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Turn Your Eyeshadow into Lip Gloss, Nail Polish & Temporary Tattoos

Have you started submitting entries to our sweet Buxom Photo Contest yet? We are so pumped to see all the different examples of our readers "living life vividly" that we are constantly checking the Flickr stream for updates. If you're not sure what we're talking about, head to the contest page for the full lowdown on this awesome contest. (P.S. If you win, your winning photograph will appear on Brit.co and you'll receive Buxom beauty products as well as a $500 Visa Gift Card!)

We know, we know. You guys get it. We LOVE color. We put chalk in our hair for temporary color, added duct tape to our collars for a neon pop, and figured out how to ombre our tights. Well today we're pumped to show you how to take vivid eyeshadow palettes to create custom color for our lips, nails, and even DIY temporary tattoos!

Materials:
- eyeshadow (we used Buxom Color Choreography Eyeshadow)
- petroleum jelly or shea lip butter
- clear nail polish
- Weather Everything liner sealer
Optional: paint brushes, stencils

We'll start things off with Custom Lip Color. Gone are the days when ladies need to stock their beauty drawers with any and every shade of lipstick. If you've got an event coming up and need a little extra burst of color or shimmer, mix a rosy hued eyeshadow with Vaseline, and you're good to go. This is an especially awesome way to to coordinate your eyes with your lips, and later your nails! 

Spread a dollop of petroleum jelly on a plate or mixing surface. Then use the bottom of a makeup brush or paint brush to scrape off a little bit of color. The Buxom Palettes are highly pigmented so we only needed a couple scrapes. For a full how-to, check out Brit's DIY Lip Gloss on Gurl.com

So lovely!

Next up, we'll mix up a batch of Custom Nail Polish to match our new lip gloss. For this, you'll need a small cap or container to mix up a one-time use color.

We recommend using the cap of any bottle that you're going to discard. Pour a bit of polish in the cap. Scrap off a little bit of eyeshadow and use the clear nail polish brush to mix together. Paint your nails quickly after mixing or the shadow will become a little hard to mix. 

We did a pink set of nails to go with our pastel gloss.

Here we have a bubblegum pink look. Be sure to use nail polish remover on a paper towel or cotton ball to rinse off your clear nail polish brush. 

And Anj with a deeper earthy tone. Isn't color coordination oh-so-satisfying?

Lastly, we've got a more off-the-wall use for eyeshadow: DIY Temporary Tattoos. The key to this is finding the right liner sealer. Liner sealer is a product used to turn eyeshadow into eyeliner that stays put on your eyelid. It's basically magic.

We used stencils we found at our local craft store, but you could easily freestyle any design if you're artistically inclined. Affix your stencil to the skin using tape or bandaids. 

Scrap a bit of eyeshadow into an empty palette. The liner we used came with the one you see pictured, but you could use a cheapie contact lens case or a bottle cap. Squeeze 3-4 drops to the shadow to start. Mix with a paint brush. 

Now, fill in the stencil! You'll want to press down on the stencil to make sure your lines are clean. When you remove the stencil, you may need to use a little makeup remover to clean any errant lines. 

Remove, and you've got a pretty awesome temporary tattoo!! The mixture sets on your skin in a matter of seconds and is totally smudge proof and water proof. To remove, use soapy water or makeup remover.

We did a charming little column of hearts on Misty for another look.

This is a must for summer festivals and BBQs! 

Now the only thing left to do is to capture yourself living as vividly as we know you do and enter to win our Buxom Photo Contest. Here are a few photos from recent Brit & Co. projects sure to get you inspired. 

Clockwise from the left: Neon Chevron Braid; How to Color Block Your Heels; DIY Sponge Manicure; Ombre Tights; How to Make Your Collars Pop; and Neon Nonslip Hangers

This series is brought to you by Buxom Color Choreography Eyeshadow. Buxom wants to inspire you to live life vividly.

About the author

Misty Spinney

Misty Spinney leads production and styling here at Brit + Co. She's a hair stylist, makeup artist, and fashion stylist with a strong background in design and deep passion for creativity.

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