Last week I was salivating over Bobbi Brown's stinking gorgeous lip palette, trying to fabricate a reason I needed it right then and there. I even looked at the customizable but equally costly freedom system from Inglot. I knew in the back of my mind that a) I couldn't afford either and b) I probably owned most of the shades in it from a variety of brands from Revlon to Bobbi to MAC, and decided to just make my own palette. The last time I was packing up for a makeup job, I felt so scattered trying to decide which lipsticks I needed to bring and wanted to find a way to simplify the process. Off I went to Amazon to find the perfect blank palette.
|The containers, clean and ready for lipsticks!|
|A few of the shades I'm melting down, from left to right: NARS Scarlet Empress, Revlon Berry Haute, Clinique Tender Heart, MAC Creme Cup, MAC Tabla, Revlon Kiss Me Coral, Laura Mercier Cinnamon, Shiseido RD 305, Rimmel Back to Fuschia|
|What you'll need: lipsticks, empty containers, a spoon, palette knife or butter knife, small spatula and rubbing alcohol to sanitize everything. Not shown is your method of melting. You can use the microwave or, if you don't have one, a candle.|
|A quick pic-torial on the process of melting lipstick with a candle.|
Next, I'm taking a small and sanitized spatula to scoop as much of the product out of the spoon as possible into the jars. Initially, I was using my spatula to get as much product off the spoon into the jar as I could, but this made for a pretty messy jar, so I kind of let go of that goal after a few tries. Of course, clean off your spatula between each lipstick shade or you'll alter the color of each product to follow.
|The finish product, all labeled and ready to be used.|
And, that about does it. If you're just going to be using these for yourself, you don't have to worry about cleaning them constantly, but if you'll be using this palette to do other peoples' makeup, be sure to never stick your fingers in it. Always get the product out with a clean Q-tip, brush or palette knife. And even if you're careful to do this, you should clean these jars often the same way we did the lipstick tubes: we some rubbing alcohol and a tissue.
One day I hope to make the Bobbi Brown palette mine, but for now I'm excited to have my already beloved lip colors nestled together, ready for any assignment.