Make a Metallic Makeup Palette

comments (4) February 16th, 2009     

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Jen_W Jennifer Worick, contributor
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Thread a pretty ribbon through one hole and back through the other. Tie the two ends in a bow and hang on a nail.
Create a hanging palette to house your makeup pots.
You only need a few materials to create a magnetic makeup palette.
Thread a pretty ribbon through one hole and back through the other. Tie the two ends in a bow and hang on a nail.

Thread a pretty ribbon through one hole and back through the other. Tie the two ends in a bow and hang on a nail.

Photo: Jennifer Worick

One day while brainstorming with my crafty friend Jessica Campbell (the owner of Seattle’s Spa Scotta), she told me how she lays her pots of MAC eye shadow on a large acrylic tray, creating a makeshift makeup palette. Of course, that got me to thinking. I don’t have any sort of drawer or shelf to put such a tray into or onto. However, I do have some wall space in my bathroom, not to mention quite a few eye shadow pots of my own.

What if—go with me here—I created functional artwork for the wall with magnets and a sheet of metal?

And since I’ve been studying feng shui recently, I thought I could incorporate some elements of prosperity, as my bathroom is unfortunately in my prosperity corner. This means adding purple and gold and symbols of abundance and wealth.

The vertical metal makeup palette was a snap. I’m still struggling, however, with how best to frame it, keeping my new feng shui approach in mind. I considered several ideas. I could find a regular frame, remove the glass, paint it purple, and go with that. I could glue coins, both foreign and domestic, around the perimeter, or cut up a few pieces of paper currency and fashion them into a laminated frame. Or I could embrace the makeup aspect by using decoupage to create a frame out of fashion magazine pages. Perhaps if I had a larger piece of sheet metal, I could emboss a design onto the palette itself. For now, I just kept things simple and let the concept take front and center.

What do you think? Do you have a genius solution? How would you frame your makeup palette?

You’ll need:

  • Magnetic dots (the number depends on how many eye shadow or blush pots you have)
  • Glue (I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue)
  • Your favorite pots of makeup
  • Thin sheet metal (stainless steel or tin works well; aluminum does not)
  • 2-bit metal hole punch
  • 12 to 18 inches of thin ribbon
  • Hammer and nail

You only need a few materials to create a magnetic makeup palette.

Step 1: Double check that your magnets are attracted to the metal sheet (I purchased a small sheet of tin at my local hardware store). On one side of each magnet, add a thin layer of glue, affix it to the bottom of a makeup pot, and allow to dry.


Add a dab of glue to the magnet before placing it on the back of your makeup pot.

I tried to position the magnet above or below the name of the color in case I want to purchase another.


If you can, place the magnet so that the color name is still visible.

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Comments (4)

MakeupGallery writes: This is an excellent idea for Makeup Palette. I will surly make this and will update you my experience. Thanks for giving us idea.
Posted: 12:08 am on November 27th
BellaPerlaJewelry writes: As a make up artist I have alot of stuff everywhere and my son always manages to get into it.i love this idea
Posted: 1:16 pm on November 23rd
Jen_W writes: I got it at Ace Hardware so I'd just try any hardware store. Just make sure the metal is attracted to the magnets. I had the packet of magnets with me so I could try them out. Good luck!
Posted: 3:25 pm on February 18th
Shaleeshey writes: This is a great idea, I wanted to do something like this to make a magnetic board for posting notes or clipings on it with those decorative magnet pieces they have out now. Where did you get the metal sheet from?

Thanks,
Posted: 3:23 pm on February 18th
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