How to make your own Cosmetics palette

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Fancy yourself the creative type? Want to make your own DIY cosmetics palette? Read on to find out more… and learn how to create your own palette containing exactly what you want!

Making your DIY palette

So you want to make your own palette? First things first.. you need a palette! Here's how to convert a CD case you have lying around the house into your own cosmetics palette, ready for customisation.

Materials:
  • An empty CD case
  • Thin magnet (the free promotional kind works) 
  • Eyeshadow and/or blush pans removed from original cases  (see below on how to do this)

How to make your palette
:
  • Pop out the plastic insert in the CD case.
  • Cut the thin magnet to fit one side of interior of CD case (I like to open mine with the hinge part on the left, so I place my sheet on the right side. You can either peel off the backing and stick it down, or simply slip the sheet under the tabs and it will also stay put.)
  • Arrange your metal eyeshadow/blush pans in the palette - the metal pans will stick to the magnet and can be easily re-arranged if you get bored.
  • You can buy a small mirror to stick on the inside of your palette
  • Close the CD cover and VOILA! A customised and portable cosmetics palette!
  • To jazz it up, try decorating the case with stickers, market pens or paints. 
TIP: You can also use small metal tins instead of a CD case. Their small size are great for popping into your purse!

 

Removing eyeshadows/blushes from pots - HEATING method

It sounds like a cooking commercial, but you can bake, toast, or hairdry your eyeshadows to separate the metal pan containing the eyeshadow from the plastic pot packaging. While some feel that dealing with metal pans at high temperatures is dangerous, others swear by this method because the glue melts and makes it easier for the pan to be removed.

BAKING:
Step 1: Put the whole eyeshadow pot in the oven on 150 celcius for 3 minutes.
Step 2: Carefully ake the eyeshadow out and place on a soft, old towel
Step 3:  Use a thin knife (like a Swiss Army Knife) and gently poke it inbetween the metal pan and the plastic pot.
Step 4: With a gentle yet firm flicking motion, try and pry the eyeshadow out. If it doesn't come out easily, put it back in at 120 celciusfor another 3 minutes, and repeat trying to remove it.
Step 5: Pop it into your palette!

TOASTING:
Step 1: Place the entire eyeshadow put into your toaster for 1 minute.
Step 2: Carefully take the eyeshadow out and place on a soft, old towel.
Step 3: Use a thin knife (like the blade in a Swiss Army Knife) and gently nudge it in-between the metal pan and the plastic pot.
Step 4: With a gentle yet firm flicking motion, try and pry the eyeshadow out. If it doesn't come out, work around the pan gradually, sticking your knife in and flicking it in the same manner.
Step 5: Pop it into your palette!

HAIR DRYER:
Step 1: Blast the back of the e/s pot with a hairdryer for about 1 minute on high.
Step 2: Carefully take the eyeshadow out and place on a soft, old towel.
Step 3: Use a thin knife (like the blade in a Swiss Army Knife) and gently nudge it in-between the metal pan and the plastic pot.
Step 4: With a gentle yet firm flicking motion, try and pry the eyeshadow out. If it doesn't come out, work around the pan gradually, sticking your knife in and flicking it in the same manner.
Step 5: Pop it into your palette!

Removing eyeshadows/blushes from pots - FREEZING method

Thought it sounds odd, you can freeze your eyeshadows to separate the pan that contains the eyeshadow from the pot. This enables your eyeshadows to place the metal pan into your newly customised palette. Freezing is quick, and fuss-free!

Step 1: Put the whole eyeshadow pot in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
Step 2: Carefully take the eyeshadow out and place on a soft, old towel.
Step 3: Use a thin knife (like the blade in a Swiss Army Knife) and gently nudge it in-between the metal pan and the plastic pot.
Step 4: With a gentle yet firm flicking motion, try and pry the eyeshadow out. If it doesn't come out, work around the pan gradually, sticking your knife in and flicking it in the same manner.
Step 5: Pop it into your palette!



Happy DIY-ing! :)

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