For the past year and a half you’ve seen me share frequent Closet Clean-Outs, where I sort through my wardrobe and decide what pieces to discard. Today, I want to share a slightly different type of decluttering–a makeup clean-out.
I have done a few of these before, one of which I shared in a video, but never with the intention of getting down to just the basics.
I’ve always liked makeup and relied on it quite a lot. I’ve had moderate to severe acne since I was about 15 years old, so I’ve regularly used makeup to conceal my skin, which was hurting my self-esteem. Feeling like your face only looks pretty when it’s hidden behind layers of product doesn’t help self-image, either.
Over a decade of wearing makeup, I have experimented with dozens of products and styles. What started as just shimmery purple eyeshadow for middle school dance team became a natural but high-coverage, five-minute face in high school, and finally evolved into a full glam look for everyday in college. Minus fake lashes, I ain’t got time for that.
Honestly, I’m a little tired of trying new things. What was once a manageable, everyday makeup routine somehow became yet another way to obsess over perfection and having to have the latest and greatest new products.
I love watching makeup gurus on YouTube test the latest products and give detailed tutorials, but I’ve finally realized that this just doesn’t fit into my lifestyle. My extremely sensitive, acne-prone skin breaks out from tons of different products by tons of different brands–even completely natural, simple, vegan brands. What used to be fun to play and experiment with became a source of stress over my skin and a waste of money.
I have decided that it is time to get really picky about my makeup. I’ve been fortunate to find key products that work for my skin. These will definitely be staying in my daily lineup.
Where I was still struggling with excess was with eye and lip products. These are the least sensitive areas on my face and so gave me the most room to play with color to really change up my look. Since I was already down to just the basics with my face products, this makeup clean-out is completely focused on eyes, lips, and brushes.
I tested each product I didn’t absolutely love to see what was making it fall short. For some, the color wasn’t very flattering against my skin tone. For others, the formula was too dry or patchy. And some I actually really like, but I find them too bold for everyday. I kept whittling it down until my collection felt like just the right balance between simple and versatile.
The products that I don’t totally love are getting the boot. This includes some tools, too. I realized that I wasn’t utilizing all of my makeup brushes and that I would rather store everything in the same bag instead of keeping some things in a separate brush holder.
My makeup mentality has been reformed and I couldn’t be more pleased. All of my makeup and tools fit into one cosmetic bag that used to hold only a fraction of my collection in 2015. Even my “downsized” collection from earlier this year couldn’t be stuffed into that bag!
So that’s that! My makeup collection is now blissfully simple. I’m only keeping products I love and use regularly. I will use them until they are gone and only replace them when they run out. No more buying new products “just because” I want to try something new when I have enough at home. If you’d like to see an updated makeup collection let me know with a comment below!
For some tips & tricks on how to clean out your makeup or beauty collection, check out this video from my YouTube channel: