Minimalist Beauty-purge your collection

Hey beauties, I’m calling all makeup lovers out there! Yes, you, don’t try to hide or run away, eventually, everything will catch up to you. I know I’m not alone on this one (you see if I can and I usually always do, blame the beauty industry) but to be real with myself, it’s also “my fault”. Still wondering what in the world I’m talking about?! Well.. well.. well.. I used to be very into makeup (still pretty much still addicted) the type to buy every makeup and skincare just for the hack of it. Wasting my money like I had all the money in the world (wish I had) without thinking about the consequences of my obsession with makeup. I had to have it all, every “new” makeup product from high end to the drugstore (but mostly high end) I gave in to the hype and peer pressure of social media, and YouTube.. I believed most YouTubers and social post that looked pretty and was written to catch even the smartest of them all. I was always a sucker for pretty packaging, and sweet talk-BUT BEWARE their all LIES, LIES I TELL YOU!

There are many items that are great to collect, but makeup is not one of them. As soon as you open a product it’s worthless. I’m always all about keeping it simple. There is no need to make things complicated. Just recently I’ve been steadily evolving into a beauty minimalist. So far I’ve been decluttering my living space, closet and overall lifestyle, which is pretty simple to clear out for the most part. However, there’s still an area that is in need of some serious assessment when it comes to minimizing, you guessed it right-my makeup collection… I see it this way, make-up expires and the number of items I hold onto “just in case” has a tendency to pile up, and collect dust. The most important thing to remember here is not to feel guilty. I couldn’t believe how much money I essentially spent on makeup that half of it I rarely used. I had a makeup collection that became products I hoarded, I mean who needs so much makeup to just collect? Not me!

“Minimalist makeup should take a minimal amount of time.”

I’m now figuring out to think outside the box. I don’t just use makeup products for just the one purpose they are used for, they can be used for multitasking. Makeup is like crayons in a box with different colors, creams, and pigments. I started seeing it this way, and I found it to be easy to find more ways to use my products. For example, Blush can be used as eyeshadow, and eyeshadow as blush. Lipstick can be used as a color corrector and as a cream blush. Lip liners can be used as brow pencils or eyeliner. So many endless possibilities.

To minimize the number of products, while still getting good coverage-what I’ve been doing is using a concealer only where I want coverage (not just under the eyes) let’s say wherever I have hyperpigmentation, redness, and dark spots and then a matte setting powder on top to help set the concealer. The powder helps to keep my skin looking matte. This way I skip the liquid foundation completely (my oily skin doesn’t take well to the foundation, no matter what brand, or formula.) and I look natural all day without looking cakey. Won’t give me that full coverage kind of face where it hides everything, but I’m fine with that. I’ve been getting so much more compliments this way, than my old ways where I’d look like I piled my face with way too much makeup. I’m also way more comfortable with my natural skin and worry less about flaws that appear. “Less is really more”. What I do now is trying to sleep more, eat healthier, exercise, and drink lots of water.

How I minimized my makeup collection:

  • First things first, breath in, breath out. Get every makeup product you own and lay them out in front of you.
  • Get two bins or boxes and make a keep pile, and a declutter pile (do not I repeat do not make a maybe pile!) and have a trash can to throw all expired makeup away. (You may do this all in one day like I did or not). I’m the type to declutter one time or I’ll change my mind and won’t declutter as I said I will. If you’re not brave enough, maybe you can declutter in a couple days, or a week depending on the pace and will power you have. You can start off by one collection like eyeshadows singles/eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks on another day, a foundation on another day, powders on another day, bronzers/contour on another day, highlight/blush on another day and so forth you get the point. Take all the makeup items you know you will never use or have not reached for put them in the declutter box as throwing it away, or donate to charity, or give away to friends and family depending on the product’s condition.

Put items you use daily in another pile, you know what is a great thing you can start doing is a weekly makeup basket so you can always rotate your makeup that way they all get some love. I now think twice before purchasing a product rather it be makeup or skincare. Ask yourself do I need it, is it similar to shade or product I already have. Instead of buying multiple products of a certain beauty product, invest in one premium product that you’ll regularly use and love.

Pros of a Minimalist Makeup Collection:

  • Saves you money
  • Saves you time
  • Less mess
  • Quality over quantity

Con of a Minimalist Makeup Collection:

  • Less variety

If you really think about it, the pros of a beauty minimalist out ways the cons. The one thing in my opinion that I saw really helped me, was to unsubscribe to so many beauty gurus on YouTube and unfollow so many makeup companies on my social media. Another great process in becoming a beauty minimalist is being on a no-buy, which really helped me out a lot. Now I’m on a low buy, if I finished a product, and is the only necessary product I need, I’ll go out and purchase. Another method that I now embrace is, if I don’t see it in person or swatch it I won’t buy it. If the products aren’t available in stores, or I can’t get samples to try before buying a full size, I make sure of a companies return policy that way if I don’t like it I return it.

Now my makeup is starting to become a minimal collection, (I’m not there 100% yet) but by all means, I will be a beauty minimalist in no time now. I now don’t need or want to spend lots of money on beauty products which I wouldn’t regularly use or be right for me. I feel good about myself!

Is your collection in need of a declutter? How are you using your makeup?

Until next time,


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