During lockdown, I wasn't using up my lipsticks due to all the mask-wearing, so I turned them into lip and cheek stains. Making a travel-friendly face palette is easy to do and can be customized with your favorite makeup products as long as they're in a solid cream form that you can melt down.
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What you need for a DIY lip and cheek palette:
- Empty lipstick palette. You can use an empty eyeshadow palette if you have one.
- Tea candle & lighter
- Optional: an oil, butter, or wax such as coconut oil, shea butter, or beeswax
- Cut a piece of lipstick and put it on a spoon. You can also mix lipsticks to make your own custom colors.
- Optional: add a bit of oil or wax if you want to dilute the color to make it more of a tint. In my case, I added just a little Kahina Giving Beauty Balm, which I had on hand, to add some slip to the lipsticks. The more wax/oil you add, the less pigmented it'll be, so keep that in mind. Avoid adding water or water-based products as that will make the product expire faster.
- Hold the spoon over a candle. When everything is melted, stir it with a toothpick.
- Carefully pour the melted lipstick mixture into the palette and let it dry.
- Repeat with more lipsticks.
You don't have to stop with lipsticks. Add in a cream eyeshadow, a cream concealer, or even a plain lip balm for a custom face palette. I melted in my favorite concealer, the RMS "Un" Cover-Up Concealer.
I can throw this cute mini palette in any purse when I go out. It also makes packing makeup for travel a lot easier.
If you prefer to buy a lip and face palette, here are some available from clean beauty brands: