Awhile back, I had a bunch of eyeshadows that I would have LOVED to consolidate into neat, nice palettes. I’m sure a lot of you are the same too. If you have tons and tons of eyeshadows just lying around in quads, trios, duos, singles, you’ll know that they take up tons of space and are so inconvenient.
In order to bring some sort of semblance to their makeup collection, most people turn to palettes to organize their eyeshadows. Now, these are a really good idea in my opinion. They’re elegant, and work really well. MAC palettes seem too expensive for me, so I ended up looking to Ebay for palettes. I found a 28-palette with pans for $9, which was a pretty good deal, but I still don’t want to spend $9 on an empty container that I could have spent on eyeshadow, especially if I’m going to get more than one.
But the problem is that a lot of people don’t have circle-shaped eyeshadows, and what if you want a palette to have other kinds of makeup as well? What about blush palettes? Lip palettes? Even concealer palettes? So I looked around for a few more ideas on making your own palettes. I saw a lot of DIY makeup palettes involving CD cases and DVD cases. These are okay, but don’t allow for easy magnetizing. Plus, CD and DVD cases have spindles that are super annoying.
Here are a few ideas for homemade palettes:
Altoids Tins: If you want a small, portable palette to carry just a few eyeshadows, then this is for you. Attach magnets to the back of your eyeshadows or lip gloss pans, stick your pans to an empty Altoids tin, and then you have a small makeup container on the go! The only problem is that the tins are a little thick to carry around. Nevertheless, they are easily accessible and cheap.
AOL Tins: The only problem is that they don’t make AOL tins anymore (I think). AOL used to send trial offers of their internet in CD tins. I had two left, and I was so glad that I saved them! Actually, this was my first idea, and I found it very useful! It held 48 small square eyeshadows very nicely (mostly pulled from quads). Use the same idea as the Altoids tin, and stick your eyeshadows in. This will also hold 20 MAC-sized eyeshadows very nicely. It’s a very decent amount, and the whole thing is very compact, thin, and easy to carry around.
Gift Card Tins: I haven’t actually tried this idea, but I know that they work very well. They are a nice shape, and like Altoid tins, you can buy them at almost any grocery store or place they sell gift cards. They are also a very nice size.
Other tins: chocolate tins, metal pencil cases, practically anything else made of metal!
I hope this article gives you some good ideas for your own makeup palettes and storage. If you think of other kinds of tins to use, please comment!