4 March 2017

Downsizing My Makeup Collection

It's Time For a Big Ol' Clean Up

If there's ever an appropriate time to mention the saying 'practice what you preach', it would be when it comes to getting rid of makeup - I'm not that good at it, but I'll happily sing from the rooftops about keeping things minimal. I've been trying a little bit more lately to downsize my beauty stash, and here's what I've found...

Toss and Repeat

Get rid of old products you've had lying around for years. Who knew makeup had expiry dates, right? I'm guilty of completely ignoring those dates (and until recently just not knowing they existed). I think powders can stick around a little longer, but liquid products like concealer and foundation, and equally dried up mascaras and eyeliners need to be binned after a certain amount of time. I'm no expert, but I'm now going by a year for foundations and seeking out a new mascara every few months. It can be hard replacing products when they're expensive (exhibit A: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation), but if you use them enough, it should be worth it. Products that have left my stash recently, but I still like are: Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (I've had it for years), L'Oreal Paris Superliner Superstar Eyeliner* (It was my go-to a while ago but it's drying up), Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (okay, I haven't quite replaced this just yet, but it's due to be)...

Sitting Pretty

I'm talking about all those products you've had sitting in your collection for ages, but have barely touched. I hate to break it to you, but that third brown eyeshadow you have probably isn't going to get used now if you've had it for a while. Think of it as ripping off a plaster - just chuck out products you know you're never going to use. I'm personally so guilty of this, but recently I took everything out from my makeup stash that I didn't use on an everyday or weekly basis. Products I have that have been sitting pretty for months/years that just aren't for me: Revlon Sculpt + Highlight Contour Kit (too dark and too orange for me), L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation* (the lightest shade is too dark for me & I've had it for a while), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer (a hyped product that isn't for me).


One makeup category I just have far too much of is lipstick. My beauty draw for everyday makeup was overflowing with countless pretty pinks and dark vampy shades, so I only left behind the lipsticks that are easiest to use on an everyday basis, and ones that have the best formulas. If you're saving that red lipstick for a rainy day, but actually hardly ever use it, it's best to chuck it or keep it in other storage away from your every day makeup. Lipsticks that are nice and I'll use at some stage but didn't make the cut: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in 45 Possessed Plum, Karen Murrell Lipstick in Orchid Bloom, and many more...

Testing 1, 2, 3

If you have a larger collection or are a bit beauty obsessed, I think one of the best things you can do is remember to trial products that you've been meaning to. That means keeping things in your every day makeup pile that you want to try out, but only a small selection of things at a time so you can actually give them all a fair go. This is definitely something I'm bringing across to my decluttering process - using new products and combining them with my absolute holy grails. New products that I'm testing at the moment/want to use more are: Max Factor Limited Edition Masterpiece Nude Palette in 03 Rose Nudes*, Elf Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Gala, MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Dionysus, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London.

I still have a way to go in the decluttering (like chucking out that oddly shaped nose contouring brush that I'm literally never, ever going to use...), but at least I've made a start.

Is downsizing your makeup collection important to you?


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  1. It's so funny you wrote this post because I downsized my makeup collection two days ago. They were products I forgot I even had. For me, it was the nail polish section that was a bit overload which surprises me because I do not even wear nail polish on a regular basis - I have the tendency to bite my nails. So, I had to separate my beauty products in three piles: the ones I use on a regular basis, the ones I use for the special occasion and the ones I never touch (to give away or throw out if it was pass the expiration date). It was sad to see my collection slowly getting smaller, but at least I know it's products that I use.

    Xo, Sitara | simplysitara

    1. I actually have quite a bit of nail polish too, most of which I don't use at all, so I should probably get rid of some. The categories you've come up with sound like a really good way to downsize! x

  2. I seriously need a makeup de-clutter - thank you for reminding me through this post haha!

    Lucy | Forever September

    1. No problem haha, happy to help. :)

  3. Doing my makeup lesson by Lina Cameron was truly a blessing. I am so glad to choose her as my trainer. She is really awesome in this line, very friendly and helpful. She helped me a lot to improve my skills and to create my own level. I learned a lot from her about makeups and there applications.


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