Berry, MAC Heroine, MAC Rebel, NYX Siren, NYX Wicked Lippie Betrayal. Bottom row, L-R: MAC Lady Danger, MAC Ruby Woo, NYX Electra, Bite VIB Rouge, Estée Lauder Brick, Maybelline Matte Divine Wine, MAC Diva, Graftobian Black.

  • Do you guys travel with excessive amounts of lipstick?
  • Anyone else tried this DIY?