Viral TikTok videos reveal surprisingly creative use for old make-up

Screenshots of the viral TikTok of an artist transforming eye shadow into watercolours
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We understand the pain of running out of your favourite watercolour and right in the middle of a painting session. But what if we told you there was a solution that not only saved you money but also helped repurpose those old eye shadow palettes lying around?

One artist has gone viral for turning her old eye shadow palettes into beautiful watercolour paints. The TikToker uses high-pigmented eye shadows and a binding solution to create her very own DIY palettes, and we are totally mesmerised by her videos. If you were wanting to try painting with watercolours but don't have any kit (or eye shadow palettes to transform), then check out our roundup of the best watercolour paints


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Amelia Bamsey
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Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.