I used to be a collector of makeup. Cute packaging was my downfall & I always wanted the newest release or every brand. I honestly, think I wanted to create my own makeup store in my bedroom. Luckily, with being introduced to simple living & watching a few minimalist makeup collection videos on Youtube, I’ve learned to save that money, use what I have & have a curated collection of products I love.
How To Downsize Your Makeup Collection
Over quarantine, I used my time wisely & decluttered my makeup collection to the bare minimum. To check out that blog post, click here. If your makeup collection has gotten out of hand & you are interested in doing a proper clear out, here are a few things to consider:
Check The Expiration Dates
Not to say I was surprised makeup had expiration dates, but it was definitely not something I looked for in the past. I’m kind of embarrassed by how old some of my products were when I first did a proper clean out. I recently decluttered the original Naked palette that is over 10 years old & discontinued from the brand all together. Don’t get me wrong, I clearly loved this palette, but to putting these shadows on my eye after 10 + years?! Talk about gross. Every makeup product should have an expiration date somewhere on the packaging. If they don’t refer to this list I found online:
Find What Works Best For You & Ditch The Rest
I used to think I needed every shade of eyeshadow or every finish of foundation because I treat makeup like an art. But overtime, I realized there’s no sense in owning a foundation that doesn’t look good on you or an eyeshadow that doesn’t compliment your complexion. Red eyeshadows aren’t flattering on everyone for instance. I don’t care if it’s a trend. I also used to hold onto these duds just to make my collection seem larger!
Check To See If You Have Look Alikes or Even Doubles
Unless it’s a holy grail product you love, owning doubles isn’t necessary. And if you own shades that are too similar, maybe you can decide which one you like best. I’ve found the less options I have, the easier it is to get ready in the morning. I also found when I had look alikes, I always had one I prefered over them all.
My Holy Grail Products
I wanted to leave you with a few favorite makeup products that always seem to make the cut during any decluttering session. These products are ones I’ve used for years & find to be worth the hype. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these:
It Cosmetics CC Cream
I love this CC cream / foundation so much. The ingredients in this product saved my skin & got rid of a lot of my acne. It’s a product I use year round & for multiple occasions. Although it’s a CC cream, it provides such full coverage. I recommend this one if you are looking for a new face product.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Believe the hype around this product. I’m the type of person who wears concealer than any other face product. My eye bags & my proof of late nights needs covered at all costs. It is a thicker formula than most. But for someone with dark circles, I love the full coverage.
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
I love this powder because it doesn’t have a strong scent & keeps my makeup in place all day. Although it is slightly pricey, it lasts me a long time. But if you are looking for a drugstore alternative, I would check out Maybelline Fit Me Powder.
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
I love everything about these bronzers. The scent reminds me of summer & the velvet finish glides nicely on the skin. They are pigmented yet very blendable. I love the lightest shade for fall & winter & use the medium shade for summer time.
What are some of your favorite makeup products? Let me know in the comments.