Makeup | How To Depot Your Lipsticks

Saturday, 12 September 2015

how to depot lipsticks

Raise your hand if you're a lipstick hoarder.

From pinks to browns to black, I am a lipstick hoarder through and through. While I have a plethora of shades at my disposal, I don't have the space in my disposal.  My packed lipstick drawer made me realize these lippies needed to shrink if I wanted more.

After much googling and experimenting, I found the best (at least, the easiest) way to do. It's not as hard as it seems. At first.

So here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to depot your lipsticks!

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The things you will need are:

Lipsticks - Obvious reasons.

Containers - I used detachable pots but you can use pill boxes or ready-made lipstick pans.

Candles - Any kind of candle you have on hold, and a lit flame that comes with it.

Spoon - How else are you going to hold the lipsticks? Though you may need more than one.

Tissue - There will be mess. There will always be mess.

Popsicle Sticks & Sculpture Tools - Acting as spatulas to scoop and mix the product later. You can even a smaller spoon!

Isopropyl Alcohol - To clean and disinfect way more times than you thought. To make it easier, put it in a spray bottle.

Labels - To write the lipstick name and brand.

how to melt

Before doing anything else, disinfect your utensils! Disinfect everything!

This is the most important step in anything or everything. Some people forget to clean their tools, whether its makeup brushes or cooking utensils. Trust me when I say disinfecting your tools will save you.

Yes, it's an extra ten minutes. It will go by fast with an alcohol-filled spray bottle, tissue and good music. After each process, you should try and disinfect each tool you used. Not only is this hygienic, you'll less likely to contaminate and mix products.

how to depot your lipsticks
How to Depot Lipsticks step-by-step tutorial

1 | Hollow out the lipstick product, and what's left in the tube with a spatula. Scoop out in small chunks so the lipstick will melt faster.

2 | Light the flame after getting the lipsticks ready. If you are can set multiple spoons of lipsticks ready and set, your process will go much more smoothly.

3 | Hover the spoon over flame. And be very very careful. You can easily spill lipstick or burn yourself or spill lipstick on you and burn yourself. I say this from experience.

4 | Use a mixing utensil, like a popsicle stick, to swirl the product around. It will melt quicker into a liquid. BUT don't let the product to boil.

5 | Pour in the liquified lipstick into the container, careful not to spill. Most likely, lipstick will dry on the charred spoon. That's okay. Just wipe clean with alcohol and tissue.

6 | Repeat the process as many times as you like, and you're done! Don't forget to label the containers, else you're left with unidentified lipsticks!

Not as hard as it seems, right?

As a makeup artist, this is easier to bring around to shoots than the bag full of individual lippies. As a makeup enthusiast, it means more space for more makeup! You will save so much room in your makeup drawer. If it hasn't already been filled by other products like mine.

If you have half an afternoon to spare, you should try to depot your lipsticks. You may not get it right at first try. That's okay. Ask help from a friend especially if you have clumsy fingers like I do. Oh, burns and spills everywhere. 

I'm hoping to have more posts like this soon. Little tutorials, and beauty posts. I enjoy making them but take longer than the rest surprisingly. I say this as a supposed beauty blogger who has been neglecting beauty posts.

So have you tried depotting your lipsticks? Will you try it out?


  1. I need this in my life! I have no more space! I wish I could do this to everything, depot foundation anyone?!

    Thanks for the tips and I am definitely looking forward to what you have to bring on these little tutorials :D

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. I've never depotted my lipstick! Because I never really thought about it before, but this is pretty neat!
    I don't know if I'll ever take the plunge, but this post is a great resource if I do :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is a super cool idea, thanks for sharing! :-)


  4. Great tips, love it all!!

  5. It is a great idea! I guess I might give it a try on my fave lip sticks. Thanks for sharing :) x

  6. What a cool idea! I had no idea you could actually do that, you learn something every day! Makes more sense than lugging loads of individual lippies around with you, plus they look really pretty in these pots! A very interesting and informative post, Bash, thanks for sharing :) hope you have a lovely weekend x

    ♥.•*¨ Amanda Says ¨*•.♥

  7. So cool idea! I love Catrice lipsticks :)

  8. This is awesome! I'll have to consider it once my collection grows :D

  9. You are so talented! Your photos always look so yummy that I want to eat all the products! (:

    Have a WONDERFUL weekend!
    With love,
    Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥


  10. I've never thought about doing this! I love how all the lipsticks look in their little containers haha! How do you get the lipstick out to use afterwards? Is there extra product that you throw away or?

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

    1. Hey Angel! You take the product out using a lip brush, which is better to use for accurate precision. And yeah, there will be extra product dried up on the spoon which you will have to clean up! Hope that helps <3

  11. Oh my! My Ikea makeup drawer is full of beauty products though I'm using always the same ones. I've read about this opportunity many, many years ago as well but they've done it with lip balm. One thing is certain it's definitely space-saving and you have all your lipsticks at one place. Great beauty post, beauty blogger Bash! ;-* Happy Weekend!

    xoxo Ira

  12. This is such a cool idea! Thank you for sharing ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

  13. *raises hand* Thank you for this! I have too many lipsticks and lip glosses to count.
    ~ Sanjana

  14. BIG lipstick hoarder here! This is such a great idea! LOOOVE it.


  15. I have not tried deporting my lipstick but then again I don't have that many since I'm not really into makeup. This a a great idea though.

    Princess Audu

  16. What a great idea! I can really see how this would be helpful and space saving for makeup artists who are using brushes to apply lipstick anyway. For me I do not think I would have a use for it, but great tutorial!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  17. haha thats pretty cool, but i dont think I would do that to my expensive lipsticks haha. also i prefer lipsticks insted of brushes :) xx

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts

  18. This was so interesting to read - I'm not sure if Id try my hand at this myself, knowing me I'd probably set my house on fire ahah but I always wondered how people depot lipsticks in particular x Such a great idea especially for people like yourself (makeup artists) x

    Caitriona | Blog

  19. Nice post!


  20. These ended up so cute! I'll definitely do these when I've reached the end of some lipsticks and can't use them anymore. x

    -Wildfire Charm

  21. This is a great idea Bash! It would also be useful for when you break your lippie and you don't want to do the heat, stick back and cool method.

  22. This is so brilliant, I love the idea and would def make my makeup soooo much more organised, though I'm so clumsy I better don't take the risk! lol! Amazing post babe!!! x


  23. Great job bash!! You are so smart~~

  24. That's such a cool idea! I absolutely have to try this.

  25. This is such a good idea! It's really handy for travelling too. I love how organised you are with all the labels, I'll definitely have to give this a go!

  26. This is very clever, I'd love to try this, very convenient and space efficient <3

    Capturing Life Memoirs |

  27. Great post! Thanks for sharing!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  28. I love how well lit your pictures are!! I am 100% a lipstick hoarder but I don't think I can bear to melt them down!! The containers you use to store them is super cute!

    Macarons and Mischief

  29. Such an awesome idea but if I would do that, it'd be an absolute mess, I'm sure of it haha! Also, I don't really have that many different lipstick colors.

    N- Naomi in Wonderland

  30. Thanks a lot for this tip! It sounds likes such a handy thing to do. And I love the photograph you included! X

  31. Wow this is fab I have loads of lipsticks and would have never thought to do this! Great post!

  32. Super awesome ideas Bash.. Love your blog, so different and unique!

  33. Super awesome ideas Bash.. Love your blog, so different and unique!

  34. I have heard about this but never tried it as I'm afraid that I will make a mess! Your instructions make this sound quite easy so I will give it a try :)

    Sarah |

  35. This is so cool... Such a great idea! And your instructions are so detailed. I may have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing :)
    - Maddy @

  36. Bash you totally rock! This is something I've been meaning to do in reorganizing my makeup stash but I wasn't sure of the best way. I totally need to try it and I will make sure to disinfect all my tools first.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  37. Love your photography here!! It's awesome that you can conveniently store your lipsticks this way!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  38. Perhaps you can share a method of getting the last bit of lipstick from the bottom of the tube? Or at least you can read about it on my blog. I'll leave the link to that post here. I found this very helpful!


  39. eek! I wouldn't recommend melting the lipstick, even with a candle. Certain lipsticks can separate and never be re-emulsified! It is best to go for the "boho look" and just scrape it out with a palette knife and place it into the well.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  40. Great tutorial! I've never actually thought of doing this, but definitely will be now :)

    Pop over to my blog!


  41. good quality pict :)

  42. Thank you for this great post, I never saw this technique anywhere before. I remember seeing a video Lisa Eldridge did on youtube about these lipstick palettes (for depotted lipsticks of course) and I was (still am) really tempted to buy a few to organise them by colours etc.. I have way too many I doubt that I will ever use them all before they get bad haha !

    xx, Charlie