DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette Tutorial | Upcycling An Old Watercolor Case - Estheticnet

DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette Tutorial | Upcycling An Old Watercolor Case

Recreating makeup looks is one of the best ways to kill boredom now that many of us are required to stay at home. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to customize your makeup in one magnetic palette for easy access instead of having to put them all out every time?

Z palette is one of the go-to brands when it comes to magnetic makeup palettes, but it’s expensive! Plus, what’s the fun in buying when you can do it yourself, right?

Get ready to depot your powder or cream products because you’ll surely get hooked, you might find yourself depotting everything from your collection. There are a lot of ways to create a magnetic makeup palette, however, in this tutorial, we will show you how an old watercolor case can be upcycled to something really useful and chic!

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Fun & Easy DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette

Check out the video tutorial below:


Materials You Will Need:

  • Old watercolor case
  • Blush or eyeshadow palette
  • Prying tool or tweezer
  • Magnetic sheet/shims
  • Transparent sheet (optional)
  • Palette or pots you want to depot
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Acetone
  • Scissors

Step 1: Depot Watercolor

First, you have to remove or depot your old watercolor from its case. Then, clean up the excess watercolor and adhesive that got stuck in the old palette using the rubbing alcohol.

Be careful with this step especially when taking out the excess glue since it may ruin the palette.

Step 2: Attach the Magnetic Sheet

Attaching Makeup Palette Sheet | DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette Tutorial | Upcycling An Old Watercolor Case

Line your magnetic sheet onto the palette and make sure it will cover the entire board. If the magnet does not fit, cut the excess.

When it is lined up perfectly, peel the sticker backside of the magnetic shim and attach it to the palette seamlessly.

The excess that you took out should cover any other spaces if there are any left.

Step 3: Depot Your Makeup From Its Case

Depot Your Makeup | DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette Tutorial | Upcycling An Old Watercolor Case

This is the fun part! Depot your makeup from its case. Use a prying tool to remove the pots but first remove the padding that usually covers the pots in the palette.

If the pots are still sticking onto the case, you can try to heat the bottom part of the palette using a hair iron but remember to gently do it from underneath.

Use the transparent sheet underneath as to not put direct heat on the palette.

Rub it in a circular motion to avoid melting the makeup and spread the heat from the entire pot. This method will soften up the adhesive used.

After heating it up for a while, use the prying tool to remove it.

Tip: You can depot eyeshadows, blushers, lipsticks, and face powders. The idea is to include all the necessities in one palette for convenience.

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Step 4: Cleaning and Placing the Magnets Onto the Pots

placing magnets on pot | DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette Tutorial | Upcycling An Old Watercolor Case

Now that you have the magnet sheet installed on your palette, clean the bottom of the pots using a cotton ball with acetone. This will remove any excess adhesive and clean the bottom part of the pot.

Using the rest of the magnetic shim, cut a piece of magnet and stick it to the bottom of the pot. Make sure that it will cover a lot of space but not too much that it will go over the pot.

Step 5: Labelling (Optional)

Cut a piece of paper, a little bit smaller than the magnet, and label each makeup you wish to use to stick on your magnetic makeup palette. You can buy some makeup products that are already depotted and have magnets and labels underneath. You can use those if you wish.

If you own those cute handheld labeling tools, this is the perfect project for it.

Here Are Other DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette Variations You Can Do at Home!

1. Magnetic Palette Using Cardboard

This variation is more complicated but you have better customization options. If you’re someone who loves to do crafts, this is perfect for you. You can personalize and customize the design and print of your magnetic palette.

2. Magnetic Palette Using Expired Eyeshadow or Blush Palette

DIY Magnetic Palette Expired Makeup | DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette Tutorial | Upcycling An Old Watercolor Case

If you’re a makeup collector chances are you own so many palettes. For all we know, some of those are already expired. It’s hard to let go, I know! However, you have too, you don’t want to put expired makeup on your skin, don’t you? Additionally, we all have to be extra hygienic with COVID-19 causing a worldwide pandemic.

You need to clean your makeup tools more often than usual and most of all, declutter your old or expired makeup products. But what do you do with your old makeup palettes? Upcycle them into magnetic makeup palettes!

And if you’re sentimental like me I’d love to hold on to stuff I treasure and upcycling your expired palettes is a great way to immortalize them.

3. DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette Using Plastic Pencil Case

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Another upcycling project you can do is to use an old plastic pencil case as a magnetic makeup palette. This is great for our makeup lover moms who are always buying pencil cases every year for their kids.

4. Old Hardbound Notebook Magnetic Palette

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I love this! I’ve always been looking for ways to reuse my old notebooks and organizers. My problem now is I need to buy more eyeshadows and blushers to put in my magnetic palettes if I do all these ideas.

5. Magnetic Makeup Palette From Gift Carton Box

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Those beautiful carton boxes can now be upcycled! It’s hard to throw them away, at least now their not useless displays, they will serve a greater purpose for your makeup collection.

There you have it. Now you have your own DIY magnetic makeup palette. Wasn’t that fun? Not only do you get a personalized makeup tool, but you also get to save some dollars instead of buying a branded palette. We hope you get to use this at its fullest!

Do you have other versions of a DIY magnetic makeup palette? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below! Or better yet, tag us on Instagram!

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