Brace yourselves, because this will be one of those posts where I write about minimalism while being completely shit at minimalism. You have been warned.
Lately I have felt a need to downsize my makeup collection. It is much larger than average (I suspect) (that’s what she said), and I only actually use a fraction of it. I have also started to realize that I’m rarely happy with what I buy when I treat myself to something new, whether it is a lipstick or an eyeshadow or a blush. There’s always that slight tinge of “dammit, shouldn’t have bought that, I did not need it”, or maybe even a “wow, look at that, I already own something exactly like this”. So I decided to use the tried and true decluttering method of putting everything I’m not sure about into boxes and storing them out of sight for a few months, starting a few weeks ago.
This is what’s left: still a very sizable amount of products that would last most people for years. I’m not going down the road of just-some-lip-gloss-and-mascara-and-out-the-door-I-go, because I still love makeup. I just don’t need to collect it. I wear a variation of the same 3 looks 99% of the time, so why own enough product to start freelancing as a makeup artist? That is completely pointless and a total waste of both money and product.
If I were to be brutally honest with myself, this is what I actually use :
(Although not all at the same time. Somehow I feel like that needs to be said.)
- 1 Foundation
- 1 BB Cream (for when my skin is extra dry)
- 1 Concealer
- 1 Mascara
- 1 Eyebrow pencil
- 1 Eyebrow gel
- 2 Eyeshadow quads/quints and a few single eyeshadows (don’t hate, this is where I get my variation)
- 3 Blushes (a nude, a pink and a peach)
- 2 Highlighters (one champagne and one white)
- 1 Bronzer
- 1 Eyeshadow primer
- 1 Liquid eyeliner
- 3 Kohl pencils (a beige, a brown and a black)
- 1 Setting spray
- 3 Lipsticks (a matte red, a sheer mauve and a creamy nude)
- 2 lip glosses (a berry and a nude)
Which is still a lot of makeup, and a lot of you probably find this massively excessive, but trust me when I say that it is just a fraction of what I currently own.
I’ll write an update for you in a couple of months to let you know how I’m doing, if anything has been sitting here unused, or if anything was brought out from the boxes. We will be moving in just a handful of weeks and I can’t bring all these beauty products with me, so it is time to buckle down and do some serious beauty decluttering.