Creating a Lipstick Palette

Why did I decide to make my own palette? Many reasons.  Being a Makeup Artist, I needed a way to have all my lipstick with me, without bring all the tubes with me.  I just don’t have the space.  If I did have the space and was able to bring them all with me, I’d have to open up each tube to see which color I wanted to apply on my clients.  It’s either open them all up or memorize the name and color of each tube.  I don’t have the energy, nor brain memory, to do that.  Creating my own palette was the best way to go about this.  I got my inspiration from MUA Dianne Quagenti.  I watched her on Periscope and she did a tutorial on how she made her palette. WOW!

Here's what you need:

  • Lipstick
  • Aluminum Measuring Cups
  • Tealight candles/flat hair iron
  • Metal Spatula
  • Empty Palette
  • Paper Towels
  • Empty Pans
  • Alcohol
  • Labels


Let’s start.  Heat up your flat iron (or get your candle ready - preheating not necessary).

Disinfect your pans with alcohol and wait for it to dry.  Using your spatula, take your tube of lipstick and scrape off a little bit and put it in your pan.  The trick is determining how much to cut off.  This will be a learning process.  Use your paper towel to clean your spatula between each lipstick.  To speed things up, fill many pans with lipstick and heat at once.

 unmelted lipstick  lipstick heating melted lipstick

Take your filled pans and put them in your measuring cup.  The bigger the cup, the more pans you can fit.  Once that is complete, you can then put the pan directly on your flat iron.  The flat iron is to simply, create heat to melt the lipstick.  I came across a problem doing this.  My flat iron decided to die on me.  I lit my tealight candle and placed the measuring cup over that and watched the lipstick melt.  Because the heat is concentrated in one spot, the flame, make sure you move the measuring cup around so the lipstick doesn’t start boiling. 

Once they are melted, remove the measuring cup from the heat and let cool before touching.  While this is cooling, use another measuring cup and continue to fill those with lipstick pans.

palette filling


Once it’s cooled, you now need to label the pans with the lipstick color.  I used small stickers and cut them to fit the bottom of the pans.  Hope you can write small.  Continue until your palette is filled 'til your heart's content.

 We’re done!!!!   Simple, right?

 Most materials can be found easily but I’ve attached links where you can find pans and Z Palettes:

 Pans: Yaby 15.5mm

Palette: Z Palette (small)

To give you an idea, you can fit 72 lipsticks in the small Z Palette.

Hope you found this helpful and inspirational.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and please, show me your custom palettes.


Happy melting!