What’s that you say? You have too much eyeshadow and not enough storage? I have a brilliant solution!
If you have a couple of hours to set aside, some basic crafty materials, and patience, I highly recommend making your very own custom eyeshadow palette!
A few things you should know:
1). I DO NOT plan on traveling with these. Although I did in fact glue the eyeshadow in (instead of using magnets), I’d rather not risk ruining a major chunk of my collection.
2). Be creative with this-use whatever container, eyeshadows, decorations, etc. you want.
3). I despise arts & crafts of any kind (I just don’t have the patience), BUT I did enjoy this. Probably because I knew I would be using it afterwards and not just hanging or displaying it.
First I’ll give you a little sneak peak of what you too can create:
This is an empty box that once housed thank you notes (from the Christmas Tree Shop, $2.99). Basically, choose any container you want.
Preferably, an fantastic scented one. I snagged this giant sucker at Kohl’s after Christmas for $6 and change.
The tack works best.
I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say that I used up a good half a bottle of this. Seriously. Your hands will get covered in eyeshadow no matter what, so you gotta be prepared.
You’re going to want to either work in a location where eyeshadow can easily be cleaned, or you can try my solution…
And now, onto the actual process!
Gather the eyeshadow palettes/single shadows you want to put into your new palette. I strictly used eyeshadows from plastic palettes.
Then, begin the first step:
i.e. Take off all stickers and take one last look at your old palette!
This is the crucial step. You want to hold the palette somewhat close to the flame, but not enough to burn through the plastic (obviously). The purpose of this step is to melt the glue that’s bonding the eyeshadow to the plastic container.
I held the palette over the flame for about 30 seconds, targeting the eyeshadow I wanted to remove, and then move onto the next step:
I cannot stress this enough-
BE GENTLE! Look for the corner of the eyeshadow that has the most space between the eyeshadow pan and the palette, and gently push in the tack. Then, wiggle it around slightly and begin to pop out the eyeshadow. If it feels like the eyeshadow isn’t moving, or the eyeshadow begins to crack/fall apart-STOP! Put the eyeshadow back over the candle, and try again. This is where patience is key.
I’m not going to lie and say that every single eyeshadow I depotted (the beauty world term for what we’re doing) came out of the palette effortlessly and didn’t crack. Here’s proof:
Here’s what you need to do:
Then, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and mix:
Anddddd then, press down with the tissue. This will re-press the eyeshadow and remove some of the alcohol:
Just let the eyeshadow completely dry (about 30 mins-1 hour) and you’re good to go! This won’t affect the pigmentation or texture of your eyeshadow, so don’t be too upset if the shadow cracks, crumbles or falls out during the process.
And soon, your new custom palette will be…
I created a color and natural palette, and put the extras in an e.l.f. elements quad.
Here are the almost finished results:
Seriously, look at all the empties!
And here’s all the space I’m saving.
BEFORE (from my Vanity Tour post):
And don’t just think I stopped there. I figured since I was already on a craft-y roll that I would decorate my new palettes.
Here’s what they looked like before:
I’m pretty darn proud of myself, and you should be proud of me, too.
Thanks for reading!