If you don’t know about my obsessive organization habit, you’re probably new to my blog!! Ha. Every now and then I share some of my favorite ways to keep makeup neat and organized because, let’s face it, it’s really easy to let it all go to hell and have to deal with a messy makeup station. Not happening in my house!

Lipstick is one of those products that typically comes individually packaged. Every now and then you’ll see a nice lipstick palette, but who’s to say it’s going to have the colors you want? Now, when it comes to organizing my lipsticks, I have two issues: One, I don’t like the idea of all my lipsticks floating around in a drawer. Finding the right color can be time consuming. And two (this is where the obsessive factor comes in), I don’t like it when all the packaging isn’t the same. In other words, I don’t want different looking tubes of lipstick in my makeup collection. I know it’s a ridiculous standard, but I’m particular in that way! So, in order to save space, make it easy to find colors, and eliminate a potential eyesore in my makeup drawer, I keep all my lipsticks in this little palette:


The minute I get my hands on a brand new lipstick, I chop it off and smash it into an empty slot in the palette. I have to admit… The act of cutting off a perfectly pretty lipstick is a little unnerving, but the outcome is even prettier! A perfect palette full of all the colors I love. And here’s another bonus: Using your lip brush, you can easily mix any of the colors right there in the palette. I can’t help it… it’s the painter in me.

You can find these empty palettes at practically any beauty supply (I bought mine at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in Los Angeles) and they run anywhere from $10-$25.



  1. Razan
    January 28, 2013 at 7:49 am (2 years ago)

    Hey Teni! I have the same habit except I have a little tip I’d like to share with you. Instead of smashing the lipsticks in, try melting in on a metal spoon making sure you don’t boil the product (because this may change the lipstick’s formula where the color or texture may be altered) and then pour it into each slot. Result is perfectly smooth lipstick in the palette!
    Hope that was useful! xo

    • Teni Panosian
      January 28, 2013 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

      ooooh, I like that! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. sam ram
    January 28, 2013 at 8:36 am (2 years ago)

    I really want to do this but then for day, I can’t be carrying around a lip palette. It’s more convenient to carry that one lipstick bullet with you.

    Also I’m too scared to cut up a lipstick. I feel like it would kill me =) hahaha xxx

  3. Ashlea
    January 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes I love this idea ! So what do you do day to day – as in when you want to touch up later in the day, do you put some in a little container ?! X

    • Teni Panosian
      January 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm (2 years ago)

      that’s what i’m looking into now :) I’m trying to find the perfect little reusable to-go container!

      • Dee Marron
        January 29, 2013 at 12:02 am (2 years ago)

        Try a contact lens case. They are small enough and secure to carry when your on the go. Bonus… there are two slots!

  4. Cathy
    January 29, 2013 at 1:59 am (2 years ago)

    Love all the colors of your lipsticks!!! Can you please list of names that you remember? :)

  5. Lunisa
    January 29, 2013 at 10:04 am (2 years ago)

    @Razan_thank you so much for that tip.
    @SAM RAM_thats too funny lol
    @Teni your awesome

  6. Izabelle
    January 30, 2013 at 7:22 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Teni! I know you have replied in one of your posts which camera you use but I missed that and I can´t find it anymore… I really want a new camera and would love if you could say it again which one you use. xoxoxox Izabelle your biggest fan in Brazil!

  7. Toni
    February 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Teni! I love the idea! :) But how do you keep them from getting messy in the palette? If you close the palette, would they smash together?

    • Teni Panosian
      February 3, 2013 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

      Nope! They stay put in their respective slots :)

  8. Jessica
    February 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm (2 years ago)

    While I was at Sephora today I stumbled upon the perfect way for you to transport individual colors while on the go. If you ever get a sample of a cream product they give you these little containers that are about a nickel in diameter. I would just go ask them if you could grab a few…hope this helps!
    Xx, Jes

    • Teni Panosian
      February 11, 2013 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

      ah, yes I’ve received samples in these! Great suggestion and perfect for on-the-go colors! Thanks :)

  9. Jackie
    February 11, 2013 at 10:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so scared to chop my lipsticks…. But it does look so pretty!!!

  10. Sherriann
    February 27, 2013 at 1:36 am (2 years ago)

    I have the same request as Cathy, can you please list out the colors in your palette? Thank you!

  11. Lovely
    May 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi ms. Teni! I really love this lipstick pallete of yours. And the color of the lipsticks are love! Would you name the shade of the lipstick? Please.. ❤

  12. Lovely
    May 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Ms. Teni, please list the colors in your palette.. Thank you


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