Freelance Kit: Lipsticks

A few weeks ago I had finally decided to depot my lipsticks. Having so many separate tubes in my kit & having to go through every single one to find the colour I wanted was not only a hassle, but it wasted a lot of time. And all us artists understand when I say, I like to save as much time as possible! My first issue when debuting was finding the right palette. There are so many different companies that create all types of empty palettes, but I wanted something not only convenient, but also something that saved room in my kit. Something smaller than the usual large palettes. I found my Vuesest palette on it’s small, & what I love most about it is that I can hold it in the palm of my hand while applying a colour on a client, without the fear of dropping it. It has 24 wells that appeared small in the images shown on the website, but the wells are actually quite deep. The palette itself is the perfect size & exactly what I was after.





As it was my first time depotting lipsticks I didn’t take any photos or film a video as to how I did it. I will how ever do so the next time I do this, because I’ll actually know what I’m doing the next time!

I watched various tutorials & researched some techniques some artists used before I attempted anything. Using my metal spatula I would cut the lipstick from its tube & squashed it down into the palette. I also scraped out the remaining product out from the bottom of the tube & pushed it down into the small well. One thing I found very common for artists to do is a lot of them melted the lipsticks over a candle & poured them into the palette. I decided not to do that as I felt it would alter the consistency of the lipsticks & I really didn’t want that.

For all wondering, here are the names of all the shades in my palette:



As for the brands of lipsticks I use, they range from high to low end. Don’t judge a product based o price or brand name. Look for something that has great pigmentation & is long wearing. Colours that work for everybody are a must, keep a few different shades of nude, pink & red (as they’re most worn) but also have a few of funky colours for the occasion someone may want something different. Also remember, you don’t have to own every colour under the sun, we can mix shades! I almost never use just one straight colour on a client.

I try to minimise as much clutter as I can in my freelance kit, it makes for less mess & saves so much time! If you have another method of doing this leave a comment, I would love to try it out!

Empty palette can be purchased here → Vueset Palette

Love & Light ♡



Heidi Hamoud

Heidi Hamoud is a highly sought after influencer, blogger, Youtube sensation and Melbourne-based makeup artist who is passionate about inspiring her audience of millions on a daily basis to be courageous, confident and empowered.

  1. Thank you so much for this post Heidi – I’ve been looking into depotting my lipsticks for a few weeks now. This was very helpful, I’d seen others melt their lipsticks but I’d heard that it can change the consistency and I just, I had trouble being convinced to take the plunge and depot them. But your post has really made me want to do it – sounds like it’s made everything a lot more convenient for you.

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