I am super excited today as I am going to show you how to make a magnetic palette at home for storing refills of your eyeshadow/blush/concealer, etc! I have been searching for a good and reasonably priced empty magnetic palette for a long time! The reason being I have mixed shapes of eyeshadows and getting a Z palette was the only choice as I could customize it the way I want it! So began my search for a good empty magnetic palette, I tried searching on ebay and Amazon, but the prices were way too high and not to forget shipping charges 🙁
I came across this video on Youtube where the lady showed ways to make an eyeshadow palette at home! Now, I am a complete DIY person and love playing around with crafts! The materials used were also not very expensive and it did look easy! The challenge came in when I went out to find self-adhesive magnetic sheets which seem to be easily available in any craft store in US, but I couldn’t find these here in India 🙁 I even ordered magnetic strips from ebay which never reached me 🙁
But recently during my routine browsing, I came across this site where they had used magnetic sheets and so I was elated!!! I called up the craft retailer and asked about these sheets and he said these were available in stock, but they are nonadhesive, well, I was fine with it, after all, why do we have Fevicol?
So, without any further delay, let me guide you all with step-by-step instructions on “how to make a magnetic palette at home!”
Materials Needed To Make An Empty Magnetic Makeup Palette:
- One magnetic sheet – Its not easily available in India, but check out big stationary shops who keep white boards, etc.
- One empty DVD case – Please do not get those plastic ones as they are extremely thin and not sturdy.
- Fevicol – to stick your magnetic sheet if its not self adhesive.
- One scissor – to cut the magnetic sheet according to the DVD case’s dimension.
- A big ruler (scale) – to take dimension of your DVD case.
- Eyeshadows refills 🙂
Take the dimensions of your DVD case and deduct 1 cm from both the sides, i.e., vertically and horizontally. For example, my DVD case was 19 cm in width and 13 cm in height, so I took 18 cm and 12 cm respectively.
Measure and draw the rectangle on the back side of your magnetic sheet (blue side).
Carefully cut the rectangle out.
Place the magnetic sheet into your DVD case and make sure it rests beneath the two hooks as shown in the pic.
Glue the top end of the sheet with DVD, use a good glue like Feviquick or Fevicol. I have used Fevicol here.
Let the glue dry out for 15 minutes. Your magnetic palette is ready!
Place your eyeshadow/blush etc., refills and you are all set!
Only refills that have metal as base will stick to the palette, my Bharat and Dorris eyeshadows did not stick as they were made of aluminium 🙁
All the eyshadows and lipstick refills shown here are from Inglot, I believe even Coastal Scents and MAC refills will easily stick to the palette too. For rest which are nonmagnetic, you can use a magnetic sticker to stick at the base of the eyeshadow and then use it.
Also, please remove the sharp edges of the upper portion on the DVD as it may interfere with your eyeshadows.
The magnetic sheet is quite sturdy and heavy and can hold these refills very well. I have taken the below picture by tilting the eyeshadow palette and you can see that the eyeshadows are in place! I have even inverted the case and still my refills did not fall off!!!
How To Store Magnetic Makeup Palette:
I would strongly suggest you to get one of these magazine/file holders which are easily available in any stationary shop. I got mine for 170 bucks 😀
I prefer to store my palettes horizontally in the below fashion 🙂 These easily fit in my cupboard’s upper compartment and looks very neat also!
You can definitely make your palette more attractive by using colorful papers, beads, etc! Its all up to your imagination. I have kept it simple because I didn’t have enough time and materials in hand and also, I got lazy 😛
Let’s do some cost analysis, shall we?
- Z palettes cost 20$ + shipping extra.
- Inglot palettes varies from 350 to 5000 😛 depending upon the size.
- MAC costs Rs. 850, I think?
- CS palette I think costs 6$ each and 12$ for shipping 🙁
- My palette costed me less than Rs. 100 :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
The cost of magnetic sheet varies from Rs. 160 to 200, I got mine for Rs. 160 and you can easily make two palettes from one sheet. The DVD case costed me 10 bucks 😛
So, all in all, I made mine in just 90 INR :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :haanji: (not counting Fevicol/Ruler and Scissors :P)
The palette will easily store 18 round refill pans and 12 to 14 square refill pans!
Hope this article was helpful to you gals. In case of any concerns or doubts, please do comment below and I will reply back:)
Until next time, take care and have fun!
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