For the past month or two I’ve been on a decluttering mission. Purging things left and right. Earlier this week, I decided to tackle my makeup collection or what is left of it since the last time I went through it. Above is what I started out with. 20 or so lip products, 20+ nail polishes, 5 blushes etc.
This is what I pared it down to. The only thing not pictured are two eyeliners. It’s not as minimalist as I’d like it to be. As much as I am striving for simplicity I will always be a girl who loves her makeup. All of this fits nice and neat into a travel bag that is now hanging on the back of my bathroom door. No more sorting through multiple makeup bags to find what I’m looking for and my sink is no longer cluttered with products.
These are my everyday products. I may use more or less depending on the day but overall these are my go-tos. I won’t link to everything here but I will say that the Urban Decay Naked Palette is the best purchase I’ve made when it comes to makeup. I can’t live without Benefit High Beam Highlighter(a must for this tired mama), Smashbox Brow Tech (thanks for the thin brows thyroid) and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose is always in my handbag.
These four come in handy if I’m feeling fancy or going on the rare date night. From left to right: Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick Fire & Ice, MAC Lady Danger, Flower Cosmetics Gloss in Iris I Could Fly and Stila Lip Glaze in Pout.
Going from 20+ polishes to 6 was major for me. These are the ones I wear the most and so they get to stay. From left to right: Essie Good To Go! – Fast Dry Top Coat, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Essie Vanity Fairest, OPI Big Apple Red, Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me
Tips to Declutter Your Makeup Bag:
1. Check the expiration dates of products:
- Mascara: 2-3 months
- Liquid foundation and concealer: 6-12 months
- Lipstick and lip gloss: 2 years for lipstick, 1 year for gloss
- Nail polish: 1-2 years
- Powder, eye shadow and blush: 2 years
- Pencil products: up to 3 years with regular sharpening
- Cream eye shadow and blush: around 1 year
2. Give or throw away any products you don’t use/wear
If you haven’t used it in ages or the color doesn’t suit you it’s time to say goodbye!
3. Use up what you have
Everyone has those almost finished products. Use them up before buying a replacement. This will keep your stash free of duplicates.
4. Clean your products
Once you’ve narrowed down your makeup collection to your favorite and most used products, wipe them down! It will keep your products looking nice and new and your makeup case clean. It is also so important to clean your brushes!