Thursday, September 6, 2012


Is this just lovely or is this really just lovely? :)

I finally finished my lip palette project. I even have space for more! I actually have a couple of lipsticks that I wasn't able to include in the palette as I ran out pans. Hah! And I thought I bought too much!

In case you want to know how I did it, I documented the steps for you.

Here are the things you'll need:
  • An empty large magnetic palette (I used a large Z Palette)
  • Small metal pans (from Z Palette as well)
  • Spatula
  • Lipsticks - of course!
  • Alcohol
  • Baby wipes
  • Tissue
  • Sticker labels and a pen
A pack of Z Palette's small metal pans contains 10 pieces. So I worked in batches.

Disinfect and sterilize the pans first with alcohol.

Wipe clean with tissue.

Line up your lipsticks and make labels so it will be easy to refill.

Since I was on super OC mode, I took a step further and melted the lipsticks so they will settle nicely in the pans. The melting part wasn't really part of the plan but when I finished filling in the first batch of pans and placed them in the palette, there were lipstick stains all over the clear window because the product wasn't packed as tight as possible. I knew I would always get those stains and I would have to clean them up again and again and I didn't want to deal with that.

While I placed the pans on an oven tray, I already turned on the oven toaster.

I placed the tray inside the oven toaster and the lipstick melted very quickly. I actually left it, went to get something, and when I came back, they were already in liquid state. I'd say it took less than a minute.

I turned off the oven toaster (I actually pulled the plug in panic) and let everything cool down. I didn't want to take the tray out of the oven because I was sure the melted lipstick will spill on the tray.

After about 5 minutes or so, I brought the pan out to let it cool further in room temperature. And I was so glad I did the melting part as the lip pans look so pretty and new and professional!

And the most fun part is arranging the lipsticks by color! I swear, I was so kilig while doing it! :) I can't believe how much pink lipsticks I have!

The large Z Palette can fit 50 to 57 small metal pans. I only have 40 pans. In the first photo above, the pans were arranged by 10s and can accommodate 5 rows. There will be extra space and I believe I could fit in a lip brush. In the next photo, you'll see that I rearranged the pans where a pan is in the middle of two pans above or below it which actually really maximized the space. It can hold 3 rows of 10 pans and 3 rows of 9 pans, alternating. This will leave you with no extra space, making your palette look like it was bought from the store. So freaking pretty, I tell you!

Here's why I love my new palette so much:
  • I now have just one palette instead of the 6 palettes I've been using
  • I can easily take a pan and place it in another palette with a blush and whatever else I need when retouching - less stuff to carry around!
  • I can see all the lipsticks that I have in one go
And here's a tip I got from another makeup artist: do not cut up matte lipsticks and place them in a palette as they dry up real fast.

I am so in love with my new palette! I can't wait to fill it up completely! But you know what, I think that because they're so pretty, I'm afraid that I wouldn't want to touch them. Hahaha.


  1. Very nice and convenient! thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Ang cute nga! Buti nalang youre OC haha!

  3. Nice! Really neat :)


  4. Great blog. :-) How much of each lipstick can you get in one of the z palette pans? I've done this using pans the size of mac eyeshadows but they only fit half a lipstick which means it hasn't actually cut down on storage for me.

    1. Hi! The empty pans from Z Palette are much much smaller like half or even just a third of the mac e/s pans. Personally, I like the size because if the product gets rancid at least I have some product left to refill the pan and actually have less wastage.