DIY: Travel-Friendly Lip and Face Palette

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.
  • Lipsticks
  • Tea candle & lighter
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Optional: an oil, butter, or wax such as coconut oil, shea butter, or beeswax


  1. Cut a piece of lipstick and put it on a spoon. You can also mix lipsticks to make your own custom colors.
  2. 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.
  3. Hold the spoon over a candle. When everything is melted, stir it with a toothpick.
  4. Carefully pour the melted lipstick mixture into the palette and let it dry.
  5. 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:


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