Whenever I watch a Youtube makeup tutorial or scroll through feeds on Instagram it seems as though many of the beauty gurus I follow have makeup collections that are overflowing. While it must be glamorous to be able to choose from as many products as you like on a daily basis, it must also be quite intimidating and anxiety-inducing, which is why in the past few months I've decreased my makeup collection as much as I can. Having incorporated minimalism into my every day life, I felt like it was just as important to attribute that mentality to my makeup and It definitely made a big difference on my state of mind as well as my wallet. I still enjoying adding to my collection, however now I know when to stop and when to get rid of products I don't use enough to justify taking up space on my dresser.
For today's post I wanted to discuss a few of the ways I've decreased my makeup stash and what I would have done differently in the past to avoid spending so much money on items I just ended up tossing out.
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FIND A SMALL STORAGE UNIT
I've discovered that without a limited storage unit my collection quickly ran rampant. I felt like I could just add shelves and containers when needed, leading to me just holding on to eye shadows for years without every really using them. Once I bought my first MUJI storage unit, it made a world of difference. I told myself that I would only allow my makeup to full up the few containers I bought, and that included my nail polish collection, which was also out of control. When I made that commitment it was easy to figure out what products I really loved and what I could live without or give to friends/family.
I created my own combination of storage units from MUJI that include one big slide out drawer and one unit with 4 smaller slide out panels. However, everyone's needs and products are different, but I would recommend keeping it small and sticking to just the single unit for your makeup.
KNOW YOUR SKIN TONE
This one took a long time for me to figure out, which led to many products that just didn't look good on my skin. It's hard to accept that not all colours look good on you, especially during certain seasons, but it's for the better that you realize it sooner rather than later. I would have saved so much money if I'd learned this lesson years ago.
I get it, there are some products you just won't give up on, and I commend you for that valiance. I, on the other hand, now refuse to attempt any warm colours or bronzy hues. It took a while, but I learned that cooler tones look better on me and make me feel more confident when I wear them.
DON'T FALL FOR TRENDS
Contouring. Baking. Highlighting to the gods. All of these are tempting, but not all can be achieved, not without a lot of time and money. It's understandable that you want to be part of the trends, we all do from time to time, but they aren't always feasible. Of course, I wouldn't discourage giving them a quick try, but investing in new products and a new method of applications seems like a big price to pay for something that is fleeting.
I tried light contouring for a bit, and while I would never want to discourage or shame anyone for how they wear their makeup, I found the process tedious and useless, especially when done with a sloppy hand like mine. It was just one more step to a routine that had no business even being called one to begin with, so I decided to stop doing that and focus on what I thought really suited me. So, yes, I am highlighted to the gods.
FIND YOUR FAVOURITES AND STICK TO THEM
I think I can finally say that I've found what I like and what looks good on me. It's been an arduous, but necessary, process. Without really pinning down what products you love and will be using every day, that can lead to a lot of confusion, trend following, and your makeup bag bursting at the seams. Now that I've narrowed down my favourites and gotten rid of anything I wasn't sure of I know that whatever I reach for will suit me and make me feel confident for the day ahead.
Here are the products I currently have in rotation:
Are you planning to minimize your makeup collection?