With summer just around the corner, I’ve been inspired to incorporate more color into my daily appearance. It’s no secret that my days start early and I’m short on time in the morning, so it’s been hard to find the time for a decent makeup routine before I’m running out the door to the office.
Due to my time crunch, I’ve found that adding a bright pop of lipstick has been a nice solution to upping my workday appearance, but minimizing time spent with my makeup brushes and compacts. Not normally a big lipstick color person, I’ve made an effort to diversify my lipstick collection by incorporating in new shades and brands.
One challenge that I found was having to take the tops off each lipstick in order to remember which color it was. Add the fact that it’s still pretty dark when I get ready for work and I found myself slipping closer and closer to just heading to work au natural.
I realized I needed a new solution that allows me to see the colors quickly.
Solution? Labels with a spot of the actual lipstick color, and ideally with everyday supplies that you have around the house.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
This project doesn’t require much, and ideally you have all these things lying around the house. Items include:
- A sheet of white shipping labels (Any size will do)
- A pencil
- A roll of packing tape
- A makeup tube that is slightly smaller in diameter than your lipstick tube. I used a travel-sized mascara.
Step 2: Measure Labels to Fit Your Lipstick Tubes
I used a smaller makeup tube (a sample-sized mascara) to measure out my labels. The mascara was the perfect size stencil, which allowed me to measure out a circle that was slightly smaller than the top of my lipsticks.
Step 3: Apply Lipstick to Labels
Carefully smear a generous helping of your lipstick onto the circle label. Be sure to give it some time to dry.
Step 4: Laminate Your Label
Not wanting to create lipstick smears on my morning fingers, I did a quick DIY lamination with clear packing tape.
Step 5: Cut Your Labels
Next was the hardest part for the girl who wasn’t the steadiest when it came to kindergarten scissor projects—cutting out the circle. I’ll be honest, mine were not perfect, but they certainly worked! Next, I peeled off the label backing a stuck it into the cap of my lipstick—voila!
One thing to consider when you’re making your labels is if you need to save the color style number or name for future purchases. In my case, I keep a separate list of my purchases and often bring the color in to the store to match. But for those who like to have the original label, consider taking a picture of the label before you cover it up.
Now when I look into my makeup drawer, I’m greeted by all my lovely colors, which allows me to select today’s shade in no time at all!
This simple DIY project can be completed with everyday things you likely have in our home or at the office.
Happy organizing, TK Readers!