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How to Palette Lipsticks

Here are all the lovely lipsticks I need to palette at the moment. As you can see there are quite a few. I don’t mind carrying a few lipstick bullets around in my kit but when it gets to this many, something needs to be done! Its much easier to organise them this way, I can see exactly what I have available and it also saves a lot of kit space, which is essential.

Because I am a little bit of a perfectionist, I line them up in colour sequence before I put them in the palette. This means they go into the palette in the right order, colour coded. The palette I am using is a 35-well lipstick palette by Japonesque. I like these because they are fantastic quality and allow for a lot of product. This palette has 14 large slots on the left and 21 smaller slots on the right. There is also a plastic card in the centre where you can write the name of the lipsticks. 

The first thing you need to do is twist the lipstick as far as it will go and gently cut it off at the base with a knife (eek!). If you don’t want to palette the whole lipstick just cut the top half off.

Next, use the flat side of the knife to press the lipstick into the slot. 


Make sure to go back to the bullet to scoop out the remainder of the lipstick. You will find there is actually a LOT left below the screw point. This always makes me wonder how the cosmetic companies think we are going to use this bit?? Stick our little finger in it?

When you have pressed them all into the palette, use a q-tip to clean along the edges and on the ridges between each slot. Also flip the plastic piece over to each side checking that the lipstick isn’t sticking to it. If it is, take the flat edge of the knife and gently scrape over the top of each slot, getting rid of the excess.

And your done!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Niamh

    >this is what I love about your blog, Simone, I read things that I definitely wouldn't see on most other beauty sites, while sacrificing none of the fun stuff!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:38 am
  • Reply SweetLikeJelly

    >I'm not sure I could bring myself to take a knife to my favourite lipsticks but it does look like a fab palette.Actually this could be something to consider when I am emigrating in a few months.

    February 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply orla_r

    >LOVE!!!! 🙂

    February 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply makeup merriment

    >I really need to do this myself! I have so many lippies that sit unloved and I would use them this way! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Just found your blog- lovely!

    x jeanie

    February 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply norahlovesmakeup.com

    >great post Simone, i'll add it to my Around the Web list on my blog, it is quite useful to have palettes rather than a million bullets, isn't it?

    February 7, 2011 at 3:58 am
  • Reply Simone G

    >Thanks ladies! And thanks Norah, much appreciated my dear 🙂
    Yeah, it can be hard putting them in a palette but once in there it saves so much space and you realise exactly how many great shades you have x

    February 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Niamh

    >what is that coral pink shade in the bottom left corner please? 🙂

    February 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Simone G

    >Hi Niamh, it's Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in no.38 x

    February 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply nicoletta

    >ive been looking at this palette but i cant bear to sqish my lippies just yet x

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm
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