by Koren Barry
I finally I did it. After all was said and done I asked myself, “Why didn’t I do this sooner??!!!”
To some this may come as whatever, big deal. I am talking about depotting my lipsticks. If you have no idea what idea I am talking about, think of it as your favourite mac lipstick. You basically have taken it and crushed it up in to a paste.
Before I started this endeavor, I did my research. If I am going to do something, I need to know the pros and cons and dos and don’t before I even get started. As a makeup artist, I appreciate ALL my makeup as it is a hefty investment. The last thing I want to do is ruin any product.
Bottom line I have a lot of lipstick. I was tired of carrying all the lipsticks around in a large container. I wanted all of them to be right there and ready to go.
After my research, I found the best container to be the Vueset Tahiti container. It is a durable hard plastic, transparent to see the colours and holds 24 lipsticks. I bought mine for $14 US on Beautylish.com
I will say that when my Vueset container arrived I was a bit annoyed. I thought what!!! How on earth is a tube of lipstick supposed to fit in that tiny little slot! Well, it will fit. Surprising what lipstick looks like after you crush it up.
In order to depot your lipsticks, you are going to need a few things. A stainless mixing pallet, a stainless spatula, alcohol wipes and patience!
First step, get comfortable. Take your lipstick and cut it flush with the tube. Take your spatula and dig out any extra lipstick and place the lipstick on the mixing pallet. Take your spatula and begin mashing up the lipstick until you are left with a paste. With your spatula, begin packing small amounts of your lipstick in to the section in the Vueset container. After your lipstick is all in the section, remove the label from the bottom of your lipstick and place on the bottom of the container. That way you know what colour the lipstick is. Last step, clean the pallet and the spatula with an alcohol wipe between every colour. Repeat these steps and you will have one awesome way to carry all your lipsticks!
If you are on the fence like I was with depotting your lipsticks for your kit, go for it. It is much easier to carry and more sanitary for you and your client. Instead of wiping down a tube with alcohol after each client, you can take a small amount out of the container on your spatula and apply with a brush. Take out enough product for the application and you can give your client a small sample for touch ups to take with them for the day.
Thanks for reading! Happy Makeuping!