How to make your own lipstick palette!

My life long dream is to create my very own makeup range – choosing and creating the perfect shades of lipsticks, eye shadows and blushers (as well as to create my very own perfume – but that’s a different story).  Well, I had the genius idea last week of creating my very own lipstick palette and today I am going to show you how you can do it yourself.  (Video at the bottom of this post!)

Firstly – I have to thank Wild Kat Makeup for the idea of using the WHSmiths watercolour palette as the palette for the lipstick palette, I could not have found something as perfect without her youtube video!

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Find the perfect empty palette to store your lippies! 
After intense researching on other blogs & youtube channels I considered buying a ‘japonesque’ empty palette to store my lippies (like Make up Geek here) but at around £30 they are just far too expensive.  So, after help from the Wild Kat Makeup’s video, I ran to my local WHSmiths to pick up this watercolour palette for £2.99.  Underneath the paints are 18 empty wells (for mixing paints I guess) but they are perfect for holding lipsticks!

How to crush into palette
– Choose your lipstick
– Slice half of the bullet off with a stanley knife or scissors (shown in the video below)
– Put the lipstick bullet into the well and use the back of a spoon to crush it down and smear it around until it is smooth!

How to melt into the palette
Melting is a lot more difficult and messy, but it allows you to mix shades of lippies so you can create your perfect colour – six of the wells in my palette are melted lipsticks.
– Light a candle
– Cut off the lipstick (or lipsticks if you want to create a custom shade) and put them on a spoon
– Hold the spoon over the lit candle until the lipstick has completely melted
– Poor the spoon into the well and wait for lipstick to dry


Little personal notes – I know that a lot of makeup artists create lipstick palettes to use out on jobs because it makes it easier for them to carry around many colours without weighing them down.  I am aware that I am not a makeup artist and I am doing this purely for my own pleasure!  Also – because I am using them only on myself, I have been only using a clean finger to apply the colour to my lips – although I should probably be using a lip brush.

Also – I filled this palette with colours that I do not wear often but want to start using more – I can’t imagine ever wanting to crush my MAC & Estee Lauder/YSL lippies into a palette because I love their packaging too much and prefer to carry them around in the tubes for touch ups through out the day.  But I think a palette is a good way to start loving old favourite shades and to experiment a little more!

(APOLOGY – for the terrible editing of this video – so many awkward pauses and me sorting my hair out! I was in a rush to edit it before work and didn’t re-watch before I published it! So SORRY and I will be sure to double check in the future! Bloopers at the end as usual)

I love these palettes as I can now see exactly what type of lipsticks I’ve got just by looking at the palette – they look beautiful and they do inspire me to try out different colours and mix them to create my own unique shades. 

Have you ever made your own customized lipstick palette?  Show me yours!




  1. January 25, 2012 / 1:19 pm

    Wow! This is actually genius! Definitely going to try this! x

  2. January 25, 2012 / 1:38 pm

    That's a great tip about the wh smith palette with the empty underneath- every time I've thought of doing this I've been put off by the idea of having to get the paints out! Can't wait to try it now 🙂

    • January 27, 2012 / 5:24 pm

      Yes! Thats what I thought, but with this because the paints come separately, its perfect! xx

  3. January 25, 2012 / 1:54 pm

    OH MY GOD! I had also saw MakeUpGeek's video about the Japonesque palette and was seriously considering buying one, but now I don't have to! Thanks for the tip 😀 x

  4. January 25, 2012 / 2:27 pm

    This is such a good idea, thank you for sharing. I love how it looks, I would never think to use a paint palette!
    Carissa xx

    Vanilla Crush Blog

  5. January 25, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    This is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

  6. January 25, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    Saw your vid yesterday, I love this! I wish someday I can afford a Japonesque palette to put my fave lipsticks, although first I'll have to build up a collection with my favourites xx

  7. January 25, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    Nice idea!

    I tag you on my post ^.^

  8. January 25, 2012 / 4:23 pm

    I daren't do it, I'd make such a mess! What is the dark lipstick, 2nd one in on the top row? Looks lovely, x

    • January 27, 2012 / 5:26 pm

      Haha! It is quite messy, I got lippies everywhere.

      The dark lipstick in the top row is the one I showed how to crush in the video, it's called Mulberry and its by Sleek Makeup – swatches here –

      Hope that helps! xx

  9. January 25, 2012 / 5:27 pm

    thats such a good idea cant wait to try this

  10. January 25, 2012 / 6:02 pm

    I just use the pill boxes from Muji. I think they are £1.50. It is so much nicer than having 10 lipsticks to look for! x

  11. January 25, 2012 / 6:16 pm

    It's such a great idea! I personally wouldn't do it beause a) I don't have nearly enough lipsticks to fill anything, b) I wouldn't want to cut up the ones I do have, and c) I have a lot of little lip gloss/stick palettes already that I don't use too often. But wow, yours looks great.

  12. January 25, 2012 / 7:32 pm

    This is a really good idea, I just can't bring myself to slice any of my lipsticks though! 🙁

    Frances x
    Twitter: @Francesss__

    • January 27, 2012 / 5:27 pm

      I know! I used the ones I didn't use much to fill this palette, maybe stock up on some MUA £1 lippies to start off with? XX

  13. January 25, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    So glad you found my video useful! And thank you so much for the credit/link! 🙂

    • January 27, 2012 / 5:26 pm

      Awh, lovely to hear from you Katherine! Such a good idea, I owe you! xx

  14. January 26, 2012 / 10:29 pm

    Haha, this is such a cute idea!!

  15. January 27, 2012 / 8:32 pm

    That paint pallete is an amazing idea! xx

  16. January 27, 2012 / 10:05 pm

    This is a great idea! I'm rather attached to my higher end lipstick packaging but for the others… and to mix and customise lip colours too… I really do feel another project coming along.

    Also, I'm having a HUGE blog sale at the mo with brands like Bobbi Brown, Stila and Lush. Prices start from £1.

    Would love if if you could check it out 😀

  17. January 29, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    I love this idea! I have a cheap empty Muji pill box that I was going to do this with, but I really like this idea – Think I may try this idea instead!

  18. February 2, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    Katie you are a star…that's genius, thanks for sharing

  19. February 28, 2012 / 7:40 am

    I am so excited after seeing your blog.
    Lime Crime

  20. January 13, 2013 / 9:25 pm

    If you can find a microwaveable lipstick palette: Crush lipsticks into the wells, and pop into the microwave for 10-15 seconds on high. Then carefully put into the freezer until the lipstick is firm (About 2 minutes). The makeup artists taught me this when I modeled. It works very well. I have peaches, pinks, and reds & browns all in palettes made this way. It just doesn't work with lip gloss (Obviously). I hope that this is helpful.

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