Monday, July 15, 2013

DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette

It all started with a faulty eye shadow case.

I had been eyeing the color "Fishnet" by Urban Decay (an iridescent fuschia) for quite a long time, so I was ecstatic to find UD's entire line of deluxe eyes shadow on sale on their website. I ordered it along with some other colors from the line right away. I was pleased with the formula but soon I found out that the cases are horrible! Within a week the clear bubble on two of the cases was popping off, and the little button thing gets stuck occasionally. Now I understood why this particular line was on sale.

The annoying eye shadow cases  lead to me not using this shadow as much as I'd like to. The fact that these are individual shadows v. part of a palette also lead to them being neglected. I am the kind of person that often does their makeup in a hurry so I usually just grab a palette and get to it, never mind looking for individual shades that might be floating around.

I started searching for blank palettes to try to find a solution to my problem and I learned about the Z Palette and the Unii Palette, magnetic palettes that can house all kinds of products! I immediately wanted one but knew for a fact that no one in my neck of the woods would carry one and I was getting a bit impatient so rather than wait for one to arrive in the mail I decided to save some money and try to make one of my own.

I found that there are actually quite a few tutorials out there for DIY palettes so I watched, and read a bunch and soon found out that I already had everything that I needed!


  • A flat tin of some sort (I used a colored pencil tin)
  • Makeup that you wish to depot to add to your diy palette
  • A flat iron
  • Wax paper 
  • A sharp knife with a thin, strong point or a box cutter razor
  • Rubbing Alcohol or prep pads
  • Qtips 
  • De-sticker of choice (i used veggie oil)
  • Strong Glue (I used E6000)
  • Magnets (I used neodymium magnets - these are really strong. You can also use magnet tape.)
  • Metal primer (optional)
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • Paintbrushes (optional)
Warning: Please be careful because this project contains very high heat and sharp objects! Thankfully, I didn't get hurt the entire time and I'm prone to accidental self inflicted injury. Just take your time, don't rush. 

Step 1: Prep the iron

Heat the flat iron and place a thin strip of wax paper on top of the lower plate. Make sure that your flat iron is on a flat surface where it can stand up on its own securely. Turn on the flat iron and let it heat up. 

Step 2: Warm up your makeup

Place the makeup item that you would like to depot on top of the wax paper. Let it sit there for about 30-45 seconds.

 Step 3: De Pot

 Look for the area with the largest gap. It shouldn't take too much effort to pry it out since the heat loosens the glue. If it is still too difficult to pry out, heat it up a bit more.

This method works with all different kinds of makeup, even samples!

If you find a pan that is raised you may have some melting.

A little melting is okay, as long as you have the wax paper in place but please be careful not to heat things for too long because you don't want fumes.

 Step 4: Let pans cool

 Place the de-potted pans on a piece of wax paper so that the pans can cool to the touch. Be careful because the pans may be hot. You can go ahead and depot a bunch while the iron is hot if you'd like.

Step 5: Remove glue

There's lots of different ways to remove glue and the best way for your makeup really depends on what kind of glue the brand uses. Some times peeling the glue off with your fingers works just fine, other times rubbing it with a dry paper towel works better.

Sometimes a residue remover like glue gone or vegetable oil helps.

Step 6: Clean with alchohol

Clean the pan and the magnetic with alcohol. This will help the glue bind and remove any residue or oils.

Step 7: Attach Magnet

Apply a very thin layer of glue on each side and slowly bring each piece together. Press and hold the magnet in place for a few seconds and then release it and let it dry. It is best to let the E6000 dry for at least an hour before handling it and placing it on your palette.

Step 8: Fill tray

Now your tray is ready to be filled! If you'd like to you can decorate your palette now, although if you already like your tin - your done!

Step 9: Prime Lid

Apply metal primer to cover the logo on the lid. If the coverage is streaky after one application, let it dry and then apply another.

Step 10: Paint the design

Paint your lid however you'd like. For mine, I used acrylic paints and lots of glitter. In these pictures, the glitter glue isn't dry yet. After your design is completely dry you can add a coat of water based Varathane on top if you would like it to be glossy or to secure the design.

All done! The thing that I like most about magnetic palettes is that you can customize the contents so easily. My palette now has eye shadows from Urban Decay, Lime Crime and Almay, Urban Decay and Smash box cream liners, blush, highlighter, and even a setting powder. The pans are very secure in here and I even put 2 mirrors in the lid.

Thanks for crafting with me today :).

<3 KM


  1. Cool. It looks so professional! I don't think I have that much eyeshadow in total. Where did you put the homeless pencils? Or were they used up already?

  2. Thanks! I've got a bit of a thing for shadows, especially ridiculously bright shades :P. We had a little zippered pencil case for the pencils which was easier for the boys to put away since you don't have to place each one in the tray divider.