Z-Palette Organizing Your Lipsticks

A few weeks ago I went to The Makeup Show LA and got to peruse isles upon isles of makeup and beauty essentials galore. It was like Sephora on steroids and every beauty addicts dream. One of the items on my list to purchase was something to organize my mass amounts of lipstick that take up a huge amount of space in my makeup kit. I already had something in mind, but then I came across the Z-Palette displaying loads of lipstick. Usually the Z-Palette is used for single eyeshadows and blushes that you just want to compile together in one place. It makes the life of a makeup artist a little more easy I think. So, seeing it used for lipstick had me sold and it ended up on the plane back to Portland with me.

But even if you aren’t a makeup artists and just wants to keep their makeup/lipstick organized, this might be a good idea for you as well. Let me show you how I put all my lipsticks in one spot so I can easily get find what I am looking for on a job.

Here is my bin of just some of my lipstick stash. As you can see, if I am working on bride or doing another makeup job…this can become really annoying when trying to find what I am looking for. After 10 years of being a makeup artist, it’s time this stash get’s downsized and organized. 

This is what I am using, the Z-Palette. It has a magnetic base, allowing anything that is metal and the right size, to fit inside. I even saw this used to hold bobby pins and hair clips; genius!

You can purchase these tins separately to put your lipstick in (around $10.00). I do wish they had other size choices to put your lipstick in. These are pretty small, so depending on how busy of an artist you are, I am  guessing these will have to be refilled often. If you are just someone who is an organization freak, the size of these will work just fine.


How To Get Lipstick In The Tin

First off, don’t pay attention to my sad, sad thumb nail. It needs a little love soon from my CND nail girl at Skin Tight Spa in Portland (yes, that was a total plug for their spa incase you were wondering). But basically you are going to need a knife to cut off about a 1/4 of an inch of lipstick from the tube.

It should look like this on your knife. Then you just want to carefully put the lipstick into the tins. There is no need to smash them into the tins- we will go over that in a moment.

Your lipsticks should look like this. Now you want to turn your oven on to 250 bake and put these tins into an oven safe dish.

Place them into the oven for about 5 minutes or until they are liquified.

Carefully remove your lipsticks from the oven and let them sit until they have hardened (about 20-30 min).

Once your lipsticks are hard, you can begin placing them inside of you Z-Palette.

To keep them organized for re-fill purposes, I wrote down what lipsticks were in each row on an index card. Someone else said to use a circle sticky and put them at the bottom of each tin- this will just work easier for me.

Now you are all finished! If you are wondering where I keep all of the actual lipstick tubes- I just put them in a lockable bin and hide them from my 2.5 year old daughter. By the way- doing this post and having all of these lipsticks out was a mothers nightmare. I had to keep snatching the “lippies” from my daughter before they ended up on the carpet. But I got it done and now I feel so much better and way more organized! Next I am organizing the rest of my makeup and putting it into my new Zuca bag…so stay tuned!

If you want to purchase a Z-Palette- just go to their website zpalette.com!


XOXO- Kendra

Portland Makeup Artist and Beauty Blogger

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