DIY make-up palette14/11/2014
The reason for me being away for a week is nothing more than a simple desire to just relax. October was a busy month for me and the past week was all about packing for my trip and running last errands before departure. Some time off was much needed. Now that I feel recharged, I’m ready to take on some new projects and tell you all about them.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I promised to post about this DIY make-up palette I created recently. I actually made two – a bigger one you can see in the first photo and a smaller, travel-sized one, shown in the last photo. The process is very inexpensive and simple, so grab a cuppa coffee and let’s get started!
What you’ll need for this is probably what you already have at home. If you have a bunch of broken eye shadows, blushes, bronzers etc – don’t throw them away just yet! You can actually re-press them or mix them together and create your own custom colors, which is what I did. In addition to that, you’ll need:
– 70% or 90% alcohol (sold in pharmacies)
– a small spatula or a teaspoon (for crushing and mixing the powder)
– a coin, which should be the same size as the shadow container
– a piece of fabric
– magnet sheet
– double-sided duct tape
– a metal box to store your new shadows in
– contact paper for decoration
Start off by crushing the shadows in their original containers using your spatula. Make sure the end product is powder and that there are no clumps left – this will allow for better pressing later on. When done, add few drops of alcohol and stir. What you want to get is smooth paste, so keep adding alcohol and stirring the mixture until all the powder is soaked. Leave overnight to harden. The next day, when all the alcohol evaporated, place the piece of fabric over the shadow and using the coin press hard into the mixture. This will set the shadow and prevent it from flaking when used. That’s pretty much it!
If you’d like to make your custom palette, get a metal box and decorate it – I used marble print contact paper. Cut out the magnets in the shape of your containers and using double sided duct tape, attach them to the back of the shadow containers and place them in your palette. Done!
I found this little project to be a time and space saver – I have everything I use in one place so I don’t need to look for the products in my make-up bag. Also, it’s perfect for traveling, especially if you’re like me and always need to save space in your suitcase for other things. I have one more similar trick to show you when I get back home so stay tuned for that!