I’ve been slowly cutting down the amount of things that I own, and recently this has meant getting rid of about two thirds of my collection of makeup, nailpolish and hair doodads. I wear a full face of makeup maybe a handful of times a year – most days I have just enough time to smear on some tinted moisturiser and concealer, then maybe some lipstick if I’m feeling fancy. I suppose I’m lucky in that my skin isn’t too bad and I don’t work in an environment where not wearing makeup is seen as ‘unprofessional’. Not that there’s anything wrong with wearing makeup daily – it just isn’t something that I currently want to do. These days even for occasions that I used to go all out with makeup I’m finding myself going for a more minimalist, natural look and forgoing the heavy foundation.
For someone who doesn’t really wear much, I’d somehow amassed quite a collection. I can remember buying most of the things – most were those little purchases that you do when you’re bored and just want to buy something, anything, just something small. This is how I ended up with: four nearly identical brown eyeshadow palettes, three nearly identical brown eyeliners, three eye creams, a silly amount of nailpolish and a ton of different coloured lipsticks/lip tints/glosses. I don’t want to think about how much money that would add up to! It was also taking up a large amount of space, but I’ve now reduced it down to a couple of small containers in my bedside table. I’m having difficulty parting with most of my lipsticks because I wear them the most – it’s far less effort than doing eye makeup – but apart from that I don’t have any more doubles or things that I’ll never wear.
I rarely finish beauty products – usually they end up getting thrown away, lost or just buried under other stuff before they get to that point. But since I’m doing my best to buy (almost) nothing new, I’m going to make more of an effort to use up what I have. I was actually impressed enough with my daily tinted moisturiser that I bought the exact same one again – I’m hoping to eventually find other favourites that I can just keep coming back to and actually use up!
How big is your makeup collection? Do you use it all, or do you just fall into the trap of making little purchases, like me?