Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Makeup Artist must-have - The Paw Palette

Crystal Hamilton, a makeup artist based in Santa Monica, California, originally developed the idea for herself, after wanting a makeup palette that was both ergonomic and hygienic. Soon enough, their adorable design and practicality caught the eye of beauty insiders and she turned the idea in to a business. The Paw Palette was born!

 'I had always seen makeup artists on TV use the back of their hand to apply makeup, because it’s easier and faster [than traditional palettes]. But when I went to makeup school, they said, ‘You can’t do that, that’s a no-no.’ You can wash your hands and scrub them all you want, but when you’re working on different models you need to practice safe, sanitary habits. So I had to figure out a way to get that back. I figured there must be something like that out there, but I was searching and searching and I couldn’t find a palette like that anywhere.
I definitely took a lot of time to think about how I wanted the palette to work. I wanted it to suit me; the main reason I made it was for me. I’m very much into comfort and efficiency, and I wanted both of my hands free. One day I was at Home Depot and I saw this acrylic material and started playing with it. The palettes are made out of high-grade acrylic—a lightweight, non-porous material—and there’s an elastic strap so that it’s comfortable to wear for all sizes.'
I don't know about you but I am in love with these palettes! I currently use a bog-standard stainless steel palette that has a hole for my thumb to go through, but it is constantly in the way when I'm holding it and is an absolute pain to clean. The paw palette can be worn in whatever way is most comfortable, whether on the back of your hand, on your wrist or in the palm of your hand and are made from acrylic, making them super easy to clean. 

If they aren't cute enough, she also sells ring palettes!

Prices range from $10 - $23 (That's around £6 - £14 for us Brits) and can be found on Crystals Etsy page here and at . If you want to get your paws on the glitter versions, they are exclusive to Beautylish. Click here to shop.
I'll definitely be purchasing one for myself when I have some money spare. I've just today made a couple purchases for my 100 follower giveaway! Prizes include goodies from Paul & Joe Beauty, Illamasqua, Crown Brush, Jinnylash, Models Own, Topshop and more. Keep your eyes peeled, it's going to be a big one!

What do you think of the Paw Palette? Practical and cute, or just a bit of a novelty?


  1. Oh my goodness these are amazing!! SUCH a good idea! Thanks so much for the recommendation, I'm going to look into these!

    Following you lovely =)

  2. These are absolutely adorable! Such a good idea :) if only I were a make-up artist & needed one! xoxo

    1. I'm sure the ring palette would still come in handy!

      Sara x