Here is a short and easy tutorial on how to add to or make your own lipstick palette. This is especially useful for makeup artists on a budget. Most professional pre-made lipstick palettes can cost up to $75.00 — $150.00, but if you already have a collection of good quality lipsticks that you love, why not put them to good use on your own clients?
Sanitize them if you have used them on your own lips before. I shave off the tiny slant, and then spray it with rubbing alcohol. It will eventually set and dry. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, because you’ll be melting them anyway.
Purchase a bead organizer from a craft store — preferably the kind of organizer with detachable containers. That way when you want a lipstick for yourself again, for an event or in order to lend it to a client, all you have to do is take the single lipstick out instead of packing the entire palette. Pack a lip brush and you’re good to go. (Actually most professional lipstick palettes don’t even have detachable lipsticks, so this little trick is even cooler.)
Light a candle (I recommend lightly scented candles)
Take a lipstick of your choice and a large tablespoon, and scoop out the product.
Place the spoon over the candle, and slowly lower it (the bottom of the spoon will blacken, but when you’re finished it easily wipes off with a paper towel). Patience is a virtue, so don’t shove the spoon so close to the fire, but close enough to watch it gradually melt.
Then with a steady hand (not always possible :p ) pour into containers.
Let sit for 10 minutes, or pop in fridge for 5. The lipstick should be good to go!
This is an awesome idea, even if you aren’t a makeup artist. I promise it will also lower the clutter you have in your lipstick draw. I’ve fit 30 lipsticks in one whole palette already. My draw has never looked neater.