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When it comes to makeup, the colors you wear can create a serious statement—which means you want to pick the right shades. As far as your lip color goes, using a palette can help you create a custom look that truly stands apart from the crowd—all in one convenient makeup product. Ready to switch up your makeup look? Here, learn how to curate your own lip palette and how to use it to pull off a few unique lip makeup ideas.
While lip palettes are definitely a must-have for your makeup bag, we all have our favorite lipsticks that we don’t want to part with. Lucky for you, you can create your own lip palette with all your favorite shades! Here’s how to do it:
Of course, to create a lip palette you’re going to need a palette. You can choose to use an empty lip palette or get creative with a multi-compartment pill box or paint palette!
Grab your favorite lipstick shades because it’s time to get to depotting. Depotting is the process of removing lipstick from its original tube. For the sake of creating a lip palette, start by winding your lipstick tube up until all of the product is on display. Then, use a knife to carefully slice the lipstick away from the tube before setting it to the side.
Don’t toss out that old tube just yet! There’s sure to be more product buried inside. Use the end of a makeup brush to scoop out any remaining product.
It’s time to give all of that lipstick you depotted a new home. If you want, you can melt the lipstick down, that way when it’s poured into your DIY lip palette, it’s perfectly smooth. Keep in mind, doing this does risk changing the consistency of your lipstick. As an alternative, you can simply press and pat down your lipstick into each well of your lip palette.
Editor’s note: Don’t worry if the press and pat method looks a little messy! This is the method preferred by professional makeup artists—who always have custom lip palettes in their kits.
Repeat the process outlined above with the rest of your favorite lipstick shades until your palette is full and ready to go! There you have it—a customized, one-of-a-kind lip palette made especially for you, by you.
If we learned anything from recent runway shows, it’s that matte metallic lips are about to have a serious moment in 2019. Here’s how to get a head start on this soon-to-be makeup trend:
Before applying color, use a lip scrub to help exfoliate any dead skin cells from the surface of your lips. Then, follow up with a moisturizing lip balm.
Use a lip primer to help create a smooth base for your lipstick application.
Use a dark berry shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude Lipstick in Berry Extreme, for this look. With a lip brush (a lip palette must), apply this shade to the center of your upper lip. Work your way to the outer edges of your top lip, following the contour of your mouth. Then, paint the color across your entire bottom lip.
Once you’re finished with your matte lip color, use a brush to apply a highlighter shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Lipstick in Bronze, over your pout to give it a metallic sheen.
Although the ombré trend started with hair, this gradation technique is now popular when it comes to lipstick too! Here’s how to get the look using your lip palette.
Using a lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner, that is slightly darker than your natural lip color, outline your lips to help add dimension and give the appearance of a fuller-looking pout. Using lip liner can also help prevent your lipstick from feathering into the lines surrounding your mouth.
You’ll need two lip colors to get this look, one lighter and one darker. Select your shades from your customized palette, then move right along to the next step.
Use a flat lip brush to blend the lighter of the two shades from the center of your lips out toward the edges.
Since this look is all about gradation, take the darker color and apply it to the corners of your lips where you initially shaded with lip liner. Use your lip brush to blend the two colors together at the points where they meet. This part might take some practice, but you’ll be a pro in no time!
Using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing & Contour Kit, apply a light shade of concealer above your lip to accent your cupid’s bow, followed by a touch of darker concealer just below your bottom lip to create the illusion of a fuller, more luscious pout.
Want more lip makeup ideas? Check out our article, 3 Mermaid Lip Looks to Rock All Summer Long.