Thursday, 23 July 2009

DIY Stila eyeshadow palette

[caption id="attachment_224" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="DIY Stila palette with pans"]DIY Stila palette with pans[/caption]

I found myself in the position of having more Stila shadows than I did slots in my Stila palettes. That's a pretty luxurious dilemma, I think you'll agree.

The reason is that I availed myself of the amazing £2.95 Stila Eyeshadow offer at BeautySpotCosmetics. They're selling Stila pans at £2.95 each, and you will receive a free palette when you order 6 or more shades. A lot of the colours are sold out now. I'm afraid that's partly my fault. Sorry.

In order to store my new bounty of shadows without displacing my existing ones from their palettes (I got greedy and ordered more than 6 at a time from BeautySpot), I decided to DIY my own palette using an old Boots 17 freebie one that had long been sitting disused at the bottom of my stash.

Read on to find out how I did it. (NB, it's not using magic.)

Sticky-backed magnet
Craft knife
Old palette
Electrical tape

[caption id="attachment_225" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The original palette and the invading Stila pans"]The original palette and the invading Stila pans[/caption]First, I used the blade of my craft knife to flip out all the old shadow pans (very carefully - it's so easy to cut yourself doing this).

Then I lined up my shadow pans on the surface to see how much space I'd need to cut into the cardboard. I drew round the pans lightly with a pencil to give myself a guide. NB - I made sure to avoid the magnetised area at the front of the palette which is needed to close it.[caption id="attachment_226" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Measuring up the pans with the palette"]Measuring up the pans with the palette[/caption]

Using the craft knife again (with a fresh blade), I cut into the cardboard mounting of the palette. At first I thought about cutting circular holes for the pans, but in the end it was much simpler just to cut a rectangular outline. This gives more flexibility for adding different sorts of pans too. I then peeled away the cardboard inside my "outline" to create a dip.

Then I used electrical tape to cover the rough edges where I had cut, creating a smooth appearance. (This step is only for aesthetics, you don't absolutely need to do it).

There aren't any pictures of these stages, because I got a bit carried away with my "creativity" and forgot to take them. Sorry about that.

[caption id="attachment_227" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The finished article"]The finished article[/caption]Final step, I cut a piece of my sticky magnet to size and attached it to the bottom of my new palette.

Finally - putting in the pans. This palette holds 4 or 5 Stila pans (as you can see I added a couple of little B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful tiddlers in there as well). It can also hold 8 MAC pans.


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  3. Nice, I've been thinking about doing something like this to consolidate some random palletes. Did you get your sticky magnet sheet from ebay?